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For Teens

Share your camp know-how and deliver wow-worthy experiences to our campers by introducing them to new things and encouraging them to explore every dream. Over 1,000 teens lead at day camp, becoming real-life rock stars to younger girl scouts. (Bonus: You can clock in 35+ service hours in one week!) See why teens say they love being at day camp. 

  • Program Aide-in-Training (PAIT) | Entering grade 7
    You love camp and you are ready to start a new role. Have fun as a camper but add a taste of being a Program Aide (PA). Shadow the PAs and try leading an activity or two for younger campers. 

    Fee: PAITs pay the camper fee.

    Training: Some camps provide a PAIT meeting prior to camp. Check back in spring for details.
  • Program Aide (PA) | Entering grades 8-9
    Share your talents as you lead younger campers and adults. Work with an adult mentor to fine tune the skills that make you great.

    Fee: None (day camp), $15 (overnight or evening)

    PA Core Training:
    • Prior to your first summer as a PA, attend PA Core Training through your PA Coordinator or the council.
    • Camp Specific PA Training: Most day camps require PAs to attend an orientation prior to camp. Check back in spring to see a schedule.
    Reserve your spot for one of the classes below. The classes that are not highlighted will be open for registration  November 12.
    Saturday, October 17, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., MCRC, Milwaukee
    Saturday, November 14, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Trefoil Oaks, Kenosha
    Saturday, February 20, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Chinook, Waukesha
    Saturday, March 19, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., MCRC, Milwaukee
    Saturday, April 23, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Winding River, Neosho
    Saturday, May 21, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Chinook, Waukesha
    Saturday, June 11, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Trefoil Oaks, Kenosha
  • Counselor-in-Training (CIT) | Entering grades 10 - graduated seniors

    Master your skills by leading activities or a unit. Be the role model who is confident to dress up and sing silly songs, mediate a dispute, or make an impression that girls remember decades later.  

    Fee: None (day camp), $15 (overnight or evening)

    CIT training: Prior to your first summer as a CIT, attend CIT Training through the council (dates listed below) or your PA Coordinator (nto all day camps offer this training).
    Saturday, May 7, 9:00 a.m.-Noon, Winding River
    Thursday, June 16, 5:00-8:00 p.m., New Berlin Resource Center
    Tuesday, June 28, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Trefoil Oaks Program Center

  • Camp specific PA and CIT Meetings/Orientations
    Camp Training Check back in spring for details
    Alpha Moraine PA/CIT Meeting for new and returning PAs and CITs  
    Arrowhead PA/CIT meeting  
    Belles of the Lake PA and CIT Pre Camp Meeting  
    Deer Trails PA/CIT Training  
    Enchanted Waters PA/CIT Training/Orientation  
    Friends Forward and Kinoje Girls West PA/CIT Training  
    Glacier Hills Teen Trainings (part of Work Weekend)  
    Kenosha East PA and CIT meeting  
    Lakeland Tip Tests for girls entering grades 4-12 (recommended)  
    Northern Lights Adult Volunteer Training (PAs/CITs attend)  
    Rising Stars Meadow Springs PA/CIT/PAIT overnight meeting  
    Sun Lakes Unit Leader training including CITs (not PAs)  
    Sunny Trails PAIT, PA, and CIT Camp Orientations  
    Whispering Willows First year PA Orientation  
    Woodland Trails PA/CIT Meeting  
  • Day Camp Designers
    Day Camp Designers is a group of PAs and CITs who want to make a difference at day camps across the council using their leadership skills and experiences. Sign up for the date(s) that work for you (registration opens soon). All sessions are free. For questions, e-mail Andrea Yanacheck at ayanacheck@gswise.org.

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:00-7:30 p.m., New Berlin Resource Center
    Choose the final T-shirt design for 4000+ girls.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 6:00-7:30 p.m., New Berlin Resource Center
    Select this summer's patch and decide Summer 2017's theme.
    Registration for this event will be available November 12.

    What are the rewards?

    • Get a free camp T-Shirt for those who come to more than one session
    • Help design the camp T-shirt, patch, and theme
    • Create new and improved camp programming
    • Share your opinions and ideas on improving camp with the day camp directors
    • Make new friends
    • Be part of a tradition
    • Make a difference
    • Be a leader!

"I really want to be a PA (Program Aide) because seeing and watching all the older girls around me as a child made me want to be like them. I always wanted to help smaller Girl Scouts out because then I feel as if I am doing a big role. Also, I am a very fun and energetic person. This is a huge opportunity for me! I am so excited to help out!"

— Angelina M., Future Day Camp PA

"I couldn't wait to be a PA! I really like to work with kids. When I started camp, I really liked having a PA with us. Now I am a PA."

— Natalie M., Day Camp PA