Registration Deadline extended to May 15th
The Caddie Program has been around since the 1970s and the underlying purpose has remained the same. Older girls (going into grades 7th-12th) will develop valuable leadership skills through volunteering at Volunteer-Led Day Camps throughout our Council and at other events such as Service Unit Encampments. But most importantly, girls have FUN!
In order to begin your journey as a Caddie, each girl must attend Caddie Training. Caddie Training teaches outdoor skills, outdoor cooking, tent care, songs, games and communication skills.
Caddie training is a tiered training program. To begin with, each Girl Scout must take Program Aid PLUS Training. Program Aid Plus training is for girls in 6th-12th grade. It is a day class which helps a Girl Scout to become a Junior Caddie (It covers what formerly was covered by Program Aid and Junior Caddie trainings). When a Girl Scout is in 7th grade or above she may take Caddie training, and when she is in 9th grade or above, and she has experience as a Caddie at a Day Camp, a Girl Scout may take Senior Caddie training. Each level teaches different components of outdoor skills.
A Girl Scout is considered a Junior Caddie, Caddie or Senior Caddie if they meet the requirements outlined below, under Caddie Levels.
Girl Scouts entering grades 7th-12th in the fall, who have taken the appropriate GS Council training, may be a Caddie.
Girls that have taken Program Aid PLUS Training and are currently in 6th grade and above.
Girls that have taken Program Aid PLUS Training and Caddie Training and are currently in 7th grade and above and have volunteered for at least one Day Camp.
Girls who have completed Program Aid PLUS and Caddie training, have Caddie experience at Day Camp, and may have attended Senior Caddie training.
Senior Caddies are selected to be the Lead Caddie for their unit and amaze us every year with their responsibility and enthusiasm.
The 3 levels of Caddie training are offered by the River Valleys Girl Scout Council. You may also take the training at Caddoodles camp.
Register ASAP - many of these sessions fill quickly! Do not delay; register for training today.
For complete information on Caddie training through the River Valleys Girl Scout Council please visit their web site. (Note that Jr Caddie training is now called Program Aid PLUS.
There will be three Caddie orientations for our Day Camp. These orientations are mandatory. Please make every effort to attend the entire orientation or make arrangements with the Caddie Director for alternative training dates.
1. NEW this year. - May 6th or June 4th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Camp skills training. All caddies MUST attend one of these two sessions.
2. TBD: 6:00 pm for Jr Caddies and a parent, 6:30-8:30 pm for all Caddies. This may be spread across two sessions on two days. Check back later for more information. Location: TBD
3. Sunday, July 23rd, 2023, 1:30pm arrival, stay overnight. Caddie/Adult joint training will be from 1:30-3:30pm. After 3:30pm, is Caddie only training. We will help with camp prep and get to know each other, plus refresh our camp skills! Location: Camp Lakamaga.
If you have any questions about the Caddies for the Beaver Lake Service Unit Day Camp, please contact our Caddie Director.
The Council lead Program Aide Virtual training in March is full and at this time they will be unable to run another one before summer. They also will not be running the in person Program Aide Plus training this spring.
Program Aide Plus is combination of Program Aide, a GSUSA program, with added information for being a Junior Caddie, or even taking on the responsibility of an event leader at a Service Unit event. It covers in a bit more detail how to run a flag ceremony, leading songs and games, conflict management and the idea of taking on more responsibility when you move from being a participant to assisting or leading an activity. Program Aide Plus is what is needed to be ready to take the Caddie Training.
If you have been unable to register for Program Aide Plus training the only other option in order to receive the training before Day Camp this summer is to do the training yourself. The Council does have the training available for troops or service units. I recommend you run the training with other girls in your troop or combine with other girls in other troops.
We do have training for our day camp, but this training is in addition to what the girls receive through the council Program Aide Plus training and we do require all Junior Caddies to have the Council Program Aide Plus Training. If it does not work for you to be able to take the training with your troop or other Girl Scouts, then you can take the training through Cadoodles or next year. Just make sure you look for the training early and sign up as soon as possible.
Also, as a reminder, for the second year at camp a Girl Scout is required to have the Council Lead Caddie training or the training at Cadoodles camp. Make sure you sign up for these early as these also fill quickly..
There are 5 files that you will need to run your own Program Aide Plus training.
-A PowerPoint that they are using for their vitural training in March, along with a Word doc that is the script for this.
-Program Aide for small groups - great for individual girls, small troops or virtual learning in a small group
-Program Aide for Large groups and Program Aide Plus Module for large groups - this is what we use when we run the in-person events.
At this point in time I am unable to download the PowerPoint File and Word file from the Council website. Please contact the council to obtain the files for your training. If you have questions about the training, please direct them to the council. We are merely passing along the training information for your help and benefit. We have nothing to do with the Council lead Program Aide Plus training.
Please contact the council to obtain the material to lead your own Program Aide Plus training.