Counselors in Training

CITs get to experience science and nature with kids through educational crafts and fun activities. The CIT program is a perfect opportunity to increase your skills working with children, earn community hours and explore the Mission Creek Campus and Sea Center.

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Applications open!

Teens can apply now for a summer 2024 start. Scroll down for requirements and program dates.


  • 14–17 years old during the summer
  • Available for at least two full weeks of summer camp (Monday–Friday, 8:45 AM–3:30 PM)
  • Available to attend a group interview in-person at the Museum
  • Available to attend camp training day on June 14

Application Process

First, fill out our online application. Parents and guardians can help proofread, but please allow your teen to complete the application in their own words. Keep an eye out for new email within a week of applying; we will contact you with next steps.

CIT Program Dates 2024

  • Applications due April 12
  • Interviews scheduled according to availability
  • Camp training: June 14
  • At least two full weeks of camp
    • Week 1 & 2: June 17–21, June 24–28
    • Week 3 & 4: July 1–5, July 8–12
    • Week 5 & 6: June 15–19, July 22–26
    • Week 7 & 8: July 29–August 2, August 5–9
    • Week 9: August 12–16
  • End-of-summer CIT Appreciation Day, August 17 (optional)

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Information about the CIT program:

Contact Teen Programs Manager Charlie Thrift at or 805-682-4711 ext. 170.