Are you under 18 and looking for a summer job? Do you love summer camp and have an interest in pursuing a career that involves working with children or youth? Then start your work experience early – find summer camp jobs for teens like you!
To work as a counselor at a summer camp, you must be 18 years old. However, many summer camp programs have established Counselor-in-Training (CIT for short) programs to train teenagers how to become camp counselors. Working as a CIT is a great way to earn money over summer break, and transition slowly into the working world, while still enjoying the atmosphere of summer camp. In a lot of ways a CIT position is like an internship, in which teens can learn practical work experience with increasing levels of responsibility.
A CIT’s primary role at camp is to learn about the responsibilities and job functions of a counselor. CIT’s will learn how to effectively teach, coach, and counsel children.
These positions are great summer camp jobs for teens because the work experience is so valuable. While a CIT’s work experience will vary for each camp, generally by the end of the training program, CIT’s will have had the following work experiences: observed a variety of different activity areas; demonstrated the ability to teach an activity; assisted with cabin duties; actively participated in discussions/meetings each week; planned and executed a service project, completed weekly evaluations with the CIT supervisor, and successfully planned and executed an all-camp event.
Since they are not considered “staff” members, CIT’s are not compensated as generously as their counselor counterparts. However, most camps will pay a CIT an “end of season” wage for the work they’ve completed. CIT’s are also usually required to pay a portion of tuition fees that a camp participant would be required to pay. Wages and fees are determined on a camp by camp basis, and should be discussed prior to any acceptance of a position. CIT’s are required to be at least 16 years of age. Those that enter the program at 16 are generally paid less and required to pay more for tuition, then those that enter the program at 17 years of age. CIT programs typically last 4 weeks.
If you are interested in finding summer camp jobs for teens this summer, then visit our summer camps resources page to learn more about local camps based near you.
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