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?

Unfortunately, the CIT program is delayed until the summer of 2022 due to public health concerns. Our number one priority is to ensure a healthy and safe experience, and we couldn’t accomplish that with current guidelines. CCFPD has other teen volunteer opportunities; please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sue Gallo (sgallo@ccfpd.org) for more information.

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: TBD

Unfortunately, the CIT program is delayed until the summer of 2022 due to public health concerns. Our number one priority is to ensure a healthy and safe experience, and we couldn’t accomplish that with current guidelines. CCFPD has other teen volunteer opportunities; please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sue Gallo (sgallo@ccfpd.org) for more information.