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TidBit Tuesday: All About CITs

There are so many summer options out there for teens these days! For these older kiddos, what is it that makes summer camp more important than ever?

At Appel Farm, we know how important these last few summers can be, and we’re here to make sure our teens make the most of their time at camp. Our teens who are 16 or 17 years old (or, entering 11th or 12th grades) can apply for placement in our CIT Leadership Program. CITs have additional opportunities and responsibilities within the camp community, all with a focus on developing leadership skills, and preparing them for life after high school.

For CITs, a highlight of the program is often their guided study project. After being assigned a staff mentor, CITs get to develop and execute a project in any discipline they choose. CITs exhibit their work during our performance week, and can use their project as an addition to their college portfolio. For parents, a highlight of the program is our College Tour. The college tour takes CITs off camp for an overnight adventure to see a variety of universities, touring campus and meeting with admissions counselors to learn more about the process.

CITs spend time working with our younger campers as part of our buddy program, and participate in CIT leadership workshops, run by our Leadership Team. Appel Farm CITs are mentors, friends, and role models within our values based community. While some CITs have been at Appel Farm since they were young campers, teens who are new to camp thrive in this dynamic program.

Our friends at the American Camp Association have published a brilliant article, sharing research from the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE) in collaboration with Coastal Carolina University, speaking to the enduring, and positive, outcomes of leadership training for teens in both traditional and specialty camp settings. Click here to visit the ACA website and read more about it!