Our Place Westhampton, MA - CIT Program

2 CITs per session

Position:

“Counselors in training” are students age 12-14 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 teaching staff for one week of Our Place Summerschool (5 6-hour days).

Much of CIT’s work will involve serving the extra needs of teachers while they are occupied with group activities; for example, by ensuring all students 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.

 

Registration

Tuition for the CIT program is $300.00. 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.

Monday-Friday:

  • June 20 -24
  • June 27 – July 1
  • July 5 – 8
  • July 11 – 15
  • July 18 – 22 
  • July 25 – 29 
  • August 1 – 5
  • August 8 – 12
  • August 15 – 19
  • August 22 – 26
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Requirements:

—CITs are students who have attended at least three Our Place sessions during two or more 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.

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

Application:

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