Wolf Ridge

Counselor-in-Training (CIT)


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    Are you ready for campfires?

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    Color wars

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    Smiles and laughter are priceless gifts

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    Working with children of all ages

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    Celebrating a huge accomplishment

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    Fueling curiosity through teaching

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 team-building, communication, and leadership activities both at Wolf Ridge and on a three-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 for future generations of campers.


goals & objectives


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.


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


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 focuses on 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


  • 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 Summit Lodge. 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 downtime, 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 Summit Lodge is a perfect place to grow the deep, closely-knit community that makes camp so special.

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

Fuel for your imagination

Our Food

Whether they’re coming in from a long day outside or getting ready for the day, campers will satisfy their appetites in the Fireplace Dining Room. Food Service Director Chris O’Brien and his staff go above and beyond to produce a choice driven, healthy, hearty meal while creating a sense of community here at Wolf Ridge. Most of our produce is from the Wolf Ridge Organic Farm while meats and other products are sourced as locally as possible.  From-scratch vegan, vegetarian, and meat options are offered at each and every meal.

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.

Special Diets

Our kitchen staff regularly works with participants to meet allergy and dietary concerns. Daily vegan dishes are inherently free of any animal product, including dairy, and are most often gluten-free as well. Individuals with common food allergy and sensitivities, including to dairy or peanuts, will find good, healthy food at each meal that addresses their needs. Our Dining Hall is nut-free. Please note dietary requests, concerns, and preferences when completing camp registration materials.

Community Dinner

After a week full of friendship, fun, and teamwork, on Friday night Wolf Ridge will hold a community celebration dinner and campfire. 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.

“It’s about quality. It’s about passion. It’s about good food done well.” – Chris O’Brien


August 2 – August 15, 2020


Costs and Financial Assistance


We accept credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express).
The balance of your camp fee is due by June 1st.


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

Returning campers, 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.

Local Discount

Available for campers whose permanent residence is Lake or Cook County in Minnesota.  To apply for this discount, please call the office at 218-353-7414 Monday-Friday between 8 and 4:30 pm.


Resources: Get Ready for Camp!

Already signed up?

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


2020 Youth Camps and Trips have been canceled

Due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, Wolf Ridge will not be having any summer camps or wilderness trips in summer 2020. Our priority during this time is the safety and well being of our participants, staff, and the broader community. We’ve canceled the summer camp and trip programs and offered full refunds to people already registered. Stay tuned for summer camp and trip options in the future! If you have questions about camp, please contact Luciana Ranelli, Youth and Family Programs Director, at luciana.ranelli@wolf-ridge.org.

Wishing you all the best. We hope to see you in Summer 2021!