Counselors in Training
The Camp Chewonki Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is an immersive training experience for young people that aims to provide them with the necessary professional and personal skills to serve as successful leaders at Chewonki, in their own communities, and beyond.
This program will teach participants effective communication skills, an awareness of group dynamics and facilitation, and best practices in risk management and youth development. As the program advances, participants will be expected to make use of the skills they have learned by assuming progressively greater levels of responsibility on the trail and in camp.
Counselors-in-Training will take part in a 3-day Lifeguarding course, a 5-day Wilderness Advanced First Aid course, and plan, prepare and lead their own multi-day wilderness trip. Upon completion of the program, successful CITs will have earned certifications in Lifeguarding and WAFA and will display competence across a broad range of leadership and outdoor skills.
Ideal CIT candidates will have a clear understanding of Chewonki’s mission and purpose, a growth mindset and a desire to make the transition from participant to staff member. They will have participated in leadership and community building skill development on a Chewonki wilderness trip or similar experience. They are also committed to understanding and living out the values outlined in Chewonki’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Framework. While the CIT program is designed to prepare individuals to be successful future employees at Chewonki, the program does not guarantee future employment.
To apply for the Chewonki CIT program, please complete a standard Camp Chewonki program application. Once the camp office has received your initial application, you will be sent a link to additional application questions to complete prior to scheduling an interview with Charlie, Emily, and/or Jen. If accepted, additional program information will be shared with you in the spring.