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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
Cadette Girl Scouts can earn a Leader in Action (LiA) award by assisting a Brownie troop on any of their Leadership Journeys. Cadettes can do this as an individual or with their troop. They do not need to complete the entire Journey with the Brownie troop, but should assist them along the way and work closely with the Brownie leader.
There are three different LiA awards, one for each of the Journey series: It’s Your World – Change It (Brownie Quest), It’s Your Planet – Love It (Wonders of Water), and It’s Your Story – Tell It (A World of Girls).
Note: Achieving your LiA award is a prerequisite for earning your Program Aide Award. It is highly recommended that you complete it prior to taking the Program Aide Training.
Cadette Program Aide Award
Program Aides are role models for younger Girl Scouts. They have an opportunity to deepen their understanding of what leadership development means to them and simultaneously, get excited about guiding younger girls to be leaders in their own lives and in the world.
Here are the steps to earn the Cadette Program Aide Award:
- Complete the Program Aide Training course offered by council. Upcoming dates can be found on the GSGLA program calendar.
- Earn one LiA (Leader in Action) Award.
- Work directly with younger Girl Scouts over six activity sessions. These sessions might be assisting a troop with a Journey or badge activity, helping with a service unit or council event, or assisting at a Girl Scout summer camp.
Girls are able to begin working on the activity sessions in seventh grade. Girls will receive a log to track their activity sessions at their PA training. Completed logs should be turned in to the program specialist who taught their PA training. The specialist will award Cadettes who have completed all requirements with the pin.
Note: Summer camp aides have additional requirements. Please check the current camp guide for more information.
Can’t make any Program Aide Trainings? Wish you could do it on your troop or Service Unit’s schedule? Try PA-to-Go – a new, do-it-yourself way to complete the Council Program Aide Training. Simply fill out Reservation Request form at least two weeks before you want to hold the training. You then pick up a box at your local Service Center with all the supplies you need to run the training! Benefits of this program include:
- Train as few as 10 girls at a time
- Facilitate training on date of your choosing
- All needed supplies are provided
- Thorough and easy-to-follow facilitator guide
- Only $10 per girl— PA pin included