Counselors in Training | Two Weeks | Entering Grades 11-12

CITs are mature campers that are interested in becoming future camp counselors. This two-week residential program will be spent working with our experienced camp staff to be leaders and future camp staff. CITs will learn the necessary aspects of camp counseling and youth development with an emphasis on understanding children, diversity, leadership skills and the YMCA Christian Principles of love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service.

There is no cost for the CIT program at YMCA Camp Collins. Interested teens must apply and go through an interview process before being accepted as a CIT. Upon acceptance you will have the opportunity to select your preferred session.

  • Session 1/2 | July 2-14
  • Session 3/4 | July 16-28
  • Session 5/6 | July 30–August 11
  • Session 7/8 | August 13–25

To apply to be a CIT:

  • The high school age camper completes the Counselor-In-Training Application
  • Conduct an interview with a YMCA Camp Collins staff member
  • An invitation to register for their program and session will be sent to the successful candidate

CIT Application

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A Day in the Life of CITs

The first part of a CIT session will consist of workshops led by CIT Coordinators and Summer Camp Directors on subjects such as goal setting, program planning, conflict resolution, and child behavior and development. CITs spend time on our challenge course working on communication, team-building, trust and discovery of their own leadership style. In the last week of the session, CITs will shift into the role of assistant counselors, working alongside a senior staff member as they lead young campers through regular camp activities. Support, mentoring, and written and verbal feedback will also serve to round out their learning experience.

All applicants must complete a CIT Application for consideration.