Counselor-in-Training Program

Entering grades 6-9
June 10, 2019 – July 5, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (first-year CITs and one of two options for second-year CITs)
or 
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (option for second-year CITs only)
5 days per week, Monday – Friday 

In the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program at JCYS Buffalo Grove, middle-school students entering grades 6-9 enjoy outdoor summer fun with younger campers while building their skills and self-confidence. Counselors-in-training learn about child development from birth to age 5, including: 

  • Reading stories to young children 
  • Incorporating props and puppets when working with children. 
  • Creating kid-friendly snacks using basic pantry items 
  • Making Play-Doh and slime 
  • Leading group games 
  • Fostering emergent learning on nature walks 
  • Using positive reinforcement and clear expectations 
  • Administering pediatric first aid 
  • Dressing for interviews and marketing themselves through a job flyer 
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CITs work under the supervision of our professional JCYS teaching staff and get hands-on experience working with campers in Sunflower Day Camp and Horner Grove Day Camp 

Training for the CIT program covers basic first-aid and child development. Team-building exercises and field trips with peers help CITs hone their skills and learn to work together as a group. Our Director of Early Childhood, Keri Isacovici, also helps prepare Counselors-in-Training for future jobs, with mock interviews and guidance about work responsibilities and expectations. The Counselor-in-Training experience is perfect for middle-school students and high-school freshmen looking forward to their first “real job” in a few years.  

At JCYS Buffalo Grove, Counselors-in-training are divided into two groups: 

Blue group: First-year CITs join the blue group to work with the toddler, 2-year-old, and 3-year-old groups at JCYS Sunflower Day Camp.

Gold group: Second-year CITs join the gold group and have the choice of working either with Sunflower Day Camp (toddler through age 3; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) or with Horner Grove Day Camp (age 3-4; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). CITs in the gold group should plan to bring a bathing suit to enjoy fun in the pool with campers Monday through Thursday. Gold CITs also participate in Friday field trips.  

For more information about JCYS Buffalo Grove, click here 

CIT Blue (First-Year CITs)
Counselor-in-Training Blue Group
(Entering Grades 6 – 9)
June 10, 2019 – July 5, 2019
Program  Total Payment
Blue Group (First-Year CIT) Sunflower Day Camp $300
CIT Gold (Second-Year CITs)
Counselor-in-Training Gold Group
(Entering Grades 6 – 9)
June 10, 2019 – July 5, 2019
Program  Total Payment
Gold (2nd Year CIT) Sunflower Day Camp $300
Gold (2nd Year CIT) Horner Grove Day Camp $600