Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program is for 15- and 16-year-olds who are interested in learning more about how a camp works and what it is like to be a staff member. Both 15- and 16-year-olds will be required to attend training  prior to their start at camp.15 yr old CITs

CITs are not paid, but they can use their time at camp as community service hours. Fifteen-year-old CITs stay at camp for three week sessions, and Sixteen-year-old CITs stay at camp for four week sessions.

All CITs engage in most areas of work at camp. They stay in cabins with counselors and campers; they assist with meals, kitchen and clean up duties; and assist with leading programs and activities. It is a tremendous way to gain insight and skills, especially in working with youth and fellow staff members. CITs are required to apply and interview for a spot at camp. 


  • Shadow counselors, activity leaders, and kitchen workers.
  • Exhibit good work standards and work ethic.
  • Attend and participate in counselor and job training workshops.
  • Participate in all camp program activities as directed by the CIT Coordinator.
  • Assist kitchen staff in preparation and cleaning of dining hall, meal set-up, meal clean-up, kitchen and rest rooms on a rotating basis as assigned by Kitchen Manager. (All CITs will rotate into the kitchen).
  • Other job duties as assigned by CIT Coordinator, Kitchen Manager, or Residential Camp Director.


  • Must be either 15 or 16 years of age by the first day of training.
  • Current working papers needed before first day of work.
  • Previous experience in community service, recreation, and/or child care programs.

2021 Counselor-In-Training Sessions:

**NEW IN 2021. There is now a fee for the Counselor-In-Training Program**

(MUST BE 15 YEARS OLD BY JUNE 27th, 2021)

Sessions (3 Week Sessions, Sunday to Friday) Rate
 Session 1: June 27th - July 16th $150/Session
 Session 2: July 25th - August 13th $150/Session

(MUST BE 16 YEARS OLD BY JUNE 27th, 2021)

Sessions (4 Week Sessions, Sunday to Friday) Rate
 Session 1: June 20th - July 16th $200/Session
 Session 2: July 18th - August 13th $200/Session

To be considered for an interview, all Counselor-In-Training Applicants must:
1. Complete a Counselor-In-Training Application and submit it by the deadline of April 23rd, 2021
2. Have three references respond to the Counselor-In-Training Reference Form (references will be contacted via email)

How to Apply?
Registration is closed for the 2021 Counselor-In-Training-Program!


Questions about the Counselor-In-Training Program?
E-mail Zach Grulich 

Camp Hollis- Oswego County Parks & Recreation
70 Bunner St. 
Oswego, NY 13126 
Call 315-349-3450 (November-May)
Call 315-349-3241 (May-November)