Summer and camp go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Summer Camp

Counselors in training

Benefits to Counselors-In-Training (Ages 15- 17)

What’s a camp like Windhover got to offer you?

  • On-the-job training, assisting at waterfront, barn, kitchen, and activities
  • A totally fun summer experience
  • The opportunity to learn more about any arts or traditional camping activities.
  • Life close to nature.
  • Leadership training to hone your skills
  • Opportunities to lead activities in your area of interest
  • A great resume builder for college applications or future employment
  • Opportunities to help someone younger grow
  • Lifetime friendships

Leadership Training Program

Camp Windhover has had a counselor-in-training program since its inception, and we offer character-based leadership training. Developing leadership skills is the challenge Camp Windhover’s counselor-in-training program embraces. We provide teens 15 through 17, who have completed the ninth through eleventh grades, the opportunity to serve others, to venture more deeply into nature and the arts, to explore the character of leaders and leadership styles, and to earn self-confidence, whether speaking before a group or learning to check pool chemistry. One of our goals is to prepare youth for future staff positions at camp. As a result, while CITs have fun, they devise their personal mission statement, learn new skills, and learn about promoting health and safety, about the stages of human development and their impact on learning, and about effective teaching practices.

CITs as junior staff members work at activities like assisting in the kitchen and dining hall, cleaning restrooms and general grounds, as well as aiding counselors in art or outdoor offerings. CIT Leaders supervise them.

Participants attend a pre-camp weekend retreat for preliminary training prior to their camp stay. The date for 2014 will be May 30 (beginning at 9:00 a.m.) - June 1 (ending at 11:00 a.m.).

First year CITs may attend a one- week session. Second and third year CITs may attend two weeks, depending on staffing needs.  CITs pay $250 per week, but all receive a small stipend, depending on experience and qualifications. Early application is encouraged, as space is limited. (Go to Forms to download or to Summer Sessions, Fees, Registration to register online.)  By going through the application process, our CITs learn skills for applying for jobs and for college.


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Summer afternoon—summer afternoon . . . the two most beautiful words in the English language.

—Henry James

If you are interested in becoming a CIT, please complete an application. Return it with a letter of recommendation from someone who knows you well, such as a coach, a teacher, or a youth leader. Have one parent write a letter about why s/he wants you to be a part of our program, and you must write a letter stating why you want to participate in our leadership program. Also include a photo of yourself for our files. If you are selected, we will send you an acceptance packet with additional registration information and the weeks for you to attend camp. Do not pay until you have been notified of your acceptance.

If you have been a CIT before, it is not necessary to submit a recommendation or a parent letter. Please submit with your application a letter stating why you wish to serve as a CIT again, what you personally hope to accomplish, and how camp has helped or can help you accomplish your personal goals. Your summer with us will focus on attaining your goals.