Counselor-in-Training Program 2018
(ages 12-15)

 

  Counselor-in-Training Program (ages 12-15)

Do you have a passion for nature, gardening, and creative play? Enjoy being a role model for younger children and like to get your hands in the dirt? The Arboretum's Counselor-In-Training program may be the perfect fit for you! Share your skills and bring your imagination and creativity to the Arboretum--join the fun as we play, garden, create, explore and learn together!

The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is designed to provide opportunities for responsible, positive youth mentors to increase leadership skills by sharing a passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural world with younger campers and gardeners. CITs will assist Day Camp and Children's Garden program staff in providing a safe, supportive, and exciting experience for all participants, as well as helping out with other projects.

Top 10 Benefits of being a Counselor-in-Training (CIT)

  1. Gain valuable experience while doing something meaningful this summer
  2. Take advantage of resume-building opportunities while serving as a role model, mentor, and teaching assistant in the Arboretum's summer programs
  3. Share your passion for science, gardens, and the outdoors, with younger kids
  4. Develop useful life skills in leadership and time-management
  5. Meet new friends
  6. Log volunteer hours and give back to the community 
  7. Receive first-aid instruction and other training that can be applied to future job/volunteer opportunities
  8. Work with caring adult mentors 
  9. Be a valuable part of a fun, supportive, creative team
  10. Have FUN!!
 

Job Descriptions

  Interested?

Step 1 Reserve your spot at the free informational meeting on
Tuesday, March 6th, 6 p.m - 7 p.m.
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the session as well.
(If you are interested, but this date does not work, or has passed, please email education office arbedu@umn.edu.)

FREE Counselor-in-Training Information Night (ages 12-15 w/parent) (991-03-06-18)
Tuesday, March 6, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Free to attend the informational session! 
Learning Center

Step 2 Fill out an application and sign up for an interview date/time.
(Applications and interview information will be provided at the March 6 free training and/or available online after March 6.)

Step 3 Successful applicants will be notified, pay one-time registration fee,* and then be able to select desired summer programs to assist.
(There are many volunteer opportunities and a lot of flexibility in creating a schedule that works for you and your family. Come half days or full days, for a week, or the whole summer!)

*$75 fee covers orientation, First Aid training, leadership development training, t-shirt, certificate, all project supplies, snacks, and an end-of-summer celebration! (Financial assistance is available to those who are eligible for free or reduced school lunch. Inquire by email arbedu@umn.edu.)

Step 4 Attend a mandatory one-day CIT orientation on
Wednesday, June 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Questions?

Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

 

 


 

To Register for Class
To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone.

Summer Program FAQs
Review the helpful FAQ page!

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email:
 ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy
For the following Summer Kids Programs:
Registration fees include a $25 non-refundable deposit
 • Ages 5-7 Day Camps • Ages 7-11 Day Camps (excluding Friday Favorites) • Ages 5-13 Weekly Children's Garden
REFUNDS
Refunds less a $25 non-refundable deposit will be given for those cancelling 30 days or more before the start of camp. No refunds nor exchanges will be given to those who withdraw less than 30 days prior to start date.
EXCHANGES
Exchanges are permitted 30 days or more before the start of camp with no penalty. No refunds nor exchanges will be given to those who withdraw less than 30 days prior to start date

For the following Summer Kids Programs:
• Ages 7-11 Day Camps *Friday Favorites* • PeaPods for Preschoolers • Intergeneration TogetherTime

REFUNDS
Refunds less a $5 processing fee will be given for those cancelling two weeks or more prior to class date. No refunds nor exchanges will be given to those who withdraw less than 2 weeks prior to start date.
EXCHANGES
Exchanges are permitted 2 weeks or more before the start of the program with no penalty. No refunds nor exchanges will be given to those who withdraw less than 2 weeks prior to start date


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