Opportunities for Teens
If you’re in middle school or high school, the Girl Scouts is the place to be! In Girl Scouts, you can explore your dreams, strengthen your leadership skills, and make great friends. Whatever it is you want to do, learn, or try, Girl Scouts is there to help you along the way!
Girl Scouts of the USA has compiled the following list of universities/colleges, foundations, and Girl Scout councils that offer scholarships, awards, and grants to Girl Scouts.
Girl Scout Devon Murphy compiled a list of regional leadership scholarships.
For additional information on college scholarships, you may want to contact your high school guidance counselor, reach out to the financial-aid office of the school you wish to attend, and/or check the Web sites at right. With some targeted research, you can uncover all sorts of helpful information on securing grants and scholarships. As with any online application, always be careful of the information you share. Before beginning your search, it’s a good idea to take the Girl Scouts internet safety pledge.
Teen Advisory Committee
The Teen Advisory Committee (or TAC) are Girl Scouts of Silver Sage girl members from all areas who work to cultivate new ideas for the council and represent the interests of girl members.
Interested in serving on TAC?
2015-2016 Teen Advisory Committee Applications are now being accepted. Please complete the application and send to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Girl Scouts Silver Sage Council
Attn: Program Department
1410 Etheridge Lane
Boise ID 83704
Additional information and application forms:
When girls guide or teach others, they act as mentors. As 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!
Mentoring Awards include Leader in Action, Program Aide, Counselor-in-Training I & II and Volunteer-in-Training. By earning these awards, girls in grades 6-12 can deepen their understanding of what leadership development means and get excited about guiding others.
The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors includes descriptions of the Mentoring Awards girls can earn at their grade level:
- Cadettes earn Leader in Action (LiA) (Requirements found in the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting)
Cadettes earn Program AideThe PA leadership opportunity is designed to help Cadette Girl Scouts discover their talents in mentoring and leading younger children, gain the confidence knowledge and expertise needed to guide younger girls, and prepares them to hold future leadership positions within and outside of Girl Scouting. Specifically, PAs are girls who become proficient in a specific area of interest and share their specialized knowledge with younger girls in a troop or group setting.
Cadette Girl Scout Program Aide: Any registered Cadette Girl Scout in grades 6-8.
Council-wide training opportunities will be posted here as they become available. These Program Aide Trainings will also be advertised in the Program Chat Newsletter as they become available.
Other Program Aide Trainings may be organized on the local level for girls in a specific area. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
- Seniors and Ambassadors earn Volunteer-in-Training (Formerly known as leader in training)
The VIT leadership opportunity is designed to help Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts discover their talents in mentoring and leading younger children, gain the confidence, knowledge and expertise needed to guide younger girls, and prepares them to hold future leadership positions within and outside of Girl Scouting. Specifically, VITs are teen girls who have an interest in mentoring who through training acquire the skills and confidence necessary to guide a group of younger girls, and hold future leadership positions within and outside of Girl Scouting.
Any registered Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout in grades 9-12.
VIT Training: Designed to foster the development of basic leadership skills and to give girls a basis for working with younger girls. Topics include basic understanding of Girl Scout program, developmental characteristics of younger girls, and the role and responsibilities of the Volunteer in Training. Additionally, participants will learn how to select, plan, and present age-appropriate activities and use problem-solving strategies.
Once the VIT selects the grade level with which she would like to work, has taken the trainings and completed required paperwork, she can either locate a troop/group in her local area with whom she would like to work or she can obtain council assistance. She must then work with the same troop/group on an ongoing basis and commit at least 4-6 sessions of service to her assigned troop/group.
Council-wide training opportunities will be posted here as they become available. These Volunteer in Training trainings will also be advertised in the Program Chat Newsletter as they become available.
Other Volunteer in Training trainings may be organized on the local level for girls in a specific area. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership and Service Awards
These awards can be earned each year of Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Hours used to earn one award cannot be used for another award. Please submit the Leadership Project Time Log for Girls form when purchasing the awards to the Boise Council office.
The Torch Award: This award recognizes Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors who act as leaders in their communities. Requirements are in the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
Community Service bar: When girls earn the Community Service bar, they are making a difference in their community – and practicing the values of the Girl Scout Law. It’s also a great way to get involved with a particular cause they care about. Girls complete at least 20 hours of service to earn the bar.
Service to Girl Scouting bar: Girls who choose to volunteer at least 20 hours to the Girl Scout organization, can receive the Service to Girl Scouting bar. For example, girls might volunteer time at a special event for younger girls, volunteer at the council office or at service unit leader meetings babysitting, or help with special projects.
Travel the world with Girl Scouts! The opportunities are endless.
Earn the Gold Award
Impact your community and go for the Gold! Gold Award recipients make community connections and are eligible for special college scholarships.