“Leadership is action, not position.”   – Donald H. McGannon

Art Camp would not be as successful as it is if it were not for the leadership and energy of returning counselors.  Many  counselors begin as CITs and are a vital part of the ongoing training and  development of the youth counselor program.

CITs must be 14 to 15 years of age to work as a counselor-in-training, love being around younger children, and have an interest in the arts and/or global cultures. They become familiar with most aspects of camp, are vital to Grace Art Camp’s on going success, and abide by the same expectations of Grace Art Camp staff and campers.

CITs learn to become counselors by assisting in color groups and in studios throughout the week by supporting campers alongside color and studio counselors. CITs experience a range of art studios artists as well as a wide range of children of different ages. See Counselor job descriptions here for details.

CITs are volunteer positions and earn Service Credits for their time spent developing their leadership experience at camp and will receive a Certificate of Service upon the final week of completion. This service satisfies service credit requirements for community service and leadership experience.

CITs typically work 1 – 4 weeks depending on need and availability. All counselors and CITs are required to attend the Art Camp Orientation held on the Friday or Saturday before the first week of camp.

Parents of  potential CITs, please refer here for more information.

We are currently accepting CIT applications through May 31, after which we will keep late applications on file should openings occur (and they usually do!).


For  a broader sense of how each role fits within the larger community, please be sure to check out these other pages:
Counseling Staff

For more information please contact the Director, Ashley Smith at

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