Wolf Ridge

Counselor-in-Training (CIT)


 

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Entering grades 10-12

This two-week program is a wonderful opportunity to enhance and develop self-confidence, communication skills, tolerance for adversity, self-awareness, and your personal leadership style.

Your training as a CIT will begin with a wide variety of teambuilding, communication and leadership activities both at Wolf Ridge and on a 3-day backpacking trip on the Superior Hiking Trail.   These activities will prepare you to move into a group as an Assistant Counselor during your 2nd week. Under the leadership and guidance of the directors and two counselors, CIT’s will gain endless knowledge that they can use to become a positive role model to future generations of campers.

 

goals & objectives

Goal.

Our goal is to have a Counselor-in-Training finish the program having acquired all the necessary skills to become an effective and talented counselor at Wolf Ridge. We firmly believe that not only does Wolf Ridge benefit from a successful program, but so do all our campers, and the young adult who successfully completes the training.

 

Objectives.

By the end of the program, all participating CITs will have:

  • Observed a variety of different groups
  • Demonstrated the ability to teach an activity
  • Assisted with group
  • Actively participated in discussions/meetings
  • Completed evaluations with the Director of Programming
  • Successfully planned and executed an all-camp event
  • CPR & First Aid certifications

 

Methods.

CITs will reach these objectives by the following means:

  • Experiential learning by shadowing and assisting staff
  • Observation of staff teaching and coaching techniques
  • Participating in activities, trips, support services, dorm management, and meetings
  • Discussions/seminars with fellow CITs, mentors, and directors
  • Receiving evaluation, feedback, and assessment from peers, supervisors, and self

counselor-in-training activities

The program initially covers all aspects of the camp operation, then the focus increasingly moves to acquiring skills and experience to work closely with a camp group.  Topics and activities include;

  • Leadership development
  • Understand proper supervision of campers
  • Developing well-run activities
  • Management strategies in dealing with children
  • Setting boundaries
  • Communication techniques and styles
  • Risk management
  • Managing campers while on trail
  • Balancing time
  • Leading activities and teaching
  • Canoeing
  • Recreation
  • Swimming

qualifications

  • Applicants must be at entering grades 10 – 12 at the time of participation.
  • Sincere interest in working with children as a positive role model.
  • Be able to model the four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
  • Able to be active in an outdoor setting for long hours.
  • Evidence of ability to accept guidance and supervision.
  • Evidence of good communication skills.
  • Evidence of ability to adhere to rules and policies.
  • Enthusiasm, patience, initiative and sense of humor!

Housing and Meals

A place to kick back and relax.

Campers will be housed in our East Dorm. Each room features its own bathroom and shower, bunks beds, and camper gear cubbies. Camp staff also live in the dorm, with one counselor per room. There are cozy gathering spaces for game playing during down time, plus a grass field just out the door. Kids and staff gather at the near-by campfire ring before meals to sing songs, share stories of their adventures, and learn what the next part of the day will bring. The East Dorm is perfect place to grow the deep, closely knit community that makes camp so special.

While on trail, campers sleep in single-sex tents.  Wolf Ridge uses 2, 4, and 6 person backcountry tents.

 

Fuel for your imagination.

Whether they’re coming in from a long day outside or getting ready for the day, campers satisfy their appetites in the Fireplace Dining Room. Here, they’ll enjoy the range of delicious menu options including local, freshly harvested foods from the Wolf Ridge organic farm.

On trail, campers eat delicious, high-energy foods to fuel their wilderness exploration. Backcountry meals include burritos, alpine pasta, hearty soups, fry bread, pancakes, and oatmeal, with many other possibilities. Special dietary considerations can usually be accommodated.

After a week full of friendship, fun, and teamwork, on Friday night Wolf Ridge will hold a community celebration dinner and campfire for all campers. Campers will gather in the Fireplace Dining Room to enjoy a family-style meal served by the camp directors while celebrating the accomplishments and achievements of their community members.

Our kitchen staff regularly works with participants to meet allergy and dietary concerns. Requests for special dietary concerns must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance of arrival for planning purposes. Click on “Resources” (top menu, to the right) for more information.  Vegetarians can indicate their preference when completing camp registration.

Dates

July 16 – 29, 2017 (wait list)

Costs and Financial Assistance

 

$1260 (wait list)

We accept credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Discover or American Express) as well as checks.

 

Financial Assistance

We are happy to partner with a variety of organizations that are interested in helping you attend Wolf Ridge. Available to those who qualify. You can find details in Resources “For Summer Campers.”

 

Bring a Friend Discount

When you invite a new camper to Wolf Ridge, you & your friend each get $50 off your camp fee. To take advantage of this special offer, both fill out and mail us “Bring a Friend” forms. You find can this in Resources “For Summer Campers.”

 

Sibling Discount

Available for multiple campers from the same household (must all be residents of the same household address). Call 218-353-7414 Monday-Friday between 8 and 4:30 for details.

Resources: Get Ready for Camp!

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Packing lists and more can be found in Resources “For Summer Campers.”