Girl Scouts in middle and high school are invited to share their knowledge and expertise with younger girls in the program! As she progresses through the program, she can take on new leadership and mentorship roles in the organization. From leading kindergarteners in an activity at a troop meeting to sharing her love of archery with girls at summer guide, teen mentoring opportunities make a big impact in our program. Younger Girl Scout idolize and look up to older Girl Scouts as role models, while older Girl Scouts learn first-hand what it feels like to make a difference in the lives of girls.
Cadettes (grades 6-8), Seniors (grades 9-10), and Ambassadors (grades 11-12), can progress through different levels of mentorship.
Leader in Action (LiA) | Cadettes
Cadettes earn a Leader in Action (LiA) award by assisting a Brownie group on any of their National Leadership Journeys. There are three different LiA awards, one for each of the Journey series: It’s Your World—Change It!, It’s Your Planet—Love It!, and It’s Your Story—Tell It!. To earn an LiA, she will share her organizational skills, use one of her special talents (such as creating and demonstrating a science experiment or craft), teach Brownies something important from their Journey (such as making healthy snacks or getting exercise), and reflect on her experience. Complete requirements can be found in the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK).
Program Aide | Cadettes
To earn a Cadette Program Aide award, girls must first earn one LiA award. Then, she needs to complete our council training. Part of her leadership course training will involve learning to work with children, and gaining a deeper understanding of a specialty such as science, art, the outdoors, or adapting activities for girls with disabilities. Then, girls will work directly with younger girls over six activity sessions. This might be assisting girls on Journey activities (in addition to what she did for her LiA), badge activities, or other sessions. She might work with a group, at meetings, at a day camp, or during a special council event.
Counselor-in-Training I, II & Volunteer-in-Training
Seniors & Ambassadors
Girl Scouts will take their final steps to become a role model for younger girls. At summer camp, Seniors/Ambassadors can work to earn the CIT 1 and CIT 2. After earning these awards, Girl Scouts can apply to work as a counselor at our summer camps. VIT, Volunteer in Training award is for Girl Scouts who are interested in assisting in the leading of a younger troop. The VIT training is a 3-6 month training with a troop and a leader mentor.
For questions, please email Info@GirlScoutsToday.org.