Our Place Westhampton, MA - CIT Program

2 CITs per session


“Counselors in training” are Sharpshin students who are ready to help others walk with Biocitizen. They want to enjoy the fun of Field Environmental Philosophy like they always have, but also want to learn how to share their love of the creatures, places and stories of our Nonotuck biome. 

A CIT will assist the adult staff for one week of camp (5 6-hour days; and will have 1 additional on-the-job training day before their CIT session).

Much of CIT’s work will involve serving the minor needs of staff while they are occupied with group activities; for example, by ensuring all campers have seat belts on, are being sensitive and considerate to others, have applied sunscreen and bugspray, are fully nourished and hydrated, etc.

CITs will be called upon to do fun things: sharing the stories of the natural and cultural history of the places we explore, leading walks under the direction of staff, and teaching identification of flora, fauna, geology, and weather patterns.

With their first aid training, desire to serve others, and high level of awareness in the field, CITs serve as critical back up for staff in maintaining safety and high spirits during our explorations.

Biocitizen’s CIT program inculcates environmental -teaching and -leadership skills.

PLEASE read our most recent COVID-19 procedures and policies update before registering.


Tuition for the CIT program is $290.00. All regular camper forms and policies apply. CITs arrive at camp at 8:45 am to welcome campers and leave camp at 3:15 pm, after seeing them off.


  • May 31 – June 4
  • June 7 -11
  • June 14 – 18
  • June 21 – 25
  • June 28 – July 2
  • July 5 – 9
  • July 12 – 16
  • July 19 – 23
  • July 26 – 30
  • August 2 – 6
  • August 9 – 13
  • August 16 – 20
  • August 23 – 27


—CITs are 7th to 9th graders who have attended at least two Our Place sessions during two different years.

—CITs like environmental philosophy field studies so much they want to go to the next level, and help to execute Our Place’s action-based biocultural history curricula.

—CITs must be Red Cross 1st Aid certified.

—CITs must receive 1 day of on-the-job training in a session that occurs before the session they are CIT-ing. Training will include: camp and campers management, biocultural history, and the practice and art of teaching in the field.


Prospective CITs must submit a statement of interest, sharing the reasons they would like to be a CIT.

Please contact Kurt at info@biocitizen.org or 413.320.0522 for more information.

If you would like to learn more, please call 413.320.0522 and speak with Our Place director Kurt Heidinger, or send a note