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Summer Day Camps

Counselor in Training (CIT) Program

Join our high school CIT program and build skills as an outdoor educator!
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Summer Day Camps

Counselor in Training (CIT) Program

Join our high school CIT program and build skills as an outdoor educator!

COVID-19 UPDATE: Summer Camp and the CIT Program have been cancelled due to the pandemic. Read our statement from Audubon Vermont's Summer Camp Director, Debbie Archer, for more information. 

Interested in environmental education, wilderness skills and working with children? Looking to build your resume, receive volunteer credit for school and broaden your knowledge of the natural word? Join the Audubon Vermont team this summer as a volunteer counselor-in-training!

Counselors-in-training (CITs) work alongside our camp counselors—experienced naturalists and educators—to deliver a high-quality, hands-on environmental education and activities for campers ages 3-14. The program is structured to give CITs the opportunity to explore their interests in outdoor education and conservation, while also building the skills and experience to launch them towards their next education or carrer opportunities. We hope our CITs will become the next generation of Audubon camp counselors, naturalist educators and conservation biologists!

Who can apply?

CIT positions are open to high school students 14 to 18 years old (students entering 9th grade who may not yet be 14 are welcome to apply). CITs must be available for a 3-day training session the week before camp starts and commit to at least two weeks of summer camp (between June 22 and August 14). 

Is the CIT position right for you? 

We are looking for people with interests in:

  • Outdoor/environmental education
  • Wildlife and habitat conservation
  • Nature awareness, animal tracking, and wilderness living skills
  • Nature-based crafts, art, and tool-making
  • Teaching and mentoring younger kids
  • Building teamwork and leadership skills

Past experience attending Audubon camp or another outdoor camp is a plus, but not required.

What camps will I work?

CITs have the option of working with our Preschool Nature Camp, Ecology Day Camp or Middle School Camp. 

Preschool Nature Camp: Preschool Nature Camp offers a half-day of outdoor play and exploration to campers 3 to 5 years old, with both morning and afternoon sessions. Our time is filled with stories, nature walks, puppet shows, games, and full-sensory immersion in the natural world. CIT hours: 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. 

Ecology Day Camp & Middle School Camp: Ecology Day Camp's full-day program runs wild around the forests, brooks, and ponds of the Green Mountain Audubon Center. Each week of camp focuses on a different theme, but all campers will get a chance to search for wildlife, make crafts, go on hikes, and hone their nature awareness skills while exploring the most magical places at Audubon. Campers age 6 to 14. CIT hours: 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m

See the Day Camp Brochure for a description of each camp session and their weekly themes. 

CIT duties and expectations:
You will spend your first week observing camp to get a better sense of the daily flow and activities. By your second week, you will be invited to take on more leadership. This could mean leading an opening circle, teaching a game or craft, or reading a story to the campers. Camp counselors and the camp director will serve as a resource and support system for you as you build your natural history knowledge and repertoire of camp games and activities. That being said, we acknowledge that everyone comes with different comfort levels in taking the lead – if you feel up to leading a game or reading a book in the first week we can make that happen! 
Other expectations include: 
  • Participate in staff meetings and weekly check-ins with mentor 
  • Receive and apply feedback 
  • Be a role model for campers, exhibiting maturity and good judgment
  • Under supervision, lead camp activities and programs for which your skills, interests, and training qualify you.
 

Questions? Please contact Sarah Hooghuis at sarah.hooghuis@audubon.org or 802-434-3068 ext. 17

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