Counselor-in-Training Program

Check back in early 2020 for information on Summer 2020 programming.

In the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program at JCYS Buffalo Grove, students entering grades 6-9 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 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)
CIT Blue
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 Total Payment
Blue Group Sunflower Day Camp $300
CIT Gold (Second-Year CITs)
Counselor-in-Training Gold Group
(Entering Grades 6 – 9)
CIT Gold
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. OR

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
 Total Payment
Gold Sunflower Day Camp $300
Gold Horner Grove Day Camp $600