Volunteer as a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) for the Champaign County Forest Preserve District! Read below for information and please contact Cathy Schneider at [email protected] with additional questions.
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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. Most CIT opportunities are weekly and cover 2 to 4 weeks during the summer.
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
• Valuable job experience for the future
How do I become a CIT?
CIT applicants prepare an application and are interviewed before being accepted into the program. Upon being accepted into the program, all participants are required to attend a 1 ½ hour orientation. CITs can expect to work roughly 2 ½ hours a week depending upon which 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, helping with specific camp activities each week, attending the orientation meeting, and communicating with the CIT Coordinator and camp leaders.
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!