Counselor in Training (CIT)

Have you ever wanted to be a day camp counselor? Do you like the outdoors and working with children? The Counselor-In-Training Program (CIT) is a 6 week program for teens ages 13 to 15.

Learn valuable job training and leadership skills by working side-by-side with counselors of the Backyard Explorers Program. Candidates successfully completing the program get to go on an all-day trip and attend a recognition luncheon to celebrate program graduation. Plus, successful graduates of this program may be eligible in the future to be hired as a paid Counselor.


In the morning hours CIT's participate in implementing activities such as:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Crawdad Fishing
  • Games
  • Nature Hikes
  • Outdoor Cooking

In the afternoons CIT's will attend mini trips, be involved with integrated team building activities, as well as, leadership excursions and trainings.


Participants must attend training sessions before program begins. Participants must complete a screening process before registering for program which includes completing an application and an interview. After notification of their admission to the program participants will be required to register, have an updated TB screening and pay program fees.

Fee includes a T-shirt, CPR/1st Aid Training, and an all-day celebration excursion.

Download the CIT Application (PDF)

Enrichment Activities & Classes

The Parks and Recreation Department also offers enrichment classes and programming throughout the year. Classes may include:

  • Arts Classes
  • Guitar
  • Hip Hop Dance
  • Online Drivers Education
  • Performing Arts
  • SAT Test Preparation
  • Teen Babysitting

During the summer, middle school teens can also participate in the popular full day All That and Then Some Program.