Counselor in Training

Applications due March 4

Counselors in training assisting campers during summer campThe Counselor In Training (C.I.T.) Program is designed to train youths ages 13-15-years-old to assist Summer Camp Staff with implementing camps for campers ages 4-6-years-old and 7-9-years-old. C.I.T. is an educational program that exposes those enrolled to the responsibilities of being a Camp Counselor.

The C.I.T. program provides great opportunities to build leadership, teamwork, customer service, programming, and supervisory skills while providing on-site staff support.  Participants will gain basic work experience as a valuable enhancement to college applications, résumés, and future employment.

C.I.T. Application Process:

  • Complete C.I.T. Application (PDF) and return it to the Orange County Central Recreation Center, 302 West Tryon Street Hillsborough, NC 27278 by Friday, March 4.
    • Mail: PO Box 8181, Hillsborough NC 27278
    • In Person: Bonnie B. Davis Environment and Agricultural Center, Suite 140, 1020 US 70 West, Hillsborough, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Email:
  • Potential applicants must be available for an interview March 28-April 1.
  • Potential applicants may be asked for follow up reflection after the interview process.
  • Applicants will be notified of their selection by Friday, April 15.  Not all who apply may be chosen.
  • Selected applicants must be available for a training session on a date to be determined.


In designing a C.I.T. program, our objective is to develop the following traits in each trainee:

  • A well-rounded, sensitive, and mature young person.
  • An understanding of people, particularly of children and self through:
    • Training and program experience.
    • A group experience with peers.
    • Group discussions and activities with camp staff.
  • Respect and acceptance for all people with appreciation of diversity.
  • The ability to have fun while learning and teaching.


  • Attend training on a date to be determined.
  • Attend all dates and times in the sessions for which the C.I.T. is registered.
  • Wear department-issued attire and abide by dress code while on duty.
  • Interact with campers in a positive and productive manner.
  • Take direction from camp counselors and other supervisors.  
  • Reading or other solitary activities and cell phone use are prohibited while on duty as a C.I.T. or in uniform.
  • Notify camp coordinator upon arrival, departure, and any change in availability.

Session Options:

C.I.T.s are expected to commit to a minimum of 4 of the sessions listed below.

Session AJune 13-June 177:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.$25
Session BJune 13-June 1712:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.$25
Session CJune 21-June 247:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.$20
Session DJune 21-June 2412:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.$20
Session EJune 27-July 17:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.$25
Session FJune 27-July 112:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.$25
Session GJuly 5-July 87:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.$20
Session HJuly 5-July 812:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.$20
Session IJuly 11-July 157:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.$25
Session JJuly 11-July 1512:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.$25
Session KJuly 18-July 227:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.$25
Session LJuly 18-July 2212:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.$25
Session MJuly 25-July 297:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.$25
Session NJuly 25-July 2912:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.$25
Session OAugust 1-August 57:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.$25
Session PAugust 1-August 512:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.$25
Session QAugust 8-August 127:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.$25
Session RAugust 8-August 1212:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.$25
Session SAugust 15-August 197:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.$25
Session TAugust 15-August 1912:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.$25

*Refunds will not be given for a child dismissed from Orange County Recreation Division Counselor in Training program.