Counselors in Training, Grade 12
Whereas the LIT program focuses on what happens at camp, the CIT program highlights the care that we provide to each camper. Transitioning to our staff community can be challenging, and the CIT program is built to teach CITs how to be appropriate role models, handle complex camper situations, and simultaneously manage a group of 14-16 campers, while providing individual care. During the first half of the summer, CITs split their time between in-service placements in cabins and Hadracha (training). Hadracha topics include communication, conflict management and resolution, working with campers with special needs, role play situations, and developing meaningful relationships. During the second half of the summer, CITs spend nearly all of their time with campers. When they are not with campers, CITs spend time as a group, reflecting on their experiences and debriefing the many layers of what they have experienced. The CIT program also includes an important service learning component, which encourages CITs to appreciate and embrace the value of being part of a global Jewish community.