Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee offers several Teen Mentor opportunities that equip older girls to assist adults, lead programs, and become role models for younger Girl Scouts.

You can build a solid foundation for your future or take the next steps in Girl Scout leadership by earning Leadership in Action (LiA), Counselor in Training (CIT), Core Camp, Program Aide (PA), Vaqueras, Volunteer in Training (VIT), or Girl Scout Highest Awards.

 

Older Girl Trainings

  • Leadership in Action (LiA) Award

    The Leadership in Action (LiA) Award gives you the opportunity to learn by doing! You earn the LiA Award by assisting a Girl Scout Brownie troop on any of the three Leadership Journeys. You’ll teach Brownies something important from the Journey (such as making healthy snacks or getting exercise) and reflect on your experience.

    Who is it for? Girl Scout Cadettes

    What prerequisites do I need? None

    What council training do I need? None

    Upcoming LiA Trainings (10am-1pm)

    • January 16, 2021
    • February 28, 2021

    How long will it take? You will work with a Brownie group over the course of one (1) or more sessions, depending on the LiA Award requirements and the group’s schedule.

    How do I get started? Contact your service unit to help identify a Brownie troop you could work with, find out if day camps in your area offer LiA camp sessions you could participate in, or reach out to council staff to explore more options! The adult guides for the Cadette Journeys contain the guidelines for earning a LiA.

  • Program Aide (PA) Award

    The Program Aide Award gives older girls the opportunity to be role models for younger girls. As a PA, you will have an opportunity to deepen your understanding of leadership development and simultaneously guide younger girls to be leaders in their own lives!

    Who is it for? Girl Scout Cadettes

    What prerequisites do I need? Completion of at least one Leadership in Action (LiA) Award

    What council training do I need? Council Program Aide training

    Upcoming Program Aide Core Trainings (10am-2pm)

    • October 17, 2020
    • November 21, 2020
    • March 7, 2021
    • April 24, 2021
    • May 15, 2021

    How long will it take? After attending the council training, you will plan and lead six (6) unique activity sessions for younger Girl Scouts. This could be over the course of a day camp session, at a series of events being put on by your service unit, by helping out a troop at their regular meetings, or during certain council programs.

  • Program Aide Skilled Bar

    For those wanting to continue their PA journey, the Program Aide Skilled Bar hangs under the Program Aide Award to show everyone that you are a Program Aide who has gone above and beyond!

    Who is it for? Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

    What prerequisites do I need? Program Aide Award

    What council training do I need? None

    How long will it take? Additional 25 hours of helping out as a Program Aide in any capacity

    How do I get started? Connect with your service unit to find out about upcoming opportunities, contact council, or register for a council program.

  • Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Award

    The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Award allows you to mentor younger girls in a camp setting as you build skills toward becoming a camp counselor. Learn to plan and facilitate activities and develop leadership and outdoor skills.

    Who is it for? Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

    What prerequisites do I need? None

    What council training do I need? Day/Twilight Camp: Council-run pre-training followed by training specifically for the Summer Fun Camp you’ll be helping out with; Resident Camp: You’ll receive training at your CIT camp session!

    Upcoming CIT Day Camp Trainings (10am-2pm)

    • March 20, 2021
    • May 8, 2021

    How long will it take? Day/Twilight Camp: You’ll work with younger girls over the course of a week of day camp, for a minimum of 12 hours; Resident camp: You’ll work with younger girls over the course of two CIT camp sessions (one for training to use what you’ve learned; the second as a Camp Apprentice)

    How do I get started? Visit our Day Camps page to find out more about Summer Fun Day and Twilight Camps in your area or CouncilAlignMENT to register for resident camp!

  • Counselor-In-Training II (CIT II) Award

    For those wanting to expand on the leadership skills learned as a CIT, the Counselor-In-Training II (CIT II) Award will focus on a specific camp skill that you want to develop all while you continue to work with and mentor younger girls.

    Who is it for? Girl Scout Ambassadors.

    What prerequisites do I need? Completion of the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Award.

    What council training do I need? Day Camp: Work together with the day camp core volunteer team to determine what additional training would help you complete this award, based on what you want to specialize in; Resident Camp: After completing your Counselor-In-Training Award, come back for a week of CIT II training, then be a Junior Counselor!

    How long will it take? Work with younger girls over the course of at least one (1) camp session focusing on your skills in a specific area, such as riding instruction, lifeguarding, the arts, outdoor survival skills, camp counselor, or archery.

    How do I get started? Visit our Day Camps page to find out more about Summer Fun Day and Twilight Camps in your area or CouncilAlignMENT to register for resident camp!

  • Volunteer-In-Training (VIT) Award

    The Volunteer-In-Training (VIT) Award is for girls who’d like to mentor a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior, or Cadette group outside of the camp experience. If you’ve completed ninth grade, you’re eligible to earn this award.

    Who is it for? Girl Scout Seniors (who have completed 9th grade) and Ambassadors

    What prerequisites do I need? None.

    What council training do I need? Council- provided Volunteer In Training

    Upcoming VIT Trainings (10am-2pm)

    • January 9, 2021

    How long will it take? You’ll work with a (1) group of younger Girl Scouts for (4) four or more sessions at their regular troop meetings until they have completed a Badge, Journey, or Highest Award.

    How do I get started? Find an adult volunteer who is already working with the Girl Scout grade level that you’d like to work with to be your mentor, then attend council training and discuss it with your mentor volunteer. Create and implement (including designing, planning, and evaluating the activities) a thoughtful program based on a Journey, badge, award, or Take Action Project that lasts over four (4) or more sessions. If you’re passionate about a topic like art or technology, you could design the activities around the topic you love or in which you have expertise.

  • Vaqueras

    Exclusive to GSMIDTN, Vaqueras are trained to prepare horses and assist girl participants in the various horse programs offered to Girl Scouts at Camp Sycamore Hills. Vaqueras will also participate in a riding lesson on days they volunteer after training.

    Who is it for? Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and Adults!

    What prerequisites do I need? 12 years old or in the 7th grade

    What council training do I need? Council Vaqueras training

    How long will it take? After attending the council training, you will plan activities and work directly with younger girls in various horse programs. This could be through Summer Camp, field trips, or during certain council programs. You’ll work your way up through the give levels of Vaqueras.

    How do I get started? Attend training! Vaqueras trainings are in CouncilAlignMENT. Then keep in touch with the equestrian team to find out about upcoming opportunities.