Our Madrichim (counselor) in Training (MIT) program is available to campers entering 12th grade. Participants will get to enjoy Camp as campers, exploring activities designed just for them and never solely responsible for other children. At the same time, they’ll get a hearty introduction to the life of counselor, apprenticing with seasoned pros to see what the madrich/a life is all about!
Instead of living in their own bunk, MITs join a counselor team in a cabin with another aidah (age group). In this fully immersive setting, they get more than hands-on training in every aspect of bunk life; they also begin developing the incredible “soft” skills that hiring managers look for in every job setting—communication, teamwork, leadership, and more.
They’re not “on the job” all the time though. MITs get time off every day and opportunities to see each other and enjoy the camp life. (And did we mention that MITs not only have a better chance of being hired by CYJ in the future, but they also receive a higher salary in the future to recognize their superior training?)
So if you’re looking for a summer that’s both rewarding and fun, if you want to return to the joy of a season at CYJ, then sign up to be a MIT today! You don’t want to miss this unforgettable program!
The MIT program at CYJ Midwest is open to all current 11th graders, including those that did not attend CYJ Midwest as campers.
There are two tracks to the MIT program. The first is June 12-July 5 and coincides with Young Judaea’s Gesher program. You will come to camp during staff week and stay for most of first session before traveling to Israel. Read more about the Gesher program by clicking here.
The second track is to stay at camp for a FULL summer You will start on June 12 and stay at camp until August 10 or 11 when second session concludes. Get ready for over 60 days of pure Wisconsin fun!
The cost of the program is travel expenses to/from Chicago. We will provide transportation between camp and Chicago. Upon completion of the full program, participants will receive a stipend. If you decide to combine our MIT program with Israel, the stipend given will be earmarked for your Gesher tuition.
During the program every day looks a little different. Most days will include leadership training and professional development, assisting CYJ Tzevet to run Chuggim (electives), and hanging out with our campers! Throughout the summer there will also be opportunities to participate in your favorite camp activities!
MIT’s receive training in child development, communication skills, program planning, team building, public speaking, leadership skills, and more. In addition, your group of MIT’s will have opportunities to decide in what areas you receive training.
MIT’s will receive time off daily in addition to times where all of the MITs will leave camp together (if possible).
As an MIT, you are allowed to use your phones during off times and evenings before going to bed. Lockers will be provided in which you will put your cell phone during times that you are working. Campers at CYJ are not permitted cell phones, and as a rule of thumb, we don’t use our phones while working with the campers.
Yes, although you will be permitted to hang out in the evenings to relax, call home, talk to friends, etc., there is a nightly curfew to make sure you are rested and ready for the day ahead.