Counselor in Training Program

The Counselor In Training  program is currently open to any fifteen or sixteen year olds who have been campers at CDW. The program aims to teach leadership skills in addition to exposing teens to working with children in a recreational setting. If you see or hear the term “TIC” to describe the CIT program, that is our way of referring to our counselors in training program. The reason for this is that our TICs spend a lot of time out at the ‘TIC Fort’ in the woods, just like real ticks do.  

We offer two sessions per summer, one during the 1st-3rd sessions, and the second during 4th and 5th session. Both programs are split into two parts; the first part consists of talk sessions and skill learning, while the second part provides a hands-on experience in the CDW program with campers and staff members. 

The first leg of the program consists of group learning activities we refer to as “talk-sessions”. CITs are taught about leadership styles, team collaboration, and communication skills.  In addition to the educational aspect, CITs go on a retreat, have bonding outings off of camp, and do a service project. 


Dark Waters CITs visit another camp to learn and share with their teen leaders.

The program transitions into the second installment with talk-sessions that are more focused on childcare and development. Examples of these concepts are dealing with homesickness, conflict resolution between children, and navigating difficult conversations with kids. After these are discussed within the group, the CITs are integrated into the camp program as assistants in activities, in the cabins, and at meals. They are encouraged to use our more experienced staff members as resources to navigate their new roles as authority figures.

In the last week of the program, CITs are given the most autonomy and responsibility that they have had in their time at CDW thus far. They lead activities with counselors, they run bedtime routines in the cabins, and make important announcements to all of camp in the dining hall. The CITs gain tangible experience while they study leadership concepts. Most importantly, this significant experience can be applied in their endeavors outside of camp in all aspects of their lives.

If you are interested in the CIT program, please contact the office for more information and/or send in an application with the link below.

TIC Application

TIC Keys to Success