CIT program

The purpose of the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is to prepare young adults for future leadership roles working with children in camps and other professional settings. Participants develop leadership, team-building, and communication skills, and are asked to be role models to campers by exhibiting positive leadership and behaviors.

Positions are available at Camp Anita Bliss Coler (ABC), Camp Hidden Valley, Camp Junior and Camp Mariah. CITs at each camp will live together as a group in rustic cabins that may not have electricity.

This spring, we are excited to partner with Beam Center for “Design, Build, Lead,” for a new initiative, The Fresh Air Fund Spring CIT Apprenticeship on Governors Island. 


All who qualify are welcome to apply. Former Fresh Air Fund participants are given priority. 

All applicants must:

  • Be either 16 or 17 years old by June 29, 2022
  • Live in and go to school in one of NYC’s five boroughs
  • Be eligible for free or reduced lunch under the USDA income guidelines
  • Have an interest in working with children and improving leadership and communication skills through workshops and hands-on activities in an outdoor setting
  • Be flexible and open to trying new programs and being a cooperative member of a team

Session Dates


6 Saturdays from April 16 – May 21, 10am-4pm: At Beam Center on Governors Island, CITs will prepare for their roles at camp through woodworking and metalworking workshops and other training. (If you cannot attend the Spring dates, please reach out to Roberto – – to discuss)

Saturday , May 28 – Sunday, May 29: Weekend Overnight to Sharpe Reservation


June 29 – August 3: Two 15-day sessions at camp. CITs will have some days off in between camp sessions.

Program Details

CITs will be placed at one of the following camps:

Camp ABC                                     Serves campers ages 8-15, females

Camp Hidden Valley                  Serves campers ages 8-15, males

Camp Junior                                Serves campers ages 8-15, co-ed

Camp Mariah                              Serves campers 11-15, co-ed

Application Process

Check back soon for more information! 

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