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BBS Day Camp Counselors in Training (CIT) – Volunteer Program

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Counselor-in-Training Volunteer Program

*Applications for our volunteer CIT Program will open on February 1, 2020.*

You’re mature, like to lead and love kids – make the most of your summer by helping children make the most of theirs. Our Counselor in Training (CIT) volunteer program is specifically designed for teens entering grade 9 and 10 who want to develop their leadership skills in working with children. You will learn behavior management, team-building, communication and activity leadership skills, then apply what you’ve learned as you shadow our staff counselors and participate in leading activities for our younger campers.

This 4-week volunteer program is led by our Director of Staff Training, Nick DeRosa, who returns for his 3rd Big Blue Summer in 2020. Each week, CITs will spend a portion of their day in themed training, and a portion of their day shadowing a group of campers led by 2 counselors. CITs will spend time reflecting on what they learn in both settings. CITs are challenged to step up as leaders by MC-ing, preparing, or even designing our special Friday events.

CITs will graduate from the program with a completed training portfolio, a letter of reference, and skills and memories that will last a lifetime. Successful graduates of the volunteer CIT program may also apply as “returning employees” in 2021. Pingry will accept a small group of applicants for each cohort, so if you’re seriously interested in taking part, please complete your application thoughtfully and accurately.

Volunteer Eligibility: entering grade 9 or 10

Volunteer Commitment: 4 consecutive weeks, options TBA

Volunteer Hours: 8:30am – 1:30pm, Monday – Friday

Daily Schedule:

  • 8:30am – CIT Meeting
  • 8:45am – Camper Arrival
  • 9:00am – Training Activities*
  • 11:00am – Shadow Camp Groups*
  • 1:00pm – Camper Dismissal
  • 1:15pm – CIT Reflections
  • 1:30pm – CITs Dismissed

*Exact timing of daily training and shadowing may be adjusted based on training topics, weather, instructor availability, or scheduled camp activities.

Fees: There is no fee to participate in this program, however an application and interview must be completed to be considered. Applications will be available February 1 – March 2, 2020. Interviews for this program will be scheduled during the month of March. Applicants will receive a decision in early April.

CIT Hiring Process

  • Complete an online staff application, available January 18, 2019
  • Attend a group staff interview (new CITs) in the spring, or complete a brief phone interview (returning CITs)
  • Attend staff training – dates TBA
  • Click here for more information


Weeks Times
Cohort A; Jun 29 – Jul 24 (4-week commitment) 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cohort B; Jul 20 – Aug 14 (4-week commitment) 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Lunch is included.

Drop-off/Pick-up Location

Bristol Gymnasium

Camp Credentials

  • This program is accredited by the American Camp Association!

What to Pack

Volunteers should pack a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray (optional). Volunteers will receive uniform tee shirts that should be worn daily, along with sneakers and comfortable clothing.

What to Expect

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