Leadership Development Programs
Farm and Garden Camp offers successive opportunities for participants to build leadership skills and qualities such as confidence, communication, and resourcefulness. We aim to support participants in developing the knowledge, skills, awareness and attitudes they will need to be successful as staff at Farm and Garden Camp - and anywhere else they choose to pursue their passions and interests.
Jr. CITs (ages 11-14)
The Jr. CIT program is for youth ages 11 to 14. This program supports participants in transitioning from being a camper to being a leader and role model at camp. Jr. CITs work closely with camp staff and younger campers. In camper groups and during daily choice activities, they interact with campers and assist with animal care, fiber arts, gardening, games and cooking. They have special meetings and workshops with the camp director to develop farm-based skills and knowledge, as well as to share challenges and successes they are having. This program is for those who are ready to graduate from camper to helper and role model.
Eleven-year-old Jr. CITs must have attended Farm and Garden Camp as a Harvester (the camper group for ages 9-11). Returning 11-year-olds may choose whether they want to be a Harvester or Jr. CIT. The Jr. CIT program has a two-week minimum, though attendance need not be consecutive.
Note: Many 11-year-olds prefer to be campers for another year, participating in all camp activities, crafting their fiber art projects, feeding the animals, and selecting their choice activities. This is great! We encourage parents to discuss the difference between being a camper and a Jr. CIT with your camper in order to choose which program (Harvester or Jr. CIT) is appropriate.
Registration & Fees
Registration occurs online through our regular registration system. There is no separate application. The Jr. CIT program costs $250 per week. Register here!
Apprentices (ages 14-15)
Having previously participated in the Jr. CIT program, Apprentices are ready to take the next step towards becoming a CIT by becoming direct stewards of animals and plants on the farm. Apprentices work directly with the camp director and garden and animal specialists to develop in the following areas:
- Knowledge about camp routines and infrastructure, and animal/plant health and care;
- Skills with farm tools, plant identification, animal handling, communication with staff, teaching campers;
- Awareness of camp operations and safety.
Rather than spending most of their time with a designated camper group as Jr. CITs do, Apprentices’ schedules are variable and include daily chores, helping with camper activities, and working on special projects. As a working farm is constantly in motion, each day will offer exposure to new challenges and opportunities.
Two Apprentices will be selected for each 5-day session of camp. Each Apprenticeship lasts for two weeks. Apprentices are welcome and encouraged to participate for more than one summer; your skills, knowledge and opportunities for leadership will only increase in your second year!
Apprentices must have participated in the Jr. CIT program for one year or more and be 14 years of age or older. As Apprenticeships put participants in direct contact with animals and farm tools, Apprentices must demonstrate maturity and good judgement. Apprentices must commit to two weeks; consecutive weeks are preferred but not required. Apprentices must apply and be selected for this program.
Registration & Fees
Register for your preferred sessions as a Jr. CIT. Additionally, complete the Apprentice Application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive notification of whether you have been selected for the Apprenticeship within two weeks of our receiving your applications. Selection is in part based on your application and in part based on availability. If you are not selected as an Apprentice and choose not to participate as a Jr. CIT, we will refund your deposit. The Apprentice program costs $250 per week.
CITs (ages 15 and up)
Counselors-In-Training (CITs) have demonstrated the maturity and skills necessary to successfully be part of the paid camp staff. While continuing to develop their leadership and counseling skills, CITs assist Lead Instructors with daily activities and transitions. They also play an important role in facilitating camper dynamics and assisting with behavior management and conflict resolution. As CITs are integral members of our staff and camp program, we emphasize professionalism and reliability, including completing all camp sessions that a CIT commits to.
See Staff Page for more information and to download an application.
Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact Camp Director Cara Michelle Silverberg at email@example.com.