BBS Day Camp Counselors in Training (CIT) – Volunteer Program
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, options TBA
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.
CIT Hiring Process
- Complete an online staff application, available January 18, 2019
- Attend a group staff interview (new CITs) in the spring, or complete a brief phone interview (returning CITs)
- Attend staff training – dates TBA
- Click here for more information
|Cohort A; Jun 29 – Jul 24 (4-week commitment)||8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.|
|Cohort B; Jul 20 – Aug 14 (4-week commitment)||8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.|
Lunch is included.
- This program is accredited by the American Camp Association!
What to Pack
Volunteers should pack a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray (optional). Volunteers will receive uniform tee shirts that should be worn daily, along with sneakers and comfortable clothing.