Outreach

Teen Mentoring

Day Camp Aides (DCAs) and Counselors-in-Training (CITs) are campers in grades 7-12 who support younger girls in partnership with adult staff. These teen mentors help lead activities and guide younger campers. Current training is required for all teen mentors.

Grades 7-8 (DCAs): Help campers with crafts, games and songs and assist unit counselors. Learn about leadership from CITs and staff.

Grades 9-12 (CITs): As a seasoned older girl, mentor DCAs as well as younger girls, and take additional leadership opportunities such as planning or leading activities on your own.

Step-by-step: Become a Day Camp Aide or Counselor-in-Training

Please note: DCA/CIT positions are very popular. Limit registration to two sessions per girl. We can’t accept buddy requests from DCAs/CITs.

  1. Register for camp online or via paper form. Placement is first come, first served.
  2. Download self-paced training, and register online for in-person training.
  3. Complete self-paced and in-person trainings before camp starts.
DCA/CIT training

As much an opportunity as a requirement, DCA/CIT training builds skills girls can use in other ways, such as helping a troop of younger girls, volunteering at a Girl Scout event or serving the community. Day camp teen mentors must complete classes to become DCAs and again to become CITs. In addition, camps offer session-specific training and planning meetings.

DCA classes: Grades 7-12

Self-Paced DCA/CIT Handbook: Complete before attending class.

DCA FUNdamentalsLearn basic leadership skills for working with younger campers. Get practical tips on how to motivate and guide younger girls at day camp and other events. Practice leading typical camp activities like crafts, songs, games and ceremonies. Share and learn tips and tricks with other DCAs.

CIT classes: Grades 9-12

Self-Paced DCA/CIT Handbook: Complete before attending class.

CIT DevelopmentDive into camper age characteristics, group dynamics, conflict resolution and working collaboratively with adults. Practice consensus-building and debriefing techniques to help campers learn. Identify your own leadership strengths and share them with the group. Try brainstorming, idea development, and planning and activity execution. This hands-on class will allow you to take charge of a future training or camp activity and make it your own. Prerequisite: DCA FUNdamentals


DCA/CIT Training Dates
Date Day Location Time Training Cost
Mar. 14 Saturday Balboa Campus 9am-3pm DCA Training $15
Mar. 21 Saturday Balboa Campus 9am-3pm CIT Training $15
Apr. 4 Saturday Balboa Campus 9am-3pm DCA Training $15
Apr. 11 Saturday North Coastal Service Center 9am-3pm DCA Training $15
Apr. 25 Saturday North Coastal Service Center 9am-3pm CIT Training $15
May. 2 Saturday Balboa Campus 9am-3pm DCA Training $15
May. 9 Saturday Escondido Program Center 9am-3pm DCA Training $15
May. 16 Saturday Escondido Program Center 9am-3pm CIT Training $15
May. 23 Saturday Balboa Campus 9am-3pm DCA Training $15