Counselor-In-Training Program

The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program is a long-standing camp tradition at YMCA Camp Grady Spruce. The CIT program is a co-ed program for campers who have turned 16-years-old by June 8th of their eligible summer.  It is an application and interview-based process; applicants must demonstrate maturity and be able to represent yourselves in the same manner that we require our staff to conduct themselves- in the highest standard.

We hope that the application and interview process will help provide you with skills for the next step, i.e., college applications and ‘real world’ job interviews. It is our goal to mold strong leaders who understand that dedication and hard work will lead them to better outcomes when making choices. We are looking for those who want to give back to the camp that has given so much to them.

Program Summary

  • The 2-week co-ed Counselor-In-Training Program is designed to teach leadership, community and counseling skills and teambuilding in regard to working with youth to 16-year-old participants.
  • The Counselor-In-Training program works to develop and encourage leadership, problem solving, responsibility and independence which is essential in our staff’s futures, both at Camp Grady Spruce and life at home. CITs participate in creating, supporting and leading some camp activities while enjoying the fun of camp.
  • A successful participant will have shown themselves to be enthusiastic, dedicated, hard-working and devoted to the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce Mission.
  • The CIT Leader will use the dynamics of shared experiences and responsibility to bond the participants. CIT’s will be visible at camp as leaders in CIT skits at campfires, hosting chapel and talent shows, assisting counselors in cabins and a canoe trip, and service projects are some of the ways the CITs will make themselves known to the camp community.
  • It is important to remember that CITs are still campers and not on staff. Their special leadership program is co-ed and includes much autonomy. They are expected to demonstrate excellent behavior and be a positive role model to the campers and camp staff. They will be held accountable for any inappropriate actions.

The CIT Application Process

  • Applications must be received by January 14, 2019. There is no deposit needed with the application.
  • Please submit all applications to ycgs@ymcadallas.org by the deadline date. It may affect your acceptance if your application is late.

CLICK HERE for the 2019 CIT application!

Scholarship Assistance

Looking for help with paying for camp? Please click HERE to for our Financial Assistance packet. If you have any questions, please contact cmiller@ymcadallas.org.

Fees, Payments & Cancellations

Please register for two weeks of camp, and when the application
is released we will send it along to your camper.  There will be no fee to change the dates for CIT!

CIT Program 

Dab on 'em CIT's!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is a CIT a camper position or staff position?
A: Counselor-In-Training is a 2-week camper program.

Q: Will I ever be able to work at Camp Grady Spruce if I’m not a CIT?
A: Yes, when you are 17 you can apply for a Jr. Counselor position. When you are 18 and a high school graduate you can apply & interview for a Camp Counselor position.  First priority is given to applicants who have completed the CIT program.

Q: Can I get volunteer hours for being a CIT?
A: No, Counselor-In-Training is a leadership program.

Q: When will I know if I have been accepted to the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce CIT program?

A: All decisions will be made by February 1st, 2019.  The quicker one submits an application the quicker they will know if they have been accepted.  We encourage all applicants to apply and lock in their spots before the January 1st price increase.

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