Saginaw Day Camp (SDC) offers a Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program for campers entering 9th and 10th grades that emphasizes self-confidence and responsibility and was designed to bridge the gap from being a camper to being a staff member. This program offers “the best of both worlds” as these individuals transition into the next stage of their development by offering a fun, recreational program in the mornings, while focusing on team building, staff training, mentorship, and more in the afternoon. This program requires a minimum of four weeks enrolled at SDC, and we are offering a free week to all who enroll for five or more weeks.
Through the discipline of team building, the CIT program will focus on many life skills such as leadership, organization and problem-solving. Every afternoon, CITs get to experience what it is like to be a counselor, as they work with, mentor, and develop relationships with the younger campers. Upon completion of the program, teens will be ready and motivated to utilize these skills outside of camp to develop better relationships and succeed in all future endeavors. Furthermore, many CITs will have the opportunity to become paid staff members at SDC once they are entering 11th grade.
With support and guidance provided by the CIT coordinator, a high school teacher with years of experience in shaping adolescents, our CITs will reach the following objectives:
- Observation of staff teaching/coaching techniques
- Discussions/Info sessions with peers, mentors, supervisors, and more
- Hands on learning by shadowing and assisting SDC staff with camper groups of all varying ages
- Participation in events, special events, and activities
- Evaluation, feedback, and assessment from peers and supervisors
In addition to all the valuable skills they will learn, CITs will get to experience the great activities that SDC has to offer, including ATVs, a 60 foot rock climbing wall/zip-line tower, laser tag, go-karts, swimming and much, much more.
CITs receive a discounted rate of $50 off tuition per week, with a minimum of four weeks enrolled in the program. A hot lunch is provided daily, and transportation and extended hours are available.