The City of Boulder’s Youth Opportunity Program (YOP) is joining forces with Mountain Flower Goat Dairy to offer Counselor in Training (CIT) opportunities for middle school students this summer. Our end goal with the Middle School CIT program is to:
Our CIT program will be offered to 15 middle school students this summer. There is no charge for the CIT program. We we have received funding from the City of Boulder’s YOP program to cover a portion of our costs.
Mountain Flower Goat Dairy partners with the North Boulder Recreation Center and Growing Gardens to put on 10 week-long summer camps for children aged 6-11. These camps include three hours at Mountain Flower in the morning, three hours at Growing Gardens in the afternoon and wrap-up at the Recreation Center either swimming or playing gym games. The CITs will only work at the Mountain Flower Portion of the summer camp (7:15 am – 11:30 am).
During the Mountain Flower portion of the day we teach the campers about animal husbandry (goat chores and animal care), goat anatomy and habits, dairy production (how to milk a goat and cheese making), natural history and environment, the life cycle of goats and mammals and a few arts and crafts.
To staff these camps, Mountain Flower provides 1 Lead Counselor (college student), 2 counselors, and a few CITS (counselors in training), the North Boulder Recreation Center also provides 3-4 additional counselors.
The CIT role is to:
All CITS will attend a mandatory orientation in May.
CITs will leave this program with training in leadership experience, childcare and entrepreneurial skills.
To be considered as a CIT, the applicant must commit to: