It’s no secret that awesome things happen at Camp Daisy Hindman in the summer. There are families that experience the great outdoors together for the first time at family camp; it’s where young girls spend their first summer nights away from home. Camp is where girls become leaders.
Those awesome experiences can’t happen without amazing staff. When you come to camp, there are nearly 30 counselors that have been through extensive training and who have the Girl Scout mission close to their hearts. These are young women who have each been impacted by former camp staff that have come before them, who are committed to ensuring that young girls have the same great experiences that they did.
For some campers, they leave camp dreaming of the day when they can return as a counselor to provide the same experiences for their younger Girl Scout sisters.
The CIT (Counselor in Training) program is great for those who are ready to take on a leadership role at camp, but aren’t quite old enough to be official counselors.
This year, we had 13 Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts who were up for the challenge! These eager ladies spent the first week of training learning the ins and outs of what it takes to work at summer camp like how to build a fire, ways to engage campers in activities, how to work with peers and most importantly, words to almost every Girl Scout song there is!
For the second week of the program, CITs were placed in units and got to put their skills into action working in partnership with the counselors.
“I signed up for the CIT program because someday I want to be an awesome counselor,” Laurie Gilson. said.
Laurie has been a Girl Scout for 11 years, (since Kindergarten!) and has experienced all things outdoors through Girl Scouts including day camps and resident camps!
“My favorite memory [as a camper] is of a counselor named Stretch. She inspired me to continue in Girl Scouts so I could someday be like her.”
We know that Laurie is already taking after her former counselor, inspiring younger Girl Scouts not only through the CIT program, but also through the achievement of her highest awards. She has earned her Bronze, Silver and just this past year, her Gold Award.
We know that these women have learned skills and had experiences that will impact them far beyond Girl Scout camp.
Miranda Crosby is an Ambassador Girl Scout is completing her CIT II pin this summer. As a lifelong Girl Scout, she loves the outdoors and her leadership has grown through the program.
“I signed up to be a CIT because I love camp and I want to help others to love camp too,” she said. “I hope to experience different things [as a CIT II] to help me as a counselor and hope to step out of my bubble.”
This year, she is Drum Major at Grandview High School and is eager to put her skills that she has learned at camp to use in her new role!
We’re excited to see all the great things that these CIT’s do in and out of Girl Scouts with the skills they learned in the program!
It’s not too late to sign your Girl Scout up for summer camp. These CIT’s will tell you that it’s an experience that will shape her life in ways you never imagined!