*Please note that the CIT Program will be offered virtually through our virtual camp program: Camp OptmisTIC due to the cancelling of in-person camp.

Participate in the CIT Program through Camp OptimisTIC

As our campers enter High School, we feel it is crucial to create tangible opportunities for them to develop and practice leadership skills. Our Counselor-in-Training program is a 3-tiered program that, when completed successfully, often ends in its participants becoming TIC Counselors starting as early as their Senior year of high school. Being a camp counselor teaches many skills fundamental to any job, including strong work ethic, effective communication, public speaking, confidence, empathy, time management, and resilience. We also offer opportunities for our Counselors-in-Training to have a real impact on our camp culture and truly contribute to the positive, friendly, and spontaneous environment TIC is known for. CITs get to participate in activities and have privileges reserved specifically for them. Please note that the first two tiers of the CIT Program require CITs to be enrolled as campers.

**For 2020, the CIT application has been waived for both Tier 1 and Tier 2. You can find the sign-up form for the virtual CIT Program on the Camp OptimisTIC website.**

If attempting to complete Tier 1 & Tier 2 in the same summer, please be aware that your camper must be signed up for two sessions of TIC in order to properly complete both programs. 

Please note: this chart displays the correct age requirements, registration requirements, and prerequisites, however for the summer of 2020 no application is necessary and each program will be completed in just 5 meetings (1 week of virtual camp). Our normal requirements will be reinstated for future summers when TIC once again operates in-person programming.

 (click on tier for further descriptions)

Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

Grade requirement

9th or 10th





Tier 1

Tier 1 & Tier 2

Application req.

1 Application

1 App & 2 Refs


# of Sessions req.

1 Session

(enrolled as camper)

1 Session

(enrolled as camper)

2 Sessions (NOT enrolled as camper)

# of Trainings



5 per session or as needed


General Leadership Skills

Counselor-specific training

Professionalism & some Staff Training