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Older Girl Leadership Opportunities

Leader in Action (LiA) Award

Achieving your LiA award is a prerequisite to earning the Cadette Program Aide and must be completed before taking the Program Aide award training. This award is earned by assisting a group of Brownie Girl Scouts on any of their National Leadership Journeys. 

To earn this award, complete the requirements in the Volunteer Toolkit.

Contact us with questions about the LiA award.


Cadette Program Aide (PA) Award

Grow your leadership as a Girl Scout through the Program Aide award!

Through the Cadette Program Aide experience, girls will participate in leadership training and then implement what they have learned with a group of younger Girl Scouts. Under the guidance of an adult guide, the girl is responsible for teaching specific skills determined by the needs of the group and her personal strengths. After completing training, girls choose a Program Aide specialty with an internship where they will pursue their passions and interests through leadership opportunities only available to Program Aides. Such areas are day camps, GSCO events, service unit, Free Being Me and Power Up. Cadette Program Aide mentoring award is an impactful way for girl to take a position of leadership and share her Girl Scout knowledge with others.

To earn the Cadette Program Aide award a sixth-, seventh-, or eight-grade girl must:

  1. Register as a member of the Girl Scouts of the USA
  2. Complete a Leader in Action (LiA) award in addition to taking a       council-approved Program Aide training.
  3. Take a council-approved Program Aide training prior to  assuming their responsibilities.
  4. Complete a Program Aide Internship (PAI) by working directlywith younger girls over six activity sessions. This might be  assisting girls with Journey activities, badge activities, or  general Girl Scouts activities. She might work with a group at their meeting, day camps, or during a special council event.

Contact us for questions about the Cadette Program Aide award.

Completed your training and Program Aide Internship? Program Aide Award pins can be ordered through the PA Pin Request Form.


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Questions about Day Camp or Resident Camp? Check out GSCO's  Camp Leadership web page  for information on how to become a Program Aide at camp. 


Counselor in Training (CiT) Award

Do you have dreams of being a camp counselor one day? Complete your CiT award!

Senior* and Ambassador Girl Scouts can enhance their leadership and camp counseling skills by learning to create lesson plans, developing behavior management and discipline strategies for campers, and improving their camp skills overall. Girls have the option to earn the award at either of our resident camps: Tomahawk or Sky High.

CiT 1 is for girls who are participating for the first time. This two-week period is when they receive training and complete their internship.

CiT 2 is for girls who have completed their internship and are ready to assist in running programming, entertaining kids, and making camp a magical place!

Space is limited for this opportunity and typically sells out.
*must be entering 10th grade

To earn the Counselor in Training Award a 10th , 11th , or  12th grade girl must:

  1. Register as a member of the Girl Scouts of the USA
  2. Register as a CiT 1 (first year) through CampInTouch when summer camps go on sale.
  3. Attend CiT 1 camp session where she will complete her   training and internship.
  4. Attend CiT 2 camp session where she will put her skills             learned to use.


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Volunteer in Training (ViT) Award

Want to mentor younger Girl Scouts in their leadership development? Volunteer in Training (ViT) award is for Senior* and Ambassador Girl Scouts who want to work with Daisy, Brownie or Junior girls in a troop environment. With assistance of adult members, ViTs take the lead of working with the younger girls to plan troop meetings and activities that guide them through Journeys and badges

*must be entering 10th grade

To earn the Volunteer in Training (ViT) award a tenth-, eleventh-, and twelfth-grade girl must:

Complete a Girl Scouts of Colorado approved ViT training. See the GSCO Activities Guide for upcoming dates. With the support of an adult mentor, work with younger Girl Scouts through one membership year

Contact us for questions about the Volunteer in Training Award.