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C.I.T. Program


What is a C.I.T.? The Counselor-in-Training program is for girls ages 16 and 17. It is a four-week training program for those who desire to grow in their leadership ability, outdoor wilderness experience and so much more. It is a time of learning what it means to be a biblical leader, increasing in outdoor wilderness experience, learning more about being a Tapawingo Counselor, helping out ‘behind the scenes’ on the island, receiving biblical direction on many issues that teenage girls encounter today and so much more! In many ways, this program differs from the regular camp program and while C.I.T. participants are considered "campers" they will experience a more intense program designed to take them to the next level of servant leadership. Individuals not interested in being a Tapawingo counselor can still benefit from the C.I.T program.


The C.I.T. program has a limited number of spots and applications are required. Any camper within the age range can apply, but not all are guaranteed a spot. Age or years as a camper will not necessarily guarantee acceptance over a younger or less experienced camper. Most of all, we want participants with a deep desire to grow in the Lord and those whom will benefit the most from the structure of the program. We are looking for a steady, year-round commitment to Christ, maturity (spiritual, emotional, and relational), leadership potential, and most of all, a willing and teachable heart. With this in mind, it is a good idea to speak with the director about booking a regular camp week in addition to a C.I.T. week in the case that your daughter does not get accepted into the program. In many ways, we evaluate C.I.T. applications in the same way as our staff applications. However, completion of this program does not automatically ensure a position on staff.


This program is four weeks in length. There are two sessions:

  • Tapawingo CIT Session 1: June 24 - July 21, 2018
  • Tapawingo CIT Session 2: July 22 - August 18, 2018

    Each C.I.T. participant will experience outdoor wilderness excursions as a C.I.T. group. For the rest of their time they will experience life on the island through participation in an assortment of leadership training activities (including but not limited to ropes course and challenge course activities), group initiatives, group discussions and assisting the counseling and administrative staff in various activities at Tapawingo. Each C.I.T. will also participate in a fitness challenge and a 12-hour solo fast. Woven throughout the entire month will be activities, discussions and devotions centered around Bible study, the spiritual disciplines, discipleship, and the attributes of God. Because it is a rigorous program, applicants, like staff members, are expected to come to camp with the ability to run continuously for 30-minutes.


    It is our hope that every C.I.T. participant would accomplish the following objectives:

  • Grow in their personal relationship with the Lord through meaningful discussions, personal quiet times and an overall greater knowledge of what they believe and why they believe it.
  • Learn the foundations of being a Tapawingo counselor. Also, have opportunities to lead activity areas, devotionals, singing and drama (if desired) and share any other talents each C.I.T. may have, all under the supervision of Tapawingo staff members!
  • Learn how to share the gospel with others.
  • Gain an understanding of their spiritual gifts and how to use them for the glory of God!
  • Develop deep, long lasting friendships with each C.I.T. participant. Understand what it means to love and serve others as Christ has displayed for us.
  • COST

    This four-week program costs $1,660 plus a $15 membership fee.


    Each session holds SIX participants! Please complete the application and have your references complete the appropriate forms below and they will be sent automatically via e-mail to: Joy Huseland – Tapawingo Director.


  • C.I.T. Application
  • C.I.T. Pastor Reference Form
  • C.I.T. Family Reference Form

  • CIT Fall Mailing Letter
  • CIT Packing List
  • If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joy Huseland, Tapawingo Director, at (518) 548-5091 or

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