Mentoring Awards

Girl Scouts offers many opportunities for girls in grades 6-12 to expand their leadership skills by mentoring younger girls.  The requirements for these awards can be found in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for the appropriate program level. To read them now, click each one below:

 


(pg. 30)
Girl Scout
Cadettes


(pg. 32)
Girl Scout
Seniors


(pg. 29)
Girl Scout
Ambassadors

 

  

Leader in Action (LiA)

Guidance on earning the Leader in Action award can be found in the adult guide for each Cadette journey
or click on the links below each image to view the guidelines.

It’s Your Planet, Love It


Breathe Journey

It’s Your World, Change It


Brownie Quest Journey

It’s Your Story, Tell it​


MEdia Journey

 

   

Cadette Program Aide Training

Share your enthusiasm, experience, knowledge, and skills with Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Part of this council-designed leadership course training will involve learning to work with children and gain a deeper understanding of a specialty you enjoy such as science, art, the outdoors, or adapting activities for girls with disabilities. Once this training is complete, you will need to work with younger girls over six activity sessions and earn one LiA Award to receive your Cadette Program Aide Award.  To schedule a training in your area, contact a program manager at any Leadership Center.

  • Earn one LiA award (see above)
  • Complete Greater Iowa’s Program Aide training course. Please contact your local Leadership Center for details on how to schedule a training course.
  • Work directly with younger girls over six activity sessions.

This might involve assisting girls with Journey activities (in addition to earning your LiA), badge activities, or other sessions.  You might work with a troop or group at their meetings, at a day camp, or at a special council event.

 

  

Counselor-In-Training (C.I.T.) I and II (during summer camp)

A C.I.T. is a Girl Scout Senior Ambassador who participates in our extremely successful Leadership Program directed
toward her future in camp counseling, teaching, or other human service fields. Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is proud to offer one of the most successful C.I.T. programs in the nation. Based upon the resources of Girl Scouts of the USA, this Leadership Program is completed over a two summer period.

C.I.T. I, Grade 10:  The focuses are experience in responsibility, program goals, contemporary issues, leadership styles, child development, outdoor living skills, group dynamics, conflict resolution and program interaction with campers.

  • Take Greater Iowa’s CIT I training course.
  • Work with younger girls over the course of a camp session.

C.I.T II, Grade 11: The skills learned in the first year, augmented by program immersion with campers, are expanded upon through skills specialization, safety practices, and leading activities. As a further progression, individuals who successfully complete the program may apply to work at a Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa camp as an “Apprentice Counselor.” This allows these outstanding young women the opportunity to be employed at an earlier age.

  • Take Greater Iowa’s CIT II training course.
  • Work with younger girls over the course of a camp session.

 

  

Leader-in-Training  (during summer camp)  

A Leader-In-Training (L.I.T.) is a Girl Scout Senior who is taking her first step to becoming a camp leader. She has a desire to work with children, be a leader at camp and among her peers, and is committed to being a good role model for younger Girl Scouts. Experience in child development, outdoor living skills, leadership styles, contemporary issues, program goals and outcome, and responsibility are the core of this Leadership Program.

A summer as an L.I.T. is not required before young women become C.I.T.s; however, it will provide the foundation for C.I.T. I & II. Leader-In-Training is a three week program that runs concurrently with the Counselor-In-Training Leadership Program.

 

   

Volunteer-in-Training

  • Find a volunteer who is currently serving as a troop leader for a group of girls at the level you’d like to work with, and ask her to be your mentor.  This volunteer will help you through your training and project, and you’ll work with her and her group of girls for a three-to-six month period. 
  • Complete Greater Iowa’s Program level training course. Please contact your local Leadership Center for details on how to schedule a training course.
  • Create and implement a thoughtful program based on a Journey or badge that lasts over four or more sessions.  Be responsible for designing, planning, and evaluating the activities.  Choose your activities or topic based on your own passions or areas of expertise.
  • Complete New Leader Tool Kit training (refer to website or contact your local leadership for dates, location and time)
  • Complete Grade Level Essentials (refer to website or contact your local leadership for dates, location and times)