Counselor-in-Training Program

The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program develops enthusiastic and engaging leaders. It builds skills and provides experience teens need to advance professionally—and after completing the program, your next step may very well be a summer job at Hale! Our community of young leaders inspires and educates campers, and has a lot of fun along the way.

Are you ready to be a CIT?

The CIT Program is a lot of fun, but it’s also a serious commitment. Moving up from being a camper to a Counselor-in-Training can be an adjustment!

To be a 1st-year CIT, you must be entering 9th grade or higher; to be a 2nd-year CIT, you must have completed the 1st-year CIT Program. But you should also ask yourself several questions to gauge your readiness:

  • Do I have a sincere desire to work with children?
  • Would I like to develop and improve my leadership abilities?
  • Is an out-of-doors work experience right for me?
  • Am I ready to become a role model for younger children?
  • Can I handle the responsibility of being a camp counselor?
  • Am I ready to put campers’ needs ahead of my own?
  • Do I have the ability to work well with others in a variety of situations?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, then you’re headed in the right direction!


Hale’s 4-week CIT curriculum builds on themes as camp sessions progress.

Weeks 1 and 2: Learn and Explore—Over the course of the first two weeks, participants will learn what it means to be a CIT and potential future team member at Hale. You’ll learn about workplace policies, camp structures and routines, and practice hard and soft skills related to working at camp and with youth. You’ll also explore several Hale programs and various positions. Along with all of that learning and training, there’s fun in store, too! CITs engage in camp activities, an off-campus event, and other opportunities to enjoy summer at Hale.

Weeks 3 and 4: Apprentice and Lead—After exploring opportunities at Hale and with guidance from the CIT Lead, you’ll choose which “trail” you’ll take to continue learning. You’ll shadow staff members for longer periods of time, begin assisting activities or instruction, and ultimately take responsibility by leading a portion of the day for a group.


1st-year CIT

Cohort 1: June 27–July 22
Cohort 2: July 25–August 19

2nd-year CIT

Cohort 1: June 27-July 22

Second-years may be granted an opportunity to interview with camp leadership and work for the remaining sessions of the summer. The invitation to interview is based upon their performance and references from the CIT Lead and other camp staff members.


Successful applicants treat the application and hiring process just like any job application. In that spirit, applicants should communicate directly with the Camp Director. Parents may help in certain ways, such as suggesting how to communicate with working professionals, or providing résumé or interview tips. At the same time, remember that we seek candidates who are independent, mature, and self-motivated. Parents who cultivate these traits allow their teens to take responsibility for their CIT application.

Please be aware space is very limited—not everyone who applies is accepted into the CIT Program. Also keep in mind that no matter what your admission decision may be, you will gain valuable experience in the job application and interview process.

Application Checklist

  • Complete the CIT Program Application. All applications are due by March 4, 2022.
  • Select a group interview date. Applicants may choose either of two interview dates (one in February and one in March).
  • Attend your group interview. These will be hosted in person at Hale.
  • Receive your admission decision. Summer 2022 applicants will receive their decisions by the end of March.
  • Accept your position in the program. If we do not receive your acceptance by April 15, it may be offered to a wait-listed candidate.


Tuition for this 4-week program is $1,495. Financial Aid is available. Payment is due in full by May 15, 2022.