Counselor-In-Training (C.I.T.) Programs: 2015 Registration is Now Open!

  • Our Berkeley Day Camp CIT program offers a Monday-Friday option for campers age 14-15, with included round-trip transportation. 

  • The Echo Lake Camp CIT program is a residential leadership training program for campers age 15-16.  CIT's will choose between Family Camp or Youth Camp sessions. 

More information about each of these programs is below: 

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Berkeley Day Camp  |  AGES 14-15  REGISTER ONLINE!
This hands-on leadership training program is perfect for campers interested in learning more about working with youth, recreation, and camp programs.  Round-trip transportation is provided, with four bus stop locations to choose from.  CIT's will build self-esteem, independence, and leadership skills while they assist Day Camp Staff as they provide recreation programs for Day Campers (age 5-12).  Program hours are 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Monday-Friday. 

The Day Camp C.I.T. program provides a structured environment for young teens to develop job skills, gain valuable experience, work in a fun and exciting environment, and position themselves for possible future employment in a recreation environment.  The Day Camp Coordinator and Day Camp Staff will provide daily guidance and supervision for CIT's as they receive training and learn about topics such as camp policies, outdoor recreation safety, and recreation activity leadership  At the end of each session, CIT's will receive feedback and an evaluation.

CIT's can choose from four (4) sessions, each two-weeks in length.    There are a total of four, two-week sessions.  

 

Echo Lake Camp  |  AGES 15-16: REGISTER ONLINE! 
This hands-on leadership training program is perfect for campers interested in learning more about working with youth, recreation, and camp programs.  CIT’s are guided through a week long residential experience at Berkeley Echo Lake Camp, located near South Lake Tahoe, CA.  CIT's will assist camp staff and counselors as they provide recreation programs, child-care, and other camp programs during our Family Camp season or our Youth Camp sessions.  CIT’s will walk away from the program with a new appreciation for the hard work and high energy it takes to work at Echo Lake Camp.  

Family Camp CIT's will learn about each camp department including recreation, food service, dining hall, maintenance, and administration.  Following an orientation to our camp departments, they will choose their preferred departments to experience more fully, and have the opportunity to learn directly from Camp Staff how to excel in each program area.  CIT's may assist with Child Care (Kiddie Kamp), arts & crafts, dining hall service, leading recreation activities, games, and special events, and more.  CIT's have their own CIT cabins during Family Camp sessions. No Transportation is provided for Family Camp CIT Sessions. 

Youth Camp CIT's will assist Cabin Counselors in day to day activities with their designated cabin group of younger campers (age 7-14).  CIT's will learn how to lead games and activities, role model positive behaviors, and experience what it is like to work with kids in a camp environment.  CIT's will sleep in the cabin with their cabin group during Youth Camp Sessions.  Transportation is provided for Echo Lake Youth Camp CIT Sessions.

The Echo Lake Camp C.I.T. program provides a safe and structured environment for young teens to develop job skills, gain valuable experience, work and bond in a close-knit team, experience Echo Lake Camp from behind-the-scenes, and position themselves for possible future employment at Echo. The CIT program is supervised by a CIT Coordinator who will provide daily training, guidance, and supervision.  They will receive training and learn about topics such as camp policies, outdoor recreation safety, leadership and workplace problem solving, recreation activity leadership, performance arts, and age appropriate activities.  At the end of each session, CIT's will receive feedback and an evaluation from the CIT Coordinator and Camp Staff they worked with.    

Our CIT sessions will allow campers to get to know one another while interacting with camp as a whole.  At the beginning of each session, CIT's will receive an orientation to camp departments, camp rules and policies, and learn more about one another by participating in group team building activities.  During their week, they will get to choose several departments they would like to experience more fully.  Of course, our CIT's will also have the opportunity to enjoy th beautiful natural environment at Echo Lake Camp, where they will hike, swim, and participate in sports and special events.   

2015 Echo Lake Camp CIT Session Dates:

  • Family Camp CIT Sessions
  • Session #1:    June 21 - 28
  • Session #2:    June 28 - July 5
  • Session #3:    July 5 - 12
  • Session #4:    July 12 - 19
  • Session #5:    July 26 - August 2
  • Youth Camp Sessions 
  • Session #6:    August 3 - 7
  • Session #7:    August 10 - 14
  • Session #8:    August 17 - 21

 

More information Echo Lake Camp 

 

Camps Unit, 1947 Center Street, 1st floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
TEL: (510) 981-5140, TDD: (510) 981-6903, FAX: (510) 981-5160
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Winter Hours (December - February) Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm
Email:
recreation@cityofberkeley.info
See Holiday and Reduced Service Day Schedule