The Coniston Camper-In-Training (CIT) program is a long-standing Camp tradition, and the majority of our senior campers apply for this special teen leadership program when they age-out of Camp.
The CIT program is for campers who have turned 16 years old by June 24th of their eligible summer. The program's focus is on personal leadership and development — the first step in the Camp’s leadership training series.
The requirements are rigorous and the training can be demanding, but the rewards are huge — developing and encouraging the responsibility and independence which is essential in our staff’s futures, both here at Coniston and in life at home.
Your senior camper will receive a CIT application during their session. Applications must be received by October 15th. Notifications are mailed November 15th.
CIT-age campers may also choose to participate in the Coniston Service Trips.
Campers must have turned 16 by June 24 to be eligible to be a CIT for that summer.
In addition, you must have particpated in at least one two week session, an adventure camp trip or a service trip to be eligible. Note: total amount of summers attended or family alumni status does not factor in the selection process.
International campers ARE eligible for CIT. Parents and campers should be aware that the following summer, foreign citizens not holding a US Passport, cannot apply for the 17-year old LIT staff position. You must be 18 to be eligible for a US J-1 Visa.
If you ask your camper or any Conistonian: “Do you want to run into the lake?” the answer is always YES. This CIT rite of passage is a very emotional moment upon each return from Mount Washington and the West Coast. It is moments like these that make CIT spots highly desirable among our campers.
CIT Applications are passed out during the summer at camper information sessions and on Check-Out days to those who are interested. Please contact the office if you need an application mailed to you at a later time.
There is no deposit needed with the application. CIT applications are due in the office by OCTOBER 15TH. Notification letters are mailed November 15th.
A majority of senior campers apply and spaces are limited, and as a result we can only accept about half of the applicants each year.
There are 20 spots for East Coast CIT groups and 16 spots for West Coast CIT groups. The size of the CIT groups is based on a variety of factors such as group reservations for campsites, transportation space, and Coniston adopt-a-cabin spaces.
This is a tough question to answer. There is a different pool of applicants each year with different strengths, making it impossible to give a concrete answer.
Every applicant is a great camper who has attended for years and is well-liked; leaving small details to tip the scale in an individual’s favor. Our best advice is to take the application process seriously, and do your very best on every aspect of what you submit.
After you receive notification of acceptance, complete and return the enrollment form with your $600 non-refundable deposit by January 1st. 50% of balance is due by December 15st. Balance is due in full April 15th.
Q: Can I reapply to CIT if I don’t make it this year?
A: No, you are unable to reapply for the CIT program. You can, however, apply to work at Coniston when you are 18+ and a high school graduate.
Q: Can I apply for LIT staff if I am 17 and didn’t make CIT?
A: No, the Leaders-in-Training program is only for CITs from the year before.
Q: Is LIT a camper position or staff position?
A: LIT is a full summer staff position with all the responsibilities of Coniston Staff. Note: non US Citizens must be 18 or older to attain a work visa. If a CIT does not have US Citizenship they may not be eligible for LIT the following year even if they get great evaluations.
Q: Will I ever be able to work at Camp Coniston if I’m not a CIT or LIT?
A: Yes, when you are 18+ and a high school graduate you can apply & interview for cabin counselor, maintenance, kitchen or another program position.
Q: Can I get volunteer hours for being a CIT?
A: No, Camper-In-Training is a leadership program run like an internship. It is a prerequisite to be hired for LIT staff the following year. CITs can sign up for Service Trips which are designated volunteer experiences and receive a certificate documenting volunteer hours.