Where do great counselors come from? Great campers, of course. Kids who start out in the Kanata family on the camper side often grow and mature into successful staff members.
To help in that transition, Camp Kanata offers a a two-phased trainee program for 15- and 16-year-olds, specifically geared toward training past campers to become future counselors called the CILT and CIT programs.
The CILT (Camper in Leadership Training) program is available to rising 10th graders (at least 15 years old by October 16). The CILT program is designed to help bridge the gap from camper to counselor. CILTs enjoy the security of a group environment while learning under the direction of a staff trainee director.
CILTs work on goal setting and personal growth while discovering the essential characteristics of a good cabin counselor. And they learn the art of servant leadership, through their work in the dining hall before and during meals.
The CIT (Counselor in Training) program is for selected CILTs from the previous summer. CITs live in a cabin with the campers, observing the counselors and meeting with the Trainee Director to discuss their observations.