Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program
The purpose of the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program at The Fresh Air Fund is to prepare young adults to take future leadership roles working with children in camps and other professional settings. Participants are provided with opportunities to develop their skills in camping, childcare, and outdoor education. In addition, participants are asked to be role models to young campers by exhibiting positive leadership and behaviors.
Positions are available at Camp Anita Bliss Coler (ABC), Camp Hayden-Marks, and Camp Tommy. All of The Fresh Air Fund camps are located on Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, NY (65 miles north of NYC). The Fresh Air Fund will provide chartered buses to and from camp for CITs.
Camp Hayden-Marks: CITs will work at our all-boys camp for ages 9-12. The program focuses on giving young men the skills and training to become future counselors. Participants engage in activities such as: workshops, planning and running activities for the campers, camp based community service projects, extensive hiking, and team building. CITs are housed in rustic cabins with no electricity.
Camp Tommy: CITs will work at our all-boys camp for ages 12-15. The program aims to help young men prepare for the job market. CITs participate in job preparedness seminars and team building workshops, shadow various camp instructors, plan and carry out activities, get trained in first aid and CPR, and go on extensive hikes. CITS live together in rustic accommodations.
Camp ABC: CITs will work at our all-girls camp for ages 9-15. The program aims to give young women the skills they need to succeed in jobs both in and beyond camp. Participants begin the summer engaging in workshops building skills. As the summer progresses, participants implement these skills through working hands on with campers, shadowing various camp instructors and planning activities for campers. Participants also focus on team building, go on extensive hikes and live together in rustic accommodations.
· Must be either 16 or 17 years old by the first day of camp
· Available for the entire summer program
· An interest in working with children, the outdoors and camping
· The ability to be a cooperative member of a team
· The desire to learn and improve on leadership and communication skills through workshops and hands-on challenges
· Flexible and open to trying new activities and programs
The CIT program runs from June 29, 2016 through August 19, 2016. While our campers attend one of four camp sessions, CITs are required to attend all four sessions in order to successfully complete the program. Between each session, CITs will return home for approximately three days. The 2017 session dates will be posted in the fall.
The training program is designed to teach CITs the skills needed to work with children and to help them improve their leadership, team-building, and communication skills. The CIT program is a highly interactive program that stresses participation, group living, and learning through experience. Curriculum for the program will center on workshops and daily assignments. CITs will assist counselors in various camp activities, including arts & crafts, music, dance, sports and creative writing. Participation in all workshops and activities is imperative for the successful completion of the program.
In addition to the above, CITs will be required to participate in an extended overnight hike, swim lessons and may become certified in CPR and First Aid. The second half of the summer will offer opportunities for the CITs to assume greater responsibilities working with a cabin group and completing community service projects.
A stipend is paid to CITs who successfully complete the summer.
How to Apply
Our 2017 application will be available on this page in January! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns in the meantime. You can reach the Camping Department at 212-897-8919.