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Older Girl Opportunities

Girl Scouts is where teens can be amazing! They can help younger girls navigate the cookie program, lead community service efforts, participate in exclusive mentoring opportunities, or reach for Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards

Program Aide
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Teens who earn mentoring awards are given a special opportunity to act as champions for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Leader in Action (LiA) Award

Achieving your LiA Award is a prerequisite to earning your Program Aide Award and must be completed before taking Program Aide training. To earn your LiA Award you must be currently enrolled in the 6th grade.

You can earn a Leader in Action (LiA) award by assisting a Brownie group on any of their National Leadership Journeys. To earn the LiA, you’ll 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. For more information about each LiA, network with the adult volunteers guiding Brownie groups in your Girl Scout community. Complete requirements can be found in the Brownie Leadership Journey adult guides.

Cadette Program Aide (PA) Award

PA’s have an opportunity to deepen their understanding of what leadership development means as they serve as role models for younger Girl Scouts and guide them to be leaders, too.

Steps to Earn the Cadette PA Award:

  1. Earn one LiA Award
  2. Complete the PA Training Course
  3. Work directly with younger girls. This might be assisting girls with their Journey activities (in addition to what you did for your LiA), leading badge earning activities, or providing support in other ways to younger girls – at a troop meeting, at an area day camp, or during a special council event.

We’re always looking for adults interested in helping older girls earn their Program Aide Award. If you’d like to become a Program Aide Trainer share your interest by emailing Girl Awards.

CIT
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CIT I

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors mentor young girls in a camp setting as they build skills toward becoming a camp counselor. To earn this award, Girl Scouts complete a leadership course designed by the council on outdoor experiences and work with younger girls over the course of a camp session.

CIT II

Girl Scout Ambassadors earn this award by working with younger girls over the course of at least one camp session while focused on increasing their skills in one specific area--such as riding instruction, lifeguarding, or the arts.

Volunteer in Training
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Volunteer in Training

This award open to registered Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, who have completed grade nine, who would like to mentor a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior or Cadette group outside of the camp experience. For more information, check out the Volunteer in Training Guide.

Page Program
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The Page Program is an incredible opportunity for girls to learn about, and participate in, the legislative process of our state. It is a four-day experience that allows high school age students to observe firsthand how our laws are made. Girls participate in daily sessions, committee meetings, and perform other duties including, but not limited to, delivering messages and materials within the legislative complex, answering phones, passing out documents or running errands during daily sessions. Participants are selected through a short application process and must be in good academic standing. For more information contact Girl Awards.

In 2019, during Girl Scout Week, eighteen girls from Franklin, Forsyth, Johnston, Lee, Pender, and Wake counties had the opportunity to serve as pages for the Governor, Senate, and House Page Programs. To add to the excitement surrounding this once in a lifetime opportunity, the girls were in attendance at the State Capital Building when Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, chief justice of the NC Supreme Court and former Girl Scout, delivered the Girl Scout Week Proclamation from Governor Roy Cooper.

"I wanted to thank you again for the opportunity my daughter, Chloe, had with the Governor's Page Program during the week of April 8, 2019. She really enjoyed herself and told me she learned so much that week. On the first day when the page coordinator told the group that there are also page programs within other branches of our government, she told me that she wanted to do those as well!”

Why was this program of interest to you?

I enjoy helping others and learning so this was the perfect way to get both. I learned about how the government's branches all help each other by talking to someone from each branch.

What did you hope to learn attending this program?

One of the most interesting things I learned was that there are two types of judges and that one of them makes sure that the other held a fair trial. This judge is called the Appellate Judge. I also learned that the people who work in the House have a certain order in which they sit. The oldest in the front and the youngest in the back. I never knew this and thought it was interesting.

What interests do you have in state and local government?

I do not plan to go into the political field as a career. I want to be a teacher. But I think it is very important for people to learn about how their government works so they can make better, informed decisions about their government. Everyone should learn about government.

I really enjoyed my time in the Page program. It was an invaluable experience. Thank you for this opportunity with working as a Governor's Page.

~Trinity, Girl Scout Senior