Camp Coach in Training Program

About the Program

The CCIT program is designed for youth interested in working with children in a day camp setting. This program will help individuals develop skills necessary to become a future leader at Camp Magruder or in any other setting. There are two phases in the CCIT program: a pre-training course and hands-on experience. The pre-training course occurs before summer, and incorporates the following topics: team and leadership skills, overview of camp coach responsibilities, camp and playground safety, and first aid certification. The hands-on experience takes place during the summer camp, and focuses on the following: working alongside camp staff, leading and creating camp activities, and developing critical skills to work with children.

Eligibility and Participation

This program is intended for youth ages 13-17. Applicants must be at least 13 years of age by the start of  Summer Camp Magruder (June 17, 2019) in order to participate . No exceptions will be granted

To participate, selected candidates must attend the eight week  pre-training course every Tuesday, from 4:30 to 6 pm. Upon successful completion of the pre-training course, candidates will officially become CCITs and continue to the hands-on experience phase. In the hands-on phase, CCITs are held to high expectations and expected to carry themselves as an employee of Camp Magruder.

The CCIT is a unique position. It is neither categorized  as a camper nor a camp coach. Rather, CCITs will have the opportunity to discover whether they are a good fit for leadership in a camp environment.

Pre-Training Course 

Schedule for Summer 2019                                                                                                                                                                         

Below is the pre-training schedule for all selected participants. This course will meet at the Hyattsville Teen Center @ Magruder Park (3911 Hamilton Street). 

Week 1:  (April 23) - Self exploration and Team-building

Week 2:  (April 30) - Leadership Part I

Week 3: (May 7) - Leadership Part II

Week 4: (May 14) - A Guide to Becoming a CCIT 

Week 5: (May 21) - Camp Safety

Week 6: (May 28) - Playground Safety 

Week 7: (June 4) - First Aide Training

Week 8:  (June 11) - "On the Playground" Scenarios

Transportation to the center is provided for students who attend a PGCPS school located within the City of Hyattsville. We will also provide transportation home. Snacks and dinner will be served.

Hands-on Experience 

CCIT/Summer Camp Sessions 2019

After successful completion of the pre-training course, CCITs may receive up to 180 community service learning hours by participating in the hands-on experience phase throughout Summer Camp Magruder. When applying, applicants should sign up for at least one, and no more than three, sessions of Summer Camp Magruder. Each session is two weeks long. There is a $50 fee per session.

Session I: June 17 - 28

Session II: July 1 - 12 (No camp on Thursday, July 4)

Session III: July 15 - 26

Session IV: July 29 - August 9

Session V: August 12 - 23

How to Apply

An application is required to be considered for the program. No preference will be given to applicants who have participated as a camper at Camp Magruder. Acceptance to the program will be based solely on eligibility and merit. Qualified candidates will be asked to interview, after which a final selection will be made. All applicants will be notified of their status by April 9, 2019. The application will be available on February 20, 2019, and should be submitted no later than March 22, 2019.

Applications can be completed online or by paper. A paper application may be emailed to or  delivered to: Saarah Abdul-Rauf, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781.