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Counselors in Training | Current 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 in 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. CITs are invited to register following an application and interview process. Session dates are:

  • Session 1: June 27–July 9, 2021
  • Session 2: July 11–July 23, 2021
  • Session 3: July 25–August 6, 2021
  • Session 4: August 8–August 20, 2021 (FULL)

The current schedule will have CITs staying overnight at YMCA Camp Collins Sunday afternoon through Friday afternoon each week. CITs will need to return home for the weekend between their two-week session.

To apply to be a CIT:

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

CIT Application

A Day in the Life of CITs

The first part of a CIT session will consist of workshops lead 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. The last week of the session CITs will shift into the role of assistant counselor, 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. 

Required Documents

Please complete these necessary forms and bring them with you to camp check in. 

Health History Form - Online Submission

Please complete these necessary forms and bring them with you to camp check in. 

Medication Authorization Form

Letter to Counselor

Overnight Camp Photo ID Form