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Spring 2020: Completing your Cadette Program Aide Award requirements

On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and due to COVID-19, all Girl Scouts of Colorado in-person activities have been suspended at least through May 17, 2020. Read more here.

This decision may have affected your girl’s access to a Cadette Program Aide training, which she needed to complete before attending one of our resident camps or day camps. This training typically runs at least six hours and is filled with hands-on activities to get your girl ready to lead younger Girl Scouts through activities. GSCO has decided to not convert the training to an online course to keep the integrity of the award and ensure girls are acquiring the necessary skills. Instead, we are asking caregivers to guide their girls through earning this award.

Accessing Program Aide training

Leaders, day camp directors, and caregivers now have access to our Program Aide Facilitator training and resources through Girl Scouts of Colorado’s YouTube page. In this short video, we will walk you through the facilitator guide and how to lead the training with your girl. The training can be done all at once or you can complete it over several days – whatever works for you and your girl’s schedule! Please email girlexperience@gscolorado.org  if you have questions or need extra support.

Program Aide Facilitator Training: https://youtu.be/xvVcwwgE5bU

Program Aide Facilitator Guide: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/PA%20Facilitator%20Guide.pdf

Program Aide Girl Toolkit: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/PA%20Girl%20Toolkit%20022019.pdf

Completing the Program Aide Internship

The other part of a girl earning her Program Aide Award is for her to lead younger girls through six activity sessions, or the Program Aide internship. The goal in doing this is for girls to take what they have learned in the training and apply it in real life. We recognize that this might not be possible with social distancing or stay at home policies, but we are encouraging girls to try to find at least one opportunity to lead younger girls through a Girl Scout activity before they participate as a Program Aide.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is here to support you and your girl as you navigate through this programming. Please email GirlExperience@gscolorado.org with any questions or support that you or your girl might need.

Older girl volunteers needed for Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens

UPDATE as of July 8, 2019: All of these volunteer spots have been filled.

We are thrilled to have our annual Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens on July 19, 20, and 21, 2019!

We are hosting a Girl Scout activity table on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and are in need of older girl volunteers to run the table on both days from noon – 2 p.m. Volunteers should be in groups of at least two – five Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, or Ambassadors with at least two adults present at all times. We will provide all supplies and instructions for the activity, as well as complimentary tickets to Elitch Gardens for the day of your volunteer shift. You are more than welcome to enjoy the park before and after your volunteer shift. Folks who are not volunteering for the day can also take advantage of the Girl Scout discount for tickets: https://www.elitchgardens.com/girl-scouts.

This opportunity is a great way for Girl Scouts to earn Program Aide hours, hours for your Community Service Bar, Service to Girl Scouting Bar, or service hours for school. We expect all volunteers to represent Girl Scouts, exhibit appropriate language, behavior, and act as a role model for younger girls.

If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org with your name, troop number, number of girls volunteering, and number of adults accompanying girls.

Questions? aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org

Become a Program Aide for camp

Are you interested in becoming a Program Aide for Girl Scout Camp this summer? Here are some reasons why becoming a Program Aide is a great idea.

No matter what program or event you are assisting with, you will learn, focus on, and polish your skills in the following areas:

  • Teamwork
  • Effective communication
  • Problem solving and resourcefulness
  • Initiative
  • Setting achievable goals
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with children younger than you, your peers, and adults
  • Learning how to support others in a positive and meaningful ways
  • Learning how to give someone constructive feedback

When you are a Program Aide at a resident camp or day camp you will also gain valuable skills in the following areas:

  • Gathering and maintaining group attention
  • How to get younger kids excited about programs/camp
  • How to plan, prepare for, and facilitate programs and activities
  • How to effectively lead songs and games for small or large groups
  • Learn about debriefing an activity and why it is important

All of these skills are transferable into any aspect of life (school, work, home, relationships, etc …) and will help girls create a solid foundation that will aide them in their future endeavors.

This is a link to the GSCO Camp Website which outlines all the camps that are currently offering a PA/PAI program for summer 2019. Hurry and register now as these spaces will fill soon! http://www.camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/camp-leadership-for-girls

Here is the information on camp sessions where you can find information about registering.http://www.camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/session-list

Looking for the requirements to become a PA? Click here!https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/our-program/older-girls/Older_Girl_Leadership_Opportunities.html

Looking for upcoming PA trainings in your area? Check out the GSCO Events Calendar.https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events/events-calendar.html

Need more information or support? Contact Inquiry@gscolorado.org

Wanted: PA Feedback

Did you or your girl participate as a Program Aide (PA) or Program Aide Intern (PAI) at Girl Scout Camp this year? We want to hear all about it! Girls can share their experience through this brief survey that will ask about training, prep, and time spent at camp: https://girlscoutsusa.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_77gRgOxTrcGGSZ7 

Girl Scouts of Colorado is constantly working to improve the girl experience and the more feedback we have from you, the better we can serve girls across the state!

Questions? Email girlexperience@gscolorado.org

Dive into programming with Troop 62064

Submitted by Elizabeth Moore

Metro Denver


There has been so much new content released for Girl Scouts this year that it can be a little overwhelming, but Cadette Troop 62064 has got your back! Your Brownies will dive into computer programming as we lead them through the brand new “Think Like A Programmer” Journey.

Girls can sign up at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2017/programming_journey_.html

Our troop got special permission to guide Brownies through this new Journey for a LIA award and prerequisite to the Program Aide award! We are excited to innovate and lead at this event!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

The most fun ever: PA hours completed


Submitted by Jessica Gentilini

Mountain Communities


Girl Scout Cadettes Hailey Gentilini and Olivia Ferzacca from Service Unit 5 (Mountain Communities) recently completed their Program Aide (PA) hours by teaching brand-new Brownie Troop 56349 the Girl Scout Promise and Law and how they relate to us as Girl Scouts. They read the Brownie story and each girl got to take a turn identifying who the Brownie in the reflection was. After the story, the girls learned the Brownie Smile song, made a SWAP, and passed the silent hand-squeeze wish around the circle before twisting around and departing from their first meeting. As Olivia and Hailey reflected on how they thought they did, which was awesome by the way, they both thought working with the Brownies was the most fun ever and can’t wait to plan and run an event for more girls!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Program Aides & Counselors in Training at Overnight Camp

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors: Imagine yourself helping younger girls while running craft or sports or animal activities at camp as a Program Aide (PA). Are you interested in learning how to work with kids in an overnight camp setting as a Counselor In Training (CIT)? You can do this at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch.

Camp registration opens:  December 9, at 9:00am.
Program Aide and Counselor in Training sessions sell out quickly.

Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and their parents should talk to see if a leadership experiences at an overnight camp are a good fit!

  Program Aide Counselor In Training
Nickname: PA CIT
Program/Age Level: Cadette, entering
6th – 8th grade
Seniors, entering 10th grade
More Info Here: Cadette Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting Senior Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting
Prerequisites: (1) Girl completes her Leader in Action award

(2) Girl completes Program Aide Training

(3) Girl leads 6 Program Aide Internship activities over 10 hours. A troop leader or volunteer who oversees the activity can sign it off.

Must be entering 10th grade.
At day camp Volunteer-led day camps offer options for Program Aides, including, but not limited to: PA Training, PA Internship, or program leadership experience by a PA. Please ask the volunteer day camp director what options may be available if you are interested in working at one of their camps. CIT is an overnight camp award, not available at day camp.
At overnight camp Must be entering 9th grade and have completed PA as a Cadette. Experience working as a PA at a day camp is recommended. Must be entering 10th grade.
Definition Program Aides learn about program leadership, and how to lead Girl Scout programs. Counselors in Training learn camp counseling skills, and how to work positively with campers at camp.
How to register (day camp) Read about camps on the GSCO website. If registering with GSCO, use CampInTouch.  Because being a PA at Day Camp is popular, you may need to apply with the volunteer director to be appointed to the role. If registering with the volunteer, ask the director how to apply. N/A
how to register (overnight camp) Register in CampInTouch.

Girls register for individual weeks of Program Aide at camp if they have earned the award as a Cadette.

Register in CampInTouch.

CIT 1 & CIT Internship: girls register for and complete a 2-wk training, then complete 1 internship week as scheduled with the camp director.

CIT 2: week long sessions for, girls who have completed the CIT 1 Internship.

recommended time for completion 6 months – 2 years:
this award takes time to complete, start early so you aren’t rushed!
CIT 1: 3 weeks at overnight;
CIT 2: 1 week sessions at overnight camp

FAQ’s – Teen Leadership Programs and Camp

Question: How does my daughter become a Program Aide? What needs to happen before she gets to camp?

Answer: See “prerequisites” in the chart above.

Question: Does council keep track of PA’s? How do I find proof that a girl is a PA?

Answer: Council keeps a statewide roster of girls who have completed the Program Aide requirements and ordered their Program Aide Pin/PA Internship . PA Training attendance records aren’t kept at council so this is the way to get onto the statewide roster. Each girl retains her own internship tracking sheet and signatures with her records at home.

Question: Where do I find a PA Training?

Answer: First, look at the Events page on the GSCO website. If you don’t find one that fits your schedule and needs, then contact your regional PA lead. You can also contact your service unit to see if they know of anything happening on a local level.

Question: Where do I find PA Internship Activities?

Answer: A girl should start seeking out PA Internship activties with the help of her parent, but remember, the girl should take the lead! You can do internship activities with a younger troop in your area, contact your local service unit for ideas on events or to meet a younger troop, or you might find events that look like fun on the Events page of the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. Once you find something you like, introduce yourself to the adult in charge, let them know you are a PA and can’t be left alone without an adult around, and ask them how you can help as to complete your PA Internship. There are lots internship options. This an individual award – complete activities on your own or with a partner.

Question: What do I do for my PA internship?

Answer: There are many choices! Help lead activities at a younger troop’s meeting. Volunteer at a Girl Scout event. Take a PA Internship session at a day camp where you’ll complete your activities. Out of ideas? Contact your regional PA lead.

Question: Where can I find out the PA requirements?

Answer: Review them PA Training Requirements.

Question: How do I find GSCO events?

Answer: Find them on the Events page.

Question: What if I can’t complete my PA requirements before camp?

Answer: If you haven’t completed requirements prior to a camp’s start date, contact registrars@gscolorado.org to get a refund.

Question: Why is there a cost for PA and CIT at camp when it seems like girls are volunteering?

Answer: Program Aides and CIT’s are valuable resources at camp due to the service they offer. PA’s have a mix of being a doing and leading programs. Girls in both roles are under 18, and need to be supervised by adults at camp who are paid for their skills and training. Additionally, the girls enjoy our camp facilities and meals that come with a cost.  

Question: Can I CIT at a different camp than the one I did my training or  internship at?

Answer: If you did your CIT 1 Training and CIT 1 Internship at a Girl Scout camp in Colorado, then you can do CIT 2 at either of our camps. You can even do CIT 1 Internship weeks at the camp you didn’t train at in order to experience both camps!

Question: How do I sign up for CIT 1 Internship weeks?

Answer: You register for CIT 1 Training in CampInTouch, our camp reservation system. Once you complete it, you’ll work with the camp director(s) to sign up for CIT 1 Internship weeks. They help get you on to the rosters and the weeks do not cost anything on top of the normal CIT 1 Training fees. For 2016, CIT 1 Training is $485 if you pay in full during Early Bird Pricing (before April 30 at 11:59pm).

Question: Can I get financial assistance for CIT and PA programs?

Answer: Yes! Because these programs are at an overnight camp, you can fill out the Camp Grants (optional) form in your CampInTouch account under “forms and documents.”


FREE Program Aide Training THIS Friday in Pueblo! Sign up TODAY

Submitted by Kai Clifford

Pueblo West

Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado

Yes THIS training is being offered for FREE! There are 20 spaces in this training! This is perfect for a no-school Friday: April 24th 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Are you a Girl Scout Cadette interested in working with younger Girl Scouts? Program Aide Training will teach the Cadettes how to work with younger girls in all types of settings! If you’ve ever wanted to be a mentor or role model, work at day camp, be a resource to a younger troop, or be a Program Aide at events, this training is for you!

In order to attend this training, girls must have completed at least one LIA (leader in Action) Award.

Here is the link to the Program Aide Requirements:


Here is the link to register for this event:


This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Additional PA Training spaces for girls at PA Train the Trainer in Denver 3/16

We are excited that at least 12 Program Aide Trainers will attend the PA Train the Trainer event in Denver on March 16! If you are interested in signing up for the training, please contact betsy.till@gscolorado.org.

We have a few girl spaces left for girls without a trainer. The cost is $20 and the girl needs to have completed her Leader In Action (LiA) award prior to the training (for more information about this, please consult the Brownie Girls Guide to Girl Scouting). Training is March 16 from 9am to 6pm, and girls need to bring a lunch.

To sign up your girl for this training, log into CampInTouch here:


Council sponsored PA Trainings are no longer offered, with the exception of a PA Super Training that may take place in December of 2014. If you are wanting to get trained, join us so you can teach PA Training to girls in your troop and beyond!

To find out about more PA Trainings in your region, please contact:

Metro Denver – Toni Bullock
Northern & Northeastern Colorado – Laura DuFresne
Pike’s Peak – Sloan Gonzales
Pueblo & Southeastern Colorado – Lisa Sanchez
Mountain Communities – Cricket Hawkins
Western Slope – Virginia Brown
Southwestern Colorado – Allison Ellington

Program Aide Train the Trainer

Do you have a girl looking to earn her Program Aide Award? Program Aide (PA) is a Cadette Level award that girls can earn any time in their Cadette years! After they have completed, they have options within their service unit and region to volunteer as a Program Aide, and when they are entering 9th grade, they can be a Program Aide at GSCO Resident Camp!

We are training a group of adults who want to become Program Aide Trainers. If you are interested in registering  yourself to become a trainer (you can also register one girl), go to this link in CampInTouch to register now. Each Trainer in Training can bring one girl for $10 to the training to become trained as a PA.

Get Trained to become a PA Trainer!

Date: Sunday, March 16
Time: 9am to 6pm
Bring: Sack Lunch, water bottle, pen, folder to hold your handouts
Location: Denver Service Center, 400 South Broadway, Denver CO 80209 (garden level)

NEW to CampInTouch, our camp reservation software, click here.

RETURNING Users to CampInTouch (at camp last year or registered your daughter for camp this year) click here.

NOTE: Adults must add themselves as a 12+ aged child onto their CampInTouch family account in order to register.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is working to recruit and train Program Aide trainers (we need YOU!). For more information on PA Train the Trainer, or on PA Trainings in  your area, please contact your regional PA representative:

Metro Denver – Toni BullockNorthern & Northeastern Colorado – Laura DuFresne
Pike’s Peak – Sloan Gonzales
Pueblo & Southeastern Colorado – Lisa Sanchez
Mountain Communities – Cricket Hawkins
Western Slope – Virginia Brown
Southwestern Colorado – Allison Ellington