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Counselor in Training
Ages 12-17


Summer Camp Counselor in Training 


Join us this summer as a Counselor in Training (CIT), previously called Junior Counselors, for our 100% outdoor summer camp at St. Edward State Park.

Build your leadership, teaching, and group management skills supporting campers ages 4-11 while they hike, play, learn, craft and make friends!

This is a volunteer program and counts toward community service hours.


Information and Requirements

CITS must meet the following requirements:​

  • Ages 12 - 17 (12 by Aug 31st is ok)

  • Enjoy working and interacting with young children.

  • Respects leadership.

  • Be sociable.

  • Actively engage with campers in a positve manner and help out where needed.

  • If you are looking to hang out by yourself, or just with friends, this is not the volunteer job for you.

  • Take the role of CIT seriously.

  • Exhibit sound judgment and act in a responsible and safe manner.

  • Enjoy being a part of a team.

  • Follow camp rules and directions from staff.

  • Participate fully in camp activities.  

  • Demonstrate a desire to develop leadership skills and embrace acting as a role model for young children.​

  • Demonstrate an interest in learning about the natural environment.

  • No cell phones are allowed except during CIT break times. 

  • Wear a wristwatch to keep time, rather than your phone.

  • Attend ONE mandatory CIT training session.

  • Be committed to volunteering for the FULL week of camp(s) you are assigned.

  • Communicate in a timely manner if you need to be absent/late or need to leave early due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances.

  • Read and follow Heartwood's Participant Rules and Guidelines.

  • Read through CIT Roles & Responsibilites document prior to training.


Typical responsibilities:

  • Assist supervising adult with group management during lessons.

  • Engage with campers and help ensure campers are having a good time and making friends.

  • Lead songs, games, and activities.

  • Organize materials and supplies.

  • Help clean-up after activities and at the end of the day.

  • Learn new things about nature.

  • Help out with the end-of-the-week festivities. 

  • Daily meeting with camp director.

  • Communicate openly with supervising adult when problems or concerns arise.

  • Take daily CIT breaks at assigned times each day.

  • Pack and eat nutritious and filling lunch and snack.

  • Stay hydrated.

  • Check in and out with the camp director when arriving or leaving the camp area for any reason.


Required CIT Training:

Sunday, June 2nd

1pm - 3pm

Saint Edward State Park

Camp CIT Dates & Times

Time allows for a 10-minute meeting with the camp director prior to the camper check-in time.

Camp Wildwood (ages 6-11)

8:35am - 3:30pm

Week A: June 27 - 28 

Week 1: July 1 - 5* (no camp 7/4)

Week 2: July 8 - 12

Week 3: July 15 - 19

Week 4: July 22 - 26

Week 5: July 29 - Aug 2

Week 6: Aug 5 - 9

Week 7: Aug 12 - 14 



Camp Heronswood (ages 5-9)

9:20am - 2:30pm

Week 3: July 15 - 19

Week 4: July 22 - 26

Camp Bigleaf (ages 4-6)

8:35am - 12:45pm

Week 1: July 1 - 5* (no camp on 7/4)

Week 2: July 8 - 12

Week 3: July 15 - 19

Week 4: July 22 - 26

Week 5: July 29 - Aug 2

Week 6: Aug 5 - 9

Program fee:

Free, this is a volunteer position.


Apply Here!


Counselors in Training 2024

Registration is Open!

Our team started reviewing applications on February 5th, 2024. The application window will stay open until we have filled all positions, with the latest possible closing date of May 15th, this may be much sooner if we have numerous early applicants. We aim to assign camp weeks within 1 - 4 weeks of your application submittal date.

Acceptance of position: If your applicant is accepted as a CIT, an email will be sent to you with the assigned camp week(s). You must respond to the email and accept the assigned camp week(s) within 7 days of this email, otherwise we will offer the camp week(s) to another applicant.

If you have a younger sibling registerd in our camp, we will do our best to assign you to the same camp weeks your sibling is attending if you have made a request in the sibling section of your application. 

If you have a friend that you would like to volunteer with, make sure they have submitted an application within 7 days of your submittal, and for the same camp week(s), for the best chance of being grouped together. Friend requests are not guaranteed. 

Note to Parents/Guardians: Ensure your applicant CIT has read the Requirements and Responsibilities listed in the above section prior to their application submittal. CITS must agree to and meet the requirements, and they must be eager to step up to this volunteer with position. 

The application needs to be filled out by both a parent/guardian and the CIT applicant. 

OPEN SPOTS, as of May 16:

Camp Wildwood

Week 3: July 15 - 19

Week 4: July 22 - 26

Week 5: July 29 - Aug 2

You are welcome to apply for weeks that are full, we will add you to the waitlist!

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