Teens At Footfire! 2 Ways to Play!

Guest CIT Program

Counselor In Training Program: Leadership Through Soccer


Footfire CITs grow in a well-rounded way, not only in soccer, but in terms of multi-generational social interaction, effective and appropriate communication, and problem resolution. Practical skills addressed include, but are not limited to, promptness, project follow-through, maintaining good health, physical awareness and balance, sound first aid practices, with an emphasis on appropriate conditioning and nutrition for athletic minds and bodies at various levels of experience. Footfire CITs complete the program with a sense of purpose founded on a connection to others and the satisfaction of having contributed meaningfully to something greater than themselves.

What to expect:

The Footfire CITs receive an introduction to the program, learning about procedures and expectations, and take part in brief daily Footfire CIT leadership instructional meetings. As the Footfire CITs progress through the various levels they learn skills and techniques applicable to maintaining a safe and effective soccer instruction envirionment. They also continue to receive a high level of individual coaching and evaluation, with time for teen/CIT scrimmages throughout the camp week. First and second level Footfire CITs accept small responsibilities around the camp, shadowing coaches and higher level Footfire CITs. Advanced level 3-4 Footfire CITs assume greater leadership roles, such as the planning, organization and execution of a soccer training session.

Footfire CIT Program and Beyond:

Many of our Footfire CIT graduates use the program experiences to receive school credit for Physical Education, Independent Study, or Internships. Many return to Footfire for a summer job and/or coach in other community settings.

The program is most successful when prospective Footfire CITs and his/her parents/guardians are in agreement about participation. We strongly urge you to review the guidelines together as you decide whether the Footfire CIT Program is a good fit.

General Requirements:

Level 1 & 2 Requirements:

Level 3 & 4 Requirements:

NEW! Level 4 & 5 (Junior Coach) Requirements:

Footfire 2018 Camp Dates:

Footfire 2018 Camp Location Information:

Footfire CIT/GUEST CIT Fees, Golden Goal Pricing, Through January 31, 2018:

Footfire CIT Program Fees by Pricing Tier:

2018 Space Limited:

Using Footfire CIT participation to fulfill outside requirements?

Payment Options:

Enrollment is reopened as of January 17!

We have reached a positive agreement with the City of Berkeley Parks and Recreation Department regarding our Footfire location for Summer 2018. Footfire will offer its full 8-week season. We will kick off at Gilman East for 3 weeks in June, continue post-July 4th at home at Codornices, and move to Grove Park, South Berkeley, to close out the final 2 weeks in early August.

We want to thank you, our Footfire Families, for your support. Your letters and optimism buoyed us during this distressing process and, we believe, clarified the inherent value of Footfire's program to the City Representatives. Your outpouring of enthusiasm has had the impact of opening a clearer channel of communication between Footfire and City Parks and Rec. in regard to both of our needs, which, ultimately and ideally, overlap.

In the end, we had to consider how to accommodate three intersectional needs: those of our Footfire Families, the preservation of precious Berkeley park resources, and the long-term stability of the Footfire program.

Thus, it's a win-win resolution. Gilman East is more accessible to families who depend on major transportation routes and we feel up to the challenge of bringing the "Footfire Camp Fun" to this premier local soccer field. Grove Park solves a long-standing issue of reaching out to the South Berkeley/Oakland community; moreover it offers safe, easy parking, and new amenities. Plus, we still have Codornices, our beloved home, for 3 solid mid-summer weeks. We hope you also feel that this is a successful compromise that combines continuity, the possibility for outreach and growth, and the challenge of experimentation. Let us know how you feel!

Levels 1-4 CIT/GUEST CIT Program Registration HERE.

GRADUATE CITS: Graduates of the Footfire CIT program are welcome to reconnect with Footfire!

GRADUATE CIT registration HERE.