Training and Resources
Girls working on Girl Scouting’s highest awards can receive support from our council through a variety of ways. All classes listed below can be found in the older girl training calendar and girls can register on-line. This page will be evolving to include other resources, so check back periodically to see what’s new!
Girl Scout Gold and Silver Awards (girls in 6th-12th grade)
Take Action award training classes give girls and adults a basic overview of the award requirements, ideas for building successful Take Action award projects, and guidance on Girl Scouts Heart of Central California rules and regulations. This class is best taken after most of the pre-requisites have been completed. Training is not required but highly recommended.
Leader in Action Award (girls in 6th-8th grade)
Attend a LiA Workshop event to learn some tips for working with Girl Scout Brownies and information about each award.
Attend a LiA Plan and Practice event. During these programs Girl Scout Cadettes have the opportunity to earn all or part of their LiA award by helping Brownies work on their Journey at a council run event.
Cadette Program Aide Award (girls in 6th-8th grade)
Program Aide training will help you become a confident, effective leader and will teach you skills for working with younger troops and groups. All girls in grades seven and above are invited to attend Program Aide Training to become ready to serve as a mentor to younger girls in several settings including troops, day camps, council events and service unit events. Girls who are in grade six and who have completed their LiA award may attend beginning in April that year.
Counselor-in-Training (CIT) I (girls in 9th-12th grade)
A day camp Counselor-In-Training class is held annually in June. This weekend training includes workshops on leadership styles, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, camper development, group dynamics, creating high quality experiences, safety, outdoor living and camp life. Girls who attend this training would need to make arrangements with a day camp to serve as a CIT during a day camp session in order to complete the requirements for their award.
Please contact the day camp program specialist if you are interested in this class.
Two CIT sessions are offered annually at Camp Menzies during the summer resident camp season. These sessions include workshops on leadership styles, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, camper development, group dynamics, creating high quality experiences, safety, outdoor living and camp life as well as practical experience working with younger girls in the camp setting.
Counselor-in-Training (CIT) II (girls in 11th and 12th grade)
Girls wishing to pursue a CIT II award through a day camp need to connect with a day camp team in their area. We recommend that girls working on the CIT II award consider taking Day Camp Basics training and work with a day camp team to take on greater responsibility at camp (for example becoming a co-director or co-program manager at the camp).
Two Advanced CIT sessions and one Apprentice CIT session are offered annually at Camp Menzies during the summer resident camp season. These sessions include workshops on leadership styles, creating high quality experiences and skills development in specific areas as well as practical experience working with younger girls in the camp setting in a specific area.
Volunteer-in-Training (VIT) (girls in 10th-12th grade)
Leadership Essentials training is given by council learning facilitators at convenient locations throughout the council jurisdiction, online and home study formats are provided. Topics include Girl Scout program focus and goals, how to use Girl Scout resource materials, planning, troop finances and diversity. We recommend that you bring a journey book set to the class. You can place a pre-paid telephone order with our council shop and the books will be waiting for you at your class if ordered far enough in advance. You will need to have a journey book set if you take the class online or through the home study option. Since this is an adult class, girls working toward their VIT award should contact the Adult Development department when registering for the training.