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. The program will help individuals develop skills and training necessary to become a future leader at Camp Magruder or any camp setting. This 3 week long training experience incorporates the following topics through out the course: team and leadership skill, overview of camp coach responsibilities, camp and playground safety, first aid certification, participation in leading and creating camp activities, and developing 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 at the start of the training session in order to participate (no exceptions will be granted). Selected participants are in a unique position, as their position neither categorizes them as a camper or a camp coach. Rather, CCIT participants will have an experience that will help them discover whether they are a good fit to be a leader in a camp environment. CCIT's are held to high expectations and expected to lead activities, and handle confrontation (with supervision), work with children, work as a team, and other responsibilities as given. Upon successful completion of the program CCIT's are given a certification, eligibility to participate in an internship and eligible to earn at least 75 hours of community service learning hours, If offered a position as a CCIT there is a $75 fee for participation in the 3 week training session

CCIT Sessions and Schedule for Summer 2018


Session 1: July 9 - 27, 2018 ($75 participation fee upon acceptance)

Session 2: August 6 - 24, 2018 ($75 participation fee upon acceptance)


Week 1: Team-building and Staff Training  (Session 1 – July 9-13 and Session 2 – August 6-10)

  • Day 1: Icebreakers + Camp Magruder overview + Letter to myself
  • Day 2: CCIT Handbook review + “On the playground” Scenarios
  • Day 3: First Aid Certification + Camp Safety review
  • Day 4: Team-building
  • Day 5: Solitude + Reflection

Week 2: Shadowing, Reflection and Review  (Session 1 – July 16-20 and  Session 2 – August 13-17)

  • Day 1-3: Coach Shadowing
  • Day 4: 1 on 1’s Review + Plan for Lead Day
  • Day 5: Continue Shadowing + Attend Pool

Week 3: Service, Lead Day and Ceremony  (Session 1 – July 23-27 and Session 2 – August 20-24)

  • Day 1: Continue Shadowing
  • Day 2: Continue Planning Lead Day
  • Day 3: Community Service Project
  • Day 4: Lead Day
  •  Day 5: Ceremony of Achievement + Pool and Pizza Day with Campers

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 of Camp Magruder. Acceptance to the program will be based on eligibility and merit. Qualified candidates will be asked to interview. All applications must be submitted by May 18, 2018. An application can be found here

To submit an application please email it to You may also mail or deliver an application to Saarah Abdul-Rauf, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781.