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Counsellor In Training (CIT) Program

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This four-week Counsellor in Training program is designed to prepare eligible candidates to work effectively with children in an overnight summer camp environment, and to become outstanding mentors and leaders. Applications for Summer 2024 remain open. 

The Ideal Camper for this Program

The Counsellor in Training program is an application-based program that is ideal for candidates who show strong initiative, are eager to continue a commitment to build their leadership experience and have a passion for working with kids in hopes of one day working in an overnight summer camp community. Please note that candidates must have just completed grade 10 (ages 15/16) to attend the program and prior leadership training is an asset. 

Program Breakdown

Although not a prerequisite, it is strongly recommended that all CIT applicants complete HOC's Leader in Training (LIT) program or equivalent (at other camp/organization) and have a serious interest in working with children in order to qualify for this program. The CIT program builds on experience gained through the LIT program and in a leadership capacity. Candidates are introduced to the four core principles (Community, Leadership, Accountability, and Performance) and begin to refine those skills to best suit their individual leadership styles in order to excel in a camp environment. 

During the 4-week (overnight program) session, candidates receive training in areas such as leadership, mentoring, and counselling. Under the direction of our Staff Development Director and Coordinator, the program is also designed to develop the interpersonal and professional skills of each participant. Other skills that are formed include; self-esteem, self-confidence, communication, organization and goal setting. Participants will be given a choice of professional development certifications to work towards within the program including Bronze Medallion or Bronze Cross swimming certifications through the Royal Life Saving Society.

Program Schedule

The first two weeks will focus on specific counselling strategies, instructional techniques, and sports skill development in all available camp program areas. The schedule is organized to focus primarily on counselling skills in order to prepare CITs for the mentor program. Activity classes are provided to create interest in various camp program areas, increase skill level and develop instructional methods. CIT's will also experience a 4-day 3-night canoe trip in Algonquin Park during their first week of the program. 

During the second two weeks, CITs will be assigned to a specific staff member. This part of the program will allow the CITs an opportunity to put into practice the skills they have developed. During this time, CITs will be assigned to a mentor (veteran camp staff) and become an active member of the counselling staff team. While gaining practical experience, they will:

  • assist with activity skills lessons
  • assist with the supervision of evening activities
  • assist with the planning and organizing of a section “Special” (group activity with forty campers)
  • assist with campers while at the arena if assigned to a Hockey Counsellor Mentor
  • assist in cabins at camper bedtime
  • assist with the supervision of campers at meal times

Leadership and counselling skills will be applied in practical situations by:

  • supervising campers in both small and large groups
  • dealing with homesick campers
  • handling minor discipline situations
  • helping organize and plan camper activities
  • acting as a positive role model and mentor
Sample Weeks 1 and 2 Counsellor In Training Program Schedule
Application Process: 

There are only 24 spots total in the program across both sessions (12 females and 12 males). 

1) Click here to access our Campsite Staff Dashboard, create a new profile, and log in.

2) Click on the Staff Application tab.

3) Fill out the following steps:

Step 1 - Photo (if you choose)
Step 2 - Basic Info (select the staff team you're applying for - Counsellor in Training)
Step 3 - Education
Step 4 - Employment (if applicable)
Step 5 - Certifications (if applicable; includes swimming qualifications, first aid, coaching, etc).
Step 6 - References (complete a minimum of 2 character references)
Step 7 - Position-Specific Questions
Step 8 - Terms & Conditions (ensure you check the box to agree to our terms and conditions, prior to hitting the submit button).                                                                   
4) An HOC Sr Director will contact you via email within 1-3 business days, to schedule an interview. Successful Candidates will receive an email with a program offer in mid-February.Afterwards, parents/guardians can register their camper in campsite. 

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July CIT Session

June 30th - July 27, 2024

August CIT Session

July 28 - August 24, 2024

Age Groups

15-16 yrs of age (Completed Grade 10)

Program Features

  • Bronze Cross training/testing (Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion )
  • Emergency First Aid/CPR training/testing
  • Respect in Sport - Activity Leader Certificate
  • 2-week Counselling Mentor Program
  • Training sessions (camper care, homesickness, etc.)
  • 3 night/4 day canoe trip in Algonquin Park
  • Group activities
  • Program provides letter confirming 40 hours of community service completed

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