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Rec-PAC Counselor-in-Training (C.I.T.) Program F.A.Q.


Rec-PAC Summer Camp Program

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a CIT?
Who can be a CIT?
What are the benefits of becoming a CIT?
Through this summer position, CITs will...
What if a child is too old for Rec-PAC and not yet old enough to be a CIT?
Am I paid for being a CIT?
Can I get community service hours for being a CIT?
Where are the CIT programs?
Can I choose my location?
What is the difference in the CIT programs at RECenters and at Rec-PAC schools?
What are my hours?
How long is my commitment?
What about family vacation?
What is the cost of the CIT program?
Are scholarships available?
What sort of training do CITs receive?
What about persons with disabilities?
What is the deadline for application?
How do I become a CIT?
Where do I get more information?

What is a CIT?
A CIT (Counselor-in-Training) is a young teenager who assists the staff of FCPA camps and the summer Rec-PAC program. Rec-PAC is a structured recreation program with an emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.

Who can be a CIT?
Any teen aged 14 to 17 for RECenter, park and school-based sites.

What are the benefits of becoming a CIT?
Because of the experience gained through working, many CITs return in paid positions when they turn 18 years of age. Others use the CIT program to community service hours.

Through this summer position, CITs will:

  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Develop new skills
  • Practice leadership
  • Gain work as a team with college-age staff

What if a child is too old for Rec-PAC and not yet old enough to be a CIT?
Because CITs are a part of a team of staff members working with young children, we feel that it is important that there be some age separation between the kids being supervised and the youngest staff members. Fairfax County Park Authority offers a number of summer programs designed for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. For more information, see Parktakes magazine, visit Parktakes Online, or call our customer service reps at 703-222-4664.

Am I paid for being a CIT?
No, CITs are part of a leadership program. However, CITs who do well are often hired as Rec-PAC staff once they turn 18 years of age, and experience as a CIT is considered in the Rec-PAC staff hiring process.

Can I get community service hours for being a CIT?
Yes, CIT hours worked are volunteer hours. Check with your school or service club for rules regarding the number and type of volunteer hours you can receive. Each CIT receives an evaluation at the end of the summer and a certificate.

Where are the CIT programs?
CITs can choose between working at FCPA camp sites (usually located at RECenters or parks) and at more than 50 school-based Rec-PAC sites located around the county. Sites can change throughout the spring. Click here for the most current list of locations.

Can I choose my location?
Location is determined by the needs of the program. On the application, CITs are asked for their top three choices of locations. We try to work with parents to minimize travel time with other siblings in various camps.

What is the difference in the CIT programs at RECenters and at Rec-PAC schools?
CITs at FCPA camp locations (usually at RECenters or parks) assist with various camp programs, including daily swimming. Each CIT must apply and be selected through an interview process. CITs at the more than 50 school-based sites work with the summer Rec-PAC program. Daily activities include crafts, sports, cooperative games, field trips, and special events. There is no interview for the Rec-PAC CIT Program.

What are my hours?
CITs at RECenters work from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. CITs at school-based Rec-PAC sites work from 8:15 AM - 3:45 PM or 11 AM - 6 PM, Monday through Friday.

How long is my commitment?
For RECenter camp programs, CITs must commit to at least one 2-week period. For Rec-PAC, CITs are encouraged to work at least one week and may work the entire summer. Some CITs may be allowed to work only on certain days of the week (for example, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays).

What about family vacation?
CITs should list on their application any family vacation dates when they will not be available to work. CITs are expected to work the dates and times that they have committed to work.

What is the cost of the CIT program?
At FCPA RECenters and camps, the cost is $95 for each two-week session. For Rec-PAC CITs at the more than 50 school-based, the cost is $135 for the entire summer (regardless of number of weeks worked). All CITs receive a training t-shirt, and manual. New and returning CITs will pay the $135 fee.

What sort of training do CITs receive?
All new and returning CITs must attend a 3-hour orientation and training. Prior to the start of the program applicants receive a training manual and learn from experienced staff details in safety, basic work skills, arts and crafts and sports, and policies and procedures. At the completion of the training, CITs must pass a knowledge test and receive an ID card certifying that they have completed the training. The training location is in the application packet.

What about persons with disabilities?
Fairfax County Park Authority is committed to giving all citizens equal access to recreational opportunities. In keeping with that policy, reasonable accommodations and support are provided upon request to individuals with disabilities. Accommodations include sign interpreters, assistive listening devices, program modifications and mainstream assistance. Call 703-222-4664 or TTY 703-803-3354 at least two weeks prior to the application deadline for assistance.

What is the deadline for application?
RECenter CITs must contact their site and arrange for an interview. Rec-PAC CITs must complete their applications and return them to the Rec-PAC office no later than June 14, 2013.

How do I become a CIT volunteer? Click here for instructions.

Where do I get more information?
Click here for several ways to contact us.


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