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 our Camp series 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 14-17. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age by the start of  Summer Camp Magruder (June 22, 2020) in order to participate . No exceptions will be granted

To participate, selected candidates must attend the eight week  pre-training course every Wednesday, from 5 pm to 6:30 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 Hyattsville Summer Camp..

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 2020                                                                                                                                                                        

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

Week 1:  (April 22) - Self exploration and Team-building

Week 2:  (April 29) - Leadership Part I

Week 3: (May 6) - Leadership Part II

Week 4: (May 13) - A Guide to Becoming a CCIT 

Week 5: (May 20) - Camp Safety

Week 6: (May 27) - Playground Safety 

Week 7: (June 3) - "On the Playground" Scenarios

Week 8: (TBD) - First Aid Certification

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 2020

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. When applying, applicants should sign up for at least one, and no more than three, sessions of Summer Camp. Each session is two weeks long. There is a $50 fee per session.

Session I: June 22- July 2 (No camp on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day)

Session II: July 6 - 17

Session III: July 20 - 31 

Session IV: August 3 - 14

Session V: August 17 - 21  (One week)

How to Apply

An application is required to be considered for the program. No preference will be given to former participants or  applicants who have participated as a camper at Summer Camp. Former CCIT’s should complete and returner applications.

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 in early April.. The application will be available on February 24, 2020, and should be submitted no later than March 20, 2020.

Applications must be completed using RecDesk. A Parent or Guardian must create a family account and add the applicant as a family member. The applicant should complete the application online on their own.