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Leadership, learning and service: Be a PA & CIT

Have you ever thought about serving others while learning how to be a leader? Well, once you get to be a certain age, you are able to be a camp leader instead of just a camper. For years, I would get on the big yellow bus and travel to Camp Silverbrook until the sixth grade. Starting as a sixth grader, I learned how to be a Program Assistant (PA) and as freshman in high school, I went through classes to be a Counselor in Training (CIT). The main reason that I wanted to be a CIT is because when I was young, I thought it was cool when the older girls became CITs.

Jenessa at Camp SilverbrookThe title PA or a CIT means that you are a leader and are pushed to do your best at everything that you do. It’s cool because the younger girls really look up to you. If the girls see you doing something, they are going to want to do it too. Also, the girls can cling to you, so I always had to remember to spread myself equally to everyone because the girls would notice if I focused on one girl or a group of girls more than others.

Being a PA or a CIT is a big responsibility. I helped the girls get dressed for swimming, made sure that they didn’t lose anything, and helped out the counselor in charge. It also helped me to build courage. For example, at camp I would never get up front to lead a song with the girls, but being a CIT, that is one of the things that you absolutely have to do. It is a great feeling when a younger girl comes up to you and says that they want to be just like you. I can’t wait to come back next year to further my experience!

Have you been to Girl Scout camp? Would you ever like to become a PA or CIT?

 — Jenessa
Posted: 9/26/2013 10:46:25 AM by Lauren Sieben | with 0 comments
Filed under: CIT, counselor in training, Girl Scouts, gswise, leadership, PA, Program Assistant, Silverbrook, southeast, Wisconsin
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