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Bridging over from Camper to Counselor


Samantha, Girl Scout Ambassador

If you ask a Girl Scout what one of their favorite parts of Scouting is, they are more than likely going to tell you about camping. Each summer Girl Scouts of all ages are eager to attend summer camp and earn new badges, explore outdoors, and make tons of new friends. The girls will create memories that last a lifetime, but the most important part of all of these memories are the people who put on the camp for these younger Girl Scouts. Camp counselors work each day to provide the girls with a fun environment where they can be themselves and explore so many new things.

To eventually become a counselor, there is a Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program that must be completed. Speaking from personal experience, I was worried that this program would just involve sitting in class all day learning how to be a camp counselor, but it is so much more than that. We were able to learn how to become good counselors by doing, instead of reading it out of a book.

My favorite part of CIT camp was getting to plan out the activities that all the campers participated in. We got to run all of the activities and work with all of the girls. We learned how to be patient with the other CITs as well as with the campers who were participating in the activities. We had to be organized and manage our time wisely so that we could fit in all of the activities. 

I learned so much from attending CIT camp and it prepared me well enough to become a counselor at Girl Scout summer camp at Wai Lani. Some of my greatest memories as a Girl Scout were working as a camp counselor and I think it is an experience that every girl should receive. 

Become a CIT or WIT this Summer!

If you’re interested in becoming a Counselor-In-Training or Wrangler-in-Training now is the perfect time! Spaces are still available for 2017 Teen Leadership Camps at Camp Wai Lani and Camp Wildwood for girls entering grades 9-12.

At our Teen Leadership Camps you’ll learn about group dynamics, child development, program planning skills, camp operations, and the role of the camp counselor. But it’s not “all work, no play” as you still get to experience traditional summer camp fund with swimming , games, adventures, campfires, and more.

Register for Teen Leadership Camp today!

Learn more about the Teen Leadership Camp Progression and how you can go from a CIT or WIT to a Counselor or Riding Instructor.