“The CIT Program is a perfect stepping stone from camper to counselor. Through our activities, lessons and the relationships I made while being at Island Pond for all eight weeks, I developed responsibility, awareness and above all, confidence.” – Fernwood Cove CIT
The Fernwood Cove CIT Program curriculum provides CITs with firsthand experiences of helping homesick campers, understanding the preparations for an out-of-camp trip, and above all being a leader and role model within the community.
First year CITs learn valuable leadership and communication skills, including large group leadership. They also learn valuable skills in outdoor living and map reading. A large aspect of the first summer is spent gaining basic skills for working with children.
During the second summer, CITs are able to choose from two options: Coaching and Activity Instructor Skills, or the CIT OLS/Junior Maine Guide program. The second year of the program is focused on providing more advanced level information and skills for the CITs to continue to grow and develop as leaders. Returning CITs will assist with overnight trips, lead instructional activities, and help develop and coordinate other activities throughout the summer.
All CITs are given the opportunity to participate in the American Red Cross Lifeguard program. In addition, each CIT participates in a weekly advisory meeting with one of the CIT Program Counselors. In these meetings CITs are able to give and receive feedback regarding their personal performance, the CIT Program, and camp in general. CITs are also given guidance in how to utilize constructive feedback for personal growth and improvement.
CITs who complete both summers of the CIT Program and move on to become counselors will enter their first counselor summer with the skills and knowledge similar to a well-weathered Fernwood Cove Counselor. These skills and experiences will easily translate to the non-camp world as well, providing Fernwood Cove CITs strength and stability as they continue their journey into adulthood.
Hightlights of the CIT Summer
Fernwood Cove CITs learn the importance of giving back to their community. Past experiences have included volunteering on the construction site of a Habitat for Humanity home, volunteering for a local community garden and assisting with the Portland Color Run.
The summer begins with the CIT Teambuilding Trip at High 5 Adventure Learning Center in Brattleboro, VT. The CITs and their counselors participate in 3 days of team building, low ropes, and high ropes activities. This trip provides the opportunity for tremendous growth– both as individuals and as a group.
At the completion of 1st Session the entire CIT family takes a multi-day trip for continued growth and learning as well as much needed rejuvenation for the second half of the summer. Work with outside youth development professionals bolsters this unique time of personal reflection and self growth.
Being a Buzzin
Each CIT is assigned to a younger camper bunk as their Bunk Cousin (Buzzin). CITs assist their buzzins with bunk clean-up each morning and participate in nightly bunk activities before lights out. CITs form strong bonds with their Buzzin bunks while gaining first hand knowledge and skills for working with younger campers.
Developing & Leading Evening Programs
CITs are responsible for developing at least one Evening Program throughout the summer. This includes coming up with the initial idea of the program, organizing materials and supplies, and leading the final program. In addition CITs lead a variety of Evening Programs including the Miss Fernwood Cove Pageant. CITs also enjoy assisting with Mini Courses and Age Group activities.