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Outreach

Teen Mentoring (DCA/CIT Programs)

Day Camp Aides (DCAs) and Counselors-in-Training (CITs) are campers in grades 8-12 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 8-12 (CITs)*: Help campers with crafts, games and songs and assist unit counselors. Learn about leadership from CITs and staff.

Next Level Leadership: Grades 9-12: 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.
*Prerequisite: Must have held one of the following leadership roles: DCA, Leader-In-Training (LIT) at Winacka/Whispering Oaks, or an equivalent leadership role with three or more hours of training and 20 hours of leadership time working with younger girls.

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.

Step-by-step: Become a Day Camp Aide

  1. Register online for in-person training. (Filter for day camp and grade level, and look for "Core Leadership.")
  2. Register for camp online. Placement is first come, first served.
  3. Complete training before camp starts. Note: Some day camps include additional training sessions prior to the start of camp. The camp director will set and communicate any additional training dates.

Step-by-step: Become Counselor-in-Training

  1. Register online for in-person training. (Filter for day camp and grade level, and look for "Next Level Leadership.")
  2. Register for camp online. Placement is first come, first served.
  3. Complete training before camp starts. Note: Some day camps include additional training sessions prior to the start of camp. The camp director will set and communicate any additional training dates.
DCA/CIT Training

In addition to teaching the skills girls need to be successful at day camp, DCA/CIT training builds personal leadership and other qualities girls can use when helping a troop of younger girls, volunteering at a Girl Scout event, or serving the community.

Core Leadership: Grades 8-12 (CITs)*

  • Required for all first time DCAs. Note: an online refresher course will be available for returning DCAs.
  • In-person classroom training; register for training classes online (filter for day camp and grade level, and look for Core Leadership).
  • Covers: What to expect from a day at camp, personal leadership development, tips and tricks to motivate and guide younger girls, practice leading typical camp activities.

Next Level Leadership: Grades 9-12

  • Required for all CITs. Note: an online refresher course will be available for returning CITs. 
  • In-person classroom training; register for training online (filter for day camp and grade level, and look for Next Level Leadership).
  • Covers: Skill review from Core Leadership, conflict resolution and working collaboratively — plus, advanced tips and trips to motivate and guide younger girls, as well as planning and leading typical camp activities like crafts, songs, games and ceremonies.