Art Camp would not be as successful as it is if it were not for the leadership and energy of returning counselors. Many of these counselors begin as counselors-in-training (CITs) and are a vital part of the ongoing training and development of the youth counselor program. CITs love being around younger children, have an interest in the arts and/or global cultures, and must be 14 – 15 years of age.
CITs become familiar with most aspects of camp and abide by the same expectations as those of the rest of the staff 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. See Counselor job descriptions for details.
CITs typically work between 1 and 3 weeks depending on need and availability and are required to attend the Counselor Orientation usually held the Friday or Saturday before the first week of camp. CITs are volunteer positions and earn Service Credits for their time spent developing leadership experience and will receive a Certificate of Service at the end of the summer.
NOTE TO PARENTS OF COUNSELORS-IN-TRAINING
We are happy that you are supporting your child’s interest in joining Grace Art Camp staff as a Counselor-in-Training! Based on our experience, it is very important for upcoming CITs to take a year or two off between being an art camper and a counselor.
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 high school and college years. If you have questions about how you might best support them through the process, please contact the Director, Ashley Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
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