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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 Summer Camp at St. Edward State Park. Build your leadership, teaching and group management skills supporting campers ages 6-11 while they hike, play, learn, craft and make friends, all 100% outdoors! Heartwood is free of charge for all CITs. This is a volunteer program and counts toward community service hours.


Information and Requirements

CITS must meet the following requirements:​

  • Enjoy working and interacting with young children.

  • 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.  No cell phones are allowed except during the 30-minute lunch break. 

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

  • Wear a wristwatch.

  • Demonstrate an interest in learning about the natural environment.

  • 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.


Typical responsibilities:

  • Assist supervising adult with group management during lessons.

  • 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. 

  • Attend and actively participate in meetings with supervising adult and other staff members before camp and as needed.

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

  • Take a 30-minute break each day.

  • Pack and eat nutritious and filling lunch and snack.

  • Stay hydrated.

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

2023 Weeks Offered:

Week 1: June 26 - 30

Week 2: July 3 - 7* (no camp on 7/4)

Week 3: July 10 - 14

Week 4: July 17 - 21

Week 5: July 24 - 28

Week 6: July 31 - August 4

Camps Times - Depending upon which camp you enroll in, your camp time is as follows:

Camp Wildwood, ages 6-11: 8:45am-3:30pm

Camp Heronswood, ages 5-9: 9:30am-2:30pm

Camp Bigleaf, ages 4-6: 8:45am-12:45pm

Required Training:

Sunday, June 4th 1pm - 4 pm at Saint Edward State Park

Program fee:

Free, this is a volunteer position.


Apply Here!


Counselors in Training 2023

The CIT application window is open!

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

Our team will start reviewing applications on February 27th. 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 weeks of camp within 2 - 4 weeks of your application submittal date. If you have a friend that you would like to volunteer with, make they have already submitted their application, or that they submit it within 1 week of yours for the best chance of being grouped together. Friend requests are not guaranteed. To check the status of your application, please email us at


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