As in all of Girl Scouting, your role is very important to guiding and coaching the girls as they earn the awards. You are choosing to use your experience and time to help girls live the Girl Scout Promise and Law, learn about themselves and the world around them, and make an impact in their community. You are guiding the girls on a fun and fulfilling experience. In so doing, you are preparing them for a lifetime of caring about others in their community and the world.
As girls become more confident in the skills they possess, they become their own best resource. As a volunteer, your role will be different at each award level. Learn more about how you can work with girls to make a difference in the world by downloading the adult guide.
When girls guide or teach others, they act as mentors. An exciting part of a Girl Scout’s development, teen mentoring is a win-win proposition! As teen mentors, Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors gain experience by sharing skills, testing knowledge and trying out new leadership roles. For the girls being mentored, it means a chance to be with and learn from teens – some of their favorite people!
Teen Mentoring Awards include Leader in Action (LiA), Program Aide (PA), Counselor-in-Training I (CIT) and Counselor-in-Training II, and Volunteer-in-Training (VIT). By earning these awards, girls from sixth grade up can deepen their understanding of what leadership development means and get excited about guiding others.
Teens who earn mentoring awards are given a special opportunity to serve as champions for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. As they serve in their roles, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can help grow awareness of Girl Scouting’s aim to deliver fun with purpose: enjoyable and challenging activities that grow girls’ leadership in their daily lives and in the world.
Teen Mentoring Award HERE
LiA – Leader in Action
PA – Program Aide (earning the LiA badge is a prerequisite for this award)
VIT – Volunteer-in-Training – (Girls in ninth grade may take the training and earn the award in grades 10-12)
CIT l – Counselor-in-Training (earned at resident camp)
VIT – Volunteer-in-Training
CIT 1 – Counselor-in-Training (earned at resident camp)
CIT ll – Counselor-in-Training (earned at resident camp)
The requirements for these awards can be found in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for the appropriate program level.