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Counselor in Training Program

The Counselor in Training (CIT) program at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation is critical to the success of the staff and the camp program. The majority of our camp staff have started as CITs. The elements of this program are the building blocks of our future staff.

The CIT program is designed to take 14 or 15 year old youth and give them a varied training experience. It is an intensive three or six week program, with all CITs living together in a site with the CIT Director and Assistant Director. There is no pay and there is no charge for food, board, or training while in the program. CITs will work in a different program area each week and will take part in training sessions designed for future counselors. 

The ideal CIT is self-motivated, has a good work ethic, a desire to learn, willingness to try out different parts of camp, is able to live without electronics, is able to maintain healthy living practices (does laundry, showers regularly, eats well, keeps living quarters tidy), and develops a positive relationship with the other CITs, staff, and campers throughout the summer. It is essential that potential CITs are aware that working at camp is a try-out to assess whether or not they would make valuable staff members. Working on the staff of Read is a unique opportunity combining physical and mental challenges, pushing youth towards leadership roles in the camp community while creating friendships and developing character.

Please the link below to download the CIT application. Applications must be submitted prior to May 1st, with the hiring process actually starting in February/March. All applicants that submit an application on time will be considered for positions equally, regardless of the date of the submittal.

CIT Application

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