Teen Leadership Camps

Counsellor-in-Training Program

for teens entering grades 11, 12 or just graduated high school

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CIT is a job readiness program that focuses on the skills and leadership qualities necessary for former Amicus Campers to start their transition to a camp staff role. Our CIT program includes learning about program planning, behaviour management, and relationship development. The CIT Program also typically includes a week-long placement working with campers to put their skills into action.

What will CIT participants be doing?

The first part of this program is spent developing group dynamics amongst all CIT participants. Camp program planning skills and basic skills to connect and work with campers are taught and practised. 

After the first week, we begin to have our CIT's work with campers to lead afternoon choice programs. In the morning, they participate in program planning and counsellor skills development such as learning how to handle camper behaviour management. They have an opportunity to put their skills into action with their instructors close by to help support them.

In their final week, the CIT's get a taste of camp counsellor life by being with a group of campers and their counsellor for a full week.

Intake Criteria:

Teens entering grades 11, 12 or new high school graduates can attend Camp Amicus's CIT program if they meet our Intake Criteria and complete the Intake process. 

Please note that both prospective and returning participants will be interviewed to ensure their fit for the program.

2022 Schedule

Dates Grades
Location Type of
Price Name Status
July 3 - 8  & July 10 - 15 & Jully 17 - 22 11 - 12 Camp BB Riback Overnight $3,600 CIT1 Open
July 25 - 29 & Aug. 2 - 5 & Aug. 8 - 12 11 - 12 Foothills Academy Day  $2,800 CIT2 Cancelled

Camp Goals:

The goals of Camp Amicus are to increase the participant’s self-esteem, make friends, learn social skills, have a ton of fun and make lasting friendships!  It also focuses on how to transition from being a camper to understanding the responsibility of being the primary support for the children who attend camp. Additionally, the CIT program focuses on the skills needed to be a camp counsellor (at any camp) as well as general employment readiness and transferable skills such as:

  • Resume writing
  • Interview skills
  • Workplace relationships
  • Professionalism
  • Workplace responsibilities


There are two CIT programs in 2022. The first takes place at our Overnight Camp at Camp BB Riback. Campers will leave Calgary on Sunday and return Friday mid-day each week. The second CIT camp is a day camp program and takes place at Foothills Academy.

COVID-19 Vaccination Status:

For CIT Overnight Camps, campers must be fully vaccinated (2 vaccinations). If your child has a MEDICAL EXEMPTION, we are able to accept a copy of that in place of a vaccination record.


The fee for CIT depends on the session (see schedule above). Please note: This camp is NOT eligible for FSCD funding.

Registration Process:

If your child has never attended an Amicus program before, please complete the Parent Intake Form to begin the process. Once it is determined that your child is eligible to participate in Camp Amicus' CIT program, you will be sent registration forms. Returning camper families will be sent an email with a registration link. The completed registration form and a $100 deposit are necessary to secure your child's spot in the camp.. Please note that both prospective and returning participants will be interviewed to ensure their fit for the program.