(Ages 12-15) Teen Counselor-in-Training

Counselor in training CIT

$100 fee: This fee is for approved candidates only who have successfully applied and been accepted into the Counselor-In-Training program. Fee covers mandatory orientation on Monday, June 10, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., leadership development training, t-shirt, certificate, celebration, and all project supplies (Financial assistance is available to those who are eligible for free or reduced school lunch. Inquire by email [email protected].)

Do you have a passion for nature, gardening, and creative play? Enjoy being a role model for younger children and like to get your hands in the dirt? The Arboretum's Counselor-In-Training program may be the perfect fit for you! Share your skills and bring your imagination and creativity to the Arboretum--join the fun as we play, garden, create, explore and learn together!

The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is designed to provide opportunities for responsible, positive youth mentors to increase leadership skills by sharing a passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural world with younger campers and gardeners. CITs will assist Youth Education program staff in providing a safe, supportive, and exciting experience for all participants, as well as helping out with other projects. 

Top 10 Benefits of being a Counselor-in-Training (CIT)

  1. Have FUN!! 
  2. Meet new friends
  3. Work with caring adult mentors
  4. Log volunteer hours and give back to the community
  5. Be a valuable part of a fun, supportive, and creative team 
  6. Develop useful life skills in leadership and time-management
  7. Receive training that can be applied to future job/volunteer opportunities
  8. Gain valuable experience while doing something meaningful this summer
  9. Share your passion for science, gardening, and the outdoors, with younger kids
  10. Take advantage of resume-building opportunities while serving as a role model, mentor, and teaching assistant 


Follow the four steps below!


Counselor in training CIT

Step One

If you are interested, please email the Education Office [email protected].


Counselor in training CIT

Step Two

Fill out an application and sign up for an interview date/time.

(Applications and interview information will be provided at the info session and/or available online after February 29.)


Counselor in training CIT

Step Three

Successful applicants will be notified, pay one-time registration fee,* and then be able to select desired summer programs to assist. (There are many volunteer opportunities and a lot of flexibility in creating a schedule that works for you and your family. Come half days or full days, for a couple weeks, or for many!)

*$100 fee covers orientation, leadership development training, t-shirt, certificate, all project supplies, and end of season celebration (Financial assistance is available to those who are eligible for free or reduced school lunch. Inquire by email [email protected].)


Counselor in training CIT

Step Four

Attend a mandatory one-day CIT orientation on Monday, June 10, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 


Counselor in training CIT

For more information:

Call the education office 612-301-1210 or email [email protected].



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