Leadership Awards

Girl Scouts Global Action Award

The Girl Scouts Global Action award, developed in partnership with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), is an exciting and enriching way for Girl Scout Daisies to Ambassadors to participate in realizing the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which aim to reduce extreme poverty and impact major world concerns by 2015.

By earning the Global Action award, girls can learn, in a fun and educational way, about serious global issues affecting girls, young women, and their communities. Each Girl Scout who completes activities will join in WAGGGS' international movement of 10 million girls who together are sowing the seeds of social change. The Global Action award offers girls an opportunity to advocate for themselves and others, both locally and globally—one of the five national TransformingLeadership.pdfTake action outcomes detailed in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

The Global Action award is designed to complement GSUSA's national leadership journeys and reinforces the same leadership goals of: discovering oneself and one's values; connecting via teamwork with other members and by reaching out to the local and global communities; and taking action to improve the world.

To find the requirements to complete a Global Action Award for your troop (available for Daisy-Ambassador) click here.

Teen Mentoring Awards

When girls guide or teach others, they act as mentors. An exciting part of a Girl Scout’s development, teen mentoring is a win-win proposition! As teen mentors, Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors gain experience by sharing skills, testing knowledge and trying out new leadership roles. For the girls being mentored, it means a chance to be with and learn from teens – some of their favorite people!

Teens who earn mentoring awards are given a special opportunity to serve as champions for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. As they serve in their roles, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can help grow awareness of Girl Scouting’s aim to deliver fun with purpose: enjoyable and challenging activities that grow girls’ leadership in their daily lives and in the world.

For information about the latest changes to these awards, watch this presentation.

The Teen Mentoring Awards are:


  • Leader in Action (one for each Journey series)
  • Program Aide


  • Volunteer-in-Training
  • Counselor-in-Training (earned at resident camp)


  • Volunteer-in-Training 
  • Counselor-in-Training (earned at resident camp)
  • Counselor-in-Training 2 (earned at resident camp)

The requirements for these awards can be found in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for the appropriate program level.

Guidance on earning the Leader in Action award can be found in the adult guide for each Cadette journey and here:

Program Aide 

The Program Aide experience is the largest teen leadership program for girls in Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Program Aides are role models for younger girls and are inspired to earn their admiration. Through leadership of young Girl Scouts, teens also develop their peer-leadership and teamwork skills.

The requirements for Program Aide are

  • Earn your Leader in Action award for one of the Journey series by helping Brownies earn their Journey awards
  • Complete the Program Aide Core Leadership Workshop (Click here to see available Program Aide workshops).
  • Work with younger Girl Scouts over six activity sessions (a session can be a troop meeting, an event such as a cookie rally or badge workshop, or an activity session at an encamporee or day/twilight camp)

It is recommended, but not required, that girls complete the LIA award before attending the Program Aide workshop. Girls who come to the workshop with experience working with younger girls will get more out of the workshop. 

In Girl Scouts of Western Washington, girls can register for the Program Aide workshop in 7th and 8th grade, and in spring/summer at the end of 6th grade.  ​​Click here to see available Program Aide workshops.


The Volunteer-in-Training (VIT) award is for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who would like to mentor a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior or Cadette group outside of the camp experience. If a girl has completed 9th grade, she is eligible to earn this award. A Volunteer-in-Training project needs to span a three-to-six month period. To earn the Volunteer-in-Training award, a girl:

  • Finds a group of younger girls with a willing adult volunteer to work with. The adult volunteer will help her through her training and internship, and the girl will help with the group of girls for a three-to-six month period.
  • Completes a Volunteer-in-Training leadership course. (Click here to see available Volunteer-in-Training workshops.)
  • Creates and implements a program lasting 4 or more sessions, using the resources of the Girl Scout program portfolio (Journeys and Girls Guide to Girl Scouting)


Opportunities are available at each resident camp for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors wishing to perfect their leadership skills while having fun in the outdoors. These skills provide a valuable foundation for future academic and work-related choices, and are especially useful to young women interested in giving back to the organization and becoming camp counselors for Girl Scouts of Western Washington summer camps. 

The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is a fun and challenging three-part leadership course (Olaves, Juliettes and Margarets) for young women interested in leading girls in the outdoors. Each participant must be prepared to work as a responsible member of her team, live in a rustic environment for an extended period of time and put the needs of younger campers first. 

Olaves (Grades 10-11)

In this first level of CIT training, establish the leadership and outdoor skills needed to be a camp counselor. Work with others to analyze what makes a good leader, and participate in fun and challenging group games. Challenge yourself physically and mentally, then identify which traits you possess that can make you a positive leader. Participants have opportunities to lead activities with younger campers and shadow staff members as well as participate in a high ropes challenge course.

Juliettes (Grades 11-12)

For the second level of CIT training, focus on skills needed to work with children at camp. Learn behaviors to expect from campers and how to manage them, work as a team with staff and visit another camp’s CIT program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of CIT 1 or its equivalent. This program requires an interview and application before acceptance into the program.

Margarets (Grade 12 or entering college)

This program marks the culmination of the CIT program. Complete mini staff training, then begin assisting in the units. Choose the sessions you are available to intern. Ideally, Margarets will stay and work all summer, but we are aware of scheduling needs. Prerequisite: Successful completion of CIT 1 & 2 or equivalent.​