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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Family Camps! 

Escape the city for the weekend and join us at our Memorial Day or Labor Day weekend family camps. Leave the cooking and dishes to us!   Relax for the weekend and enjoy!  Click here for more information

 

October Volunteer Weekend!

We are in need of volunteers to help us get camp ready for the Winter.  Join us on October 28, 2017 for Make a Difference Day at our annual Fall  volunteer work weekend!  Free lodging and meals in exchange for your help!    Click Here for more information.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Counselor in Training (CIT) Program

Our Counselor in Training (CIT) program is an intensive 3 week long program in which participants ages 16-17 volunteer at camp while learning everything they'll need to know to become a successful camp counselor.  At the conclusion of this 3 week program CIT's will be given a written evaluation of their performance and recommendations for placement the following year.  It is our goal to prepare each CIT become successful camp counselors. 

This summer, 2017, there will be two 3 week sessions of the CIT Program.  Our first session will run  Sunday July 2  through Friday July 21, 2017.  The second session of CIT will run Sunday July 23 through August 11, 2017.  In addition ALL CIT’s will need to attend two one day trainings.  These additional one day trainings are held at the Wenatchee Valley YMCA on Wednesday June 21 from 8:30 am to 3:00pm and again on Saturday June 24 at Camp from 9:00am to 6:00pm. 

Those who are successful in the CIT program are invited to apply as paid camp counselors once they turn 18.  Many of our camp staff have gone through the CIT program before they became camp counselors themselves.

There is no cost to the participant for this program however you will need to apply just as you would if you were applying to become a full paid camp counselor.  Click on the links below to download the required forms. 

The CIT program works like this:

Step 1 - Fill out and turn in the required forms including:

1.  Volunteer Application Packet - Required of ALL volunteers who wish to serve at the Y.  This includes a criminal back ground check.  

2. CIT Supplemental Application Packet - This packet has information on the dates and expectations for the CIT Program as well as a questionnaire telling us why you want to serve at camp.

3. CIT Registration Packet - Required of all CIT's to be registered in the CIT program at camp.  These forms include a health information form, liability release forms, and medication authorization form.  These forms will be emailed to you once you have been interviewed and accepted into the program.

Step 2 - Interview process.  Once your application has been received you will be contacted by the Camp Director to arrange for a phone or in-person interview.  Reference checks will be made and one of these references needs to be your parent or guardian. 

Step 3 - Acceptance into the program.  Once the interview and reference check steps are completed, and if it is felt that you'd be a good match for the CIT program you will be accepted into the program pending the outcome of your Criminal Background Check.

CIT Program at a Glance

Mandatory Pre-Camp Training - ALL of our CIT's are required to attend two, one day trainings prior to the start of camp.  Training Day number one will be held on Wednesday June 21 at the Wenatchee Valley YMCA (217 Orondo Ave) from 8:30 am to 3:00pm.    At this training CIT's will learning child abuse prevention policies, professionalism standards , YMCA policies and program expectations.  Training Day number two will be held at camp on Saturday June 24 from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  At this event CIT's will go through our professionalism and customer service training, learn our check-in/check-out day procedures and meet the camp staff with whom they will be working with this summer.  CITs will need to arrange to be dropped off at each training event 15 minutes prior to the start and picked up no later than 15 minutes after the conclusion of each training.  Meals will be provided at both training events.

Week 1 (Session 1 July 2 - 7, Session 2 July 23-28, 2017).  CIT's will learn the ins and outs of working with youth.  CIT's will be paired up with a senior counselor and taught how we run the camp program.  There will be a lot of time spent together as a group learning how to lead/teach archery, group games, crafts and more.  Team building and learning to rely on each other will also be reoccurring themes throughout the week.

Week 2 (Session 1 July 9-14,  Session 2 July 30 - August 4, 2017).  CIT's will be assigned a cabin with a senior counselor.  This week will be spent working directly with the campers while shadowing and being coached by senior staff.  

Week 3 (Session 1 July 16-21,  Session 2 August 6-11, 2017).  CIT's will again be assigned a cabin with a senior counselor, however this time you will be in the lead role.  This week will be spent working directly with the campers while being shadowed and coached by senior staff.

 

Frequently asked questions

1.  Is there a difference between first and second year CIT's?

Yes.  Our goal is to train you to become a successful camp counselor.  In many ways you will be trained and expected to perform just as a senior camp counselor would.  First year CIT's will follow the program as outlined above.  Second Year CIT's will follow esentially the same program but with added responsibilites.  For example a 2nd year CIT who has already done one year of the Program will spend their 2nd and 3rd weeks working in a leadership role in a cabin or taking on more responsibilites in the Program areas of camp. 

 

2.  Do I have to stay for the whole three weeks?   

We have designed the bulk of our CIT Program to be three weeks long.  For many 16-17 year olds taking on the responsibilities associated with being a camp counselor can be quite an undertaking.  While our goal is for each CIT to complete the three week program as volunteers they can choose to opt out should they find that this program is not for them.

3. Can I stay longer than the three weeks?

While we recognize that Camp is a special place and that many do want to stay here ALL Summer, we also recognize that volunteering for six consecutive weeks at camp can lead to burn out of our eager young volunteers.  For this reason all CIT's are only asked to commit to the three week program.   We will invite all volunteers to come up for the last full day of camp and stay through campfire. 

3.  How many hours of community service can I accrue as a CIT?

As a CIT you are a volunteer and can log a lot of community service hours.  Depending on how many weeks you stay at camp, most CIT's log between 200-240+ hours of community service per season.  At the conclusion of thier service, all CIT's will get a letter documenting the hours they volunteered at camp.

4.  I have my own car, can I drive myself to/from camp?  Can I use my car to leave camp on breaks?

We will need written permission from your parent/guardian for you to drive your car to/from camp.  Once at camp you will be required to turn in your keys to the Camp Director and will not be permitted to leave camp until the end of that week.  Unlike senior camp counselors, CIT's are minors who are registered in a YMCA program and therefore are not permitted to leave camp while on their breaks.  In the event of an emergency at home or away from camp we will allow you to drive home with your parent/guardian's permission.

For those planning to get a ride with another CIT we will also need written permission from both sets of parents/guardians to allow you to ride with/transport another CIT to/from camp.

 

To find out more about the CIT program contact us!