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Counsellor-In-Training (C.I.T.)

Ages 16-17 

2019 Price: $820

Registration Opens on December 17th, 2018, at 9:30am


The Sasamat Outdoor Centre Counsellor-In-Training (C.I.T.) program is designed for youth who have a passion for the outdoors and working with children. 
Over a period of one month, Sasamat Outdoor Centre staff will assist C.I.T participants in discovering their own leadership style, helping them to build self-confidence through teamwork and situational learning.
Through formal and informal sessions, cabin placements and reflection, C.I.T.'s will gain a deeper understanding of the counselling role. They will become leaders themselves, learning to effectively manage group dynamics, teach skills within the various activities at camp, and deepen their understanding of camp philosophy, community service and teamwork.  
Upon successful completion of the C.I.T. Program, participants are ready to apply for staff or volunteer positions at Sasamat Outdoor Centre and other residential and day camps in the community. 
The C.I.T. program is a four week program that runs from Monday to Friday. Weeks one to three will operate on a day camp schedule, with days running from 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Week four will be the residential week, where C.I.T's will come Monday morning prepared to sleep over until Friday afternoon. C.I.T.'s will also have a weekend out-trip that will take place between weeks two and three. Similarly, C.I.T.'s will participate in canoeing certification courses and first aid certification courses that may require them to arrive prior to 10:00am (in which case special transportation will be arranged from Port Moody Recreation Centre). 
2019 Session Dates:
CIT July: July 1-26, 2019
CIT August: July 29-August 23, 2019
Program Components
Activities include: 
  • strategic goal setting
  • learning about leadership styles
  • determing your learning style
  • communication workshops
  • behaviour management workshops
  • working with special needs lessons
  • identifying abuse and harrassment workshops
  • learning how to plan a program
  • planning and executing programs
  • hands on experience working with groups of campers in a supportive role
  • learning group management skills & back pocket games
  • 2 day out-trip 
  • RCABC Basic or Advanced Tandem/Solo Canoeing Levels
  • WCB Level 1 First Aid

Transportation is provided from Vancouver, Burquitlam, Port Moody, Glen Elementary and Port Coquitlam.

Please carefully note all drop off and pick up times for a bus stop, or for driving to Sasamat, on the Summer Bus Information page. 

Things to Know!

  • Late Night Thursdays: Thursday evenings are special for C.I.T campers. Dinner will be provided (campfire cook out dinner), which will be followed by a full camp campfire with songs and skits. Sasamat Day Camp Parents are invited to join campfire, campfire is from 7:00pm-8:00pm. If you are joining us for campfire please look out for the parking attendant to help you park and please leave your pets at home (we are a pet free environment). Sasamat Day Camp pick up time on Thursdays is 8:00pm. Buses will depart at 8:00pm and follow their regular routes. Please refer to Summer Bus Information page for bus stop pick up times on Thursday evening. (Applies to C.I.T. weeks 1-3)    
  • Bagged Lunches & Lunch Program: Your C.I.T can either bring a lunch or you purchase a nutritious bag lunch from our kitchen for them. Bagged lunches are ordered by the week (no exceptions made) at time of registration for $25.00. Bagged lunches include a sandwich, drink, fruit and dessert. 
  • Allergies and Diet Restrictions: Due to the large number of children with nut allergies, please ensure your C.I.T. does not bring any nut products. We are a nut free environment. Please indicate your C.I.T's allergies at time of registration in the camper information section, or call into the office. 
  • T-Shirts: All campers recieve a t-shirt at no additional cost. Please indicate size when registering. If you register past April 30, size cannot be guaranteed. 
  • Program Age: must be 16 before August 31 of the program year to enroll. 
Payment, Refund and Transfers 

When you register you may pay the full amount up front, or you may pay 50% upfront. If you choose to pay 50% upfront, the remainder of the fees will be automatically charged to your credit card on May 1, 2019. You may also come back any time before then to make additional payments. 


Cancellations more than 30 days before the start of the camp session - Refunds are provided, minus the $100.00 non-refundable deposit. 

Cancellations within 30 days of a camp session -  Refunds are not provided unless your spot can be filled with a camper of the same age and gender. If your spot can be filled, a refund will be provided, minus the $100.00 non-refundable deposit. 

Substitution of Campers - Due to long waiting lists and age and gender issues, camper substitutions are not allowed. If you cancel a camper's registration, another camper cannot be put in their place.

Camperships are available for families in need. Please use this link Campership Applications to access information and the application form.