Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

Counselor in Training Program

Counselors in Training (CITs) are a vital part of our summer team and camp experience! Our CITs are reliable, passionate and perceptive teens and young adults who directly uphold the mission, organization and flow of each week.

Counselors in Training are provided a robust volunteer opportunity to immerse themselves in a fun filled setting where they learn and grow from working closely with experienced leaders in a dynamic and engaging environment. Each week a CIT and their Lead Counselor work together to support each child in their assigned group to creatively engage with the curriculum, to safely explore their environment and to facilitate joyful and generative connections with others around them.

If you, or someone you know, is interested, please read the details below thoroughly and then continue on and complete our application found at the bottom of the page.


  • Interested in volunteering?
  • Excited to learn & grow?
  • Kind, compassionate & fun?
  • Perceptive & someone who takes initiative?
  • Reliable and timely?
  • Passionate about working with kids?
  • Available June 29th and 30th for staff training?


  • Engage fun stem projects?
  • Earn 80 or more volunteer hours?
  • Commit 2 or more weeks during the summer? 
  • Support an awesome team?
  • Learn valuable skills and responsibilities?
  • Work with kids?
  • Be mentored by camp professionals?

Summer Camp Counselor in Training (CIT) Position:

Each week a CIT is paired with a Lead Counselor to lead and support a group of elementary-aged participants to engage with our unique STEAM and outdoor-based curriculum.

The CIT role is a volunteer position that will accrue nearly 40 hours a week of service. The energy and commitment served will be honored with a certificate of hours, upon completion, and a letter of recommendation as requested.

We fill our CIT roles with responsible, flexible and enthusiastic individuals who are excited and committed to spending time learning, supporting and facilitating safe, joyful and fluid weeks of camp. CITs also must attend a two day training and will be asked to commit to supporting two or more weeks of camp.

Preferred Qualities:

  • Excited and prepared to engage with elementary-aged children in positive educational and recreational activities
  • Able to maintain high energy and positive attitude, while also having patience and compassion
  • Open and committed to learning new skills and techniques
  • Hardworking and collaborative with others while also able to take on projects independently
  • Takes initiative; takes appropriate and timely action when something or someone needs attention or support
  • Welcoming and warm to all campers and families that attend our program and works well with other staff and administrators
  • Willingness to assist throughout the camp in any way that is needed
  • Focused on supporting the needs of their assigned group, this includes directly supporting the leader while tending to the emergent and specific needs of each camper
  • Counselors in Training are 11-17 years old with interest in gaining real life skills and training

Daily/Weekly Responsibilities:

  • Arrive by 8:30am ready to help set up camp and stay until 4:30pm to break down and debrief the day - every day of the week (Monday-Friday)
  • Work directly with assigned Lead Counselor to support, encourage and manage campers, materials and objectives in a safe and positive environment
  • Engage campers in activities, such as helping them with projects, playing games and supporting arts and crafts
  • Escort campers during transition times - between activities, during lunches, and on various breaks throughout the day
  • Be fully engaged with campers throughout the day
  • Supervise campers in their assigned group
  • Communicate openly and transparently with assigned counselor, or camp Director as needed
  • Keep group check in/out area clean and in a neat, orderly fashion at all times, and be welcoming and respectful to families during check in/check out times
  • Other duties may include emptying the trash, sweeping, cleaning organizing or preparing supplies, printing, copying or collating materials, technical troubleshooting, first aid support and more

Daily Packing List:

  • A backpack
  • A refillable water bottle
  • Personal lunch (nothing microwavable)
  • Appropriate clothing for activities and weather
  • Appropriate attire that does not have anything related to alcohol/drugs
  • Proper footwear (no flips flops)
  • Sun block or sunscreen

Other Details of Note:

  • To apply for this volunteer position, applicants must fill out the application below, or send a resume and cover letter to
  • Viable candidates will be invited to interview with the Camp Director and Assistant Camp Director to review and assure the candidate's commitment, capabilities, enthusiasm and professionalism
  • Each candidate should identify and communicate their summer availability and preferences for camp week's during the hiring process. Camp staff will assess and confirm summer CIT assignments prior to June 15th.
  • CITs must attend Staff Training on June 29th and 30th, each day from 9:00am-4:00pm. Expect to meet and spend time getting to know the Lead Counselors, looking over the curriculum and activities planned for the assigned week, learning about early childhood development and needs, and reviewing daily tasks, transitions, and communication flow
  • Each week the CITs will be assigned to a group and a Lead Camp Counselor to support. The CIT will report directly to their assigned counselor and group, each day. At least once a week, the CIT will meet directly with the Director to assure each individual has the support and coaching they need to feel successful in their role.
  • Upon completion of one's camp assignment, CIT will receive a certificate of volunteer hours worked, and a letter of reference as requested in the the future.
  • If you have any questions or inquiries please feel free to reach out to Jenae McCarroll, Camp Director, at