CIT Program (8 & 9 grades)

As a first-year CIT last summer, our daughter has started to see the value in looking for and being a role model to others. She adores her counselor, who, we are told, greets campers with a sweet and caring “Hi, my friend!” Only an 8th grader, our daughter has already begun to consider her own catch phrase so that she, too, can inspire campers.

– Naomi A., Camp Kinneret Parent

8th and 9th Graders: Camper in Training

Camp Kinneret’s Camper in Training (CIT) program is available for campers entering 8th and 9th grades in the fall.

Top 10 reasons to be a CIT!
  1. Make lifelong friends
  2. Participate in fun camp activities
  3. Discover new strengths
  4. Experience working with different age groups
  5. Become a better leader
  6. Be the oldest campers in camp
  7. Accomplish personal goals
  8. Practice group management skills
  9. Enjoy being a role model
  10. Start on the path toward becoming a high school intern and senior staff member
Important things to know about CITs:
  • They are the oldest campers in camp, group size may be slightly larger than other camp groups
  • The program is designed to develop the basics of leadership, professionalism, presentation, and support
  • The group is co-ed
  • It is the ideal mix of social fun and leadership making it extremely popular
  • CITs have their own counselor and the session is split into 2 parts
The first two weeks of each session are spent together as a group participating in camp activities.
  • Spend time together as a group participating in camp activities
  • Learn to teach and lead younger campers
  • Practice leadership skills
  • Develop an appreciation for the importance of being a role model
Typical daily schedule:

(CITs will enjoy participating in each activity with their group while learning important leadership skills to take with them into younger groups)

9:30                   Bus Arrival

9:50                   Good Morning Mountain (Morning assembly)

10:30                 Grass Games (learning ways to manage a group and teach new games)

11:05                 Nature (learning how to support specialists and be a role model during activities)

11:45                 Lunch

12:15                 Low Ropes (learning how to encourage campers and strengthen team building skills)

12:55                Gaga (learning ways to vary activities for campers of different age levels)

1:30                  Swimming (learning balancing safety and fun)

2:05                  Archery (learning how to teach, guide and support campers with different skill levels)

2:40                  Juice Bars

2:55                  Friendship Hill (End of day assembly)

3:20                  Dismissal to Buses

During the second part of each session, they’ll put into practice the things that they have learned.
  • Work with a different younger group each day
  • Help the counselor of that group manage the day and lead their campers
  • Learn about the developmental needs of children at different ages and observe a variety of counseling styles
  • When they feel ready, they are given opportunities to lead and put into practice their newly learned skills
  • Meet each day with their CIT counselor and other group members to discuss challenges and successes
Typical daily schedule:

(CITs will take their new skills with them into younger groups)

9:30                   Bus Arrival & Good Morning Mountain (meet with CIT counselor and discuss group to join for the day)

10:30                 Join a younger group and meet the counselor

10:30 – 2:05     Accompany Miwok or Chumash group (support and learn from the counselor)

2:05                   Return to CIT group (discuss successes and challenges of the day)

2:40                   Juice Bars

2:55                   Friendship Hill

3:20                   Dismissal to Buses

CITs enroll as regular campers. This special program is designed to help CIT-aged children learn the basics of leadership, professionalism, presentation and support. If you or your CIT-aged child have any questions or would like to learn more about this program, please call our office today and speak with our director.

Your CIT’s camp program evolves and progresses week-to-week. If your camper will need to miss one of their weeks, please call to speak with us about how that will fit into their camp experience.

Countdown to Camp!

Session I : June 19 - July 21, 2017

Session II: July 24 - August 18, 2017

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My children seem to bloom in the summer. The time at Kinneret encourages their growth and development.

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Our sons have been at Camp Kinneret since they were 8 and 6. We tried to save a little money and sent them to the local camp. The complaining was endless so we decided last summer to send them back to Kinneret. The counselors are outstanding and the camp is safe, organized and fun, fun, fun. Our older boy was a CIT and really enjoyed working with the younger children. Both boys want to be counselors at camp Kinneret, of course.

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I feel that Camp Kinneret works very hard finding the best people to work at the camp and then training them very closely so they can handle any situation. They also have always given my kids a counselor that was just right for them at the age they were. The counselors also helped my kids to learn how to deal with other kids in group situations – they’d come home and tell me how they had learned they had to take turns doing things so everyone had a chance and that it was important to be kind and helpful to the other kids.


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