Counselor-in-Training Program

In the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program at JCYS Buffalo Grove, students entering grades 6 – 8 enjoy outdoor summer fun with younger campers while building their skills and self-confidence. CITs 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 

CITs work under the supervision of our professional JCYS teaching staff and get hands-on experience working with campers in Sunflower Day Camp and Lil’ North Suburban 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: 

Sunflower CITs: Sunflower CITs work with the toddler and 2-to-3-year-old groups at Sunflower Day Camp, Monday – Friday, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. If you are a first year CIT, you will have weekly trainiing included.

Lil’ North CITs: Lil’ North CITs work with the 4-to-6-year-olds at Lil’ North, Monday – Friday, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. If you are a first year CIT, you will have weekly trainiing included. Lil’ North CITs go to The Lil’ and on field trips with campers.

Summer 2020 Tuition and Registration

Sunflower Camp CITs
Sunflower Camp CIT Summer 2020 1 Payment
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
4 week session
June 15 – July 10, 2020 or
July 13 – August 7, 2020
8 week session
June 15, 2020 – August 7, 2020
Lil' North CITs
Lil’ North CIT Summer 2020 1 payment
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
4 week session
June 15, 2020 – July 10, 2020 or
July 13, 2020 – August 7, 2020
8 week session
June 15 , 2020- August 7, 2020

Registration for current JCYS families opens November 18, 2019.

Registration for new JCYS families opens at 10:00 am on December 2, 2019.

In order to complete your registration, you must provide a non-refundable and non-transferrable deposit. Deposits for infant care, toddler care, and preschool are $250; for all other programs, they are $150. Deposits will be applied to the final program invoice or forfeited with early withdrawal.