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CIT Surprises

Cotton candy & snow-cones in the middle of the night, golf-carts in the Dining Hall, jello takeovers at breakfast, midnight hot chocolate concerts, camp-wide Twister game, waterslides, kidnapped Camp Directors, balloons and polka dots everywhere, chalkboard picnic tables, toilet papered trees in the courtyard…

These are just a few of the fun surprises created by our Counselors In Training (CITs) every summer!  The Counselor In Training Program allows 4 or 8-week campers ages 16 and 17, or campers going into 11th or 12th grade, to develop leadership experience, give back to the community, and learn basic counseling and teaching skills. Our CITs also have a lot of fun on off-camp field trips to the local diner, a night out to Ocean City’s boardwalk, planning a special event on camp and once a session planning a special SURPRISE for the entire camp!

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The CIT Surprise is a much-anticipated event every session and each year our CITs are challenged to think of something even better than the CITs the year before.  The goal is to completely surprise the camp with something zany and fun while also giving back to the camper and staff community.

CITs hanging out at the lake after a surprise!

Last summer, our CITs gifted us with newly painted chalkboard top picnic tables! At the end of a normal rest hour they revealed our new art palettes and inspired us to all draw by serving ice cream sundaes! Second session, the CITs got us all connected by turning the entire courtyard into a larger than life Twister gameboard for an all-camp game!

Appel Farm Arts Camp campers drawing on new CIT painted chalkboard picnic tables!Alec, CIT, paints a picnic table for the surprise.All camp twister game hosted by our CITsAll camp twister game hosted by our CITs

We can’t wait to experience this summer’s CIT surprises, as we’re sure they’ll be a highlight of each session! If you joining us this summer as a CIT, please start brainstorming with your friends now!

For this Fun Friday, share with us below what your favorite CIT Surprise was or if you have an idea for one!