Counselors in Training | Entering Grades 10-12

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. CITs are invited to register following an application and interview process.

  • Session 1/2 | June 26–July 8
  • Session 3/4 | July 10–22
  • Session 5/6 | July 24–August 5
  • Session 7/8 | August 7–19

Our Summer 2022 Sessions are full. Applications will open up again in the fall when camper registrations open.

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

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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.