Counselor in Training 

June 12 - July 23

Counselors in Training (CITs) get a unique experience while at MountainCamp. As this is a Leadership Experience, applications are required. Campers should be 16-17 years old (rising 12th graders).

The Counselor in Training program started in 1995 to allow for our older youth to gain camp leadership and counselor experience by being involved in the day-to-day excitement of MountainCamp. During a CIT’s 6 weeks at MountainCamp, they will have mastered the art of being a role model, the balance of personal vs. professional, all while also preserving their silly, fun youthfulness that is a camp counselor's number one tool while working with children. The CIT campers will begin their all-summer experience working with the CIT mentor to learn the intricacies of what it takes to be a counselor at MountainCamp, incorporating leadership opportunities and discovering their passion and potential along the way. Throughout the summer, CITs will work with Elementary and Intermediate cabins, gaining much needed skills for conflict management, community building and for working with children as a MountainCamp counselor. They also get to enjoy trips to cool rivers, high peaks and rafting the thrilling Nantahala river.For the last week of their summer, CITs will join the ASCENDER program for an OSA-style out-trip to celebrate their work and to debrief their experience.

Space in the CIT program is limited. All applications and references must be submitted by March 15th to be considered. Applicants may be contacted for a phone interview. Program participants will be chosen no later than March 31. We are holding spaces in the Senior High Camp for anyone who does not get accepted into the ASCENDER or CIT program.


  • Program runs: June 12 – July 23, 2022

  • Application opens: January, 2022

  • Application deadline: March 15, 2022

  • Programs start on Sunday and ends on Saturday

  • Camper check-in is 1:00 – 3:00 PM on first day of the program

  • Pick up campers at the end of program at 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon


  • $2255 per camper

  • Standard Deposit (non-refundable): $300 per camper registration

  • Full payment of all registration fees due: June 1, 2021

Savings & Discounts

  •  5% family discount for second sibling registered

  •  10% family discount for third sibling registered

  • $50 referral credit for New Campers. Both campers will receive $50 credit when all registration is complete. (Must fill out referral form and complete registration before April 30th)

  • In our application system, choose the Counselor in Training application period.

  • All fields must be filled out to submit the application. Campers who are accepted into the program will be registered by The Mountain to set up payment and fill out required forms for attendance.