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HVP February 2018

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Page 24 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 25 Activities to prepare When it comes to preparing teens for a CIT position, Geher says, "Having attended a day camp is probably most helpful so potential CITs know what to expect from the daily structure of camp." However, teens who have not attended camp can still use life experiences to successfully prepare themselves for the role. "A great way to prepare for being a CIT is to have them be around younger siblings or cousins," says Veronesi. "There is no better train- ing than this. The other stuff they will learn on the job." Leadership courses and clubs are also excellent activities to participate in if interested in the CIT program, suggests Scigliano. Lifelong benefits Though every CIT program is unique, the lifelong benefits your teen gains from this opportunity are priceless. "I was impressed at the level of responsibility that my son showed me in this experience," says Milena Barrett of Clintondale, whose son was a Young Ambassador at Monhonk Preserve. "I was able to see a different side of him and he was able to be independent. It made me feel good as a parent to see him do this on his own." "The CIT program is a great program and it works," says Veronesi, highlighting the possibility of securing employment after completing the CIT program. "Going through the program doesn't guarantee the teen a job as a camp counselor when they become 16 years old, but it definitely gives them a huge advantage." "Anyone considering this role, I strongly suggest just getting up and doing it," agrees Ross. • Treating infants through teens, and children with special needs • Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontic appliances • Sedation with Nitrous Oxide • Fun & Friendly Atmosphere • Most insurances accepted • Spanish speaking doctor and staff Dr. Jeffrey J. Kim, DDS Orthodontist Dr. Agnes Barbagallo, DDS Pedodontist Providing Excellent, Comprehensive Orthodontic and Pediatric Dental Care 400 Midway Park Drive, Middletown • 845-344-4336 Favorite HUDSON VALLEY PARENT Healthcare Professionals & 2016 Where to look To find options for CIT programs in your area, the best place to start is with your local parks and recreation department. Network with friends and family or even explore social media pages dedicated to camping. But again - let your teen take the lead! "They should be willing to put in the work," says Barrett. "Make sure that you find something that interests your teen. Don't just make them do it." Michelle Peterson is a freelance writer living in Poughkeepsie with her spouse and two sons. She's most recently pursued her dream of writing full-time, with the support of her loving family and a great deal of coffee.

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