Counselor in Training Program

3820643520?profile=originalWe have had a lot of questions regarding our training for future camp counselors --- our Counselor In Training Program -- so thought we would pass on the info here.   If you are interested in finding out more, or to see if your "tween" or teen, is appropriate for the program please feel free to contact us.  

Each member of the Counselor In Training Program is selected on the basis of his/her potential to be an excellent counselor, instructor, and role model. Junior Counselors are leaders in camp. The highest standards of conduct, attitude, and the practice of the philosophy and technique taught at MIMA must be maintained.

This unique program helps to instill in young people the self-discipline and motivation to be leaders and role models at camp, at school and in their communities.

Each Counselor In Training (CIT),  plays an important role at Mercer Island Marital Arts (MIMA), and will set goals for personal growth, and individual, and group achievement.  Role modeling proper behavior, attitude, and commitment are also important ingredients for success.  One of our goals for the group is to find cool, fun, ways to be positively engaged in the community and with each other.

Ample opportunity is provided for age-appropriate socialization and group activity.  The Counselor In Training Program has been built on the belief that a carefully designed balance of supervision and independence; responsibility and freedom; work and play; and activity and rest are essential in helping young people grow and mature. 

Please let me know if you or your child is interested in participating in this program.   respectfully, sbn

About the Author:
MeLisa Turcott Strongheart is a Master Instructor and owner at Mercer Island Martial Arts. She is a 7th Dan Master Instructor. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling. She brings these two areas of specialization to her work with families, children, teens, and in designing curriculum.

Master Strongheart emphasizes and has taught thousands of students the value and power of respect. Respect for oneself, others, and the community.

(MIMA), located on Mercer Island between Bellevue and Seattle in Washington is celebrating 24 years on the island in 2021. MIMA's curriculum is intentionally designed to build fitness, flexibility, self-defense, as well as to create a milieu that engenders physical and psychological growth, respect, courage, community activism and leadership.

MIMA has programs for families to practice side by side, as well as adult, teen, and children's classes. Also offers before and after school, and summer camp programs for kids.

You can contact through email:; calling 206 230-9050.

The school is located at:
2630 77th Ave SE #106-108 Mercer Island, WA 98040
Parking free under the building.

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