Tawonga’s Specialist & Counselor-In-Training Program: Three weeks of leadership development, direct work with kids and team bonding for rising 12th graders
Three Weeks: June 16 – July 5, 2019
How To Apply
The application process for the Specialist & Counselor-In-Training Program includes four steps:
- Make sure your parent or guardian registers you through their Camp-In-Touch account, just like they would for any other Tawonga program. You will be automatically put on the wait list.
- Complete the online Teen Program Application and indicate SCIT as your program choice.
- Copy and paste this link and send it to your reference for them to submit electronically. Your reference can be a supervisor, coach, professor, youth group advisor or anyone else who has seen you work in a professional or leadership context. Please note that your reference must come from outside of the Camp Tawonga community. Additionally, this reference must be a different person if have previously applied for a Tawonga teen program in previous years.
- Call Sam Quintana at 415.543.2267 or email him at [email protected] to schedule an interview. Interviews are conducted in person or over Google hangouts and generally last 45 minutes to an hour.
SCIT Program Overview
The Specialist and Counselor-in-Training (SCIT) program is a selective leadership program for teens entering 12th grade who want to learn about Tawonga’s approach to working with kids. This program requires an application and interview with one of our directors.
Many teens, after they age out of their traditional camper years, find this program to be an invaluable personal and professional growth opportunity. It is also a good first step to one day becoming part of the highly acclaimed professional Tawonga staff, which includes many former SCITs.
Three Week Snapshot
The SCIT program takes place during the first three weeks of the summer, coinciding with both the “Taste of Camp” and Session II programs. The first week of the program is training and group development for the teens. They learn from veteran Tawonga staff the ins and outs of working at camp and the overall philosophy that staff brings into their work to create the Tawonga experience. The first Shabbat and weekend of the program is spent on a group rafting trip along the beautiful South Fork of the American River, just a few hours north of Tawonga. Here, the group gets to bond further before returning to camp for work!
In the second and third weeks of the program, the teens spend about 1/2 to 2/3 of each day working with kids, alongside counselors and specialists. Here, they get to have a firsthand impact on young campers’ Tawonga experiences in the same ways that staff had on them. Teens learn what it means to be a leader and role model 24/7 and get supervised, evaluated, and coached by veteran Tawonga staff to further their growth and development.
Counselors in Training (CITs) join bunk and unit counselors to lead activities while creating and facilitating effective cabin groups.
Specialists in Training (SITs) learn the ins and outs of different specialty areas at camp, including arts & crafts, programming, waterfront, wilderness and drama.
As an SIT do I work everywhere or just in one specialist area?
What is the difference between SIT and CIT?
Do we work the whole time as a SCIT?
I registered for the program; why am I on the waiting list?
How are SCITs chosen?
Spotlight on ITs: On the Blog!
Check out this IT Spotlight blog post from our 2016 Summer!
Feel free to call our San Francisco office at 415.543.2267. Thank you!