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HVP February 2018

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22 Hudson Valley Parent n February 2018 What is a CIT CIT's play a significant role in the everyday workings of camp activities and organization. "CIT's assist camp counselors with supervising of the campers and help with other camp duties such as filling up water jugs and walking campers to different stations," says Matthew Veronesi, New Windsor director of Parks, Recreation, Buildings & Grounds. But their purpose does not stop there. By MICHELLE PETERSON L ocal camps can be excellent resources for securing a meaningful first job. Becoming a counselor in training (CIT) provides teens with useful skills and an opportunity to take on real-life responsibilities in a supportive environment. If your child has expressed interest in becoming a CIT, there are several factors to consider in deciding if he or she is ready to take on this responsibility. "Being a CIT allowed me to have the best of both worlds," says 20-year-old Madi Ross of Marlboro, recalling her own CIT experience at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring. "I was able to enjoy the life of a camper while at the same time have a level of respect and authority." Ross describes her first CIT role as extremely active, participating in rock climbing and swimming when supervising campers. Not all CIT programs offer participants payment. If disappointment arises from a non-paying role, Liz Duncan-Gilmour Is your teen ready for his first job? What it takes to become a CIT

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