So You Want to be a CIT?

Dear Potential Counselors-In-Training and Parents,

Thanks for your interest in the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program at Cactus Day Camp.  I have worked with many young leaders throughout my years in camping and have seen amazing outcomes from such programs, which is why I am offering these opportunities.

CITs are legally considered campers and not staff members.  They are never left alone with an entire group of campers and will be insured as a camper on our liability insurance.  Therefore, when an applicant is accepted into the program, their parent will need to register them for camp through our registration portal.  CITs receive a large discount off the full camper 2-week tuition of $850 per session ($825 for 3rd session). Discounts do not apply to transportation or extended day programs.  The discount is determined based on the number of years as a CIT at Cactus Day Camp.

CIT Rates for 2018
CIT Year
Two-Week Tuition
1st year 50% off $425.00
2nd year 60% off $340.80
3rd year 75% off $212.50


The CIT program is intended to be small in participants.  Large numbers of young leaders tend to cause distraction to the camp program and the goals of the program.  With that in mind, I am committed to keeping the program small.   I will also take into consideration the number of campers enrolled and the number of camp groups we have each session.  Having a younger sibling enrolled in Cactus Day Camp does not guarantee a CIT position.

Each applicant will need to fill out an application as well as submit two written references (forms attached to the end of the application). Return CITs do not need to submit new reference forms. After reviewing applications received by March 1st, applicants will be contacted and informed of their status by March 15th. Additional CITs will be selected on an on-going as needed basis. The number of positions available may change due to enrollment numbers. This selection process is taken very seriously and only those qualified will be selected. Parents of enrolled children in our camp program are entrusting us to have the best role models interacting and socializing with their children.

If selected, we will do our best to place you per your preference. However, this is not guaranteed and the placement will be subject to your skills, previous experience and availability.

I look forward to receiving your application.  Call if you have questions 480-836-CAMP (2267).

Karyn Miller, Owner/Director


  • Entering 9th grade and at least 13 years old by camp session.
  • Required to be available for one 2-week session to be considered for the program.
  • Required to arrive by 8:45 am and depart at 3:30 pm unless taking Cactus Day Camp transportation.

CITs are paired with counselors and junior counselors and are responsible for the care of individuals and the planning and delivery of all programs for campers aged 3-13. CITs are responsible for helping with daily programming, camper care, and helping to coordinate special events and large group activities. They will gain training and first hand experiences that will help them become future leaders. CITs have specific arrival and departure times as they are also responsible to help with the arrival and departure of campers each day.


  • A Serious Work Ethic – An unwavering commitment to providing the best summer possible for Cactus Day Camp Campers.
  • Teamwork – Socially able to work with and support others, while accepting on-going feedback and evaluation from supervisors.
  • Intelligence – Able to problem solve and make sound decisions.
  • Strong Personal Characteristics – Sensitivity, compassion and maturity towards children and adults.
  • Adaptability – The ability to think quickly on your feet and improvise.
  • Positive Disposition – An optimistic, upbeat outlook with lots of energy, enthusiasm and spunk!
  • Desire – The desire to be involved in the Cactus Day Camp program and wanting to make a difference in the lives of children.


  • Leadership Experience – Strengthen your communication and social skills while being supervised and coached by the camp director and camp staff.
  • Friendships – Lifelong friendships are made each summer at camp.
  • Experience – Experience working with young children and assisting activities.
  • A Challenging and Rewarding Summer You’ll Never Forget – People’s lives change from their camp experiences.  Experience what it feels like to make a difference in the lives of children.

A mandatory training will take place for all Counselors-In-Training on May 19th, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm.  Return CITs may be excused at noon and are welcome to stay for the entire training.

Consistent attendance is a significant element to the success of our camp program. If you are not present at camp, our team is incomplete.  With that said, continued absences will be cause for dismissal from the program.  No refunds will be given.

We look forward to receiving your application!