The CIT Program provides participants with the skills and knowledge they will need to become camp counselors. Participants are legally considered minors, but go through a training program and then have increased responsibilities and privileges.
Applicants who are at least 16 (but do not turn 18) years of age by the start of camp, who have Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1D), have an interest in working with children, like the outdoors, and are positive role models with regard to their diabetes and life in general are encouraged to apply. Participants are selected from a pool of applicants; those who are qualified and show a sincere interest in becoming a future counselor are considered for selection.
The goal of the CIT Program is to have participants develop leadership skills in various areas including outdoor living skills, water safety, arts & crafts, camp songs, sports & group games, nature, map & compass skills, camp ceremonies planning skills, interpersonal relationships, child development, child psychology, and diabetes management. Participants will focus on team building skills, program development, program implementation, problem solving, communication, responsibility, and more!
CIT I: Selected CITs will attend the training or “classroom” program during the first week of Camp Setebaid at Swatara. The participants will participate in training and team building skills workshops throughout the entire week. After completion of the training week, CITs will be evaluated and may be offered to intern with Mentor Counselors at Camp Setebaid at Mount Luther; during this second week, every evening will include learning sessions where CITs and their advisors will discuss the different roles of serving as a counselor, drawing from the day’s experiences and observations.
CIT II: Those who complete the CIT I Program may be selected to continue training as a CIT II. CIT IIs will experience a week with mentor counselors at The Harrisburg Diabetic Youth Camp (part of Camp Setebaid at Swatara in Bethel, PA), exploring counselor roles and recapping the day's experiences with the directors of the program.
CIT I: CITs are housed in an area specifically designated for the CIT Program during their first training week. The second week, CITs are housed in the youngest cabins of their gender with a mentor Counselor; they are supervised by the CIT Director or Head Counselors.
CIT II: CIT IIs are housed in camper cabins with a mentor Counselor; CIT IIs are supervised by the CIT Director and Head Counselors.
Participants will be evaluated in all aspects of the program, according to enthusiastic participation, knowledge of diabetes, ability to serve as a role model, and relationship with peers, other staff, and campers.
Participants have increased input into the management of their own diabetes. However, our medical staff and the senior camp staff monitor their health and well-being. Participants must be willing to accept guidance offered by the camp staff. Although blood sugar readings are not included in the overall evaluation of a CIT, the willingness to work at being a healthy role model is an important part of being an excellent CIT.
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