Counselor In Training (CIT)

Wild Earth’s Counselor In Training program is for teens who are ready for a summer of serving others and growing into their leadership skills.

For teens looking for a Wild Earth summer focused on honing their skills, connecting with peers, and having a blast, we recommend our 4-week Ropes: Wilderness Summer Camp for Teens.

Before starting as a CIT at Wild Earth, we strongly encourage 2-years of participation at Ropes: Wilderness Camp for Teens. Those who have completed two-years of Ropes Summer Camp are exempt from completing requirements 2 & 3 of the first year CIT requirements.

Age: 14 years or older by start of camp.
Experience: Previous experience in a Wild Earth Camp or equivalent.
Qualities: Counselors In Training (CITs) at Wild Earth’s summer camp focus on serving others and growing their leadership skills. CITs are expected to demonstrate patience, responsibility, teamwork, self-care and readiness to focus on campers, the land, and the program ahead.

All CITs must attend the following:

Mandatory CIT Initiation: Fri, June 28, 2019: 4pm-9pm

This evening will be filled with skills, games, conversations and expansive experiences guided by caring mentors. This is a chance for CITs to come together as a crew of young leaders before summer camp begins.

Mandatory Summer Camp Staff Orientation: Sat, June 29, 2019: 9am-5pm

At this orientation, instructing teams will gather together to meet one another, prepare the land and begin making plans for camp. Orientation will take place at whatever camp location you are attending first.

Information for 1st Year CITs:

How To Apply:

1. Complete Wild Earth’s Summer Camp Job Application by February 1

2. Upon completing your application, you will receive an email from our staff to schedule an interview which will take place between March 10 and April 20.

You will hear back from us about your participation in Wild Earth’s CIT program promptly after you complete your CIT interview. Please know that specific camp placements may not be made until as late as June, shortly before the start of camp. A summer as a CIT is about service and CITs will be placed where they are most needed.

1st Year CIT Requirements:

1. Volunteer* at (at least) one Wild Earth program during the school year to demonstrate:

  • Self Care: Show up rested, prepared, and ready for the day.
  • Role Modeling: Remain aware that younger children are following the example that you set.
  • Facilitation: Lead a game, song, or skill while you are volunteering at a program.

Please come to your interview prepared with the youth program and date that you are able to volunteer at. To view our year round youth program schedule please visit the website: https://wildearth.org/youth

*Those attending Atlatl Boys or Artemis Moon Girls will fulfill the volunteer requirement within the program. Additional volunteering is not required.

2. Complete at least two of the following to demonstrate:

3. Complete at least one of the following and bring it with you to your interview to demonstrate:

  • Finish a coal-burned spoon.
  • Take a picture of a figure 4 trap you’ve carved and set.
  • Make a bow-drill fire on your own kit.
  • Finish a net bag for your water bottle.
  • Make as much cordage as you are tall (no raffia/hemp).

If the above options are not a fit for you, make something you are interested in learning more about or something you already have a passion for. For example: moccasins, medicine pouch, paracord belt, pine needle basket, leather knife sheath, scarf with naturally dyed wool, digging stick, herbal salve, piece of clothing, etc.

Projects that have already been created previously do not meet this requirement. CITs are required to begin a new project to fulfill this piece.

Information for 2nd and 3rd Year CITs:

How To Apply:

1. Complete Wild Earth’s Summer Camp Job Application by February 1

2. Upon completing your application, you will receive an email from our staff to schedule an interview which will take place between March 10 and April 20.

At this meeting we will:

  • Discuss last year’s experience and form goals for the upcoming summer
  • Discuss added responsibilities as a 2nd or 3rd year CIT
  • Arrange a volunteer position for you in one of our spring programs. Returning CITs are required to volunteer for at least one day of a Wild Earth youth program during the school year. Please come to your interview prepared with the youth program and date that you are able to volunteer at. To view our year round youth program schedule please visit the website: https://wildearth.org/youth
  • NOTE: CITs that are participating in our year-round Ropes Wilderness Program for Teens or have already volunteered for a fall youth program are exempt from this requirement.

You will hear back from us about your participation in Wild Earth’s CIT program promptly after you complete your CIT interview. Please know that specific camp placements may not be made until as late as June, shortly before the start of camp. A summer as a CIT is about service and CITs will be placed where they are most needed.

Requirements for 2nd and 3rd Year CITs:

1. Volunteer* at (at least) one Wild Earth program during the school year to demonstrate:

  • Self Care: Show up rested, prepared, and ready for the day.
  • Role Modeling: Remain aware that younger children are following the example that you set.
  • Facilitation: Lead a game, song, or skill while you are volunteering at a program.

Please come to your interview prepared with the youth program and date that you are able to volunteer at. To view our year round youth program schedule please visit the website: https://wildearth.org/youth

*Those attending year-round Ropes Wilderness Program for Teens or have already volunteered for a fall youth program are exempt from this requirement.

Additional Information for 2nd and 3rd year CITs:

Many skilled and experienced 14 & 15 year olds join us unpaid CITs at summer camp and throughout the year. For 15 year olds, volunteering is the best way to stay involved in Wild Earth.

Each summer, we are able to provide a few paid CIT roles. These positions are awarded to returning CITs who have demonstrated excellence prior to summer camp.

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