Counselor in Training Program

CIT-program

About the CIT (Counselor in Training) Program

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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:

  • cit-photo-3Instill leadership and entrepreneurial skills,
  • Provide a safe and structured place for youth to meet each other,
  • To learn about goats and sustainable agriculture on an urban farm
  • To have fun!

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:

  • cit-photo-1Be a role model and leader for the campers
  • Keep animals and kids safe by helping to enforce safety rules
  • Assist with goat chores before and after camp
  • Prepare for all activities
  • Lead activities when needed
  • Assist the Counselors
  • Create an environment where all campers feel safe, welcomed and engaged.

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:
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  1. At least one full week of camp Monday-Friday 7:15am to 11:30am at Mountain Flower Goat Dairy in North Boulder for our Goats and Gardens Camps.
    Goats and Gardens Camp Dates
    June 4 – June 8
    June 11 – June 15
    June 18 – June 22
    June 25 – June 29
    No camp July 2 – July 6
    July 9 – July 13
    July 16 – July 20
    July 23 – July 27
    July 30 – August 3
    August 6 – August 10
  2. Mountain Flower will also provide CPR and First Aid training free of charge to the CITs prior to summer camp sessions.  All CITS must attend this training or have an current First Aid/CPR Certification from another training.
  3. Being on time to camp is mandatory and if a CIT cannot make a scheduled shift, it is up to the CIT to get their shift covered by another CIT.
  4. CITs are expected to be role models and leaders for campers.  CITs commit to following and enforcing Mountain Flower Safety rules as well as ensuring all campers are included and engaged in the camps.
We are now accepting applications for the 2018 summer CIT Program.
All applications must be submitted by March 1st.
You may access the online application using the following button.


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