counselor-in-training program

Started in 2018, this is an invitation-only, year-round program for former campers, aged 15-17, and is comprised of day camp, service projects and weekend family camp experiences as well as relevant work training. The goal of this program is to create a path for former campers to become summer staff when they turn 18, and to continue to cultivate the relationship built throughout their years at camp. 

Our Goals

The goal of the Counselor-In-Training program is to engage, develop, and empower emerging leaders through the avenues of summer camp and year-round training and employment experiences

Participant Goals

1. Practice each of ASC’s core values at home, at school, and in life
2. Be prepared for a role as a summer camp counselor
3. Feel a sense of belonging at ASC and help others to feel the same
4. Be equipped for success in life through high school and beyond

Our three pillars

At ASC we come together across lines of difference to build lasting friendships, learn to resolve conflict restoratively, and to feel heard and empowered. We intentionally build a community based on trust, kindness and compassion.

We have important, real emotions, and at ASC we support campers’ growth in regulating those feelings. We believe that this learning increases our compassion and empathy for others.

To be creative is to grow. ASC gives campers freedom and choice throughout their time at camp. In those moments of opportunity to be wildly creative, campers learn new ways to problem-solve, think critically, and appreciate the world in which they live.


Application Process

CITs are nominated during summer camp, and nominated CITs are asked to apply for the fall of the following school year.

year-round employment

CITs commit to working at least 4 events, usually on weekends, each year, in addition to the accompanying trainings. Compensation is provided, and room and board is provided if applicable

summer employment

CITs commit to working at least two consecutive weeks in the summer. During the school year, CITs receive programming aimed at leadership and counselor skill development, and use that training to support summer and year-round staff in supporting campers. Compensation, room, and board are provided

code of conduct

CITs are representatives of Austin Sunshine Camps’ core values, and are expected to represent ASC well at all functions. 

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The CIT program is free of charge.The program allows for gainful employment. As CITs move through their second and third year in the program, they will have more opportunities to lead the program and make decisions regarding the content of SHINE events, training, and more.

Successful CIT program participants will have the opportunity to work as a summer camp counselor after they graduate high school and because of their history of involvement with ASC, will set an example for summer staff that do not come from the ASC family.

scholarship opportunity

Involvement in the ASC CIT program makes you eligible to apply for the YMBL Sunshine Foundation Scholarship – the greater involvement you have in the program, the greater chance you have of receiving scholarship funds.

The 2020 Application is now OPEN! Click HERE to apply today!

Learn more

Contact our Programs Team for more info
Phone: (512) 472-8107
Mail: PO Box 161270, Austin, Texas 78716

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