CAMP LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
When you love camp so much you just can’t get enough, it’s time for our camp leadership program. Are you up to
the challenge of being a hero for younger girls? Boost your leadership skills while you help bring the magic of camp
to other girls. You remember the camp names of the teen counselors from your first overnight camp, now you get
to make that impression too!
There are lots of ways you can develop your leadership skills this summer! Read below for more information about leadership opportunities.
Staff Led Day Camps- LEAP Program
Are you ready to take the LEAP (Leadership Exploration And Practice) from camper to counselor? Learn leadership skills, help create camp programs, explore your strengths, and lead small groups of campers. This program will give Cadettes a chance to develop skills in communication, group dynamics, and team-building while participating in camp activities!
Day Camp Program Aide
As a Program Aide at Day Camp, you will help create and facilitate camp programs and activities. Girls gain skills in self-confidence, feelings of empowerment, decision-making/problem-solving skills, teamwork, and communication/cooperation.
Program Aide roles vary by each camp. Our Day Camps are lead by a trained volunteer Camp Directors, and some camps have additional requirements and trainings for you to be a Program Aide at their camp. Many of these camps use their own volunteer run registration systems and websites, contact the Camp Director for more information about the specific PA requirements and responsibilities at their camp. You can find Camp Director contact information and camp websites in the description of the camp sessions in the session listings here.
Overnight Camp Program Aide
As a Program Aide at overnight camp, you will have the opportunity to and assist activities in different program areas such as Arts and Crafts, Barn and Garden, Survival, and more. You will also help with other all camp events and activities. PAs are motivated, self-directed individuals, as they are responsible for designing their experience at resident camp. Girls who PA at overnight camp can expect to gain a well-rounded experience to begin to hone their interests and skill-sets. In addition to practicing their leadership skills, PAs gain opportunities for practical application of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience programming they learned in their PA training, building on their Troop and Day Camp experience (if applicable).
To be a PA at overnight camp, girls should be entering 9th grade or higher and have completed their PA internship. Experience with outdoor skills such as outdoor cooking and fire building are helpful, as well as the ability to work alongside adults while instructing campers. PAs must be organized and self-directed.
Included in the cost of your PA session, is attendance at one of the required PA Orientations at Tomahawk or Sky High. PA’s need only attend one, but are welcome to attend both if they are signed up for multiple sessions. We recommend attending the orientation of the property that you signed up for.
Overnight Camp Counselor in Training
As a CIT at overnight camp, you’ll enhance your leadership and camp counseling skills by learning to create lesson plans, developing behavior management and discipline strategies for campers, and improving their camp skills overall. Girls have the option to earn the award at either Sky High or Tomahawk and must be entering 10th grade in fall 2022.
CIT 1 is for girls who are participating for the first time. This two-week period is when they receive training and complete their internship.
CIT 2 is for girls who have completed their internship and are ready to assist in running programming, entertaining kids, and making camp a magical place!
CIT 1 and CIT2 may be completed within the same summer. Girl may continue to sign up for CIT2 until aged out of camp program.
You do not need to have any CIT experience to be a camp counselor. If you will be graduating from high school before summer camp starts, and are at least 17 years old, you can apply for a job as a camp counselor! If you will complete your Junior year in high school before summer starts and are at least 16 years old, you can apply for a job as a camp crew member! See “Apply to Work at Camp” page under the “Staff” section of this website. Email the camp staff if you have any questions.”