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MJCC Day Camp Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program

Entering 9th and 10th Graders

Thank you for your interest in the MJCC Day Camp CIT program.  CIT's are unique cohort; no longer campers, but not yet staff. Think of the CIT program as a certificate course and volunteer internship that will provide you with valuable skills and experience, and enhance your future job prospects. As an added benefit, all those who successfully complete this CIT program AND go on to be hired by MJCC Day Camp in a future summer will receive a salary incentive during their first year as an employee of MJCC Day Camp.

The program itself is structured as a one week Counselor Training Intensive (CTI) followed by a one week Mentored Field Experience (MFE). (Dates are detailed below.) During the CTI component, participants will develop valuable leadership skills (such as teamwork, communication, and problem solving), learn how to be effective role models, gain insight into youth and adolescent development, and build a repertoire of games, activities, language, and techniques that will enhance their ability to create a safe, positive and fun environment for themselves and for others.

The MFE week is a hands on learning experience. Each CIT will be assigned to a MJCC Day Camp group for the duration of the week, during which they will assist the existing staff in supervising campers, supporting group activities, and enriching the social and educational experience of each of their campers.  While completely enmeshed in daily routine of their group, each CIT will also be paired with a member of the MJCC's Management Team who will keep tabs on their performance throughout the week. This relationship isn't limited to supervision, but is rather a proactive mentorship, with the CIT being provided ongoing feedback, encouragement, and suggestions for continued growth by their mentor.  At the end of the week, each CIT and Mentor will formally meet for a session of reflection and cooperative evaluation whose focus is on the development of the CIT as a current and future leader.

Submitting this application is not a guarantee of acceptance in to the CIT program.  Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis with no applications accepted after May 15th.  Selected candidates will be subject to an interview, background check, and drug screen, prior to formal acceptance into the CIT program.

The CIT program at MJCC Day Camp requires you to commit two separate weeks of your summer to our training and mentorship program. Each participate must first participate in a one week Counselor Training Intensive (CTI) and then complete a one week Mentored Field Experience (MFE). These two weeks need not be back to back, but must be completed in order.

CTI Schedule
June 4-8, June 18-22, and July 9-13

MFE Schedule
June 11-15, June 25-29, July 2-6, July 16-20, and July 23-27




Questions? Contact Rabbi Mordechai Harris, Ma Ani Camp Director, at mharris@jccmemphis.org or (901) 259-9227.

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