Staff Assistants/Counselors in Training for Summer Youth Camps and Vacation Church Schools
By Fr. Michael Anderson
way of involving older teens in your camping or vacation church school
program and developing future adult staff is by having staff assistants. St.
Andrew’s Camp in upstate New York refers to them as S.A.s while other camps
call the Counselor’s in Training (C.I.T.s)
An S.A./C.I.T. program gives older teens a chance at leadership and an opportunity to give something back to the program that they may have enjoyed when they were younger.
There are some key things to remember, however, if you are going to have such a program.
Make sure they understand their role at camp. A possible job description might be:
1. To assist camp staff (adults) in the day to day activities of camp.
2. To be an example to campers about proper behavior and attitude during the program.
3. To understand that above all participant safety is “job one.”
4. They can be assigned to a group of participants where they. . .