Counselor In Training (CIT) Program

Fessenden Summer Camps

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 late nights, overnights, and special events.
  • 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.

Please contact the Camp Office at 617-630-2373 or at with questions or for more information about the CIT program and application process.

There is an application process for the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program that is outside of our online registration. Admission to the CIT Program is limited and acceptance is not guaranteed. Applicants must be entering 9th grade. Applicants must attend for a minimum of 4 weeks for the first year and a minimum of 6 weeks for the second year. We encourage attending additional weeks. Those who can make a longer commitment may receive priority in acceptance to the program.