It's never too early for teens to start planning for the future and building their resumes!!

​Last summer the Merrimack Parks & Recreation Department redesigned its Counselor in Training Program. Our program focuses on helping teens prepare for the future by making sure they leave with the vital resources and skills needed to enter the working world. Jobs in camps offer invaluable
skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. The program will be focus on teaching participants the skills necessary to be successful working with children and becoming a camp counselor. Through a hands on learning experience teens will get the chance to plan and implement camp activities for various age groups. In addition o
ver the course of each session participants will learn how to write a professional resume, practice interview techniques and gain valuable leadership experiences that will enhance their job marketability. The belief is that participants will leave not only as future camp counselor but also with the skills and resources needed to advance as young professionals. As a special treat campers will get to explore a fun New Hampshire attraction on one field trip adventure each week. 

​​- Gain experience and have fun working with children
- Gain leadership & activity planning skills
- Gain valuable work experience that looks great on a resume me
- Personal development
- Explore future career possibilities
- Opportunity for future employment at camp as a paid counselor
- Chance to practice interview techniques and learn how to a write professional resume

The CIT program is geared towards participants who are ages 14 or 15 years old (must be 14 by the start of summer).


You will never be left in charge of campers at any activity by yourself - you will always be partnered with a Counselor. Counselors will also handle any sensitive situations (discipline issues, etc) but you will get a chance to see how its handled. When you are with your group, or at activities, you are expected to assist the counselors.

The Counselor in Training Program will be offered for four different sessions this year. Each session is 2 weeks long but participants are welcome to register for all four sessions if they would like.


Session 1: June 25th - July 6th 


Session 2: July 9th- July 20th 

Session 3: July 23rd- August 3rd 
Session 4: August 6th- August 17th $200.00

*Session 1 is slightly cheaper because the program is closed on Wednesday, July 4th

CIT's will participate in staff training along side camp counselors. They will also will be evaluated on a number of aspects of their performance at the end of each session. The evaluation process is through observation of various activities and achievements.

*Please note that successful completion of the CIT program does not guarantee you a paid position the following year but will give you a better chance of getting a paid position. Appplicants must be at least 16 years of age in order to be hired as a Junior Counselor.

Individuals interested in becoming a part of the 2018 CIT program will need to complete the CIT application which can be found above.  Completed applications should be mailed to: Merrimack Parks & Recreation, 116 Naticook Rd, Merrimack, NH 03054.

In addition to the application, all participants must submit a copy of their record of immunizations and a record of a physical from within the past twenty-four (24) months. These forms are required by New Hampshire State Law.   Most Physicians will print out their own form for you. However, if you need a form to give to your child's Pediatrician, you can use the one listed below.  

Lastly, if your child has an Epi Pen or Inhaler or will need to take Medication while they are at the program, they will need to also complete a Medication Authorization Form

If you have questions about the program or would like additional information, please contact the Merrimack Parks & Recreation Department at 882-1046 or email us at

Merrimack Parks & Recreation