- Session A: June 26th - July 21st
- Session B: July 24th - August 18th
Age - Entering 10th grade
Program description: Our Counselor-In-Training program combines the fun of camp with leadership and on-the-job training. The CIT program in a unique opportunity for motivated young adults to develop the necessary skills to be role models for children. CITs spend part of their day enjoying a range of activities and part of their day learning about responsibility and professionalism by assisting counselors with camper activities. They also learn interviewing skills, CPR/First Aid, and guidance on how to navigate difficult social challenges of young adulthood.
Highlights of the Counselor-In-Training Program
- Counselor training for working with our preschool and elementary school aged kids
- Being mentored by role models AKA our great camp counselors
- Classes on First Aid, CPR, and mental health support
- Training on the Y’s program and mission
- Developing skills to prepare for college, a career, and life
Sample weekly schedule
- Week 1 – The magic behind the curtain: Learning camp counselor skills
- Week 2 – Developing leadership skills addressing the 4 core values of the Y (caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility)
- Week 3 – Getting ready for the college and careers with job readiness & life skills
- Week 4 – Working with children! Being a “counselor”-in-training.
Questions on the CIT Application
- What skills do you expect to take away from a month long training and how will you utilize those skills outside of YMCA of Long Island?
- What do you personally expect to contribute to YMCA of Long Island's In-Training Program?
- What skills you have acquired (volunteering, childcare/babysitting, work) that you would bring as Counselor in Training?
- Applying for YMCA of Long Island's Counselor In Training program does not necessarily guarantee you an invitation into the program.
- How would you feel if you were accepted into the program without any of your friends?
- What age group of children do you want to work with? (3-5, 5-7, 8-10)