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 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:
All CITs will attend two mandatory orientations and must be able to attend on the following days and times:
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: