Program Aide Re-Launch! (PA Training/Trainer Fact Sheet)

Has your Cadette started any Teen Mentorship Awards yet? We are excited to announce a re-launch of the Program Aide and VIT curriculum for Girl Scouts in Colorado.

Why did we change the PA program?

  • To increase flexibility for Cadettes as they gain leadership skills for the future.
  • To offer increased options for girls as they bridge from Juniors to Cadettes-keeping girls engaged and excited about Girl Scouts.
  • To increase options for Program Aides during the school year and throughout the state.
  • To cultivate more PA Trainers statewide to meet demand for PA Training.

Visit the PA webpage to get started: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/program-aides. The first step is completing your Leader-In-Action Award (LiA)…

Notes about changes to the PA program:

  • PA Internship = INDIVIDUAL girl experience. Troops can do PA training in a group, but Internship activities are intended for each girl complete on her own. Register for the PA Internship here: https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=176091531
  • PA requirements can be completed ANY time in the Cadette years.
  • PA trainings will take place on a regional or service unit level.
        • In this transition, Outdoor Programs will provide a Fall and Spring Training
        • Contact your nearest GSCO staff member for more information on trainings in your area-each region will offer at least one PA training per year, or more as needed.
  • The PA overnight camp option continues at Tomahawk and Magic Sky overnight camps for PA’s after they have finished 9th grade
  • The CIT program offers a way to attend camp in a leadership role without having completed the PA program (CIT programs fall under Summer Camp registration, opening online on January 22, 2014)
  • The VIT program mirrors CIT options for older girls who want to participate in volunteer leadership roles year-round. Register for the VIT here: https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=176103381

PA Trainers & Training Logistics
If working with Cadette-aged girls is your passion, this info is for you! Troops can do PA Training together, but must do their internships individually.

  • Troop leaders should lead one training with a troop that is not their own before leading a training for their troop
  • PA Trainings can be offered for girls within the same troop or service unit, or opened up to the council. Submit your PA Training here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/activity-posting-form
  • PA Trainings should be priced to cover costs only (no more than $25/girl). Once girls are PA’s, you can engage them to lead Girl-Led programming for Money Earning goals of your Troop or Service Unit. Use the Program Budget Form if you need help creating your budget for PA Training. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/assets/upload/files/Program%20Budget%20Form.docx
  • We need volunteers to lead PA Trainings-GSCO Staff are “train the trainers,” and can help connect you with a PA Trainer in your region or help you become a trainer
  • PA trainings can be taught over a single day or weekend, or over a span of troop meetings or meetings over a few weeks with the girls.

How to become a PA Trainer

  • PA Trainers must be ready to teach 2 PA Trainings per year (minimum 8 hrs/training). To Become a trainer-
  1. Register for a PA Curriculum Review on Nov. 7, 6-8pm http://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/tabid/497/default.aspx?pid=23&ProductId=162895101
  2. Shadow a PA Training (Dec. 6-8 sat TR, will be in activity finder) https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/tabid/497/default.aspx?pid=23&ProductId=176081087

Suggested Supplies Needed to Lead a PA Training

  • Copy of Transforming Leadership:  Focusing on Outcomes of the GSLE (this will be given to participants in the Curriculum Review meetings)
  • Group sharing tools:  string, beach “thumb” ball with questions written on it, stuffed animals to toss, etc.
      • For more ideas, read A Teachable Moment by Jen Stanchfield, Jim Cain, & Michelle Cummings.
      • Pens/markers – 1/girl
      • Dry-erase board or giant Post-It board or piece of poster board
      • Balloons – one pack, various sizes/colors
      • Masking Tape – 5 rolls
      • Training packet (folders or stapled) – 1/girl to keep
        • A handout with the 15 GSLE outcomes
        • A Program Aide Award Tracking Sheet
        • A PA training manual (if available
        • A Camp Specialty manual OR other Specialty Manual (if applicable/available)
        • Pocket Craft Supplies (trainers choice) e.g. embroidery floss, lanyards, etc. OR supplies relating to other Specialties
        • Name tags if desired
        • Roster

Budget/Pricing/Roster Logistics

Each Girl Should Bring These Items to Training:

  1. Pen
  2. Lunch & Water Bottle
  3. Clipboard
  4. Bag for her stuff
  5. Sleeping bag & overnight supplies if the training includes an overnight component (not mandatory!)

PA Training Boxes: Trainers may end up with a “PA Training Box”. Council cannot support stocking these resources at this time. Each region or trainer can decide how they’d like to manage this aspect of the training. The supply list above is a minimal list to keep costs down.

Questions? Contact your nearest GSCO staff member for more information, or email outdoorprograms@gscolorado.org.