When you guide people or teach them something you know, you’re acting as a mentor. You have many opportunities to help younger Girl Scouts by sharing your skills, passions, and experience.
Leader in Action (LiA)
Girl Scout Cadettes can earn a Leader in Action (LiA) award by assisting a Girl Scout Brownie group on any of their Journeys. There are three different LiA awards, one for each of the Journey series. To earn an LiA, you’ll share your organizational skills, use one of your special talents, teach Brownies something important from their Journey, and reflect on your experience. Complete requirements can be found in the Brownie Leadership Journey adult guides.
Cadette Program Aide
1. Earn one LiA award.
2. Complete our leadership course training. Part of your course training will involve learning to work with children, and gaining a deeper understanding of a specialty area like science, art, or the outdoors.
3. Work directly with younger girls over six activity sessions. You might work with a group, at their meetings, at a day camp, or during a special council event.
This award is for girls who’d like to mentor a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior, or Cadette group outside of the camp experience. If you’ve completed ninth grade, you’re eligible to earn this award. Your VIT project should span a three-to-six-month period.
1. Find a mentor volunteer who is currently a volunteer for a group of girls at the level you’d like to work with. This volunteer will help you through your training and internship, and you’ll help the volunteer with her group of girls for the three-to-six-month period.
2. Complete our leadership course.
3. Create and implement a thoughtful program based on a Journey or badge that lasts over four or more sessions. Be responsible for designing, planning, and evaluating the activities. If you’re passionate about a topic like art or technology, you could design the activities around the area you love or in which you have experience.
Counselor-in-Training (CIT) I
Mentor younger girls in a camp setting as you build skills toward becoming a camp counselor. To earn this award, complete these steps:
1. Take our leadership course on outdoor experiences.
2. Work with younger girls over the course of a camp session.
Counselor-in-Training (CIT) II
1. Earn your CIT I award.
2. Work with younger girls over the course of at least one camp session while focused on increasing your skills in one specific area – such as riding instruction, lifeguarding, or the arts.