CITs have been accepted to a competitive leadership program designed to train them to be future staff members. They are 16 years old and have been campers before (many for quite a few years). They come to Coniston for four weeks at a time. A group of CITs will come for sessions 1&2, and then a following group CITs will come for sessions 3&4.
There are three groups of CITs, West Coast CITs (W-CITs), East Coast CITs (E-CITs) and North Coast CITs (N-CITs).
West Coast CITs travel to the west coast of the US to hike and camp in several National Parks for 10 days during the first section of their experience.
East Coast CITs go on a canoeing trip down the Connecticut River followed by hiking Mount Washington during the third week of their experience.
North Coast CITs hike Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in the U.S. state of Maine.
There is a tradition when the CITs return from their trips. The entire camp lines up on main lawn to await their return. When they pull in, the CITs and their leaders run into the lake at snorkeling with “Eye Of The Tiger” playing in the background. As funny as this sounds, most campers dream of the day they run into the lake. It is very fun to watch!
The CITs will be assigned to a cabin and program areas. They will shadow cabin counselors and program leaders but will sleep in their designated CIT cabin. CITs are still paying to come to camp and are therefore still campers. They should NEVER be left alone with campers.
During their final week, all CITs take the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course to become certified in Lifeguarding and CPR/First Aid.