Through dozens of real life leadership opportunities each session, CITs learn what approaches work best to motivate themselves and others. As part of a synergistic team, they develop great habits like taking initiative, flexibility, working through challenges, being the first to say hello and getting to know others. With daily chances to reflect, targeted guidance from seasoned leaders and peers, and plenty of opportunities to try again, they gain confidence and develop their own leadership style. They feel proud to be part of something big and, in return, bring their best selves to our community and the world.
At every camp, you’ll be a role model, leading small groups of elementary age kids in games and activities and work side by side to help create a great finale that celebrates the theme of the camp – whether that’s wand-making at Olivander’s, running trivia games on local wildlife, or teaching attendees how to make and enjoy their own healthy snacks.
On Mondays and Tuesdays, we visit locations like Bavaria, Peru, Scotland, Medieval England, Switzerland, Ancient Egypt, Iceland, Ancient Greece and beyond. We learn these cultures from within the story – crafting, conversing, creating and cooking as people in these regions would. On Wednesdays & Thursdays, our creativity is primarily focused on cooking as we explore themes like Swashbuckling Chefs of the Caribbean, the grand holiday markets of Europe, Diners and Drive Ins, Culinary Clue, and other mouth-watering adventures.
Kids that are eager to learn, grow, and lead within an awesome team of peers!
The after school program is open to those currently in 6th-9th grade, while our summer CITs need to have completed 6th grade.
Whatever the scenario that brought your family here, we’re glad that you’ve come! CITs are the heroes of our story, providing campers with great role models to look up to and providing our adult leadership team with invaluable support – in some really creative and fun ways.
Let us know you’re interested!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or register for an upcoming program.
Sign up when registration opens, about three weeks before each program starts for our after school adventures and in January for Summer Rangers Camps. If you’re on our mail list, you’ll be given plenty of advance notice of the specific day/time registration opens.
In general, we will confirm your camp weeks within one week of registration. New CIT acceptance is contingent upon an individual interview.
Wait… an interview?!
YES! This is nothing to worry about. This gives you a chance to know us and us a chance to get to know you – why you want to be a CIT, what excites or concerns you about the role, and who you look up to as a role model.
CITs do a range of tasks in any program, from leading small groups of campers in activity, being a guide on the side while campers cook or craft, dressing up as historic or fantastical characters in one of our engaging story lines, teaching skills like flexibility, listening or picking up, and so much more. All parts are valuable! But we’d like to start you in a role that suits you at the beginning. From there, you’ll begin to stretch outside your comfort zone to learn new things.
"The CITs were incredible this week. As the oldest child in our family and not having much extended family around, Ryan loved getting attention from the older kids. It really built up his confidence and gave him some great role models to look up to!"
"I was a little nervous for my daughter on her first day. We didn't recognize anyone. The CITs were wonderful and greeted us as we walked to the sign in stations. They were so friendly and put both of us at ease."
"I could not be more proud of my son the CIT and his kind heart and supportive nature. And the overall leadership skills he has developed. I must say that his time spent with Planet Rangers played a big part in this."
"Keep doing what you’re doing! It’s so important for young kids to have CITs as role models to know that it’s 'cool' to be kind and enthusiastic."
"Our son was most excited when he got to lead a game. He told me how cool it was to watch the kids having fun knowing it was because of him. He feels better about striking up a conversation with someone. What a great life skill!"
"It is the best feeling knowing that your kid made a difference in someone else's life. Our son was both surprised and humbled. Planet Rangers was an amazing learning experience for him."
"It's always great to see your kids find their 'people' and really love something. Planet Rangers is definitely one of those places for him."
"I would assume things like drama and dress up were not their things since they were little. However, they have been talking about your program a lot since Monday and kept asking me 'when is Monday again?' Thank you so much for the wonderful program."
"Falling accidentally into the CIT program was one of the best things that ever happened to my daughter. When she talks about these weeks, she emanates a capable, loving, and authentic energy that is unique to these experiences – it’s really wonderful to see as a parent."