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Counselor-in-Training Program

Learn leadership skills and share your love of camp at your home-away-from-home.

Are you ready to take your leadership journey to the next level? Whether you want to be a camp counselor, teach girls to ride and care for horses, learn life-saving techniques at the pool, or help girls climb high on a ropes course, GSNorCal has a leadership program for you.

Research shows that Girl Scout campers do better than their non-camper peers at leadership, teamwork, confidence, and perseverance. Girl Scouts who participate in our leadership programs receive even greater benefits. Regardless of your career aspirations, a camp leadership training program will enhance your resume and build skills for the future!

Are you itching to be a CIT? Feeling ready to mentor younger camps, lead games and songs, and help out around camp? Start your leadership journey with this Introduction to CIT! Explore the basics of developing and delivering camp programming and learn techniques on how to work with younger children. Gear up for your Counselor-in-Training journey by exploring leadership, while also experiencing all your favorite camp activities.

  • For girls entering 9th grade & up who are excited about leadership, but who are not yet old enough for CIT I.
  • NOT a requirement to attend CIT I.

In this first level of CIT training, girls establish the leadership and outdoor skills needed to be a camp counselor. Work with others to analyze what makes a good leader and participate in fun and challenging group games. Challenge yourself, then identify which traits you possess that can make you a positive leader. Participants will explore the basics of developing and delivering camp program and camp operations, learn techniques on how to work with younger children, and improve camp leadership skills.

  • For participants entering grades 10 & up who have not completed any other levels of CIT and who are approved through GSNorCal’s CIT application process.

Learn behaviors to expect from campers and how to manage them and work as a team with staff. Spend time learning about various areas of camp operation, and learn how to be a supportive mentor to campers of all ages.

  • For participants entering grades 10 & up who have completed CIT I at any GSNorCal Camp (including Tajar’s Treehouse) and who are approved through GSNorCal’s CITII application process.

Use your leadership and camp programming skills as you work directly with camp staff, spend time in unit stays, have fun at your favorite program areas, carry out an individual project, and learn more about camp management, too. Bridge the gap from camper to staff with this exciting session of internship adventures.

  • For participants entering grade 12 who have completed CIT I & CIT II at any GSNorCal Camp (including Tajar’s Treehouse) and who are approved through GSNorCal’s CIT III application process.

How to Apply for Camp Leadership Programs

  1. Submit your camp registration.

    Once you find the program that's right for you, you'll want to make sure you register to save your spot! You will be automatically placed on a waitlist until your application has been completed and approved.

  2. Complete the online application for your program.

    Once you've registered, you'll need to fill out the application for your program. You MUST register first. Find the application link for your program below:

    Introduction to CIT does not require an application.

  3. Complete the reference form.

    CIT applicants must provide three references. Be sure to write your references a short email explaining the CIT program and why you would like to participate. Ask them to fill out the reference form for your camp, and provide them with the correct link from the list below.

  4. Show off your skills in an interview.

    Our team will with reach out to you to schedule an interview once you've completed steps 1 and 2. Interviews are only required for CIT II and CIT III.

Your registration will remain in "waitlisted" status until your application process is completed. You will be contacted by email with any follow-up questions or interview requirements.

Applications are reviewed and moved from the waitlist during the last week of each month. The revolving monthly deadline is the 20th of each month. If you complete your application by the 20th of the month, your application will be reviewed by the 1st of the following month (if the 1st falls on the weekend, the next business day).

  • “Reviewed” generally means you will be contacted no later than the 1st of the following month to contact your references and schedule your interview (if one is required). Reference response time and interview scheduling will vary and can affect the time it takes for an application to move from being initially reviewed to being moved off the waitlist.

For questions about our leadership programs, contact Kim Connon at kconnon@gsnorcal.org