Counselor In Training Camp

Group of nature camp kids setting off on a foraging expedition near Asheville

CIT Camp

The Forest Floor Counselor in Training Program (CIT) is a great opportunity for youth who are ready to take that next step and join the world of nature connection mentoring. Our CIT program consists of an initial week of day camp, training in a small group setting where they will begin to learn the philosophy and practices of coyote mentoring. Once training is completed, participants will be asked to assist for two weeks during the summer where they will work closely with staff, setting personal goals in the field such as telling the story during morning circle, leading a game, starting a fire with a bow drill or any of our other nature connection practices and skills.

Benefits of participating in the Forest Floor CIT program:

  • Being part of a team of your peers having fun and meeting challenges
  • Learning the “behind the scenes” nuances of nature connection mentoring from experienced staff
  • Learning about leadership and mentoring skills that you can apply in all areas of life and growing in self confidence
  • Becoming a role model for younger kids
  • Being part of a growing global community of nature connection mentors


  • Applicants must have completed at least two Forest Floor Summer Camp Programs or one of our Fall or Spring Homeschool Programs.
  • Teens must personally complete an application AND be accepted into the program.  Application can be found here:

Location: Shope Creek drop-off & pick-up ONLY


Ages: 14-17

June 12 – 16 (6+ spots left – as of 2/15)


Registration is now open in Phase 3 with no limits and waitlists enabled.

Camps fill fast.  We offer payment plans and waitlists.

2023 Phased Registration Key Dates

How does the Phased Registration work? And when will registrations open?

First off, we want to share with you the summer camp schedule in advance (see below) so you can plan, discuss and prioritize choices in advance. Several days after the 2023 camp schedule is published, registration will open as noted below.

Download a printable schedule with key dates.

Phase 1 - Wednesday Feburary 1st - 12PM Eastern
Forest Floor families that have participated in our camps and programs during the past few years will be able to Pre-Register with a limit of two camps per child. Camp capacities will be limited to hold space for new families, with no wait-list capability yet. This is to honor our intent to provide long term mentoring and ensure currently engaged families and children don't miss out. We'll send an email to these families on Wednesday February 1 with information on how to Pre-Register.

Phase 2 - Saturday February 4th - 12PM Eastern
Registration will open to the larger community on Saturday February 4 and the limit of two camps per child will remain. Camp capacities will expand to full limits. This will give everyone a chance to get involved with Forest Floor and enable families to experience our nature connection offerings. We'll send an email to our entire mailing list when Phase 2 registration is open.

Phase 3 - Tuesday February 7th - 12PM Eastern
Registration will continue starting Tuesday February 7th for all camps with no limits on the number of camps per child for the remaining spots. Waitlists will open up for any camps that are full. Again, we'll send an email to our entire mailing list announcing this.

Download a printable schedule with key dates.

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Price: $425

  • Available discounts are listed on the Summer Camps page
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available (see below)

Why Choose Forest Floor?

We help children have fun, be healthy, and achieve their fullest potential with nature connection mentoring.


  • Health benefits of nature connection
  • Learn wilderness skills & traditional crafts
  • Meet new friends and reunite with old ones
  • Unforgettable adventures every day
  • Skilled and caring mentors
  • Exciting wilderness experiences
  • Convenient in-town drop-off & pickup
  • Boost long term cognitive & social development
Mature homeschool students painting camouflage on each other's faces at nature school


Drop-off/Pick-up Locations

This program takes place at Shope Creek Wilderness. You may drop-off and pick-up directly here at our forest location.

Van transportation from our intown location is NOT available.

Shope Creek Wilderness
472 Shope Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805


Flexible Drop-off:
8:45 – 9:15am at Shope Creek Wilderness

Flexible Pick-up:
2:45 – 3:15 pm at Shope Creek Wilderness

Clothing and Gear

Our programs are all-outdoors, with rain shelters available as needed. Children must arrive each morning fully prepared with a backpack, packed lunch, snack, full water bottle, and clothes appropriate for being out in the weather.

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy

A family is eligible for either: (1) a full refund if the cancellation occurs before the start of the program; or (2) a pro-rated refund for any unattended program days; under the following conditions:

– Forest Floor cancels any programs due to COVID-19 or the Sars-Cov-2(novel coronavirus) pandemic.
– A family needs to cancel because they are directly adversely impacted by COVID-19 (job loss, illness, or caring for sick family members).

AND in the event of cancellation (either on our part or yours)if you are in a position to donate your registration as a scholarship it would be a huge help to both Forest Floor and families in need.

Please note: Our standard cancellation & refund policy will apply for all cancellations other than the two conditions listed above. See our FAQ for details on our standard refund policy.

Scholarship Information


We offer limited partial scholarships to individuals who otherwise could not afford our programs. We prioritize scholarships for people of color and single parents with financial needs. We understand that people of color experience more financial and institutional barriers to participation, and wish to help counteract that by offering scholarships.


If you are a family with means, please consider donating to our scholarship fund. Donations of a 1/4, 1/2, or FULL scholarship can be made during the standard registration process. For more substantial donations please contact us to discuss details.


Limited partial scholarships are available. Scholarship funds are generated exclusively from generosity of donations toward the scholarship fund. Scholarships are limited to the sum of these funds and are awarded based on equitable distribution. Full scholarships will be considered for families in great need, but most scholarship applicants should expect to pay at least half of tuition.

To apply for a scholarship FIRST please register for the program/camp, choose the payment plan option, and only pay a $100 deposit at time of registration.

AFTER RESERVING A SPOT, please follow the link below to fill out the application.

If your scholarship request can't be approved or isn't the amount of discount that you need, we will provide a full refund of the deposit.


2023 COVID Safety Policies

Our COVID-19 safety policy is based primarily on pre-screening and monitoring. It is our current position that the single largest preventative factor at our programs is the fact that we are open-air and outdoors.

Pre-Screening and Monitoring

  • Any child arriving in the morning with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to attend programs that day. If during the program day a child displays signs or symptoms of illness they will be separated from other students and parents contacted to pick them up.

  • All staff will be self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19. If they develop symptoms, they will notify their supervisor and stay home. Any staff person who develops symptoms of illness during the work day will be separated from students and other staff and sent home ASAP.

Masks & Social Distancing:

  • As of Fall 2022, we will no longer require masks to be worn on our shuttle vans transporting campers
  • Children and staff will not be required to wear masks, but will be fully supported if they choose to do so.

We will do our best to fully support any child or staff who chooses more restrictive social distancing or mask wearing than the policies outlined above.