Selection Event Info

It’s Time for Selection for 2015 Programs!

Selection Events are based on the program you are applying for (though all are welcome at any event):

Date and Time
(all 2015)

(Click links below for more details
including what to bring, etc)


Attend if Applying for…

Sat Jan. 10


Lakewood Presbyterian Church
Benz Hall
2001 University Blvd. West
Jacksonville, FL 32217
Village & JC, Seminar Camp
(Optional for others)
Fri Jan. 23 @ 7p-
Sat Jan. 24 @ 8:30a
Selection Overnight


Riverside Presbyterian Day School
830 Oak Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Any program; Mandatory
for all potential delegates
Fri Feb. 6 @ 7p-
Sun Feb. 8 @ 9a
Winter Mini-Camp


North Fork Camp
Middleburg, FL
 Any program; Supplemental or
Alternative Selection Event

Your child should wear a CISV T-shirt (if they have one), tennis shoes and play clothes in layers and should bring a coat or jacket, as some activities will take place outside.

For the overnight on January 23, please bring the following:

  1. a sleeping bag and pillow, pajamas, toothbrush and other toiletries, etc.;
  2. a small quantity of “unusual snack” to share with others (at CISV programs, the kids will experience foods from the other delegations, and sharing an unusual snack at the overnight is practice for the CISV camp experience); and
  3. the dinner or breakfast item.  Please sign up for In addition, please bring sign up to bring something for dinner or breakfast at signup.

Please let us know as soon as possible if your child has a conflict.  We will do our best to work with you.

At the selection overnight, we will also conduct a parent interview to learn more about your child, address any questions you may have, and explore your commitment and ability to support our chapter for two years after your child participates in a CISV program.  If there are not enough slots or you are not available that night, we will arrange other time for the Selection Committee to interview you.  Please sign up at

Our task during the selection event is to select delegates who (1) are representative of a cross-section of our community, (2) will be cohesive, and (3) have personalities and strengths which are complementary.  The selection process is designed to be fun for the children, with numerous games and activities typical of the CISV environment.

The primary qualifications and attributes considered by the Selection Committee are that the candidate:

  • Must be the correct age for the program;
  • Is physically and emotionally healthy, and demonstrates self-discipline;
  • Is able to be separated from family and friends for the duration of the program;
  • Is responsive to authority;
  • Makes friends easily and is readily accepted by others;
  • Communicates effectively with adults and peers;
  • Assumes responsibility and works within a group;
  • Has a positive, flexible personality — able to adjust to differences in schedules, activities, cultures, foods, etc.;
  • Enjoys playing games, singing, dancing, etc.;
  • Accepts others without prejudice, regardless of race, religion, language or culture; and
  • Is able to commit significant time (3 or 4 meetings from March-June) in preparation for the Interchange experience.

In addition to the foregoing, the candidate’s parents must be willing to commit to minimum volunteer requirements for two years.

The Selection Committee consists of several active members of the Chapter who bring various perspectives and a wealth of expertise to the task.  The committee may include past CISV delegation leaders, recent CISV interchange parents, Village, Step Up or Youth Meeting staff members, and members with prior Selection Committee experience.  Both men and women are included, representing teachers, counselors, and parents actively involved with youth.  In addition, experienced Junior Counselors (16 and 17 year olds) are actively involved in the selection process.

The strength of the selection process lies in the strength of the dedicated members of the Selection Committee.  Their experience, expertise and variety of perspectives assure us that the delegations selected will represent our community, Chapter and nation well.

The selection process involves several important factors.  No single factor is necessarily more important than the others, but all are considered together in the committee’s decisions:

  • Application and References
  • Parent Interviews— Please be sure to sign up for your parent interview if you have not already done so. Parent interviews allow the Selection Committee to learn more about the child, the family, and the family’s willingness to support the Chapter’s efforts through volunteer assistance with recruiting and serving on committees.
  • Overnight — A carefully-structured and supervised “mock” CISV camp environment during which children relate to their peers and adult leaders in CISV games, songs and activities.
  • Child Interview — An opportunity for the child to express his/her feelings about the CISV experience and to ask any questions he/she may have.

Using the preceding selection criteria and selection process, delegations are formed based on the best judgment of the Selection Committee.  Parents are informed of selection results by email, with a follow-up phone call, within two weeks of the Selection Overnight.

The number of applicants varies from year to year, but there are always more highly qualified applicants than there are delegate positions to fill.  For this reason, we hope applicants and families realize that CISV offers much more than just the Interchange Program.  There is a very active Junior Branch youth group that plans CISV-related activities throughout the year.  Other programs are available for children, such as Village for 11 year olds, Interchanges for 12-15 year olds, Junior Counselor for 16-17 year olds, Seminar Camp for 17-18 year olds, and Youth Meeting for ages 12-13, 14-15 or 16-18.  Families also become involved in many local activities that further the ideals of CISV.  We encourage all families to get involved and experience the many positive aspects of CISV.  We especially hope that applicants who may not be selected as a delegates will continue their interest and pursue other CISV program opportunities.


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