This year’s Dream To Achieve camp featured its first ever Counselor in Training (CIT) program during its second week, which ran from July 1 to 5.

Eight teenagers from Hudson were chosen for their leadership potential, work ethic, and responsible nature. All eight had been campers at Dream To Achieve previously.

During the week, the CITs assisted counselors in managing their groups, helped professors and professionals run their activities, set up the gym every morning, and coached and reffed games throughout the afternoon.

This group had been through leadership workshops the two months leading up to camp. It was clear their hard work really paid off, as they did an incredible job all week.

The CITs pose after a engaging, sometimes exhausting and always rewarding week of camp

The CITs pose after an engaging, sometimes exhausting, and always rewarding week of camp

On Tuesday, the CITs stayed at Bard overnight where they took part in a leadership workshop with Erin Cannan, who is the assistant director of the Center For Civic Engagement (CCE) at Bard. After this stimulating exercise they celebrated with a delicious dinner at Max’s Memphis BBQ, and finally, smores around a bonfire at the Bard Community Garden.

Wednesday morning they were up early to help set up the camp. Overall, it was really special watching them grow into leaders over the course of the week. Expect big things from this group in the future!

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