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 3 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. 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 the program begins. After notification of their admission to the program participants will be required to register, have an updated TB screening and pay program fees. There will be a parent meeting on May 27 with the Program Coordinator and CIT Director.

Download the CIT Application (PDF)

During the summer, middle school teens can also participate in the popular full day East Bay Explorers Program (formerly known as All That and Then Some).