Counselors-in-Training (CITs) are volunteers at camp who assist color or studio counselors, help guide campers, and provide a welcoming atmosphere in a crucial volunteer role. Many of our counselors begin as CITs and are vital to the ongoing training and development of our youth counselor program.  CITs tend to work alongside color counselors but can also be assigned to work in specific studios supporting the studio artists.

CITs become familiar with most aspects of camp and abide by the same staff expectations as all staff, volunteers, and campers. They learn to become counselors by assisting in color groups and in studios throughout the week by supporting campers alongside color and studio counselors. CITs are not guaranteed counselor positions once they are 16, but many do apply as counselors. It is helpful, but not necessary, to have been an art camper previously.

CITs earn community service hours for their volunteer time spent developing leadership experience and will receive a Certificate of Service at the end of the summer.

Qualifications for CITs

  • 14 – 15 years of age — based on our experience, it is very important for CITs to take a year or two off  between being an art camper and a counselor.
  • Have experience caring for younger children and some love and passion in one or more artistic areas of interest via their high school or through other lessons.
  • Attend the required Grace Art Camp Orientation on Saturday morning June 20, 2020.
  • Available to work 2-3 weeks – at least two of the weeks should be consecutive.
  • Because camp is organized into weekly sessions, full-time attendance for the assigned weeks is required.
  • The CIT program does not ensure employment as a camp counselor at 16 years of age.
  • Communicate directly with Grace Institute hiring staff during the application, training, assignment, and performance process.
  • Are 14 years of age and older, and agree to a background check.


We are happy that you are supporting your child’s interest in joining Grace Art Camp as volunteer staff! It is important for young people to go through the application process themselves – from inquiry to application submission to interview.  We are interested in their own perspectives and it is an excellent life skill to develop by initiating contact of their own accord.  In this way, we get to know these potential counselors better and begin cultivating a relationship with them from the beginning.

Our most successful counselors embrace this responsibility and enjoy taking ownership in what can be a significant part of their summer as well as into their high school and college years. If you have questions about how you might best support your child through this process, please contact the Camp Director, Sharon Loomis-Malin:

CIT Application 2021

Submit completed 3-page Application and Resume to:
Sharon Loomis-Malin, Camp Director
Grace Art Camp, 1535 NE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

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