Camps Airy & Louise offer older campers a unique program that enables them to learn to lead along with special age-appropriate fun programming. Our immersive program introduces rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders to what it takes to take charge. Over three summers, these campers develop leadership skills that serve them well at camp and throughout their lives.
Level 1: SENIOR TRAINEE (ST)
Campers entering grade 10 enjoy an introduction to leadership training over their 3-4 weeks at camp, learning basic team building strategies and the first steps in how to work with kids. Senior trainees receive 15 service hours at the completion of the program.
Level 2: COUNSELOR ASSISTANT (CA)
For rising 11th graders, Camps Airy & Louise offer a taste of counselor duties and responsibilities combined with dedicated mentorship from camp staff. At this level, CAs gain insight into dealing with situations like homesick campers. At the end of the 3-4 week long session, CAs receive 40 service hours.
Level 3: COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING (CIT)
CITs gear up for greatness as future Camp Airy & Louise staff, mastering leadership skills that will be used both in and outside of camp. CITs spend time participating in and learning about specific components of the operations of camp as well as learning skills related to childcare in a residential camp setting. Topics addressed for CITs include “What are the qualities of a good leader?” “Which Airy Louise staff member should you go to for a particular issue?” and “What kind of role model do I wish to be?” Campers who successfully complete the CIT program can apply to be a full member of our staff following graduation from high school.
Some school systems accept CIT program participation towards Community Service Hours. CITs receive 140 hours at the completion of the program. You should check with your guidance counselor prior to camp if this is an additional goal for summer.
Finally, if you’re considering participation in the CIT program, in particular, it’s important to enter with the mindset of seriously considering becoming a member of the camp staff. The excellent social side of a CIT summer should not be your primary focus when deciding to participate.
CIT PROGRAM ATTENDANCE POLICY
In order to successfully complete the Counselor-in-Training program, candidates are required to attend the entire seven-week CIT session, including a portion of staff orientation. Exceptions to this requirement will be made on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions, please contact the camp directly via firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE TRAINEE PROGRAM INCLUDES:
Aim: To gain a working knowledge of children in a camp setting.
- Participate in bunk routines (cleanup, meals, games, evening activities, etc.) Eg. STs participate in STorytime where they read a pre-bed story to a Unit A or Unit B bunk, and facilitate the ‘Louise Lends a Hand’ activity.
- Observe counselors in their leadership and teaching roles.
- Assist in planning special events and programs at an age appropriate level. Eg. CAs are given responsibility for a ‘Little Bunk’, where they spend time and act as a helper to the counselors on staff. They spend 2-4 hours each week planning and carrying out bunk-bonding activities.
- Assist in the supervision of campers.
Aim: To learn and teach specific camp activity skills to CAs and CITs.
- Participate in all aspects of leading and teaching activities.
- Assist in developing and supervising a wide range of activities.
- CAs can try out 2-3 departments to decide where they would like to train the following summer as a CIT.
Aim: To learn from a range of experiences that “giving back” is an essential part of Camps Airy & Louise.
- Trainees work on various projects within the camp community and with outside organizations throughout the summer.
REVIEWING, DEBRIEFING, AND DISCUSSING
Aim: To fully embrace key components of the Trainee experience.
- Review the day’s events, activities and/or experiences with the intent of learning from each element.
- Both positive and constructive input is considered to enhance their base leadership ability.
Aim: To give Trainees feedback as well as clear guidelines where improvement is needed. Method:
- Evaluations take place on a regular basis, both informally and formally.
Aim: Continuing to experience Camps Airy & Louise as a camper.
- Fun activities and programs focused on their age group
- Participation in camp-wide programming
- Special events and activities designed to recognize the extensive time commitment and energy that participants have made to the program.
- Each level enjoys a unique overnight experience:
- STs go to Cedar Point Ohio where they stay in a hotel, visit the beach and spend the day at Cedar Point Amusement Park.
- CAs go on what is affectionately called the “TriCAthalon”, a two-day overnight camping trip that includes hiking, biking and canoeing.