CIT - Counselor in Training Program
Mentor-ship is a huge part of Boys & Girls Club. And our CIT or Counselor-in-Training program is an important part of mentoring. Middle school aged members who have shown that they are ready and willing to take on a leadership role are offered a CIT position.
This means that they will strive to be a good example for the younger kids, will help the adult staff when needed and will help mediate disputes between younger members fairly.
During Summer Camp CIT's are assigned an age group to work with an age group. They help the adult staff with things such as helping the younger kids wash their hands at snack time or organizing a fun
group game. They will accompany the younger group on outings and, just one example, help the adult staff keep the walking line moving.
And CIT's are invaluable when younger kids are having a dispute. It is a great opportunity for all the kids to practice good conflict resolution skills. The younger kids get help resolving
their dispute from a cool older kid instead of being told what to do by an adult. And the CIT gets a feeling of pride for being the one that helped solve a problem and for being a great
example for smaller kids.
It's not all work though! We make sure that the CIT's get to spend time with kids their own age. Each Friday they get to hang out with the Juno group and go hiking or swimming. And if the Juno group is going on a really cool trip or activity the CIT's go along.
CIT's are truly the first step in a great mentor-ship. To a 6 year old nothing is cooler then an older kid who is nice to them. They watch carefully and emulate every move.