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C.I.T. Program

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CIT 2022
Counselor-In-Training (C.I.T.s) is a program for Grades 9-12 who enjoy spending time with children and want to help the community while learning leadership skills. C.I.T.s are expected at camp between the hours of 8:00 am-4:00 pm daily for their registered week(s). Participants will partake in all camp activities, have the opportunity to lead a craft/activity station, and participate in weekly leadership training and meeting with the Camp Leadership Staff.

The C.I.T. Application Process:
     1. Review the C.I.T. Info Sheet (in the form section below) with a parent/guardian.
     2. Get a reference letter from a coach, teacher, or principal.
     3. Fill out the application form.
     4. Submit your application packet (application and reference letter) to Lexi Polasek,
     Recreation Supervisor, by May 3, 2023, in one of the following ways:
Via e-mail in an attachment to:
          -Mailed to Parks and Recreation Office. 
          -Hand the application packet to the Parks and Recreation Office.
      5. Once the application is received, candidates will be contacted for an interview.
      6. After the interview process, successful candidates will receive an offer letter.
     7. Successful candidates will then need to confirm the training dates and meetings listed in the offer letter. 
     8. After the requested C.I.T. weeks are confirmed: register on this page (below). 
Payment needs to be completed by May 16, 2023.

Any application packets submitted after May 3, 2023, will not be accepted.
Only Weeks 3 and 4 are available for the C.I.T. Program as of 5/4/23. 
Southbury Parks and Recreation's address to mail or turn applications to: 
               Southbury Parks and Recreation
               ATTN: Lexi Polasek
               561 Main Street South
               Southbury, CT 06488


All approved candidates will not be financially compensated if accepted as a C.I.T. This entire process is part of the paid program for all C.I.T.s to learn the tools to succeed in future interviews and develop leadership skills.

NOTE: If a C.I.T. is accepted for all 6 weeks of camp, a $106 discount is applied to the weeks 1-6 package. 

Take-away experiences for C.I.T.'s in the program: 
-Opportunity to attend a state-wide event held through the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association called Camp College on Saturday, June 3 from 9am-2:30pm at Southern Connecticut State University. During Camp College, C.I.T.'s will get the opportunity to tour a state college, go to their choice of sessions to enhance their skills, and network with other towns/cities throughout Connecticut. 

-Speciality leadership training from Empower Leadership, click here to view their website and training experience. Empower will come to Southbury Parks and Recreation on Saturday, June 24 from 10am-12:30pm to focus on leadership skills such as self-accountability, effective communication, overcoming barriers to communication, collaboration, improving confidence, and more!

-Additional training with Southbury Parks and Recreation staff.

-C.I.T. workbooks that track progress made with the Assistant Camp Director on their weekly goals, how they achieve these goals, and reflections on their experiences each week.

-Team Building Opportunities with other C.I.T.'s, camp staff, and campers while camp is in session.

-Enhance public speaking and leadership skills through running craft/activity stations during the week with a camp staff member.

-C.I.T.'s will get the experience of the camp from a leadership perspective, and still get to experience the joys of camp. Once a week C.I.T.'s will chose an activity to do together without the campers.

-The C.I.T. Program is an excellent resume builder! (Especially when applying to be a Parks and Recreation Camp Counselor!)

* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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