Circus Counsellor-in-Training (CIT), Circus Arts

Age 15

Sessions 1–2, July 4–29, Free

Sessions 3–4, August 2–26, Free


Ready to expand your leadership and circus skills? This specialized CIT program is designed for past participants of Circus camp or individuals with a strong background in gymnastics, acrobatics, or circus arts. With the guidance of our staff, CITs will further refine their leadership skills in a supportive setting with generous feedback and mentorship. CITs will receive one week of programming, workshops and training before their first placement. This week will focus on learning about supervision, communication, cooperative games, initiative tasks, anti-bullying, camper management and conflict resolution. Additionally, they will learn proper spotting techniques and assist in developing campers’ acts. CITs will also refine their skills with one-on-one time with circus specialists. 

CITs will complete three separate week-long placements in both circus camps, where they will shadow a working Counsellor and begin their interaction with campers as a leader! CITs will come together for one full day per week during their placements to reflect on their experiences and engage in programming designed to prepare them to work as Counsellors in the future. CITs will receive weekly evaluations so that they receive ongoing and consistent feedback. 

Please note: Applicants will be asked to fill out an application form to aid in the selection of appropriate participants. We thank all applicants for your interest in our CIT program and taking the time to complete an application, however space is limited. Applications are due by June 24, 2022, please apply here. You will be asked to create a profile and will be taken to the application selection page. You will want to select the application titled “Counsellor-in-Training.” Applications after June 24, 2022, will be considered subject to availability. Successful applicants will be informed no later than June 27, 2022. Once an applicant has been accepted, additional information will be required. 

Upon completion of the four-week program, CITs will receive 85 volunteer hours for their camp placements. CITs who successfully complete the program will receive an interview with Harbourfront Centre Camps the following season, provided they properly apply for the positions available on our website. 

These camps are coordinated by Marsha Kennington, a circus professional and instructor with more than 35 years of circus instruction experience. Marsha and her staff of highly skilled and qualified circus professionals allow groups and individuals to move at their own pace per their age and ability.

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