Counselor in Training Program
Welcome to the Orca Camp Counselor in Training Program. Many of our counselors began as campers and then moved into the CIT program as teens. What’s involved in our program? A hands on Natural History Program that integrates our nature immersion with creative activities. We connect with daily/weekly mentoring and encourage just the right amount of responsibility. Students who've completed grades 7, 8 or 9 are eligible for this program. What else? Sharing stories and planning presentations related to paddle sports, music (ukulele), games, arts, crafts, hands on Natural History form the core of our learning.
Having fun and staying safe are essential. We discuss various situations and how to maintain appropriate boundaries, striving to model kindness, respect, clear communication and being helpful. There is an emphasis on getting to know each other through active listening and finding common interests. CPR and First Aid training are necessary for the program. (This training is available throughout the year with American Red Cross and other organizations.)
Included is a three hour on site orientation on a selected weekend before camp begins. The fee for this CIT program is on a sliding scale ($150-250). To apply, simply fill out our camper registration form and write CIT across the top. On a separate page, the CIT may write about the activities they'd be eager to share with the campers, i.e. water sports, arts & crafts, games & music, nature activities, marine biology or whatever seems appropriate with our campers and our mission; have fun, stay safe, make friends.