2017 ASIT Availability
|ASIT 1 (June 3 – June 17)||ASIT 2 (June 17 – July 1)||ASIT 3 (July 1 – July 15)||ASIT 4 (July 15 – July 29||ASIT 5 (July 29 – August 12)|
|BOY SPACES AVAILABLE||CLOSED||8 spaces open||6 spaces open||4 spaces open||8 spaces open|
|GIRL SPACES AVAILABLE||CLOSED||1 space open||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED|
ASIT (Animal Specialist in Training) Program
The ASIT program is designed 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. This program is by invitation only from previous campers that have demonstrated leadership and communication skills. During each session ASIT's 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. This is a great opportunity for your child to garner life skills at an early age. It is also wonderful exposure and experience should your child wish to return to camp as a staff member or counselor.
What Does it Mean to Be an ASIT?
ASIT's 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. They will assist incoming campers to get registered and settled into their cabins as well as help taking care of the animals. On any given day you will find ASIT's 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 the code of conduct for staff and display an aura of excitement and can-do attitudes.
ASIT's will be unsupervised at times and will need to show responsibility. good judgment, and leadership at all times. They will be responsible for keeping their areas clean and clutter-free as well as being privy to sensitive and confidential information about the camp and campers that they must handle as such.
Does it Cost More to be an ASIT?
No, the camp charges the same for the ASIT program as the normal attending fees. 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. ASIT's 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.
Will ASIT's get additional time with the animals?
Yes, this is the primary goal of the program, to teach proper animal etiquette and to educate about the various animal needs here at the camp. They will receive hands-on experience in the handling and care of these animals and assist the other campers in learning about the animals.
When do the ASIT's arrive and depart?
ASIT's will arrive between 5:30-6:30pm on the Saturday of the beginning of their session. Other arrival times must be pre-approved by the office staff and if the ASIT will be flying in, please make sure a transportation request is on file at least 30 days in advance of arrival. Transportation requests filed after the 30 day deadline may be subject to an additional late fee.