COUNSELORS IN TRAINING (CIT)
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Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is a leadership program designed for high school students, ages 15 to 18, to experience serving in an overnight summer camp setting. Through participating in this program, you can grow your relationship with the Lord, learn Christlike servitude, and develop your leadership skills. As a CIT, you will have the unique opportunity to assist a counselor as they lead their cabin over the course of a week-long camp session. During the week, you will be able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and live it out daily with the campers. Each day you will be given time to fellowship with other CITs, study scripture, and reflect on your experiences. As you serve, you can grow in your walk with Jesus Christ and learn what it means to be a Christian leader. We are thrilled to provide this opportunity to teens that can shape their walk with the Lord as we minister to our campers.
Starting Summer 2019, the mission of the CIT program is to be a hands-on leadership program that teaches high school students the fundamentals of being a Christian leader. In addition to helping with a cabin, CITs will have daily sessions designed to develop students’ leadership skills. As a result, we are asking that CITs pay a $100 enrollment fee that reserves their spot in the program and covers the cost of materials and meals. If you are unable to pay this fee, scholarships are available.
Contact Shawna Dempsey, CIT Lead, for any assistance with the CIT process at firstname.lastname@example.org
WORK WITH US
Step 1: Create an account in the staff application portal
Step 2: Complete CIT application
Step 3: Complete References
Step 4: Phone interview will be set up by the Camp Grace office
Step 5: Accept Volunteer Position extended by Camp Grace team online
Step 6: Complete Onboarding Volunteer Paperwork
Step 7: Pay Enrollment Fee
Step 8: Serve as a CIT
Once you have completed the interview process, Camp Grace will contact you about a possible position to serve with us this summer.
May 26th – 31st
June 2nd – 7th
June 9th – 14th
June 16th – 21st
June 23rd -28th (18 or older)
June 30th – July 5th (18 or older)
July 7th – 12th
July 14th – 19th
As a part of the ministry of Camp Grace, we are given the opportunity to foster the leadership qualities and skills in high school students who are Counselors in Training (CITs). This week, I had the privilege of having a previous camper as a CIT, Mokila.
On Friday, Mokila took the initiative to lead a team time on her own. She wanted to share her heart with these campers about the power of Jesus Christ and what it means to behave like Christ. I was blown away by her ability to share with the campers about how their behaviors were disappointing to God and how serious their new life in Christ should be. She was also able to keep the girls’ attention without me having to intervene. I was most amazed by her ability to take scriptures and back up what she was telling the campers while elaborating in a kid friendly way. Mokila could relate to them as a previous camper by sharing that they are not too young to assume leadership roles and be ambassadors for Christ.
Being a CIT can be a difficult task. It takes hard work, and a lot of patience. Although it has its share of difficulties, helping out at Camp Grace has been one of the most rewarding decisions that I’ve ever made. Being able to see the hand of God work in a child’s life.
After CrossTalk, I saw one of my campers sitting alone. She was the only one who hadn’t made a decision that night. I walked over and sat next to her. Taking her hands in mine, I asked her if I could please pray with her. She smiled and said that it would be okay. I had just started my prayer when the girl broke down crying. She told me that nobody had ever loved her in the way that Christ did. She told me nobody loved her like I did. Those words changed my life. They reminded me that I can do all things through Christ. Through Him, I can make a difference. I will never forget that little girl, I will never forget the change that I saw in her after that night, and I will never forget the beauty of God’s love.