Counselor In Training (CIT) Program


Discover the leader within you

The Fessenden Counselor In Training (CIT) program is a two-year program designed to develop campers entering Grades 9 and 10 into confident, compassionate leaders.

Our Counselors-in-Training (CITs) learn how to harness their own innate leadership qualities as well as new skills that will help them take on meaningful roles at camp, at home, at school, and in their communities.


  • Learn valuable leadership skills by observing and shadowing camp counselors and specialists.
  • Get hands-on experience aiding staff in their duties.
  • Take on responsibility by assisting staff at “overdays” and “overnights.”
  • Gain an understanding of leadership by attending meetings and training sessions.
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A valuable part of the program is learning how to work together and lead a group. CITs meet regularly with the CIT Director to discuss aspects of leadership, to review their progress and share their experiences.

Admission to the Counselor-in-Training Program is limited. Applicants must be entering 9th grade. Applicants must attend for a minimum of 4 weeks, but additional weeks are encouraged. Applicants who can make a longer commitment may receive priority in acceptance to the program.