Counselors-in-Training, or CITs, are an important part of the Buck's Rock summer sleepaway camp community. As older teenage campers with experience in a specific area, CITs act as role models for younger and new campers, and assist their shop counselors with the shop's daily activities.
Campers who are age eligible, 15 years old on or before January 1st, and have been a camper for one summer are invited to apply to be a CIT in a specific area where they would like to further develop their skills. CITs work half of each day in their assigned shop as an apprentice, both helping to teach campers and developing their own skills in the arts, music, acting or many other activities.
As staff members in training, CITs are given some additional freedoms and responsibilities. CITs help to sort and deliver mail, serve meals and give camp arts studios and theater facility tours to visitors and prospective campers and their families. Like staff members, CITs can work, while supervised, in their shops after hours and have a meeting and a snack after put-to-bed. CITs also go on group trips during the course of the summer. CITs are a unique blend of both camper and staff, and the years spent being a CIT are often remembered as the most fun and exciting years of a Buck's Rock camper’s experience.