Introduction to the Counselor-in-Training Program
The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program at the Franklin Park Tennis Association (FPTA) Summer Camp provides a unique summer opportunity for youth between the ages of 13 to 15. The CIT program is designed to address the specific needs of this age group who are generally too old for camp, but also too young for most summer employment opportunities. The CIT Program is designed to develop general leadership skills that program participants can use at home, school and in their community to help others, and themselves, identify and achieve goals.
- Receive an opportunity to build leadership skills.
- Gain employment experience in a supportive/mentored environment.
- Accumulate community service hours.
- Participate in educational programs to support age appropriate concerns and future growth.
- Youth interested in applying to the CIT program must be between the ages of 13 and 15 as of July 1st.
- Positions are open to anyone in Massachusetts, but there is a preference for youth already engaged in FPTA programs and youth from the local Boston area.
- Pre-camp training July 1 & 2 is required and applicants may be asked to go through a limited trial run at working with younger kids during April Vacation Tennis Week (in April).
- Interested participants must complete and return the application to FPTA by April 15, 2017. Please send the completed application to: Franklin Park Tennis Association, 1544 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119.
THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER OF CIT POSITIONS AVAILABLE and a position is not guaranteed until confirmed by the FPTA Summer Camp Director. All applicants will be notified with a decision by May 31, 2017.
Program acceptance implies that the FPTA Summer Camp administrative team believes you have the ability to serve as a role model for younger campers. Any behavior deemed inappropriate by the FPTA Summer Camp administrative team, inside or outside of camp, can result in the immediate revocation of your placement in the program.
At the end of the summer, participants will be awarded:
- Community service hours in exchange for their contributions; an invaluable asset for youth in both higher education and today’s job market.
- A stipend of $300 for completion of the 8 1/2-week program (this will be pro-rated for youth who complete less than the full program). Pre-camp training June 26-30th is required.
FPTA CIT Fact Sheet
Why be a CIT?
FPTA CIT’s will work alongside FPTA Counselors to gain valuable work experience, build leadership skills and participate in training opportunities in a supportive mentored environment. As a CIT you will earn community service hours needed for many school programs and college entrance requirements.
What can you expect from your experience?
As a CIT you will learn a lot about yourself as you test and exercise your skills in leadership, teaching and communication. You will learn the basic skills needed to succeed in any work environment as you work through the day-to-day activities of working in a youth serving program.
Duties and Expectations
Everyone in a position of leadership should review, be knowledgeable with, and communicate their respective duties and expectations. As a CIT, you’ll have duties that contribute to day-to-day camp function and expectations that are consistent with the camp philosophy.
Your duties will be assigned based on your experience and ability with the expectation that your duties will expand over the 8-week summer program. Some of your duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Helping to get equipment and supplies ready for activities/break down and clean up after activities.
- Aid children in their learning by providing a good example and positive support.
- Assist counselors and coaches as students transition from activities and lunch.
- Contribute ideas to improve the program.
- Assist in ensuring the safety of all individuals by following instructions and reporting any unsafe actions or situations.
- Assist in cleaning all activity areas and disposing of trash.
- Complete personal reflection in his/her journal daily – Experience. Evaluate. Apply.
- Other duties as assigned by counselor or coach.
CIT’s provide children with role models that are closer to their age and are expected to set a good example for campers and others, including cleanliness, punctuality, and sharing duties during cleanup. We expect CIT’s will be able to accept supervision and guidance, as well as demonstrate good character, integrity, and adaptability.
CIT’s will work on and be evaluated in the areas of relationship building, group control/behavior management, taking the initiative, participation and enthusiasm, safety, and professionalism.