Our Junior Staff program is a two-tier leadership program at Camp Wastahi. The program allows our older campers to gain leadership skills and a sense of responsibility while still enjoying their time as a camper. There are added responsibilities as well as daily training. We think this is a very important program because it allows these campers to learn in a safe and supervised environment, as well as gain the experience required to be a future Wastahi counselor. JCs and CITs still go through the same fun programs and activities for the young campers.
What is a JC?
Responsible 15-16 year-olds (must be either entering their sophomore year or their first year in the Junior Staff program), participate in the one-year JC program. This is the first step into camp leadership at Wastahi. JCs begin to learn the responsibilities and practices of the cabin counselor. They are placed with cabin groups and help with the day to day activities of the cabin where their help is an asset to the cabin counselor. Through our program, Junior Counselors learn leadership and communication skills, responsibility, collaboration, and of course, have fun! It is our goal to lay the foundation of knowledge for childcare and safety in the camp environment and inspire the JCs to continue their journey of leadership to CIT and beyond. JCs are required to fill out an application and complete an interview prior to camp. Limited spaces are available.
What is a CIT?
Responsible 16-17 year-olds (must be entering junior or senior year in high school), with a drive for leadership and previous leadership experience, may enter the two-year CIT program. In the CIT program, CITs hone their leadership skills and understand the general responsibilities of the cabin counselor; they are also responsible for planning and carrying out a few camp activities. Like JCs, they are placed with cabin groups and help with the day to day activities of the cabin; however, the CIT is given the opportunity to organize and lead program activities with their fellow CITs. Through our program CITs acquire leadership and communication skills, responsibility, experience leadership opportunities, collaboration, and of course, have fun! We want the CITs to leave the program confident in themselves and their ability to lead others. CITs are required to fill out an application and complete an interview before camp. Limited spaces are available.