Counselor in Training

Volunteer as a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) For the Champaign County Forest Preserve District.

What is a CIT?

A counselor-in-Training (CIT) is a mature individual between the ages of 11-17 and helps to supervise campers and assists with camp activities each week.  CITs should have a passion for nature and/or cultural history and a desire to share this with others.

Why Should I be a CIT?

The CIT program’s goal is to give you an opportunity to make a positive difference in the world one step at a time! This goal will be accomplished by helping you to develop a positive work ethic that you can apply to any leadership experience. In turn, our CITs will be able to transfer their love of nature and/or cultural history to the camp participants; members of our future generation!

Each CIT will receive:

• a Champaign County Forest Preserve Volunteer T-shirt to keep

• an end-of-camp evaluation

• an invitation to our CIT Recognition Dinner

• opportunities to develop leadership skills

How do I become a CIT?

Space is limited; apply now! Applications are found below and due April 13, 2020. You must be between the ages of 11 and 17 to apply. Interviews begin in May. For more information, please contact Catherine Schneider at (217) 896-2455, or

CIT applicants prepare an application with references and are interviewed before being accepted into the program. Upon being accepted into the program, all members are required to attend a 1 ½ hour orientation. CITs can expect to work a range of 2 ½ to 6 hours a week depending upon how many camps they are assisting with. CITs are required to arrive a half hour before camp starts to help prepare and to stay a half hour after to help clean up. CIT responsibilities include the following: being a role model for campers, leading specific camp activities each week, attending the orientation meeting, recording volunteer hours, and completing evaluations for each day of camp and for the overall CIT experience.

Please be aware everyone who applies and interviews is not guaranteed a spot as a CIT. There are numerous volunteer opportunities at the CCFPD and someone will work with you to find the right fit!

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Important Dates:

Required CIT Orientation 4-5:30PM

May 28: Mischievious Kid’s Camp CITs meet at the Museum of the Grand Prairie

June 3: All Homer Lake CITs meet at the Interpretive Center

June 4: Lake of the Woods CITs meet at the Elks Lake Pavilion

CIT Recognition Dinner 6-7:30PM (optional)

July 28: Location to be announced

Camp Dates:

There will be no camp June 29 – July 3 for all camps

Lake of the Woods Preserve in Mahomet

A Mischievous Kid’s Guide to Life

CITs  for this camp must be at least 14 years old

Tuesday to Friday, June 2 – June 5


Museum of the Grand Prairie


Garden Adventures Day Camp

Tuesdays, June 9-July 21


Discovery Garden


Grand Prairie Kids

Wednesdays, June 10-July 8


Museum of the Grand Prairie


Eco-Adventures Day Camp

June 11-July 23

10am-11:30 am or 1pm-2:30 pm

Thursdays or Fridays

Elks Lake Pavilion


Tiny Tots Garden Camp

Thursdays, June 11-July 22


Discovery Garden


Homer Lake Forest Preserve in Homer:

Eco-Adventures Day Camp

June 11-July 24

10am-11:30 am or 1pm-2:30 pm

Tuesdays or Wednesdays

Homer Lake Interpretive Center