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Counselor In Training ( CIT )

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Age: 14-16 years old  (entering grades 9 -11)

6 Week Program $565 / 3 weeks $375

Tentative Friday Classroom dates ( depends on end of school year)
June 26 - Required  -  First Aid, program expectations
No classroom on July 3 - (Recreation Department Closed)
July 10
July 17 
July 24
July 31
August 7
End of season BBQ  ( optional) August 14

Tentative Camp dates
June 30,  July 1, 2 
July   7 ,8, 9
July 14, 15, 16
July 21, 11, 23
July 28, 29, 30
August 4, 5, 6

When: Dates TBD - depends on when school ends
 Camp days 8:00am - 4:00pm Tuesday - Friday
Classroom days on Fridays

CITs will be scheduled to either Junior Camp  or Kids camp . They will be dropped off and picked up at Gorham Municipal Center and will be transported to assigned camps by CIT leader.

Counselor in Training (CIT) is a Gorham Recreation program designed by our staff to give interested teens the opportunity to experience the fun, work, and rewards our summer camps have to offer while gaining valuable leadership and work experience.

C.I.T.’s will attend one day of classroom work, and spend three days assisting Gorham Recreation camp counselors with everyday tasks, field trips, and help implement summer camp activities. This C.I.T. program is intended to be an “on the job training” opportunity with weekly classroom workshops covering aspects of leadership, child supervision, creative programming, First Aid training and more. Although CIT’s are not guaranteed job placement, the participants will gain knowledge and skills that can be transferred to many different jobs and life situations.

Space is limited, and applications and interviews are required.

Applications can be downloaded here, and are available at Gorham Recreation Department office.
Contact Gail or Julio at 222-1630 for more details.

Tentative Schedule
Week 1 Great Expectations!
Learning goals: review role and expectations as CIT. Identity characteristics of leadership. Identity aspects of typical human development in children 5-7 and 8-12 and “normal” characteristics of Attention Deficit Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Demonstrate First Aid skills.
Please complete VIA YOUTH Character Strengths Survey prior to first classroom day /

Week 2 Diversity and Perspective Taking
Learning Goals: Identify ways expectations can both help and hurt; explore concepts of diversity and ways we are same and different; how and why we stereotype. Identify ways to scaffold differently abled youth. Name aspects of analytic/ convergent and creative / divergent thinking styles.

Week 3 Communications! Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean.
Learning Goals: identify personal communication and conflict styles, practice to improve listening skills and understand how effective listening affects conflict resolution. Practice de-escalation techniques. Name principles of non-verbal communication. Name ways “mind-blindness” might complicate communication and social interaction.

Week 4 Group dynamics and having a plan B ( … and plan C!)
Learning goals: Recap how topics in weeks 1-3 affect group formation. Identify personal leadership and personality types and how those might affect group management. Explore importance of play. Identify ways leadership style grows out of personality type.

Week 5 Decision Making / Ethics / Visions and Values
Learning goals: Define Ethics, explore how values and value judgments affect decision making, demonstrate process of making ethical decisions, practice goal setting and job search skills.
Please complete job skills profile prior to classroom day

Week 6 Review / Reflect and Celebrate!
Learning goals: To review what we learned and celebrate achievement.
Demonstrate giving and receiving effective feedback. Identify valued job related qualities.

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