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Grade: 10-11Location: Camp SealthDate(s): VariesCost: $1600-$1800

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The CIT program is a three-week long camp for teens who are interested in developing leadership skills and working with kids. Through interactive workshops, CITs will learn about their leadership style and what it means to collaborate in team settings. They then get the chance to put their skills into action by planning camp activities, shadowing activity specialists, and assisting a counselor with a cabin of kids. Other program components include a service project, a trip to visit other local camps, as well as some time to just relax and enjoy various camp activities.

CITs must be entering grade 10 in Fall 2023, have a high level of maturity, and be able to live and work closely with peers and adults. Our CIT program is open to teens of all genders and identities. Previous experience with leadership and/or working with children is not required. There is an application process for the CIT program (see below), and it can be competitive. Teens do not need to be returning Sealth campers in order to apply!


There are three “crews” of CITs each summer; each crew consists of 16 participants and runs for three weeks. CITs will go home the first weekend of their crew, and stay on camp the second weekend. CITs should be prepared to attend the entirety of their crew dates.

  • CIT Crew One: Sessions 2-4 (July 10 – July 29) with stayover weekend July 22-23
  • CIT/RSIT Crew Two: Sessions 4-6 (July 24 – August 12) with stayover weekend August 5-6
  • CIT/RSIT Crew Three: Sessions 6-8 (August 7 – 26) with stayover weekend August 19-20

Note:  The CIT program has a maximum capacity for each crew, and accepted applicants are not guaranteed their first preference of crew/dates. To maximize your chances of acceptance, you may need to keep your availability flexible.


  • Tier A: $1,600
  • Tier B: $1,700
  • Tier C: $1,800

What is Tiered Pricing?

Camp Sealth offers tiered pricing as a way for families to invest in our camp and facilities. By offering three voluntary price options, you can choose to pay the option that best fits your family’s financial situation. The choice is voluntary, confidential, and will not impact your child’s camp experience in any way. Financial aid is available to eligible teens. More information about tiered pricing can be found here.

What to Expect

Please note: In 2023, we are requiring that all CITs, RSITs, and LEADs be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, due to their role working in many areas of camp, especially with younger campers.

The CIT program combines many different elements to give teens a well-rounded experience and the opportunity to develop skills in multiple areas. Leadership workshops focus on areas like effective communication, goal-setting, and diversity. CITs will also get trained in “kid skills” such as behavior management and age group characteristics. Hands-on experiences include job shadows with counselors and activity specialists, leading camp-wide activities, and doing a full week “live-in” – assisting with one cabin group for a whole session. Other program components include a service project, a trip to visit other local camps, as well as some time to just relax and enjoy various camp activities.

CITs work closely with RSITs (Riding-Staff-In-Training), who focus on working with horses as well as working with kids. CITs and RSITs live together and do many of their activities together. When CITs work with cabin groups, RSITs work alongside the horseback riding staff.

Goals of the CIT program

●        Youth will grow in confidence and gain leadership skills.

●        Youth will learn and observe behavior management.

●        Youth will gain skills for working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment.

●        Youth will develop an understanding of how to work effectively with children.


How to Apply

There are three parts to the application – all parts must be submitted before May 1  in order to be considered. Acceptance is based on the criteria listed below. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status via email within two weeks of the deadline. We recommend that CIT and RSIT applicants register for another camp program as a back-up option; if accepted, you’ll be automatically transferred (along with any fees you’ve paid) into the CIT program.

Application Deadline: Rolling – Apply today for Summer 2023!

Waitlist: Applicants who are not accepted into the program will be placed on the waitlist, and will be notified should a spot open up. Waitlisted applicants are recommended to look into our Seattle Day Camp teen leadership opportunities.

  • Part One: Online application – open in December!
  • Part Two: Personal Statement. Write a personal statement (400+ words) describing why you want to be a CIT this summer. Submit your personal statement to In your personal statement, answer the following:
      • Why do you want to be a CIT or RSIT?
      • What do you hope to gain and/or learn from this experience?
      • Describe a time when you were a part of a team.
  • Part Three: Reference. References are not automated by submitting the online application. Send this link to someone who can speak to your suitability for the CIT program, such as teacher, advisor, supervisor, coach, clergy, neighbor, or family friend (no peer friends or relatives). Only one reference is required, but you may submit more than one if desired.

Application Note: The CIT/RSIT programs foster independence and leadership in teens. All parts of the application must be completed by the teen applicant, not by their parents/guardians. If we determine that an application has been completed by a parent, the applicant will not be accepted. We also highly recommend that the teen applicant, rather than the parent/guardian, communicate with camp staff during the application process.

Criteria for Acceptance:

Application for the CIT program at Camp Sealth is competitive. Pay close attention to the application requirements listed below.

  • Entering grade 10 in Fall 2023
  • All parts of the application completed on time, with thorough and thoughtful responses:
    • Online application form
    • Personal Statement
    • Reference
  • Applicants do not need to have been a previous participant at Camp Sealth or in Camp Fire programs. If you are interested in sampling our teen leadership program to see if it is the right fit for you, check out the Teen Leadership Retreat offered in January.

Characteristics we look for:

  • Interest in personal growth and a willingness to accept feedback
  • Interest in working with younger children
  • Interest in being an active community member
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team
  • Ability to commit to the entire program
  • Willingness to learn

Application Deadline: Rolling – Apply today for Summer 2023!

Please note: Acceptance and completion of the CIT program does not necessarily mean that a teen will be accepted into the LEAD program or hired as a staff member.

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