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Bryan J. Litz

Parks & Recreation Director
Town of Wilbraham

Parks & Recreation Department 45C Post Office Park Wilbraham, MA 01095


(413) 596-2816

FAX (413) 596-2836

www.wilbraham-ma.gov


March 2018

Dear Counselor in Training Applicant,
The Wilbraham Parks & Recreation Department is pleased you have shown interest in the Counselor in Training (CIT) program this year. The Spec Day Camp CIT Program has been evaluated and improved for the 2017 season and continues to evolve into an exceptional camp experience.
The aim of the CIT Program is to give campers ages 14 and 15 who are outside the camp age limit, the opportunity to continue on with their camping experience, with the goal of gaining the skills necessary for potential employment as a camp counselor at this or any other camp. Also, if chosen to participate in the CIT Program, it is our hope you would develop skills necessary for future success in any workplace.
In order to be considered for a Counselor in Training position, numerous criteria must be met. Please review and complete the necessary information in the enclosed packet. Applicants must complete the application material, attend an interview, complete the screening process developed by the Parks & Recreation Department, and if selected, attend the required training session and submit a current medical health form. The WPRD is looking for strong candidates to fill the limited number of spots in this program.
All applications, complete with two references (one personal and one teacher), must be received by the Parks & Recreation Office by June 8. Space is limited in the program and participants who have not submitted the application material by June 8 will be placed on a waiting list.
Once accepted a MA State Health form will be required.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Bryan J. Litz

Director, Parks & Recreation Department




SPEC DAY CAMP

COUNSELOR IN TRAINING PROGRAM

PURPOSE: The Counselor in Training (CIT) program provides training in leadership skills through a summer camp work experience, under the guidance and supervision of a qualified director. Activities include training in areas such as communication, teamwork, outdoor activity planning, goal setting, safety, etc. In addition, CITs are placed in groups to gain valuable experience assisting staff in a variety of areas within the camping experience. The many skills learned by the CIT will aid the individual in obtaining future paying job opportunities.
QUALIFICATIONS:

  • CIT PROGRAM: Ages 14-15 by July 1 of this year.


COST: Session 1: $275.00 per three-week session for Wilbraham residents/ $300.00 Non-Residents

Session 2: $275.00 per three-week session for Wilbraham residents/ $300.00 Non-Residents
PARTICIPATION: Space is limited in this program. Individuals will be selected by the WPRD Director, The Spec Day Camp Director, as well as the CIT Director utilizing the following criteria:

  • Residency (10 points) - Preference will be given to Wilbraham Residents.

  • Prior Attendance (10 points) - Preference will be given to those who were previously enrolled in the Spec Day Camp as a camper and/or CIT.

  • Application (20 points) - Applications will be graded for neatness, spelling, content and completeness.

  • Interview (30) - Applicants will be graded on punctuality, neatness, enthusiasm, interest,

confidence and experience.

  • References (10 points) - Applicants are required to submit two references for review by the

WPRD and CIT Director.
LENGTH OF SESSIONS: Three weeks: Session One- July 9 - 27, Session Two- July 30- August 17
APPLICATION PROCESS: Complete the application process as outlined in this packet.
ENROLLMENT LIMIT PER SESSION: TBD
SUPERVISION: The CIT program is directly supervised by a qualified director.
RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Being receptive and actively engaged in learning camp skills

  • Being a responsible addition to the program staff.

  • To provide assistance in the creation and implementation of recreational activities during the Spec Day Camp, including supervision of children, materials and supplies.

  • To assist in the maintenance of facilities and grounds, including, but not limited to trash control, sweeping, washing tables, picking up equipment, and general care of the activity areas.

  • To serve as a positive, enthusiastic role model for the children.


TRAINING TIMES/ CAMP PARTICIPATION TIME:

  • Mandatory attendance at initial training.

  • Approximate schedule breakdown:

  • 25 - 50% CIT team building and training

  • 50 - 75% Hands on experience



DRESS CODE: CIT's are to wear a clean uniform shirt with shorts, socks and sneakers. Specific questions should be directed to the CIT Director.

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Bryan J. Litz

Parks & Recreation Director
Town of Wilbraham

Parks & Recreation Department 45C Post Office Park Wilbraham, MA 01095


(413) 596-2816

FAX (413) 596-2836

www.wilbraham-ma.gov

Dear Parent/Guardian,


The Wilbraham Parks & Recreation Department is offering an exciting and improved 2018

Counselor- in- Training (CIT) Program at the Spec Day Camp. We continue to revise the entire program to incorporate new goals and more challenging training and opportunities.


The aim of the CIT Program is to give campers who are outside the program age limit (ages 14-15), the opportunity to develop leadership skills in the context of a meaningful learning experience within the camp environment. CITs will also gain hands on experience by assisting camp staff in program delivery, planning, goal setting and coaching, while emphasizing social and communication skill development. All this is facilitated under the direct supervision of a Camp Director and other camp staff.
CIT sessions run for three consecutive weeks and you are required to choose which session you prefer on page four of this application. If space allows, CITs may be allowed to participate in a second session.
The CIT position is an unpaid position. While there is no guarantee that successful completion of this program will lead to a paid position in the future, the skills your child develops will be useful and valuable tools in any workplace.
Completed applications with two references must be received by the Parks & Recreation Department no later than June 8. Space is limited and candidates will be selected based on the application and interview process outlined in the attached packet. Session payment is due within one week of acceptance in the program and required health forms are due by June 29.

Sincerely,

Bryan J. Litz

Director, Parks & Recreation Department


I have read all documents provided in this packet and understand that the CIT position is a voluntary unpaid position. I also understand that participation in the CIT program does not guarantee a paid position in the future.
Name of CIT applicant: _________________________________________________
_________________________________________

Name of Parent/Guardian (please print clearly)


_________________________________________ __________________

Signature of Parent/Guardian Date


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WILBRAHAM PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT

2018 COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING PROGRAM APPLICATION
NAME: ________________________________________________________ ______________________

LAST FIRST NICKNAME?
ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________________

STREET CITY STATE ZIP

HOME PHONE: _______________________ PARENT/GUARDIAN CELL: _______________________




DATE OF BIRTH: ____________ AGE: _________ GRADE (AS OF SEPT.): ________

PARENT/GUARDIAN(S) NAME: ____________________________________________________________



MY EMAIL: ____________________________________ I Check it daily: Yes No
CIRCLE SHIRT SIZE: Adult Small - Adult Medium - Adult Large - Adult X- Large

CIRCLE THE SESSION YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING



SESSION 1 SESSION 2

(July 9 - July 27) (July 30 - August 17)

$275.00 Residents $275.00 Residents

$300.00 Non-Residents $300.00 Non-Residents
If space allows, I am interested in a second session: Yes ______ No_______

If selected I, ______________________________, agree to comply with all the following conditions and requirements for the position of C.I.T.:



  1. I agree to conduct myself in a mature, responsible manner and to remember I am a representative of the Town of Wilbraham and the Parks & Recreation Department.

  2. I have read and understand the CIT program information and agree to perform the duties therein to the best of my ability.

  3. I agree to attend the Spec Program punctually each day, dressed appropriately. In the event of illness or an emergency, I will call the CIT / Program Director as soon as possible.

  4. I understand that I am not an employee of the Town of Wilbraham and am not entitled to any benefit given to an employee of the Town including health insurance and workman's compensation.

  5. If my work performance or behavior is in any way deemed unacceptable by the CIT and/or Program Director, I understand that I may be terminated immediately with no refund.

I understand that completion of the application process for the Counselor in Training position does not guarantee

acceptance into the program.
Applicant’s Signature: _______________________________________ Date:_______________
Parent's Signature: __________________________________________ Date: ______________

At the time of application the following checklist should be completed:

□ Parent/Guardian has read and signed page three and four of the application packet.

□ Applicant has completed and/or signed pages four, five and six of the application packet.

□ Reference forms (2) have been given out with return envelopes addressed to the WPRD
Names of references: 1. ______________________2. ______________________ Date Given Out: __________
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COUNSELOR IN TRAINING QUESTIONAIRE




APPLICANT’S NAME: ____________________________________________________


Please answer the following questions completely and carefully:


1. List the characteristics you feel an exceptional CIT should exhibit:

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


2. List the skills you feel an exceptional CIT should demonstrate: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3. State any experience, interest or special talent you may have in any of these areas. (Please use the back of this form if you need additional space.)


ARTS AND CRAFTS:

DRAMA/ MUSIC:

SCIENCE AND NATURE:

SPORTS:


DANCE:

OTHER:
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CIT APPLICATION ESSAY


(Typed, 500 words or less)

APPLICANT’S NAME: ____________________________________________________

Using this sheet or an attached page, please explain why you are interested in participating in the Spec Day Camp Counselor-in-Training Program:

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WILBRAHAM PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT

COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING PROGRAM
CONFIDENTIAL TEACHER REFERENCE FORM

To be completed by a current or past teacher
The below student has applied for a position as a Counselor-in-Training at the Spec Day Camp in

Wilbraham, MA. By completing this form you will be providing valuable information for the

Parks & Recreation Dept. in making a decision on his/her acceptance.

APPLICANT'S NAME: __________________________________________________________



At what grade level do (did) you teach the applicant? ______________________________________


  1. Do you believe the applicant is qualified to perform duties related to providing care and ensure

the safety of younger children? (Please explain)



  1. Do you believe that the applicant is qualified to perform duties related to teaching younger children through role modeling and instruction in a recreational setting? (Please explain)




  1. Does the applicant complete assignments (including homework) in a neat and timely fashion?



Please provide us with any additional information you believe useful to us in the selection process.
Teacher’s Name:_____________________________________________ Date: ______________

(Please print)



Teacher’s Signature: ________________________________________ Phone: ___________________


Please mail before June 1.

Wilbraham Parks & Recreation Dept., 45C Post Office Park, Wilbraham, MA 01095

THANK YOU!

WILBRAHAM PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT

COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING PROGRAM
CONFIDENTIAL PERSONAL REFERENCE FORM

To be completed by an adult (other than a relative) who has known the applicant for one year or more.
The below student has applied for a position as a Counselor-in-Training at the Spec Day Camp in

Wilbraham, MA. By completing this form you will be providing valuable information for the

Parks & Recreation Dept. in making a decision on his/her acceptance.

APPLICANT'S NAME: ____________________________________________
1. How long have you known the applicant? _______________________


  1. In what capacity? _______________________________________________________




  1. Explain why or why not you believe the applicant would be a good caregiver to children:



  1. Do you feel the applicant would be a positive role model to young children? (Explain)

Please provide us with any additional information you believe useful to us in the selection process.




Name:_____________________________________________ Date: ________________________

(Please Print)


Signature: ________________________________________ Phone: __________________________

Please mail before June 1

Wilbraham Parks & Recreation Dept., 45C Post Office Park, Wilbraham, MA 01095

THANK YOU!


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