Girl Scouts in middle and high school can join a progressive program to develop their leadership skills and share their knowledge with younger Girl Scouts. As you progress through the program, take on new leadership and mentorship roles in the organization. From leading kindergarteners in an activity at a troop meeting to sharing your love of archery at summer camp.
Daisies and Brownies look up to Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors as role models! Any teen Girl Scout is invited to join the program and make a difference.
Cadettes earn a Leader in Action (LiA) award by assisting a Brownie group to earn a journey. 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, you will share your organizational skills, use one of your 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 your experience. The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) has a full list of requirements and detailed instructions.
To earn a Cadette Program Aide award, you must first earn one LiA award. Then, complete the council training. Opportunities are found on our events calendar or during summer camp. Part of your 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, you will work directly with younger girls over six activity sessions. Activities might look like assisting girls through Journey activities (in addition to LiA work), badge activities, or other sessions. You might work with a group, at meetings, at a day camp, or during a council event.
Girl Scouts will take their final steps to become a role model for younger girls as a Counselor-in-Training or Volunteer-in-Training. At summer camp, Seniors and Ambassadors can work to earn the CIT I and CIT II. After earning these awards, Girl Scouts can apply to work as a counselor at summer camp. The VIT award is for Girl Scouts who are interested in assisting with leading of a younger troop. The VIT training is a 3-6 month training with a troop and a leader mentor.