(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; plus, connect with
other teen Girl Scouts from around the council. 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
Any registered Senior or Ambassador
Girl Scout in grades 9-12.
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
Leadership Essentials for
Teens: Designed to help teens teach
younger girls how to use their personal leadership to discover their values,
connect with others, and take action in their communities through Journey
materials and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
*This training is
still being designed and not yet being offered.
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 25 hours of service to her
assigned troop/group. These hours can be spread out over several
Once assigned to a troop/group a
Assist the leader with planning
troop/group activities and facilitating troop/group
- Implement activities while adhering
to the principles of the girl/adult partnership
- Exhibit exemplary behavior and act
as a role model for the younger girls in the
- Be punctual and attend the meetings
to which she has committed
- Maintain a record of the time spent
with the assigned troop/group.
- Provide the leader with signed
parent/guardian permission slips when they plan to travel with a
- Complete the Leadership Project Evaluation
A girl earns her VIT
- Upon completion of Core Training and
Leadership Essentials for Teens
- Completing an application, three
references, and the Parent/Girl Agreement.
- The VIT Pin can be presented to
girls on the troop or service unit level and can be picked-up or mailed to the
leader at the leaders request.
A girl will receive an VIT
- Upon completing a
Leader/Adult Agreement for Participation in Leadership
- Upon completion of
her internship and her log of hours and evaluation
- The VIT Patch can
be presented to girls on the troop or service unit level and can be picked-up or
mailed to the leader at the leaders request.
*The newly named VIT award refers to Volunteer-in-Training. Yes, it replaces the LIT award (Leader-in-Training) and is earned by Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who want to mentor girls in a pathway other than the camp pathway.
Volunteer In Training Resources
Suggested Forms for Developing Leaders: