Counselor-In-Training Program

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The Camp Hollis Counselor-In-Training Program is an ever-growing and evolving part of our residential summer camping program. It provides a camp experience for youth who are over the age requirement for campers, yet tooA counselor in training young to work as counselors.

This experience provides an interactive experiential learning environment for teens ages 15 and 16. The philosophy behind the program is to provide an inside view into how a camp runs, and the responsibilities of those who run it.

  • 15-year-old program - A 4 week program in which the CIT participates in kitchen work, assists Group Activity Leaders, and performs other camp operations duties.

  • 16-year-old program - (Junior Counselors) A 8 week program in which some CITs help with planning and programming with Group Activity Leaders and some learn about kitchen duties and meal prep. This CIT is more interactive with campers in a leadership role. This group will be responsible for a large project for the improvement of camp. CITs who work as Junior Counselors receive $700. CITs who work as kitchen trainees earn $1,050.

The CIT program, whether for the 4 or 8 week component, is a live-in position. Both room and board are provided for the CIT. There are great benefits of participating in the program:

  • Experience working with a team
  • A foot in the door with Camp Hollis
  • Valuable training in camp operations
  • FUN!
  • Memories of a lifetime

Participation in the program, while a good first experience and an opportunity to make her/himself known, does not guarantee any CIT future employment with Camp Hollis.

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Oswego City-County Youth Bureau/Parks and Recreation
70 Bunner St. Oswego, NY 13126 315-349-3451