Premier Leadership Development Program for incoming 9th & 10th graders!
THE NEED: The visionary founder of Bald Eagle saw a desperate need in the community. Incoming 9th and 10th graders are too young to get good jobs yet too old to attend most camps. If they don't attend an Academic Class or Sport Specific Camp, their options are almost non-existent. Parents on the other hand dread the thought of them sitting at home with too much idle time.
THE PHILOSOPHY: Coach Bob, a high school teacher & coach of 25 years, saw this as a pivotal period where young teens needed something to help them "get their footing" as they sprint towards adulthood. The Coach In Training (CIT) Program was not only born out of that need, but also his desire to maximize their opportunity for growth and trajectory as a future leader. Coach Bob's passion for developing teens into the leaders of tomorrow instigated the design and continued enhancement of this outstanding program, as evidenced by it filling to capacity every single summer. CIT's are given a hands on experience of leadership and employment, under the care and guidance of phenomenal mentors, elder peers & professional coaches/teachers that seek to grow them as young men and women.
THE OPPORTUNITY: Incoming 9th & 10th graders now have a program suited just for them that is a TON of fun yet builds a deep understanding of what it means to have a job, do it well and productively work with a team of co-workers. All CIT's go through the Bald Eagle Coach Training System and are Coach Certified by the Positive Coaching Alliance. Opportunities are provided to all CIT's to teach and lead young campers, support the paid coaching staff as well as take on job duties throughout the camp day. Beyond hands-on work experience, the CIT curriculum coupled with all of the coaching staff lessons and insights from the company Founder, the site Directors and the paid Head Coaches will surround each CIT with top-shelf mentors. They get free lunch and snacks every day as well as free Bald Eagle coaches gear. (see other Benefits under Camp Info tab below). They are also invited to the end of summer Go Bald Coaches Picnic!
THE DISCLAIMER: Most CIT applicants who complete our application and interview process gets a first hand chance to fit into our coaching staff by being scheduled for a minimum of 1 week. During the interview process, the Training Days & when scheduled at camp, every CIT must be outgoing, helpful, take initiative, be relatively outspoken or willing to speak up as needed (wall flowers aren't usually a good fit in this role), friendly, smiling, punctual, responsible and have a positive attitude. If they don't meet the high standards of being a Bald Eagle coach, getting scheduled as a CIT beyond 1 week is not likely. Certainly we love all the CIT's who come into our program as they are always good kids who try hard and want to succeed. However, we also have a responsibility to our families, campers and paid coaching staff to sustain a high level of coaching quality on our staff. Some of our CIT applicants simply aren't ready to meet that standard yet and need to get other experience elsewhere first. Whether they get scheduled beyond 1 week or not, we are confident even being a CIT for a short period of time at Bald Eagle will benefit and grow their leadership skills significantly.
We accept CIT's at the following locations each summer:
Los Altos - Blach Middle School
Los Gatos - Los Gatos High School
Fremont - Fremont Christian High School
CIT applicants must be available to work a minimum of 2 sessions per summer, and expect to be scheduled for those sessions. If they are available more than 2 weeks, they can choose their preferred weeks. We do not schedule for partial weeks so they must be available Mon-Fri from 8:00am-3:30pm. Top applicants can request to be scheduled more/all of sessions that they are available since many of our CIT's love the job and want to work all summer. No guarantees of scheduling will be made beyond 1 week.
CIT's are treated just like every coach on our staff and have duties throughout the day coaching kids and doing tasks to make camp function. They are an equal member of the Bald Eagle Team and in no way are they given "grunt tasks" because they are not part of our paid staff.
Coach Bob is the Founder & CEO of Bald Eagle Sports Camps. He has taught Special Ed and PE since 1995, currently at Los Altos HS. Coach Bob has over 25 years coaching experience from youth to collegiate, is a Certified Positive Coaching Alliance Trainer and holds two Credentials along with a Masters in Special Education. In his 4 years as the Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Los Altos High School he led the Eagles to 2 SCVAL titles ('13,'14) and the schools first ever Central Coast Section Championship (2015). Recently named by PCA as a Development Zone Leadership Fellow, Coach Bob believes children should have a place to feel encouraged, included, cared for, safe from bullying, free from negativity and expected to have as much fun as possible. At the same time, children need direction on how to be their best person in every given moment.View all our coaches
This is one of the premier Leadership Development opportunities in the entire Bay Area. You will be a part of a fantastic staff of motivated leaders/mentors who will demonstrate and guide you how to have a positive impact in a worker capacity. The job skills training and PCA Certifications alone are worth being a part of this program, let alone the comradery and relationships you will experience by being a part of this staff.
Also see the Benefits outlined on this page.