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Counselor-In-Training [CIT]

Great For: Must have finished tenth grade, be an earnest student of Christian Science and have some activity skills
Dates: Two 5-week groups: June 2 - July 6; July 6 - Aug. 9
Price: $1375 tuition fee
Enroll Online: Click here to enroll online
Applications: Campership Application
CIT - Counselor-In-Training
 

Course Description: Gain practical instruction, hands-on experience, and mentoring in the art of counseling at CedarS. Attend morn­ing classes led by Staff Development Directors on engaging campers in Bible Lesson study, teaching safe and fun activities, caring for campers, fostering cabin harmony, hosting at meals, and more. Live in cabins (for 2 weeks of the course at least) alongside role-model senior counselors and learn how they work with campers. Assist with camp activities and prepare to lead your own.  Apply Christian Science at new levels as you grow in selfless awareness, ego-free responsibility, and unconditional love. Top graduates hired back as paid staff.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What are the qualifications in order to become a CIT?

In order to be CIT you must be going into your junior year of high school or be 16 years of age or older. You must be actively practicing Christian Science, have some degree of developed ability in a least one camp activity and have references that speak to your readiness for this level of responsibility. You must verify that you have never been convicted of abuse or crimes related to children. You must then submit an application to be reviewed to complete the process.

How do I know if I am ready to be a CIT?

Being a CIT is a commitment to selflessly serve CedarS, the campers, other staff members, and the overall harmony of the camp in a Christian Science atmosphere. If you are willing to selflessly serve, commit to growing in Christian Science, and being a part of a loving, supportive, and inclusive atmosphere then you are ready to be a CIT. If you want to be a counselor for social reasons or just because your friends are doing it, then those are not motives that will set you up for success throughout the course.

If I am signed up to be a CIT what can I do beforehand to prepare?

Metaphysically, you can begin by praying for camp, the upcoming summer, and for a harmonious experience for all. You will be emailed the metaphysical theme for the summer, so make sure you are studying this and familiarizing yourself with the theme before you get to camp.

Practically, you should contact any friends and family that might want to get in touch with you and let them know that you may not always be reachable 24/7. You will have a weekly day off, an hour off almost every day, occasional nights off, and several times per week at night once the campers go to bed to use your phone and contact friends and family.

You should also get any certifications before coming to camp that you can get. CedarS will pay for the cost of your certification through reimbursement as needed. Certifications that are helpful to have at camp are: Red Cross Lifeguard, Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Missouri boating license, Eagle Scout award, Girl Scout Gold Award, experience in theater, and more.  

What should I expect to give during the CIT course?

During your time as a CIT you are expected to constantly give. While there are many benefits and things gained from being a counselor, what is most important is making camping at the CedarS fun in a Christian Science environment for all the campers. You are expected to be constantly striving to express the Five Fundamentals that CedarS was founded on which are:

  1. We regard each individual at camp as a child of God who reflects alertness, joy, peace, ability, love…
  2. We respect each individual Christian Science young person as a (present and) future worker in the Christian Science movement.
  3. We stand firm in our desire to use Christian Science in all of our actions and to be god examples. 
  4. We believe that all have certain interests and talents, and we want to do all we can to further these and at the same time introduce new activities and interests.
  5. We expect to make camping at the CedarS fun!

What should I expect to get out of the CIT course?

While completing the CIT course you will gain many practical skills that will help you in your life both at CedarS and at home. You will be able to successfully work in a team structure, gain the ability to make decisions and problem solve, communicate verbally, learn how to effectively plan and organize work, and gain the ability to influence and lead others. All of these and more are listed in a recent Forbes survey of the top ten skills employers most wanted in college graduates.

Why should I consider CedarS as a career during my high school and college years?

In addition to all the reasons and gains listed above, CedarS is a great environment to grow and develop yourself as an individual. Upon successful completion of the course you can be hired back as a senior counselor, followed by a cabin leader, an assistant director, a program director, and more! This leadership progression is not something that you will likely be able to find in any other summer career path throughout high school and college.

You will also earn professional and character references from people holding leadership positions and the executive team that will serve you now and years to come. These references will be personal and detailed that will give colleges or future employer’s examples of your strengths and what you can best contribute to a professional or educational space.

What is required of me to successfully complete the CIT course?

During your course you will attend daily morning meetings run by your Staff Development Directors, plan and lead a cabin Bible Lesson Study as well as a camp activity, live in a cabin alongside senior staff with campers, host meals, learn how to care for campers and respond to a variety of certain situations, and more. In order to complete the course you must demonstrate that you are able to do all of the above successfully while expressing selfless awareness in a Christian Science atmosphere.

Should I come for the first or second group of CITs if they both work logistically for me?

The second group! CedarS often has more campers during the second half of the summer so there will be more campers for you to help with and enjoy. The second CIT group typically is smaller than the first group so you will have more one-on-one with the Staff Development Directors to learn and get individual feedback, as well as more opportunities to step up and lead both in and out of the cabin atmosphere. For the past several years in the second group have lived in a cabin alongside campers for both sessions as a CIT. However, CITs in the first group often need to live outside of the cabin away from the campers for a session due to a larger CIT class and a smaller camper enrollment during this time of year.

Am I allowed to start the CIT course even if I can’t complete all 5 weeks in one summer?

Yes! Although we recommend completing all 5 weeks in one summer, we recognize that logistically this may not work for everyone. If this is something that applies to you please indicate that on your application and someone from the executive team will be in contact with you.

When would be the best timing to do this?

It is important to start the course at the beginning of either the first group of the second group. This is due to the course being structured with a logical progression of curriculum that is important to take in order. This allows for a fluid transition and lines up with the curriculum of the CIT course well so you are learning alongside the rest of the CIT class and not catching up with what they have already learned. When you come back to complete the course in future summers, you are suggested to pick back up where you left off with the course in terms of the timing of the curriculum. If you have any questions about the timing please contact the office before making any plans.

What do the different types of CITs mean?

A Counselor-in-Training (CIT) is anyone who has not graduated high school yet. A Junior-Counselor-in-Training is someone who has graduated from high school and but is not yet 18 years old.  A Senior-Counselor-in-Training (SCIT) is someone who has aready graduated from high school and is at least 18 years old. The only difference between these positions is the hours for the time off you receive during the summer and whether you get paid or not (only applicable to SCITs). The application process and the course is the same for all levels, and your contract will state which position you fall under.

What happens after I complete the CIT course?

You will complete the course with a high pass, pass, low pass, or fail, and based this outcome you may be eligible for a position for the following summer. All CITs who pass the course are eligible to apply for a paid position for future summers. All applications are usually posted in January and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. You will receive a certificate along with many directors and senior staff that will be willing to write quality letters of recommendations, college references, and more.

Why should someone consider completing the CIT course?

“I had been coming to camp as the camper, and now I was here to serve others. It was a humble blessing to give back to a place that had directly served me. I still feel the same unwavering Love and blessings from going from camper to counselor, if not more. Being a CIT was an invaluable lesson in selflessness, love, joy, humility, etc.” – Katie C.

“If you have loved being a camper in the past and want to give back to camp, or if you are new and want to learn all there is to know, being a counselor is for you. Counselors get to continue enjoying the best part of camp- the incredible atmosphere, while having the responsibility to make a difference at camp and impact kid's lives.” – Alex C.


What did you value the most about the CIT course and how has it benefited your life outside of CedarS? 

“I value the trust the camp puts in new counselors to fully take on the responsibility of being a leader. We aren't segregated or watching from a distance; rather, we are in on the hands-on learning experience. Outside of Cedars, I see my perspective of children has held more to the constant idea of pureness and innocence even when behavior seems challenging. I strive diligently to see that wholeness now, and it is a new way I am applying CS in my life.” – Katie C.

“Learning the significance of professionalism has prepared me for other work environments. I was able to learn more about school and careers options by having fellow counselors that were easy to consult with and ready to pass-on experience.” – Alex C.

"I loved that throughout the CIT class we were able to demonstrate what we were learning daily in the cabins! The majority of our learning, I feel, took place in the cabins where we are indirectly trained by our amazing Co-Counselors! Through completing the CIT course, I have learned how to be a greater leader, how to be responsible, and how to be independent!" – Addison C.

 

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