Counselors-In-Training Program Seeking Teen Summer Camp Volunteers

Children playing capture the flag at a summer day camp.

Counselors-In-Training Program Seeking Teen Summer Camp Volunteers

Cincinnati Parks Explore Nature! Summer Day Camps are for children ages 3 – 14 years old. These camps are so fun! They keep families coming back year after year and were voted Best Nature Day Camps 4 years in a row! They feature daily hikes, games, live animal encounters, experiments and more, and keep campers active all day.

Each summer, Explore Nature enlists the invaluable assistance of volunteers to serve in the Counselors-In-Training Program. Designed for teens, it’s an awesome opportunity to learn new skills in a fun, safe environment. Our Counselors-In-Training (CIT) assist group leaders during games, give guidance during craft time, and provide an additional watchful eye during hikes and other engaging activities. A CIT may also be paired as a “buddy” with a special needs child who requires more personal attention during camp activities. This volunteer opportunity is a great chance for teens to become engaged in their community and build their leadership skills.


  • Must be at least 13 years old
  • Complete the application process
  • Send one personal reference email
  • Show respect for the environment, enjoy being outdoors in all weather conditions and have a desire to interact with children
  • Two week long commitment, every day of the week, for half-day or full day camps. Half-day: 9:30 am – 11:30 am or 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. Full-day: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Create an account on our Volunteer website. Then, submit an online application. If you are not able to use the online link, call 513-321-6070 for an application.
Request a personal reference from someone who thinks your teen is AWESOME. Have the reference contact brittany.ashcraft@cincinnati-oh.gov.
Schedule an interview with our volunteer coordinator. Interviews are 20 minutes long. Candidates will be engaged in dialogue about the scope of CIT responsibilities.
Sign up for camps!
Attend a mandatory 2 hour orientation.
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