Adult Guides and Teen Mentors
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.
Download the Bronze Award Adult Guide
Download the Silver Award Adult Guidelines
Download the Gold Award Adult Guides
Printable PDF: Teen Mentoring Award description (2)
Teen Mentoring Awards
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, 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.
The Teen Mentoring Awards are:
- 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.
What is the Leader in Action (LiA)?
LiA stands for Leader in Action. This award is for Cadette girls who are in sixth, seventh or eighth grade. There is one LiA award for each of the three Journey Series. A girl may earn one LiA award or all three. The LiA is a prerequisite for girls who want to earn their Program Aide award.
Cadettes will work with a group of Brownies assisting them as they work towards a Journey award. If the Brownie troop has already completed the Journey book, a Cadette may still plan extra activities to enrich the recent Journey experience. To earn this award the Cadette will need to meet with the troop or group of Brownies a minimum of four times. Cadettes will work with the Brownie adult volunteer to plan, coordinate and assist in leading activities with the Brownies. The steps required to earn this award can be found in the Brownie Leadership Journey adult guides, the Cadette Breathe and Media Journey adult guides and here:
The council membership and program staff can assist Cadettes in finding a group of Brownies and an adult volunteer to partner with.
What is the Program Aide (PA) Award?
The Program Aide (PA) award is for Cadette girls in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade. To earn the Cadette Program Aide award girls must follow these steps:
1. Earn one LiA award. This is required before a girl can register for a PA training.
2. Complete a council sponsored Program Aide leadership training course.
3. 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 their meetings, day camp, council events or service unit events or activities. The council membership and program staff can assist Cadettes in finding a group of Brownies and an adult volunteer to partner with.
4. Once girls have completed these requirements they must have the adult volunteer mentor sign their time log and turn this in when they purchase their PA pin from a GSMW council store. (Girls must complete the requirements in order to receive their pins.)
What are the Counselor-in-Training (CIT l and CIT ll) Awards?
Seniors or Ambassadors interested in mentoring younger girls in a resident camp setting can earn the Counselor-in-Training awards. As girls earn these awards, they build skills that can help them become camp counselors. To earn the Counselor-in-Training awards:
1. Girls must have completed ninth grade.
2. Register to take this leadership course at one of the council’s summer residence camps.
3. Work at camp with younger girls over the course of a camp session.
4. To earn the CIT ll award, girls must have completed CIT l.
What is the Volunteer-in-Training (VIT) Award?
The Volunteer in Training (VIT) award is for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who would like to mentor a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior or Cadette group outside of the camp experience. If a girl has completed ninth grade she is eligible to earn this award. (A girl may take the VIT training in the spring of her ninth grade year but may not earn the award until she is in 10th grade.) A Volunteer-in-Training project needs to span a three-to-sixth month period. To earn the VIT award, a girl:
1. Finds an adult volunteer mentor who is currently the volunteer for a group of girls at the level she’d like to work with. This volunteer will help her through her training and internship, and she’ll help the volunteer with her group of girls for a three-to-sixth month period. The council membership or program staff can assist girls in locating a volunteer if necessary.
2. Complete a council sponsored Volunteer-in-Training leadership course.
3. Creates and implements a thoughtful journey project that lasts over four or more sessions. Volunteers-in-Training might also help girls with a Take Action project. The VIT is responsible for designing, planning and evaluating the activities. If a girl is passionate about a topic such as art or technology she could design the activities around this topic.
4. Once girls have completed these requirements they must have the adult volunteer mentor sign their time log and turn this in when they purchase their VIT pin from a GSMW council store. (Girls must complete the requirements in order to receive their pins.)