Run by YMCA of Northern Alberta

12-16 yrs
Sessions offered between

The Counselors-in-Training program is a leadership opportunity for youth to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become a camp counselor. All ‘Counselors-in-Training’ (CITs) must complete the CIT training program; training dates will be shared through the interview process. Following the training, they will take part in a two-week placement at one of our locations. Participants are placed in different day camp programs based on their experience in the CIT Program and the ‘Leaders-in-Training’ (LIT) program. Completion of Grade 7 is required. Counselors-in-Training are volunteers.

Interested youth must register in-branch or online in the CIT Application course; all applicants will be contacted for an interview. Successful candidates will then register for the CIT program and will be required to complete a police security clearance. For more information, please contact your local YMCA.

Level 1 - The CIT program is designed for participants to acquire necessary skills to become a counselor, including planning and delivering activities, observing campers in various age groups, asset building, communication, and trust.
Level 2 - The second level of the CIT program enhances skills learned in Level 1. Participants will learn new skills, including team building, behavior management, and safety awareness.
Level 3 - The third level of the CIT program builds on the previous levels and prepares participants for the step from CIT to counselor while learning skills such as conflict resolution, leadership, and special needs integration.

Location and Program Information

Map to Castle Downs Family YMCA

Where: Castle Downs Family YMCA
11510 153 Ave., Edmonton, Alberta, T5X 6A3

Map to Don Wheaton Family YMCA

Where: Don Wheaton Family YMCA
10211 102 Ave., Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 0A5

Map to Jamie Platz Family YMCA

Where: Jamie Platz Family YMCA
7121-178 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T5T 5T9

Map to William Lutsky Family YMCA

Where: William Lutsky Family YMCA
1975 111 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T6J 7C6

Our Edmonton YMCA Summer Camps and Day Camps offer children and youth (ages 3-16) the opportunity to participate in fun and engaging activities with FREE Pre-Care (7:30 am - 8:30 am) and Post-Care (4:30 pm - 5:30 pm)!

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