Counselor-in-Training Program 2018
||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)
- Gain valuable experience while doing something meaningful this summer
- Take advantage of resume-building opportunities while serving as a role model, mentor, and teaching assistant in the Arboretum's summer programs
- Share your passion for science, gardens, and the outdoors, with younger kids
- Develop useful life skills in leadership and time-management
- Meet new friends
- Log volunteer hours and give back to the community
- Receive first-aid instruction and other training that can be applied to future job/volunteer opportunities
- Work with caring adult mentors
- Be a valuable part of a fun, supportive, creative team
- Have FUN!!
||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 email@example.com.)
||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!
||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.)
||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 firstname.lastname@example.org.)
||Attend a mandatory one-day CIT orientation on
Wednesday, June 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu
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