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Junior Counselor-in-Training Program

Looking for a great summer experience working with children? The Junior Counselor Leadership Program is a great opportunity for students currently 13 – 17 years old, as well as students currently pursuing their undergraduate degree, who want to further develop their leadership and communication skills as well as gain experience in planning and instructing activities for children enrolled in Hammond Summer Programs, including Hammond’s Hawk Ridge Camp.

This program is an excellent opportunity to strengthen leadership skills that will impact each participate throughout their life and teach them how to effectively work with children. Through practical experience students accepted in this specialized leadership program will learn about behavior management, health and safety, communication, decision-making, team building and more.

Leadership Program Objectives
  • To provide an opportunity for youth (13 – 17 years old), as well as as students currently pursuing their undergraduate degree to strengthen their leadership and communication skills, gain knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices of working with young children, and having an enjoyable and educational Hammond Summer experience.
  • To develop and build on skills such as teamwork, communication, setting goals, and making plans to achieve them, making decisions, handling conflicts and resolving problems.
  • Presenting and leading to both large and small groups.
  • To learn how to effectively work with children.
Program Goals
  • To provide students the opportunity to gain confidence, pride and a sense of community and accomplishment.
  • To build self-esteem.
  • To become effective communicators.
  • Help develop critical thinking skills.
  • To encourage leadership, responsibility, maturity and teamwork.
Program Curriculum

The leadership program curriculum is designed to provide every participant with firsthand experiences of activity development, communication, being a role model and above all being a leader within the community.

Admission Requirements

Junior Counselor Leadership Program participants are chosen through an application process, which includes an online application, three references, interviews as needed, and other necessary forms. Participants must complete and submit with application fee the online. The application may be completed and submitted online or it could be downloaded and submitted with the application fees. All other necessary paperwork must be submitted to Kevin N. White, Director of Summer Programs within 2 weeks of submitting the online application. Applications must be submitted with the application fee prior to the deadline, as late applications will not be considered for admission. Participants are able to withdraw from the program however applicants are strongly encouraged to be committed to being in the program for a minimum of four-weeks when they apply. Participation in the program does not guarantee employment at Hammond as a Summer Program Counselor, nor is participation in the program required to later apply to be a part of the Summer Program staff.

The Hammond Junior Counselor Leadership Program will accept a limited number of applicants per season, and not all applicants may be accepted.   Hammond School reserves the right to conduct interviews, reference checks of applicants, and reserves the right to deny applicants.

The deadline to submit applications with application fees and all required forms to the Director of Summer Programs to be considered in the 2014 Junior Counselor Program is Friday, March 21, 2014. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview the week of April 7-14, 2014.

Participants that are accepted into the program will receive an acceptance letter from the Director of Summer Programs by May 1. Participants accepted will receive one Hammond Junior Counselor t-shirt and a manual at the orientation.

Program Participation

Participation in the Junior CIT program is on a volunteer basis or paid, depending on the applicant’s age. Applicant’s that are 13 – 15 years old could only be accepted on a volunteer basis and applicant’s that are 16 – 17 years old or actively pursuing their undergraduate degree could be compensated, if accepted. Hammond will cover the cost for any fees associated with field trips, camp activities, one Junior Counselor t-shirt (uniform), and an educational curriculum for participates that are accepted in the program. Participants will need to bring their own lunch to camp each day.

Participants are to be at Hammond each day for at least four consecutive weeks from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; or as scheduled by the Director of Summer Programs. Participants that are 13 – 15 years old are only required to attend at least one full-week of summer programs, but are invited to attend more weeks, if interested.


Each Junior Counselor accepted into the program will be provided with hands-on learning experiences under the guidance and supervision of an assigned mentor/counselor.

Junior Counselor Orientation

Friday, May 30, 2014 from 1 PM – 2 PM

All participants accepted in the Junior Counselor Program are required to attend orientation. Location information will be provided to participants accepted in the program.

Application Fee
Junior Counselor Program Application fee for applicants 13 – 15 years old: $15.00
Junior Counselor Program Application fee for applicants 16 – 17 years old and applicants currently pursuing their undergraduate degree: $25.00

The application fee is non-refundable regardless of admission into the program.


Deadline to apply for 2014 is on Friday, March 21.


Kevin N. White, Ed.S.
Director of Summer Programs

Tari Goodwin, Summer Programs Coordinator

Kate Woodham, Summer Programs Coordinator

Summer Programs Office: 803.776.0295, ext. 2002 

Fax: 803.776.4808

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