*All tiers are under review and more information regarding how they will run in summer 2021 will be posted as soon as it becomes available. For specific questions, please contact Leslie Keller ([email protected]).

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.

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. 

 (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