Counselor-in-Training Volunteer Program
*Applications for our volunteer CIT Program will open on February 1, 2020.*
You’re mature, like to lead and love kids – make the most of your summer by helping children make the most of theirs. Our Counselor in Training (CIT) volunteer program is specifically designed for teens entering grade 9 and 10 who want to develop their leadership skills in working with children. You will learn behavior management, team-building, communication and activity leadership skills, then apply what you’ve learned as you shadow our staff counselors and participate in leading activities for our younger campers.
This 4-week volunteer program is led by our Director of Staff Training, Nick DeRosa, who returns for his 3rd Big Blue Summer in 2020. Each week, CITs will spend a portion of their day in themed training, and a portion of their day shadowing a group of campers led by 2 counselors. CITs will spend time reflecting on what they learn in both settings. CITs are challenged to step up as leaders by MC-ing, preparing, or even designing our special Friday events.
CITs will graduate from the program with a completed training portfolio, a letter of reference, and skills and memories that will last a lifetime. Successful graduates of the volunteer CIT program may also apply as “returning employees” in 2021. Pingry will accept a small group of applicants for each cohort, so if you’re seriously interested in taking part, please complete your application thoughtfully and accurately.
Volunteer Eligibility: entering grade 9 or 10
Volunteer Commitment: 4 consecutive weeks
- Cohort A: June 29 – July 24
- Week 1 – Orientation & Safety: June 29 – July 2
- Week 2 – Goal-Setting & Communication: July 6 – July 10
- Week 3 – Leadership & Teamwork: July 13 – July 17
- Week 4 – Problem-Solving & Reflection: July 20 – July 24
- Cohort B: July 20 – August 14
- Week 1 – Orientation & Safety: July 20 – July 24
- Week 2 – Goal-Setting & Communication: July 27 – July 31
- Week 3 – Leadership & Teamwork: August 3 – August 7
- Week 4 – Problem-Solving & Reflection: August 10 – August 14
*Volunteers who are able to begin the program with Cohort A and complete the program with Cohort B may also be considered as long as they are able to complete all 4 weeks in order.
Volunteer Hours: 8:30am – 1:30pm, Monday – Friday
- 8:30am – CIT Meeting
- 8:45am – Camper Arrival
- 9:00am – Training Activities*
- 11:00am – Shadow Camp Groups*
- 1:00pm – Camper Dismissal
- 1:15pm – CIT Reflections
- 1:30pm – CITs Dismissed
*Exact timing of daily training and shadowing may be adjusted based on training topics, weather, instructor availability, or scheduled camp activities.
Fees: There is no fee to participate in this program, however an application and interview must be completed to be considered. Applications will be available February 1 – March 2, 2020. Interviews for this program will be scheduled during the month of March. Applicants will receive a decision in early April.