Counselor In Training (CIT) Program
The CIT Program at Camp Geronimo is a three-week long staff experience and training program designed for Scouts who are between the ages of 14 and 15. It offers Scouts a chance to see behind-the-scenes at camp and to learn just what it takes to provide quality program summer after summer. You will put into practice the fundamental skills and methods of the Boy Scouting program as you discover if you have what it takes to be a Camp Geronimo Staff Member.
During your three weeks, you will form a patrol with the other CITs in attendance. Under the guidance of our CIT Director, you will have hands on training in almost every area of camp; from the Dining Hall to the Climbing Tower to the Rifle Range and everywhere in between. You will have the opportunity to develop your personal and scouting skills during the week through teaching scout skills to younger scouts and assisting staff in camp-wide programs. Just as importantly, you have the opportunity to demonstrate your talents for the staff and have a leg up in the hiring process for permanent Summer Staff.
There will be two 3-week sessions for Counselors in Training held in the 2021 Season. The two CIT Sessions are capped at 20 CITs for each session, and attendance of all 3 weeks is required for the certificate of completion.
CIT Session 1: May 30 – June 19 (Sessions 1-3 of the traditional program)
CIT Session 2: June 21 – July 10 (Sessions 4-6 for the traditional program)
Your Three Weeks as a CIT at Camp Geronimo
Check in for the sessions will be on the first Sunday morning from 8 am -10 am with move in and the first introductory trainings to be conducted in the afternoon of the first day after the CITs settle in.
Each session will utilize the Patrol Method in providing Counselors in Training with a true scouting experience. CIT’s will gain experience rotating through two or three program areas around Camp Geronimo to understand how staff members and area directors provide the mountain top experience to all campers.
CITs will work most mornings in their assigned program areas from 8 am to 12 pm. In the afternoons, CITs will be provided with a robust curriculum that instills leadership, customer service, teaching strategies and an understanding of who they are as they build a resume of skills to build them up to be future counselors and area directors.
Over the course of the 3-week session, Counselors in Training will go from shadowing their counselor counterparts to instructing a portion of a lesson to delivering a full lesson in their program area that is engaging and compelling to campers. Some of the highlights of this new curriculum for Counselors in Training are:
- Behind the scenes look at and instructional training in almost every program area.
- Customer Service training inspired by Disney-based models.
- Leadership skills inspired by NYLT and Wood Badge Trainings.
- Teaching and Training models developed by professional teachers.
- Life skills training to prepare CITs in marketing themselves through resume building activities.
Click here to review the 2020 Camp Geronimo CIT Program.
- Age 14-15 (16 and above should apply as staff).
- Able to work at camp for three weeks when your troop is not in camp.
- A current BSA registration and complete up to date health form.
The CIT Program fees are $375 for the three week program. Program includes staff shirt, patch, program supplies, leadership training courses, and meals for the three weeks.
CIT Session 1: May 30 – June 19
(Sessions 1-3 of the traditional program)
CIT Session 2: June 21 – July 10
(Sessions 4-6 for the traditional program)