Program Aides and Volunteers in Training

Have you always wanted to be a mentor to younger girls? Do you want to be a role model, an inspiration—to have a lasting impact in a girl’s life? Become a Program Aide (PA) or a Volunteer in Training (VIT) and you can do all of these things. See below to find out how!

Note: Program Aides are for Cadettes only, while Volunteers in Training are for Seniors (that have completed 9th grade) and Ambassadors only.

Cadette Program Aide

What are Program Aides?

Program Aides are Cadettes that want to help out in Girl Scouting. They want to serve as a leader, role model, and mentor to younger girls. To become a Program Aide, girls must complete the steps listed below. Once these steps are completed, these skills will be usable at day camps, Community Leadership Team events, council events, or with troops. The skills learned also are applicable to everyday life and will help girls become confident, effective leaders in everything they do. Becoming a Program Aide is also a great résumé boost for girls and sets them up for success when working towards their Highest Awards!

To become a Program Aide follow these steps:

  1. Earn one LiA (Leadership in Action) Award. The requirements for this can be found in The Cadette Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting on page 30.
  2. Complete the Program Aide Council Training. This training will include leadership training and learning to work with children. To sign up for this training, go to Girl Scouts of Utah’s activity finder and register to attend at one of our three Council Offices.
  3. Work directly with younger girls over six activity sessions. How this happens for each girl may vary. This can be assisting girls on Journey activities (in addition to what you have already done for your LiA), badge activities, troop meetings, or other activities. You can help out also help out at day camps or council events to complete this last step.

Note: Program Aide Award Pins are available in our shop for purchase after completion of the previous steps.

If you have any questions, please contact programs@gsutah.org

Senior and Ambassador Volunteer-in-Training

What are Volunteers-in-Training?

Volunteers-in-Training are girls who have completed 9th grade who would like to mentor a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior, or Cadette group outside of the camp experience (girls in 10th-12th grade are eligible for this award). To become a Volunteer-in-Training, girls must complete the steps listed below. The skills learned also are applicable to everyday life and will help girls become confident, effective leaders in everything they do. Becoming a Volunteer-in-Training is also a great résumé boost for girls and sets them up for success when going for their Gold!

To become a Volunteer-in-Training, follow these steps:

  1. Find a mentor volunteer who is currently the adult volunteer for a group of girls at the level you’d like to work with. This volunteer will help you through your training and internship, and you’ll help the volunteer with their group of girls for a three-to-six month period.
  2. Complete the Volunteer-in-Training Council Leadership Course. To sign up for this course, go to Girl Scouts of Utah’s activity finder and register to attend at one of our three Council Offices. 
  3. Create and implement a thoughtful program based on a Journey or Badge that lasts over four or more sessions. Be responsible for designing, planning, and evaluating the activities. If you’re passionate about a topic like art or technology, you could design the activities around the area you love or in which you have expertise.

Note: Volunteer-in-Training Award Pins are available in our shop for purchase after completion of the previous steps.

If you have any questions, please contact programs@gsutah.org.