The goal of the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is to provide 9th-11th grade students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, build confidence, and gain experience in a work environment while being mentored by hard-working and enthusiastic counselors and staff. CITs will gain hands-on experience working with Campers of all ages and will engage those children in summer day camp activities.

*Must be 14 years of age or older by the first day of camp

Allaire Country Day Camp

CIT Program – 9th, 10th, and 11th graders
*Must be 14 years of age or older by the first day of camp
At Allaire Country Day Camp we are looking for motivated teenagers who have an interest in working with children in a camp setting and who want to learn and develop leadership skills that will help them in future endeavors. The goal of our Counselor-In-Training program is to give CITs the skills and training to become leaders who are confident, allow them the opportunity to assist with children in a camp environment, and to place CITs in a position to excel at handling a reasonable amount of responsibility. These skills will transfer with students as they move into the workforce and will hopefully open more doors for them as they build their resumes. CITs will be under close supervision of their lead instructor and the camp directors.

The CIT program overview:

This 6 week program will encompass the following:

  • CITs will learn hands on leadership skills in an exciting new program.
  • CITs will be in a small group with an experienced staff member as their mentor.
  • CITs will be able to use these leadership skills and apply them to future endeavors.
  • CITs will be trained/certified in CPR and basic first aid to help them in future coaching or babysitting opportunities.
  • CITs will receive weekly leadership and staff training classes to help prepare them to work with children of all ages.
  • CITs participate as assistants to our head counselors, organizing groups of campers in all areas of the camp.
  • CITs will have 4 field trips included. Trips will be determined at a later date.
  • CITs will work together to complete and lead two culminating project.
    • Focus 1: Community Service Project
    • Focus 2: Family Fun Day Event

Session Details:

The CIT Program will be offered for 1 six week session.
CITs are expected to be here Monday through Friday from 8:45am-4:15pm for all six weeks of the session.
CITs must wear their CIT t-shirts every day provided by Allaire Country Day at no charge.
We will only be accepting 12 CITs.
July 10th – August 18th

*There is a potential to work the last 2 weeks of camp as a paid employee if CIT displays outstanding leadership qualities during their training period. Please be advised, if asked to work, your child will need working papers from their school.

Cost of the Program:

$2,000 for six week session
Fee includes: 4 field trips, CPR/First Aid Certification & full time certified teacher running the program

*No discounts will be applied to this program. Dates cannot be altered. No credits for missed days.

Application Process:

Applicants must complete attached application and questionnaire.
They must also obtain 2 references.
Once submitted an interview will be scheduled.

Application Instructions:

1. Fill out all Information in this packet.
2. Answer questionnaire.
3. You will need two recommendations to be considered for the CIT program. One must be a current or former teacher. The other must be someone who knows you through involvement in your community, i.e. a coach, someone for whom you volunteer, or a previous employer. Recommendations from relatives will NOT be accepted.
4. Once you have your completed application, questionnaire, and obtained recommendation letters, submit all parts of your application no later than April 1, 2017. Must be submitted by email to or dropped off to camp office.

Dates to know:

April 1st: Application Deadline. All completed applications (application, questionnaire & reference letters) must be submitted no later than April 8th to be considered for the program.

April 10th – April 21st: Interviews will be scheduled and held.

May 1st: CIT’s will be notified by Phone or E-mail if they have a spot in our program.

May 15th: Applicant & their parent/guardian must accept their spot in the program no later than May 15th. *Parent/Guardian see below.

June 3rd: Mandatory meeting from 8:30am-3:30pm for CPR/First Aid certification and orientation. Lunch will be provided. (No Make-Up)

If your child is selected to be a part of the CIT program you must notify us no later than June 10th if he or she will be accepting the position in the CIT Program. At that time you will need to complete the registration form and leave a $500 non-refundable deposit to lock in your child’s spot. Balance, after deposit, will be paid in 3 increments: $500 June 1st, $500 July 1st, $500 July 15th.

The above dates are tentative and subject to change. If your child submits their application early and you need to know before May 15th we can make arrangements for an earlier interview.

Download the PDF Registration Form

Program Leader:
Chris McCarrick

Chris will be working his fourth summer with Allaire Country Day, having spent the first two summers in the 7th-9th grade and 5th grade. Mr. Chris implemented the return of our Counselor In Training (CIT) program last summer and it was a great success! We are excited to have him back again this summer running the CIT program. Chris began his teaching career as the K-8 STEM teacher at the Red Bank Charter School and now teaches 7th and 8th grade Math. In addition to teaching, he is the advisor of the National Junior Honor Society, and the head basketball and baseball coach. Through the National Junior Honor Society, Chris works with the students to develop a culture of character and community service. Before joining Allaire Country Day, Chris spent 7 summers working for the Seaside Park Beach Control, starting out as a badge checker and culminating his tenure as the department head that collected $1.7 million in revenue over a 10-week summer season.  Chris is looking forward to sharing his experiences and help cultivate the next generation of young leaders.