Lee County Girl Scouts complete training to mentor younger girls

Aug. 18, 2013 @ 04:55 AM

Seven Lee County Girl Scouts have completed a leadership training course to become certified Girl Scout Program Aides.

“Through our leadership program, Girl Scouts are developing positive values and critical thinking skills that will serve them throughout their lifetime,” said Lisa Jones, Chief Executive Office of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “As mentors, these Girl Scouts will gain opportunities to develop a strong sense of self, to educate and inspire others to act, and to feel empowered to make a difference in the world.”   

To receive certification as a Program Aide, girls complete four online training modules on the following topics: Leadership, Understanding Younger Girls, Working with Girl Scout Journeys and Safety Standards; participate in a three-hour workshop; and complete 25 hours of service hours working directly with younger Girl Scouts. Service hours may include assisting girls with badge activities, working with a younger Girl Scout Troop during a regular meeting, assisting with activities at local Girl Scout day camp, or helping with activities at a Council-sponsored event.

In addition, Girl Scouts completing this certification are required to have eared one Leader in Action award. This award is granted to Girl Scout Cadettes (Grades 6-8) who have worked in a leadership capacity with Girl Scout Brownies (Grades 2-3) to help them discover, and make the most of, their Girl Scout experience. 

The following Lee County Girl Scouts participated in Program Aide training on June 2 and have completed the 25 hours of service needed earn the Program Aide certification: Jordan and Skylar Gardner of Cameron and members of Girl Scout Troop #1276; Megan Swindell of Sanford and a member of Girl Scout Troop #1311; Leilah Weston of Sanford and a member of Girl Scout Troop #737; and Victoria Keel, Joniah Keel and Jasmine Graves of Broadway and members of Girl Scout Troop #676. Cathy Swindell, leader of Girl Scout Troop # 1311, led the training.