Our CIT Program began on Monday morning, where our CITs had their first learning session. We started off with some icebreakers to get to know each other better, including a challenge to build the tallest spaghetti and marshmallow tower and the "Newlyfriend Game," before exploring the responsibilities of staff members throughout the camp day, at all different activities. The CITs provided great insight into what they believe makes an ideal counselor, and responded to scenarios to determine how the actions and work of a counselor could have been improved. After setting goals for themselves to achieve by the end of their summer as a CIT, the CITs had their first experience working with groups on Monday afternoon.
Throughout the summer, the CITs will have the opportunity to work with all of our campers, as they are placed with different groups each day; they'll even have the opportunity to work with our specialists and see how camp operates from that perspective. On Wednesday, the CITs spent a full day at the BBQ with groups, working alongside the staff members to set up lunch and play with the campers at the wide range of activities we offer - soccer, volleyball, basketball, the playground, and more.
On Thursday, our CITs had their first day as a camper, on which they went to Lazerland with the Upper Campers, participating in activities like laser tag, gaga, dodgeball, and played at the arcade. Upon returning, the CITs had the chance to choose their group for the remainder of the afternoon, and on Friday, they had a great day at Modern Pinball NYC with the Tweens, followed by some CIT-only time in the gym and pool.
Next week, the CITs will be exploring the topic of "Communication" in their weekly sessions, and look forward to more fun time with our campers!