Information for Prospective Candidates and Parents
Winona's CIT Program is open to young men who have reached their 16th birthday
by July 1, 2009, or who have completed 10th grade prior to their CIT year.
Selection of candidates is based on proficiency in camp activities, willingness
to assume responsibility, enthusiasm, and an expressed desire to work with
boys of camp age.
Winona's CIT Program is an intensive seven-week training course for future
camp counselors. During the first week of camp, all CITs select activity "majors",
plan and conduct the camp's Field Day, be introduced to all four camper units,
and begin American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, Community First Aid, and
CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
Candidates are then placed in "rotation groups" for rotation cycles
of approximately ten days each. Three groups are assigned to camper units to
concentrate in two or three major activity areas. Participation in one weekly
unit staff meeting is required during each unit rotation cycle. The fourth
group (or "Flex" group) will have added opportunities for new mountain
and canoe trips, and some CITs will decide to participate in the Junior Maine
Leadership and Evaluation
CITs have a unit director and an assistant unit director who coordinate their
schedules and program. Each activity and tent counselor furnishes written
evaluations to the director. The CIT Director and Unit Director then meet
with each CIT to evaluate his ten-day assignment to that unit.
Also evaluated is the CIT's citizenship within his own CIT group, i.e. relations
with other CITs, personal appearance, house officer duty performance, and commitment
to special programs, such as Field Day and the CIT Sunday Service.
CITs completing required courses and receiving satisfactory staff evaluations
and demonstrating responsibility in both activity skills and social behavior
will receive a Winona CIT completion certificate on Awards Night, and will
be considered for future staff positions.
CITs live together in their own Wiggy and are responsible for its condition.
A house officer is assigned daily.
Dates of Program
CITs arrive and depart on the same full season dates as campers and may join
Health Examination Form
Each CIT will receive a health examination form, which is to be completed by
a doctor and parent; then forwarded to camp prior to Opening Day. PLEASE BE
SURE TO SIGN THE EMERGENCY TREATMENT AUTHORIZATION.
Clothing and Bedding
Each CIT should bring two (2) sets of "whites" (white trousers and/or
shorts and white "LaCoste" style shirts) for special occasions. All
other times require normal summer clothing, i.e. shorts, tee shirts, jeans,
sneakers, etc. Laundry is done once a week with about one day in between drop-off
and pick-up. Don't forget to bring towels and a sleeping bag. All other bedding
is provided. All candidates are expected to present a neat and well-groomed
Smoking, Drinking, and Drug Policy
Smoking, consuming alcoholic beverages, and the use of unprescribed or abuse
of drugs are not allowed by CITs. Candidates who consider this policy a problem
should make alternative summer plans.
CITs will take days off together (one per week) and will be chaperoned by the
CIT Director or other senior staff. Occasional nights out as a group will
be incorporated into the schedule. The camp provides days off transportation;
however, spending money for personal expenses, meals, movies, etc. is to
be provided by each CIT. A sum of $40.00 per week is considered ample. Please
mail a check for these expenses to the camp, payable to WINONA CAMPS. The
check will be cashed and the money deposited in the camp safe for dispersal
at the discretion of the CIT and the CIT Director.
Information and News
Additional letters and information will be mailed to each candidate throughout
the off-season. Mailings will include a list of CIT candidates and their
hometowns, and health, transportation, and trunk packing forms.