Counselors in Training (CIT)


Teens Train to be Superior Camp Counselors

YMCA Camp Cha La Kee’s CIT program is for teens ages 15 to 16. It is designed to enhance interpersonal and communication skills while fostering independence and self-awareness. Service is also an important part of the CIT program. We believe that service to others, whether individually or in a community, is an essential character value manifested at camp and at home. Successful participants will come away from this program with valuable leadership skills that will serve them well at home, in school, and in their own community.

CIT Program

YMCA Camp Cha La Kee’s Counselor in Training (CIT) Program is a residential experience designed to provide leadership opportunities that prepare teens to become staff members at camp as well as productive members of their home community.

The CIT program includes:

  • Internship in aspects of a counselor’s job at camp
  • Participation in a service project
  • Training sessions on such topics as basic child development and behavior management
  • Counseling techniques and best practices
  • Communication and leadership, environmental stewardship, and community service

How to Apply

A completed CIT application is required before applicants may be considered for the program. Entry into the program is competitive and is based upon the completed application and review of references. Please note that a camper is required to attend only one CIT session to complete the program.
To apply for the CIT Program Please contact Ruth Marie Oliver.




RuthMarie Oliver
Director of Camping Services
YMCA Camp Cha-La-Kee