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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.

Volunteer-Led Day Camp Program Aide  

As a Program Aide at a volunteer-led day camp, you will help create and facilitate camp programs and activities. Program Aides gain skills in self-confidence, feelings of empowerment, decision-making/problem-solving skills, teamwork, and communication/cooperation. 


Program Aide roles vary by each camp. Some volunteer-led camps have additional requirements and trainings for you to be a Program Aide at their camp. Many of these camps use their own 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. 


Overnight Camp Program Aide 

As a Program Aide at overnight camp, you will have the opportunity to assist activities in different program areas such as Arts and Crafts, Barn and Garden, Survival, and more. You will help with all camp events and activities. PAs are motivated, self-directed individuals, as they are responsible for designing their experience at overnight camp. Campers who attend as a PA at overnight camp can expect to gain a well-rounded experience to begin to hone their leadership 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, campers should be entering ninth grade or higher and have fully completed their PA award. Experience with outdoor skills such as outdoor cooking and fire building are helpful (but not required), as well as the ability to work alongside adults while instructing campers. PAs must be organized and self-directed. 


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. Campers the option to earn the award at either Sky High Ranch or Tomahawk Ranch and must be entering 10th grade in the fall. 

CIT 1 is for campers who are participating for the first time. This two-week period is when they receive training and learn great techniques for becoming a successful counselor.  

CIT 2 is a program for campers who have completed their CIT 1 training and are ready to assist in running programming, entertaining kids, and making camp a magical place! 

CIT 1 and CIT 2 may be completed within the same summer.   


You do not need to have any CIT experience to work as a camp counselor. If you have graduated from high school and at least 18 years of age by the start of summer camp, come work for one of our fabulous camp programs! You can apply to work at camp on our website. Email the camp staff if you have any questions. 

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