Camp Coach in Training Program

About the Program

The CCIT program is designed for youth interested in working with children in a day camp setting. This program will help individuals develop skills necessary to become a future leader at our Camp series or in any other setting. There are two phases in the CCIT program: a pre-training course and hands-on experience. The pre-training course occurs before summer, and incorporates the following topics: team and leadership skills, overview of camp coach responsibilities, camp and playground safety, and first aid certification. The hands-on experience takes place during the summer camp, and focuses on the following: working alongside camp staff, leading and creating camp activities, and developing critical skills to work with children.

Eligibility and Participation

This program is intended for youth ages 13-17. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age by the start of Hyattsville Summer Camp (June 27,2022) in order to participate . No exceptions will be granted

To participate, selected candidates must attend a seven week pre-training course on Mondays from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. In addition participants must attend the Hyattsville Summer Camp Orientation and Team Building Retreat with Camp Youth Coaches. Upon successful completion of the pre-training course, continue to the hands-on experience phase. In the hands-on phase, CCITs are held to high expectations and expected to carry themselves as an employee of Hyattsville Summer Camp. 

Pre-Training Course 

Schedule for Summer 2022                                                                                                                                                                  

Below is the pre-training schedule for all selected participants. This course will meet at the Hyattsville Teen Center (3911 Hamilton Street). Transportation to the center is available for those attend Northwestern High School and Nicholas Orem Middle School. Transportation will not be provided home.

Week 1:  (April 25) - Self exploration and Team-building

Week 2:  (May 2) - Leadership Part I

Week 3: (May 9 - Leadership Part II

Week 4: (May 16) - A Guide to Becoming a CCIT 

Week 5: (May 23) - Camp Safety

Week 6: (June 6) - Playground Safety 

Week 7: (June 13) -  First Aide Overview

In addition CCIT's are required to attend:

Hyattsville Summer Camp Orientation (June 17)

Team Building Retreat (June 24)

Hands-on Experience 

Summer Camp Sessions 2022

CCITs have an opportunity to receive approximately 100 community service learning hours by participating in the hands-on experience at the Hyattsville Summer Camp. When applying applicants should indicate the sessions to attend, in order of availability and/or preference. Each session is 1 week long, and participants are required to attend at least 2 weeks. There is a $50 fee per session, which covers cost of field trips/assemblies, pool visit, and some lunch meals. Financial assistance may available upon request.

Session 1:  June 27 - July 1

Session 2:  July 5-8

Session 3:  July 11-15

Session 4:  July 18-22

Session 5:  July 25-29

Session 6:  August 1-5

Session 7:  August 8-12

Session 8:  August 15-19

How to Apply

An application is required to be considered for the program. We recommend completing applications using RecDesk. A parent and/or guardian must create a family account and add the applicant as a family member. The applicant should complete the application online on their own. Application can also be emailed to John Johnson,

Applications are being accepted from March 1 through March 25, 2022. 

Acceptance to the program is based solely on eligibility and merit. Qualified candidates will be notified on March 29, 2022 and asked to interview. Interviews will be held March 30, March 31 and April 1, 2022. Notification of final selection will be made on April 8, 2022. 

For additional information please contact John Johnson, or (202) 617-6725.