At the beginning of a session, CITs fill out interest forms to inform the CIT directors of the activities they want to try, are nervous to try, and definitely don’t want to try. Based on these interest forms, the CIT directors schedule the teens to their activities each hour. Even though the CIT is there to help the staff member leading the activity, they still have the chance to participate.
Some CITs decide to intern as Junior Instructors (JIs) in our specialty summer camp programs: kayaking, climbing, lakefront, drama or horseback riding. They work with our talented staff as apprentices in their chosen program areas, learning marketable skills, instructional techniques and safety regulations, and assisting with preparation and maintenance chores. As a JI, the teen spends the majority of their day in that program area. This might mean they have less time to do other activities, but it gives the CIT a chance to master that area and even teach younger campers skills.
*Please note, if a CIT wants to take riding lessons, he or she has to be a JI in the equestrian program.