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2018 ASIT Program Availability
**Session 1- WAITLIST for GIRLS**
**Sesson 2 – WAITLIST for GIRLS**
**Session 4- PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE TO CHECK AVAILABILITY** (573-458-2125)
**Session 5- WAITLIST for GIRLS**
**Sessions 3a and 6a are still available** (these are ONE (1) week ASIT sessions)
What is the ASIT Program?
The ASIT (Animal Specialist in Training) Program is camp's teen leadership program. Campers have been invited to the program by their cabin counselors, camp leadership, and camp management. We designed this program in camp to develop leadership, discipline, and team skills in youth by having them take part in the management of the health and safety of our campers as well as understand and care for our animals.
During each session ASITs will be learning problem-solving skills, developing self-confidence, and a desire to care for one another and our planet in a safe, fun-loving, and challenging environment. These goals are achieved by learning proper animal etiquette, creating great memories, modeling and expecting love and respect, developing relationships, assisting other campers in creating bonds, helping others to learn, and developing new skills in communication and diplomacy. The ASIT Program is a great opportunity to garner life skills at an early age and to gain exposure and experience to one day be a staff member or counselor at camp.
ASITs are a privileged group of camper's that help in various functions around the camp. They have their own lounge and are allowed to keep their electronics and cell phones while at camp. On any given day you will find ASITs helping in classes and courses, assisting campers navigating the camp, helping to set up and break down special events, participating in theme days, delivering mail, assisting the animal care staff in the various animal areas, assisting in the camp store, or keeping an ever watchful eye on the campers attending normal sessions. They are expected to follow camp's code of conduct, display an aura of excitement, and respect the rules of camp.
ASITs in the Animal Area
One of the primary goals of the program is to teach proper animal etiquette and to educate about the various needs of our animal family here at camp. ASITs receive hands-on experience in the handling and care of these animals and assist the other campers in learning about the animals. On the weekend of their arrival, our Animal Team trains the ASITs in the animal area. This includes showing them basic handling and harnessing, food prep basics and where to find things in the kitchen, where supplies are stored, and who to contact for and how to report any issues in the animal area. Their ASIT Leaders are also trained in the animal area and attend rounds with them every morning. ASITs also have "ASIT Hour" every Tuesday, hosted by the Animal Team. In this hour long session, the ASITs have encounters and fun activities that are geared just for them!
Many of our ASITs have interests in a future with animals. They aspire to be zookeepers, conservationists, and wildlife rehabilitators. As their time as an ASIT, campers can log their experience working in our animal area to use for the resume's in all their future endeavors. Even the ASITs who do not wish to have a future working with animals can reap the benefits of the experience they gain!
ASITs have their own team of counselors who we call ASIT Leaders. They live in-cabin with the ASITs and serve as both counselors but also as role-models of camp spirit and camp's goals. In the ASIT Program we try to exercise independence and self-motivation for the participants. With this goal in mind, the ASIT Leaders try to guide ASITs in a way that allows them to be responsible, self-sufficent and independent. ASIT Leaders, along with all of our summer camp staff, go through two-weeks mandatory staff training.
ASIT Check-In and Check-Out
ASITs arrive between 5:30-6:30 pm on the Saturday of the beginning of their session; Other arrival times must be pre-approved by the office staff. On their first day of camp, ASITswill go through an oreintation to go over the program's goals, their summer goals, and program conduct and expectations. They will also spend time getting to know their fellow ASITs and ASIT Leaders. Formal dinner will not be served on the night that ASITs check-in. Saturdays on weekends where our regualr campers do not stay over are nights where meals are not formally prepared, however ASITs and the ASIT leaders do have permission to use the dining hall for an informal meal and they have access to all our 24-hour meals such as Ramen, Mac n Cheese, Cereal, etc.
ASITs will check out from 9:30 am to 11:00 am on the last Saturday of their session. This is the same check out times as our regular camp sessions.
Tuition prices for the ASIT Program are the same as a regular camper session at Cub Creek Science Camp. However, it is suggested that you deposit $50-$100 extra into their store camp account for two outings away from camp that will occur. The first is a night out of their choosing on the first Wednesday of the session, and the second is a field trip on the second Wednesday where they will attend a pre-arranged outing to a fun and educational experience. ASITs will be allowed to withdraw funds from their camp account for these outings. Remember that we do suggest a $50 per week deposit into the camp store for various sundry items as well as a $5 laundry charge for the weekend they will be staying over.