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LIT & CIT Program – 2016

Requirements for the LIT Program

  • Must be between sophomore and junior year of high school.
  • Must be able to attend four sessions (6-9) consecutively the latter part of summer from July 24 to August 19. These dates are NOT flexible and applicants must be available for the entire four week program.
  • The fee for the LIT program is $1,676 total ($200 of this fee is non-refundable). This includes First Aid and CPR training, LIT t-shirt and an LIT group photo.
  • Must be prepared to be a role model to both campers and peers while learning leadership skills.

2010 Leaders in Training

Details of the LIT Program

  •  Learn by doing in a safe environment.
  • Participants are assigned to a counselor and cabin of campers for the purpose of “shadowing” during meals, free time, coffee breaks and evening activities with the possibility of overnight stays in a cabin based on performance and evaluations. This time provides the opportunity to develop leadership skills while learning the characteristic traits of different age groups.
  • Half of the day spent in the camp program according to a participants rank(s) at Rawhide.
  • The other part of the day spent assisting/teaching Rawhide’s classes/electives to campers.
  • Time is also designated for LIT class learning leadership skills.
  • Participation in the weekly Horse Show permitted.
  • Promote and maintain the recycling program.
  • Evaluations are done so participants can learn their strengths while setting tangible goals for growth opportunities.
  • Time off provided every Friday evening approximately 6:00 p.m. (depending on your show event) to Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Participants are required (unless previous arrangements have been made) to leave the ranch for some needed rest and relaxation due to their busy daily schedule and lack of free time during the week.

Focus of the LIT Program

The LIT classes along with the structure of this program will focus on communication; teamwork; empathy; responsibility; respect; creativity; conflict resolution; and problem solving.

Goal of the LIT Program

Our goal is to have participants emerge from the program having developed leadership skills along with an increased level of confidence so they can apply these skills at school and in their community to make a positive difference.

Application Process

We encourage all those prepared to take on additional responsibility and the challenges of leadership to download and submit all the necessary paperwork by February 15th. The process provides excellent preparation for a job and/or the college application process one will encounter later in life.

  • Application
  • Parent/Guardian Reference
  • Two personal references from an employer, coach, religious leader and/or a teacher. These should be people able to speak about your work ethic, previous care giving responsibilities with children and on behalf of your character.
    Please note close friends of the family or Rawhide staff are not sufficient for our purposes. The Rawhide staff is given the opportunity to share any recommendations or concerns before any final decisions are made.
  • Group interviews will be arranged starting in March here at Rawhide Ranch. Dates to be announced after the application deadline date.

2016 LIT Application

 

Applicants will be notified in early May of their acceptance in the program after all interviews have been completed. Unfortunately, we have a limited number of spaces in this program so not all who apply are accepted. Those choosing to apply should not simply do so to extend their camper experience. We are looking for applicants with a keen interest in learning how to be an effective leader of children while developing their own personal leadership skills. All those invited to participate should understand the opportunity is a privilege and approach it with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

Applications are due February 15th.
Application deadline cannot be extended.

 


Counselor In Training Program

Requirements for the CIT Program

  • Must be between junior and senior year of high school.
  • Must be able to attend four sessions (2-5) of camp from June 26 to July 22. These dates are NOT flexible and applicants must be available for the entire four week program.
  • The fee for the CIT program is $419 total ($200 of this fee is non-refundable). The fee includes a CIT t-shirt, a CIT group photo and travel for any field trips.
  • Must be prepared to serve others while taking on an active leadership role at camp.

CITDetails of the CIT Program

  • Learn by doing in a safe environment.
  • Assigned to a counselor and cabin of campers each week. Time will be spent “shadowing” during meals, free time, coffee breaks and evening activities with the goal of gradually moving into overnight stays in cabins. This will provide the opportunity to further develop leadership skills while reinforcing their knowledge and comfort with the various age groups at camp.
  • Co-counseling with a counselor based on Rawhide’s need and an individual’s readiness determined by Rawhide’s leadership team.
  • One weekend of Stay Over to be assigned for the benefit of experiencing a different program style.
  • Half of the day spent teaching/assisting in classes and electives offered to campers.
  • Time designated for CIT class focusing on leadership and support.
  • A small portion of time for riding or vaulting according to their rank(s) at Rawhide.
  • Help make the Horse Show a safe and rewarding experience for our campers, rather than participate for their own benefit.
  • Field trip(s) to other camps for program comparison while gaining knowledge of what other activities are available in our local counties.
  • Promote and maintain the recycling program.
  • Evaluations for the purpose of learning personal strengths and to set tangible goals for growth opportunities.
  • Time off provided every Friday evening after all camp clean up at approximately 7:00 p.m. to Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Participants are required (unless previous arrangements have been made) to leave the ranch for some needed rest and relaxation due to their demanding schedule, the high level of expectation placed on them and their lack of free time during the week.

Goal of the CIT Program

Our goal is to help prepare participants for leadership roles in all walks of life, specifically those that involve the leadership of children.

Application Process

We encourage all those highly motivated and up for the challenge of leadership to submit an application. Please note first consideration will be given to those who participated in the LIT program the previous year; however, it is important to recognize that all participants are chosen based on merit and ability. No one is guaranteed a position. Forms can be downloaded. All necessary paperwork is due by February 15th.

1. Previous LIT Participants

  • Application including 600 word essay.
  • Face to face interviews to be arranged starting in March here at Rawhide Ranch.

2016 CIT Application (Previous LIT)

 

2. New Applicants

  • Application
  • Parent/Guardian Reference
  • Two personal references from an employer, coach, religious leader and/or a teacher. These should be people able to speak about your work ethic, previous care giving responsibilities with children and on behalf of your character. Please note close friends of the family or Rawhide staff are not sufficient for our purposes. The Rawhide staff is given the opportunity to share any recommendations or concerns before any final decisions are made.
  • Face to face interviews to be arranged starting in March here at Rawhide Ranch.

2016 CIT Application (New)

Applicants will be notified in early May of their acceptance in the program after all interviews have been completed. Unfortunately, we have a limited number of spaces in our program so not all who apply are accepted. We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in making a positive difference in the lives of children while making a contribution to camp and developing their own leadership skills. All those invited to participate should understand the opportunity is a privilege and approach it with a sense of responsibility, enthusiasm and commitment.

 

Applications are due February 15th
and deadline cannot be extended.