Summer is the perfect time for teens to gain valuable leadership and work experience by being a counselor in training (CIT) or junior camp counselor. There are many volunteer opportunities as a CIT, all of which teach responsibility and teamwork. Some teens use their summer camp counselor experience to fulfill community service requirements for school or extracurricular clubs, while having a rewarding summer themselves.
Is your teen ready for summer camp counselor training? If she is patient, responsible, reliable, enjoys kids, follows rules, demonstrates good judgement and wants to have fun, she may be just what one of these camp programs is looking for!
Boy Scouts of America
A unique opportunity for Scouts 14 and 15 years old to learn new leadership skills, enjoy summer camp, make new friends, have fun, earn merit badges or venturing Ranger Requirements!
Scouts participate in a 3-week specialized program which will involve a half day of work experience and a half day of summer camp experience, all under the guidance of a dedicated Counselor Training Director. Registration is limited. Participants may only attend one session per summer camp facility.
Forest Home Christian Camp
San Bernardino Mountains
Living Coast Discovery Center
Outpost Summer Camps
Canyonside Community Park, Rancho Peñasquitos
Fleet Science Center
Make a difference this summer! Impact the lives of younger children by being a summer camp counselor. Counselors are needed to assist educators in week-long camps. Responsible teens (ages 14 & up) who have experience with kids and are enthusiastic about science preferred. If under 18, parent consent is required. Online application available on website. Two training sessions are required. Year-round volunteer opportunities also available.
San Diego Air & Space Museum Balboa Park
San Diego Natural History Museum
The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking high school students (16 & up) as volunteer camp aides. Camp aides participate in a variety of fun activities such as nature hikes, story time, crafts and science activities tailored for campers from pre-K to 8th grade. Summer camps run June through August. A two-week minimum commitment is required and three weeks is preferred (weeks need not be consecutive). Full-day and half-day schedules available. Apply online at www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=369185841. If you have questions, contact the museum at 877-946-7797.
Mission Bay Aquatic Center
The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program at the Watersports camp will give students ages 14 & up a head start to learning skills that will serve them as they enter the workforce. CIT service looks great on resumes and college applications and is a great opportunity for teens to gain valuable work-like experience. CITs are an important part of our camp team and have a great time while learning responsibility, teamwork, and the satisfaction of a job well done. Watch our online orientation for New CIT’s and visit the website for a full list of qualifications and training dates. Includes sailing training. Space is limited.
Lisa Gipson is the managing editor at San Diego Family Magazine. Her daughter, whose camp name is "Hoops", loves being a CIT.
Updated: April 2019