Counselor in Training Program

About the CIT (Counselor in Training) Program

Before applying to be a CIT, please review entire program description and expectations. We will be accepting 20 middle school youth into our CIT program this year. 

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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 20 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 9 week-long summer camps for children aged 6-11.  These camps include two hours at Mountain Flower in the morning, two 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. CITs will come early to help out with farm chores and learn about Mountain Flower Dairy operations. They will then assist camp staff in running Goats and Gardens summer camp (7:15 am – 11:30 am).

During the Mountain Flower camp 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 how to make cheese), natural history and environment, the life cycle of goats and mammals and we end the day with some journaling. To staff these camps, Mountain Flower provides 1 lead coordinator (college student), 2 youth counselors, and several 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 two mandatory orientations and must be able to attend on the following days and times:

  • Saturday, May 11th 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Saturday, May 18th 1:30pm-3:30pm

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. Two full weeks 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 2019:
    June 3-7
    June 10-14
    June 17-21
    June 24-28
    No camp July 1 – July 5
    July 8-12
    July 15-19
    July 22-26
    July 29-Aug 2
    August 5-9
  2. Assist in educational programing at at least two of our public visiting hours this summer.
  3. Attend at least two out of five educational presentations held at Mountain Flower Dairy.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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