Spring Camp – CIT Program

Apply to be a Counselor in Training at Spring Camp

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Are you a 9th-12th grader who like working with kids? Are you interested in positively impacting the next generation of GFC? Do you want to expand your program leading and leadership skills? Apply to be a Counselor in Training at Spring Camp, April 3rd-5th!

As a CIT, you will be assigned to a bunk and team of counselors that you’ll be working with during the weekend. You’ll participate in the weekend with your bunk and will be able to make a positive impact on your campers’ experience. Additionally, you will help write and lead a program for middle school campers! After your campers go to bed, you’ll have time to connect with fellow CITs in late night programming and you will sleep in a CIT bunk with a staff member. Prior the weekend, you will attend four training conference calls with other CITs to prepare you for your role at the event.



Who can apply to be a CIT?

Anyone in 9th-12th grade can apply to be a CIT at Spring Camp!

What will I be doing during the weekend?

During the weekend, you will be assigned to a bunk and team of counselors that you’ll be working with, allowing you to develop relationships with the campers and have a positive impact on their camp experience. You’ll participate in the weekend with your bunk as your campers’ role model and mentor, including joining them at meals, participating in activities, and even leading a program that you design. You’ll also have time to connect with fellow CITs in special late night programming just for CITs after campers are asleep.  

Where will I be sleeping?

CITs will be staying in CIT bunks with a staff member.

What should I pack?

Please pack according to the event’s packing list for campers.

When do I need to be at camp?

CITs will be on camp for the same time that our campers are on camp – Friday at 5:30pm to Sunday at 10:30am. CITs are welcome to arrive on our camp busses from Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio or Houston, or driven by a parent, guardian, or youth advisor.

What topics are covered in the training calls before the weekend?

The CIT program is a program designed to teach the skills it takes to be a successful counselor and leader. The training calls will help you learn about the event, how to work with campers, what to expect from the weekend, and write the program that you will help to lead. These calls are also a chance for you to connect with GFC staff and other CITs that you will be working with over the weekend!

What does the application process look like?

To apply, you will need to complete an online application and have the contact information for one professional reference. All applications are due by February 7th and applicants will be notified of acceptance by February 11th.

How can I prepare for the application?

First, know the contact information (name, email, phone number) for one professional reference. Second, prepare answers to the following short answer questions, which are each limited to 300 words: List any previous work or volunteer experience: -What experience do you have working with Jewish youth programs? -What three qualities make up a successful counselor? Share why you selected these three qualities. -What do you hope to gain from the CIT program? -Do you have any special talents or skills that you would be interested in sharing during the weekend? Third, think about what age group you are interested in working with! The age group options are: 2nd-3rd 4th-5th 6th-8th

Who can be a professional reference for me?

The purpose of giving us the contact information for one reference is so we can receive recommendation from professionals in our community about great CITs. This is extremely common for any job application. This reference should not be a family member and should be someone who can attest to your responsibility and ability to work with kids. Great options include your Rabbi, religious school teacher (current or past), youth group advisor, school teacher, or boss. It is always a good idea to contact this reference in advance and let them know that a staff member from GFC will be in contact with them for a reference.

How much does this cost?

CITs can attend Spring Camp for a highly subsidized fee of $54. Bus transportation is available from DFW, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio for an additional $60.