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 Summer Camp staff are required to attend a one-day staff training from 9am-5pm on Sat, June 23, 2018.
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.
Earlier in the day Wild Earth instructors will be meeting up for a hands-on skill building training called Secret Camp. CITs are invited to join Secret Camp, but not obligated.
Each week you will meet one-on-one with your camp’s Program Director to check-in. This is an opportunity to discuss your growth goals, receive feedback, and to gain one-on-one support as you navigate the responsibilities and culture of Wild Earth camp. We want to make everyone’s camp experience the most it can possibly be! These check-ins will take place at camp and may require you to stay an extra 15-20 minutes after the camp day has ended.
At the end of each of your camp sessions, you will have a debrief meeting with your camp’s Program Director to reflect on your experience, receive feedback, and to celebrate completing that camp’s CIT experience. At Wild Earth, we deeply value debriefing our program experiences. We believe ample opportunities for reflection and integration lead to growth.
Did you know Wild Earth instructors have a secret camp that meets before we start our youth programs? Secret Camp is a one-day program where Wild Earth summer camp instructors are presented with experiential choice-based skills, games, songs, stories and opportunities for connection before camp starts.
Please contact Michaela, our volunteer coordinator, via firstname.lastname@example.org, about the programs you are interested in volunteering for and on what program dates you are available/interested.
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.
Returning CITs do not have to fulfill the first-year CIT requirements, but are required to schedule a meeting with our Program Director to discuss how you would like to build on your experience from a previous summer. After you have submitted your CIT job application, please be in touch with Michaela to schedule this meeting for March or April.
Returning CITs are required to volunteer in a Wild Earth youth program during the school year. CITs that are participating in our Ropes Wilderness Program for Teens are exempt from this requirement.
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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