Counselors In Training (CIT)
Where teens enjoy outdoor adventures, camp activities, earn SSL hours, and develop leadership and Camp Counselor skills.Registration Opens January 17, 2023
“Teamwork; working with other counselors to help campers have a great time”
~ Garrett P. 2020 Counselor
CIT Summer Camp Program
Ages 15–16 (must be 15 by June 1, 2021)
- 15:1 child-to-staff ratio
- $480 per 2–week session
- Two-week session dates:
- Session 1
- Session 2
- Session 3
- Session 4
Claire LOVES all things Butler camp - it is why she has attended the camp every year from preschool to middle school, and why she looks forward to the day when she can become a Butler counselor!
~Andy S., 2020 Camp Program
Counselors In Training CIT
Our program for CITs provides an excellent training ground for teens who are interested in taking on more responsibility, earning SSL hours, and getting valuable work experience, in addition to making new friends and enjoying summer fun.
CITs are under the direction and guidance of a Program Director who meets with them throughout the week to assist them in their training process. The Director will instruct them on their duties, the requirements of their role as assistants to camp staff, and “debrief” with them to assess their job performance and resolve any challenges in their work. This program is highly recommended for young adults who are considering working at a youth camp.
Applicants for this program must submit a brief essay stating why they would like to get experience at Butler Camp as a Counselor In Training, and mention the activity area where they would most like to focus their time. CIT's will be able to earn a minimum of 20 SSL hours per session. Spaces are limited, so apply early!
Sample Day at Camp
9:00 am Arrive and meet with counselors
CIT will follow daily schedules of groups that they will be working with throughout the session. This might include leading a hike, creating an arts and crafts lesson plan, or helping with the zipline.
The primary goal for the CIT program is to provide strong leadership and training which gives CITs the opportunity to become future counselors or excel in other workforce environments.
What Your Child Needs
- Water bottle – refillable
- Extra change of clothes
- Bug spray
- Creek shoes/boots
- Valuable experience supervising younger campers and organizing/leading activities
- A minimum of 20 SSL (Student Service Learning) hours per session that are accepted by Montgomery County Public Schools
- Problem-solving, leadership, decision-making, risk assessment, communication skills, and responsibility and follow-through in dealing with a “supervisor” and co-workers