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Counselor-In-Training (CIT)

Quick Details

CIT Training: June 9-11, 2021 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Grades: 8-12

Meeting Location: Lowell Elementary School, 2000 Rice Lake Road

CIT Tuition

Join us as a Counselor-in-Training

Spend time this summer as a CIT (Counselor in Training) with Positive Energy Outdoors and become an outdoor leader.  As a mentor and role model for younger campers, you’ll assist PEO staff with games, team building challenges and camp activities including kayaking, SUP, rock climbing, hiking, draft horses and more.  You’ll also be trained to help with the maurices portable climbing wall at community events.

A volunteer commitment of at least one full week of day camp is required for participation (CITs do not need to pay for the week of day camp), and transportation is available from Lowell Elementary School (drop off at 8:15 am and pick up at 4:45).  Indicate which camps you are available to help at in the registration process. CITs also receive a PEO t-shirt.

Training topics include:

Youth Development:

  • Children’s developmental needs
  • Active listening
  • Asking open ended questions
  • Praise vs. encouragement
  • Helping children make new friends and get to know each other

Leadership/Job Skills: 

  • Inclusive games and team building challenges
  • Structuring an outdoor activity for kids
  • Van activities
  • Reflecting on skills/progress
  • Create a job description

Outdoor Skills: 

Assist with the following camp activities: 

  • Kayaking/SUP/Voyageur Canoe (paddle with campers and help them stop, start and steer)
  • Swimming (play in the water with campers)
  • Rock Climbing (supervise belayers)
  • Draft Horses (grooming and harnessing)
  • Hiking (identify basic plants, birds and animals)