Counselor In Training (CIT) ProgRam

An internship in Nature Education and Mentoring for Youth 13 years and up

Do you enjoy working with children outdoors? Are you interested in learning more about nature education, wilderness skills, animal tracking, kayaking and more? Then our CIT opportunity might be a good fit for you!

Our CIT program includes a two day wilderness skills camp out, a full day of training on how to be a leader for young children and an end of summer celebration and debrief. CIT’s will receive training in safety and identifying hazards, leading games and activities and helping group dynamics as well as an introduction to naturalist and wilderness skills.

We are offering 2 tracks of our CIT program, the Young Leaders Track for ages 13-15, and the Teen Apprentice Program for those ages 16-18. Young leaders is a paid program with an option of coming to help at two weeks of camp. The teen apprentice program is free but requires an application process and the ability to commit to two full weeks of camp this summer.

At the end of the summer, we will reconvene for a day of beach play, kayaking and connection, celebrating our successes and reflecting on our experience.


In addition to the satisfaction and fun you receive in giving back to your community, as a CIT, you will receive:

  • Daylong training in the basics of Vilda’s approach to mentoring, leadership development, and orientation to camp

  • Weekend camp-out focused on wilderness skills

  • Training during camp weeks from one of our instructors

  • Experience in nature connection practices and mentoring skills for self and youth

  • Internship credits to volunteers pursuing careers in youth education


Young Leader Track (Ages 13-15):

  • Young Leaders need to be at least 13 years of age

  • Attend training

  • Option of being a CIT for a week or two of camp

Teen Apprentice Program (Ages 16-18):

  • Teen Apprentices need to be at least 16 years old

  • Teen Apprentices must be able to attend at least 2 full weeks of camp this summer

  • Attend training


CIT - Young Leader Track (Ages 13-15): 
(Includes campout, training day, and option to attend 2 weeks of camp as CIT)


CIT - Teen Apprentices Program (Ages 16-18): FREE - Application required

OUR 2017 SUMMER CAMP SEASON IS OVER. Join our mailing list (see below) to be notified as soon as 2018 Summer Camps are available FOR REGISTRATION.