City offering youths counselor in training program

Do you have a responsible teen who enjoys working with children? BristolParks and Recreation department is launching a new program this summer that may be just what they’re looking for.

The Counselors in Training program is designed for youth ages 14 to 17 years old who are interested in working with children and getting involved with Summer Camp. To participate: candidates must submit a CIT application, and a reference letter from a coach/teacher or other non-relative. Ideal candidates are outgoing, enthusiastic, responsible and have a dedication to children. Ideal candidates should also be able to commit to the seven-week program and will be required to attend pre-camp orientations from June 25 to 27.

Parks and Recreation will begin accepting application packets March 3. All materials must be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Office by no later than May 1st, 2014. Once all materials have been received candidates will be contacted for an interview at the Parks and Recreation office. There are limited numbers of spaces for the CIT program so unfortunately not all candidates may be admitted. Once a candidate has been admitted, they will be required to register for the program for $125 for the entire summer.

The program will include leadership training, guidance, and experience working hands on with children in a group supervised by a head counselor. CIT’s will learn new games and activities to teach children. They are responsible for assisting and maintaining a safe and fun environment for all campers. The program is a lot of fun and is a terrific resume builder.

Special Note: CIT’s that perform well may be given preference in the hiring process when counselor positions become available and the CIT is of working age.

For any questions, contact Joshua Medeiros, recreation coordinator, at joshuamedeiros@ci.bristol.ct.us