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Counsellor In Training | Toronto

AGE: 16 – 18 Years Old | By Sept. 1
TIME: 9am – 3pm (Mon – Fri)
PREREQUISITES: Any 2 Teen Programs
REQUIRED: Any camera with manual mode
LOCATION: 25 Toronto St. (Yonge & Adelaide)
PRICE: $749/799

Overview

Hands On Experience

2 Weeks

Experience what it takes to become a camp counsellor! In this 2 week, immersive program, Counsellors in Training will be mentored by our CIT Lead, who will coach them through a variety of leadership exercises and placements. Ongoing assessments, feedback and peer evaluations will help to develop the essential skill set and confidence valued by all camp professionals! CITs will walk away having experienced a full mock interview, create and receive feedback on resumes and develop an online portfolio that will set them up for success!

“I really liked the balance of fun and learning”
– GTA Photography Camper 2017

OPEN HOUSE & Youth Photo Exhibit | May 4, 2019

CIT Benefits

  • Develop an online professional portfolio (Linked In),
  • Complete resume review and mock interview which would help the CIT prepare for any job opportunity.
  • Shadowing experience
  • Practice candid photography and document the camp experience
  • Daily workshops lead by the Head Counsellor, discussing topics such as counsellor/CIT roles and responsibilities, team building activities and much more!
Outline
 
Requirements

CIT applicants are required to:

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 18.
  • Completed Teen Camp 1 or any 2 Teen Programs.
  • Fill out an online application form* Spots are limited
Objectives of our CIT Program

Over the course of the 2-week program.  CIT’s will have the opportunity to:

  • Practice / enhance their leadership skills through organized activities
  • Observe our camps in action
  • Run their own activities / games
  • Experience a full mock interview for becoming a counsellor
  • Create & receive feedback on resumes
  • Assist with camp duties to help run a successful camp experience for all (printing photos, organize equipment, support our Instructor’s & Staff)
  • Actively participate in daily meetings
  • Complete weekly evaluations with the CIT Lead.
CIT’s Role @ Camp

The CIT’s role at camp is to learn about the program, our goals and objectives, and how to effectively counsel children. CITs will on occasion participate in a similar capacity to a full staff member; however, they will have less responsibility supervising campers and more emphasis is placed on leadership training.

CITs will reach these objectives by the following means:

  • Daily guidance from the CIT Lead
  • Regularly scheduled weekly placements in a variety of areas at camp.
  • Experiential learning by observing and assisting current staff
  • Apply what they are learning in the areas of activity planning and delivery, implementation of behaviour management techniques and strategies to motivate campers.
  • Participation in all camp activities, special events, field trips, and meetings.
  • Daily check-ins with fellow CITs, mentors, and CIT Lead.
  • Evaluation, feedback, and assessment from peers, supervisors, and self.
Offers & Add-Ons

Save Up To $300.00

Receive $100.00 off each additional week of camp in a singular booking. *Camps must be booked in the same year to qualify for discount.

Loaner Cameras

Don’t have a professional DSLR? No worries! We offer loaner cameras at the price of $55 +HST for the full week at camp. SD Card included so you can take your photos home with you!

Financial Aid Available | Apply By March 20, 2019

We believe all kids and teens deserve the opportunity to attend our camps and should not be limited by financial needs. Click Icon For Application.

FAQ's
How many campers are in your sessions?

We limit our CIT Program to 6 participants per session.

Based on our experience, we have found that participants are able to grasp the concepts better in small class sizes. This allows them to ask questions as we go and get personal attention.

How do you address safety at your camp?

We take safety very seriously at GTA Photography. You can be sure that your child is in good hands. Here are just some of the measures we have taken to ensure the safety of your child:

  • Staff Qualified in First Aid / CPR: All of our instructors and counsellors are trained in First Aid and CPR and are able to treat minor injuries on site. Parents will be immediately notified in case of injury or illness.
  • High Instructor to Camper Ratio: Our Kids Camp has a ratio of 2 staff to 12 campers. Our Teen Camps have a ratio of 2 staff to 15 campers.
  • Strict Pick up / Drop Off Policy: We have a strict pick up / drop off policy; whereby, you provide us with the proper information on who is allowed to pick up your child and we ensure that they are released only to that individual.
  • Background Checks: It is our policy that we conduct background and criminal checks on all staff members.
  • Risk Management Training: All of our instructors and counsellors undergo thorough training in risk management and emergency procedures. All of our instructors and counsellors have cell phones and can be reached at any time.
How old does my child have to be to attend?

Kids Camp (8 – 12) and Teen Camp (13 – 17).  If you have any questions regarding the age group, please feel free to contact us.

How does pick up / drop off work?

We know that pick up and drop off times are busy for families.  We do everything we can to make it as smooth as possible for you.

At each location, we have designated pick up / drop off areas to allow for quick transitions.  Please consult your Parent Handbook for details.

All of our camps begin at 9:00 AM. Students should be dropped off 10 minutes prior to their start time. All of our camps end at 3:00 PM. Students should be picked up by 3:10pm. We provide Before / After care for our Kids & Teen Camps (8:00am to 5:30pm). 

Is there Before & After Care Provided?

Before and after care for kids and teen camps is available from 8:00am – 5:30pm  for an additional fee of $65 +HST. *

Please note that camp programming ends at 3:00pm. Simple activities and entertainment are provided during after care.

Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?

Yes!  We believe that every child should have access to camp and financial limitations should not be a factor when making the decision to go to camp. Every summer, we have a select number of spots that are open to students in need.

Deadline to apply for financial aid is Monday, March 19, 2018. Campers will be notified if they were granted a spot by end of April. Please fill out the application below and email it back to us (info@gtaphotographyclasses.com) by the deadline.

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION** Please note that this application is currently only offered to Canadian Residents.

How early should we register?

Registration is open until the Friday before the session begins. Please note that in prior years most of our camps have sold out months in advance. In order to guarantee enrolment, we recommend registering as soon as you know your schedule and at least a month in advance. Avoid the rush – register early and secure a spot!

What are your registration policies?

Policies:

  • Prepayment is required to confirm your registration and spot in the class / camp / workshop.
  • All sessions begin promptly at the stated time. Any missed material is forgone by the student.

Cancellation by Campers:

  • Cancellations are non-refundable whether the camper cancels or fails to show up for camp; however, if cancellation is received within 14 days prior to the scheduled session, we will reschedule you to another session but a $100 administration fee will apply.

Cancellation by GTAPC:

  • GTA Photography Classes reserves the right to cancel or postpone any camp if there is inadequate enrolment. In the event that a camp must be cancelled, you will be notified by email with adequate notice (please be sure to register using the email address where you can best be reached). You may then either reschedule for another session or receive reimbursement of camp fees.
What is the format of the day?

Weekly Camps (Summer, March Break, Winter)

Monday to Friday from 9 am – 3 pm.

Before & After Care is available for an extra $65 + HST / week.  Hours are 8:00am – 5:30 pm.

Typical Day at Summer Camp

9 – 9:30 am : Ice breakers / team building exercises
9:30 – 12 pm : Lessons / Workshops / Assignment
12 – 1 pm : Lunch
1 – 3 pm : Outdoor field trip and shooting assignments

Fall & Winter Programs

We cover the same material as our summer camp program.  We alternate one week is indoor lecture / assignments and the following week is outdoor shooting field trip. 10-week and 12-week programs are available and will contain 1.5 – 2.5 hours of instructions depending on the program

Field Trips

Field Trips are a huge part of our program! We visit various sites around our facilities. All sites are within walking distance.

Toronto Location: Sites may include; ROM, Casa Loma, Queen St. W, Galleries, Kensington Market, Yorkville, Nathan Phillips Square, etc.
Chicago Location: Oak Street Beach, Michigan Ave, Museum of Contemporary Art, Navy Pier, etc.
Ottawa Location: University of Ottawa, National Arts Centre, City Hall, Parliament Hill, Rideau river, etc.

How does lunch work?

Lunch at camp is similar to lunch at school! Campers can either bring their lunch or money to buy a lunch at one of the nearby vendors. All of our locations have food options within a 2 minute walking distance. Whether they are bringing or buying, we always eat together as a group!

Do you accept international students?

Yes!  A tourist visa is all that is required to attend our camp.  Student visa’s are not required for summer camps.

Our programs are taught in English and do require a good understanding of the language in order to participate and follow the program.  Students should be able to converse at an Intermediate to Advanced level in order to participate in our summer camp programs. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact us for more information.

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All potential CITs must FILL OUT OUR APPLICATION FORM. All applications will be reviewed by our instructors. Due to limited spots for this leadership program, only those selected will be able to participate in our CIT Leadership Camp.

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