Leadership Opportunities

Program Aide-in-Training (PAIT)

Girls entering grade 7
The PAIT program is designed by and tailored to each camp. The program prepares girls for being a Program Aide next summer while still participating in many of the regular camp programs.
Fee: PAITs pay regular camper fees.

PAIT Orientation Some camps offer a PAIT orientation prior to camp. See your day camp brochure or check back in March.

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Program Aide (PA)

Teens entering grades 8-9. As a PA, teens serve as a mentor to younger campers and assist adults in facilitating activities and/or working in a unit with campers.
Fee: There is no fee to be a PA. PAs pay the overnight fee, if they choose to stay overnight.

Training Prior to Camp:
The first summer as a PA teens attend PA Core Training. It is highly recommended but not mandatory to attend the Event Specific Training that takes place in the afternoon after a PA Core Training.

PA Core Trainings
Register for trainings here. Enter "PA Core" in the search bar.
Saturday, October 11, 9:00 a.m.-noon, Chinook
Saturday, November 15, 9:00 a.m.-noon, Trefoil Oaks
Saturday, February 21, 9:00 a.m.-noon, Chinook
Saturday, March 28, 9:00 a.m.-noon, Trefoil Oaks
Saturday, April 25, 9:00 a.m.-noon, Winding River

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Day Camp Specific Training for PAs

Most camps offer an orientation for all levels of PAs and CITs. This training/orientation is in addition to the PA Core and are different for each day camp. See your day camp brochure or check back in March.

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Counselor-In-Training (CIT) for Day Camp

Teens entering grade 10 through graduating seniors. CIT is the next step in building leadership skills. CITs lead activities or a unit with an adult mentor.
Fee: There is no fee to be a CIT. CITs pay the overnight fee, if they choose to stay overnight.

CIT Training: Training for new CITs.
Register for trainings here. Enter "CIT Training" in the search bar.
Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m.-noon, Winding River
Saturday, May 2, 2:00-5:00 p.m., New Berlin Service Center
Thursday, June 18, 3:00-6:00 p.m., New Berlin Service Center
Monday, June 29, 3:00-6:00 p.m., New Berli Service Center

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Day Camp Specific Training for CITs

Most camps offer a camp-specific orientation for all levels of CITs. See your day camp brochure or check back in March.

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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. All sessions are free. For questions, e-mail Andrea Yanacheck at ayanacheck@gswise.org.

Register for these events here. Enter "Day Camp Designers" in the search bar.
Saturday, October 11,  2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Chinook Program Center
Choose the final T-shirt design for 4000+ girls.
Wednesday, November 12,  2014, 6:00-7:30 p.m., New Berlin Service Center
Create a social media blitz to market camp.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:00-7:30 p.m., New Berlin Service Center
Select this summer's patch and decide Summer 2016's theme.

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 a part of a tradition...camp year-round
• Make a difference
• Be a Leader!

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"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