Teenage Campers

About 60% of the young people attending Appel Farm Arts Camp are teenagers, so this is a great place to meet people with your interests, make friends and gain skills with peers your age. We take care to create activities that teenagers enjoy and that allow young people freedom to express themselves and socialize during free time. Every evening, you can opt into activities like Actor’s Studio, Open Mic Night, campfires, jamming with your friends, playing cards, and just hanging out under the stars! During classes, instruction is differentiated based on skill level so even the most advanced student can feel challenged and inspired in their art fields. Many campers even work on high school and college admission portfolios. For our oldest campers, we offer a dynamic leadership and learning based program called the Counselor In Training Program.

Counselor In Training Program

What is the CIT program?

The Counselor In Training (CIT) Program allows campers ages 16 and 17, or campers going into 11th or 12th grade, to develop the important skills needed for future education and professional development.  CITs will have the opportunity to complete a guided study in the major of his or her choice, create portfolios and audition pieces, and leave camp with tangible, practical pieces of work and skills.  CITs will also take part in transformative leadership training workshops and activities through their CIT meetings each day.

CITs are still campers and, like other campers, participate in majors, minors, and camp events. CITs live in a bunk area of their own, with staff chosen with their needs in mind. CITs will also assume additional responsibilities, and earn a few special privileges and benefits.  Successful CITs will be eligible to participate in our Camp Internship program for 18-19 year olds.

CIT Privileges 

The CIT program encompasses three main themes: Learning, Leadership, and Service. CITs are expected to act as role models, consistently showing respect for each member of the community, promoting the philosophies of Appel Farm, abiding by the rules of the community, and encouraging the rules and policies among other campers.

The Overnight College Adventure

We are excited to introduce the newest addition to our CIT Program – the overnight College Adventure. CITs will spend 2 days visiting a variety of colleges and universities to learn more about the college admissions process, and begin exploring college programs.

CIT Responsibilities

The CIT program encompasses three main themes: Learning, Leadership, and Service. CITs are expected to act as a role model, consistently showing respect for each member of the community, promoting the philosophies of Appel Farm, abiding by the rules of the community, and encouraging the rules and policies among other campers.

CITs are expected to attend all meetings and training sessions, complete all projects and responsibilities with promptness, conduct themselves with a positive attitude and professional mannerisms. CITs are expected to uphold all camp rules.  Any CIT with behavior unlike that of a role model for other campers, may be dismissed from the program.

The following are responsibilities of a CIT:

  • Learning:  CIT’s will complete a guided study in one of their Major classes, working closely with an Instructor to learn the valuable skills needed to participate in the chosen art field on a collegiate or professional level and practical job and life skills for the future. As part of the guided study, CITs will create portfolios of their work and audition pieces for visual, media, and performing arts programs.  Every guided study will be tailored to fit the CIT’s interests and goals in collaboration with our knowledgable staff and their areas of expertise.  
  • Leadership: CITs will serve as a Big Sister/Brother to one of our youngest campers (ages 7-11).  As their Big Sister/Brother, CITs will support a young camper in transitioning to Appel Farm, working through difficulties such as homesickness and making friends.  CITs will also help a camper to understand the culture and fun of camp!  CITs will accompany their “littles” on special off-camp trips such as berry picking, write messages to receive during mail-call, and spend quality time with their little throughout their stay at camp.  CITs will also help with bunk supervision at various times throughout the summer.
  • Service:  Our hope is that CITs will give back to the Appel Farm community through helping to make camp a comfortable, kinder, more thoughtful place for everyone to live.  CITs will be involved in giving back to camp in many ways, and will learn the importance of being a giving, helpful, reliable member of the community.


For the Counselor-In-Training

How will the CIT program help me?

The CIT program is an excellent learning and leadership experience.  Through guided study, we will help you feel more prepared and more ready for life outside of Appel Farm.  You will leave camp with tangible items and practical skills that will help you more confidently apply to future programs of your interest. Even if you don’t plan of pursuing one of our programs formally in the future, you will have gained valuable life skills.  Through the leadership aspect of the CIT program, you will practice being a mentor through real world experience.  You will earn community service hours while at camp, while forming lifelong friendships with like-minded peers. Ultimately, you will enjoy all of the rewards of being a senior camper at Appel Farm Arts Camp, while also maturing as a future leader!

Additional Benefits as a CIT

  • As a CIT, you will enjoy a few extra privileges on camp including the opportunity to use the phone weekly, having a free-time block during your daily schedule, and additional off-camp social outings with your fellow CIT friends. Participation in the CIT Program is optional; campers who are eligible and decide not to become CITs are welcome to participate in the regular camp program.

Sample CIT Daily Schedule

8:00 AM  Wake Up (late sleep on Sundays)
8:30 AM  Breakfast
9:00 AM  Bunk Clean-Up
9:30 AM  Major 1 Class
10:45 AM  Break
11:00 AM  Major 2 Class
12:15 PM  Break
12:30 PM  Lunch
1:00 PM  Rest Hour
2:15 PM  Minor 1 Class/Independent Study Time
3:30 PM  Break, Afternoon Snack
3:45 PM  CIT Meeting
5:00 PM  Afternoon Free Choice
6:30 PM  Dinner
7:30 PM  Evening Activity
8:30 PM  Snack, Late Night Fun Time, Phone Calls (2x week)
10:00 PM  Back to Bunk Area
11:00 PM  Lights Out


How to Apply

Teenagers interested and eligible for the CIT program, should first enroll in one of our four or eight week sessions. Registered campers, who are eligible, will be invited to apply to the program. CITs can apply online or by downloading an application using the links below. If you choose to complete a paper application, please mail back to Appel Farm Arts Camp, P.O. Box 888, Elmer, NJ 08318.

If you have any questions, please contact Cara Corradetti, Assistant Camp Director, at 856-358-2472 ext. 116 or by e-mail at camp@appelfarm.org. Once your application is a reviewed, a Camp Director will be in touch to discuss next steps.

Click here to apply online.