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Dive into programming with Troop 62064

Submitted by Elizabeth Moore

Metro Denver

Conifer

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

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Submitted by Jessica Gentilini

Mountain Communities

Eagle

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:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/program-aides/program-aide-vit-requirements

Here is the link to register for this event:

http://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/tabid/497/default.aspx?pid=23&ProductId=1571391622

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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:

https://girlscoutsco.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App

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

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.

The last Basic Program Aide training until September

The final Basic Program Aide training will be held March 9th at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo (www.natureandraptor.org ) with a special service project at the Raptor Center at the end of the training.  Program Aides can mentor younger girls, help plan and run Girl Scout events or help at Day or Resident summer camps.  You must be in the 7th -12th grade to attend this training.  Questions? Contact Kim.Petau@gscolorado.org

Program Aide trainings coming soon

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Become a Program Aide and sharpen your skills as an emerging young leader. Program Aides can mentor younger girls, help plan and run Girl Scout events or help at Day or Resident summer camps. You must be in the 7th -12th grade to attend one of the basic trainings. Upcoming trainings:

November 10th, Basic Program Aide and service project at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo

December 7-8, Basic Program Aide and Camping Specialty, Tomahawk Ranch, in Bailey

Questions? Contact Kim Petau @ kim.petau@gscolorado.org