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Counsellors-in-Training Leadership Program (YMCA)

YMCA of Northern Alberta
10211 105 Street NW Edmonton, AB, T5J 1E3
Phone : 780-426-9259


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Edmonton and area

School year/Age

Ages 12 to 16

Language level

French as a First Language
French immersion
French as a Second Language

School subject (primary)

Health and Life Skills

School subjects (secondary)

Fine Arts
Career and Life Management
Career and Technology Foundations


Completion of Grade 7 is required.

Register online here*

**You must then go to the section "Day Camps (3-17)" - "Youth" - "Counsellors-in-Training Application" and then choose the option "CIT - Counsellor In Training (12-16 Yrs) Weeks 1-8 Moniteurs". In the location column, you will see "Program Space Campus Saint Jean", those are the French programs. 

**You can also register at any one of the four YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics centers. Click here for more information


July 3 to August 24, 2017


$155 for members
$165 for non-members


The Counsellor-in-Training program is a leadership opportunity for youth to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become a camp counsellor.  Each ‘Counsellor-in-Training’ (CIT) must complete the CIT training program; training dates will be shared through the interview process.

Following the training, they will take part in a two-week placement at one of our locations. Participants are placed in different day camp programs based on their experience in the CIT Program and the ‘Leader-in-Training’ (LIT) program.  
Counsellor-in-Training participants are volunteers.

Interested youth must register in-branch or online in the CIT Application course; all applicants will be contacted for an interview. Successful candidates will then register for the CIT program and will be required to complete a police security clearance. For more information, please contact your local YMCA.

  • Level 1 - The CIT program is designed for participants to acquire necessary skills to become a counsellor, including planning and delivering activities, observing campers in various age groups, asset building, communication, and trust.
  • Level 2 - The second level of the CIT program enhances skills learned in Level 1.  Participants will learn new skills, including team building, behaviour management, and safety awareness.
  • Level 3 - The third level of the CIT program builds on the previous levels and prepares participants for the step from CIT to counsellor while learning skills such as conflict resolution, leadership, and special needs integration.





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