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Counselor in Training (CIT): Training

Grades 9–12 | Weeks 2–3: June 18–29

Want to become a camp counselor? The counselor-in-training program will be both fun and challenging, while you gain strong leadership skills and still have fun working with campers.

OFJCC J-Camp CIT TrainingOur CIT program focuses on the skills necessary that will assist you in becoming a successful future camp leader. This two-week program begins with a one-week training session which includes topics such as child development, service learning, camp leadership, group games, supervision, planning and administration, public speaking and presentations, interviewing skills, First Aid/CPR certification and a variety of other great team-building activities.

Our program is designed to ensure at least one session of fieldwork experience immediately upon completion of the skill development training week. As an ACA (American Camp Association) accredited camp, and for the safety of our campers, CIT training must be completed prior to participating in continued sessions of fieldwork.  

*CITs can receive a letter demonstrating their 35 hours of community service for each week of fieldwork that they complete.

CIT Training will also be held Weeks 5–6: July 9–20

Grades 9-12 | Weeks 2–3: June 18–29 | $390 Member, $430 General Public


Counselors in Training (CIT) General Information

Are you eager to get a head start learning valuable life and professional skills? Then the J-Camp CIT program is for you!

The J-Camp CIT program gives you the guidance and tools required to be a strong counselor and an even greater future leader. As a CIT you will gain valuable leadership experience and skills through hands-on activities and events.

You will become role models for J-Camp campers as you learn to lead games, arts and crafts, songs, stories and more. You will learn skills for effective leadership, group management, child development basics, and policies and procedures in relation to working with youth.

You will be able to use your experience as a CIT to solve problems using critical thinking, communication, teamwork, patience and respect. CITs will leave the program with a new sense of confidence in themselves and their ability to tackle challenges head-on. Along the way you will form new bonds and make lasting friendships, working with J-Camp's diverse community.

Interacting with campers and representing J-Camp requires a certain level of maturity. For this reason, the Fieldwork program is selective. Upon completion of the CIT Training Course, teens will be invited to participate in the Fieldwork program.

Please Note: In order to be eligible to apply for the Junior Counselor positions in J-Camp, completion of CIT Training and 105 or more hours of Fieldwork is required.