Registration is open!!
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. This training has been offered in different ways. Council run training, Day Camps and sometimes in a troop setting. Program Aid Plus training is for girls in 6th-12th grade. When a Girl Scout is in 7th grade or above she may take PROGRAM AID PLUS 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 Caddie training. Each level teaches different components of outdoor skills.
A Girl Scout is considered a Junior Caddie (first year as a Caddie), a Caddie (2nd and 3rd year Caddie) or a Senior Caddie (4th and up year being a Caddie) if they meet the requirements outlined below, under Caddie Levels. See below for Caddie training registration..
Girl Scouts entering grades 7th-12th in the fall, who have taken the appropriate GS Council training, may be a Caddie.
Junior Caddies are girls that have taken Program Aide Plus Training (Junior Caddie Training) and are currently in 6th grade and above.
Program Aide Plus Training:
Program Aide Plus Training is combination of Program Aide Training (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 Training is what is needed to be ready to take the Caddie Training.
Program Aide Plus (Junior Caddie) Training is required training for all 6th graders and up who will be a first year caddie (Junior Caddie) at Day Camp 2024.
The Girl Scout Council is no longer offering Program Aide Plus Training and is passing on the job of training to the Service Units.
This year, the Beaver Lake Service Unit and the BLSU Day Camp Teams will be offering this training in two parts. Part one will cover Program Aide Training and will be completed before camp and the remaining portion (the junior caddie part) of the training will be completed at Day Camp.
The pre-camp dates are:
1. Tuesday, February 27th, 6-8 pm.
Location: Holy Cross Lutheran Church
6355 10th St N
Oakdale, MN 551278
2. Thursday, March 21st, 6-8pm Location: TBA
You must attend one of these trainings and complete the training at day camp to earn the Program Aide Plus Certification and in order to be a Junior Caddie at our day camp. See above to register.
We realize that council no longer offering the training is a recent change and we realize that some girls may have received their Program Aide training through another source last summer. While we still strongly recommend you attend one of our two training nights, if you are unable to attend either night, you must contact our Caddie Director. Send her a note saying you are unable to attend and send her a copy of your completion certificate from your other training location.
Program Aide Plus Training is mandatory to be a Junior Caddie at the BLSU Day Camp.
Caddies are girls that have taken Program Aide Plus Training (Junior Caddie Training) and Caddie Training and are currently in 7th grade and above and have volunteered for at least one Day Camp.
Caddie Training :
These trainings must be completed through the council training or at Caddoodles camp .
Council Caddie training Dates for 2024:
April 19-21 or April 26-28
Register ASAP - many of these sessions fill quickly! Do not delay; register for training today.
If you wish to take the training through Cadoodles camp you will need to also sign up as soon as possible. This training must be taken the summer prior to being a Caddie.
For complete information on Caddie training through the River Valleys Girl Scout Council please visit their web site.
Senior Caddies are girls who have completed Program Aide Plus Training (Junior Caddie Training), Caddie Training, have 3-4 years of Caddie experience at a 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.
You are required to take different Caddie level trainings to be a Caddie at our day camp.
First year Caddies (entering 7th grade or up in the fall) must complete Program Aide Plus Training (through Beaver Lake Service Unit or Cadoodles camp).
Second year Caddies (entering 8th grade or up in the fall) must complete Caddie Training (through GS Council or Cadoodles camp).
Fourth year and up Caddies (entering 10th grade or up in the fall) may complete Senior Caddie Training (through GS Council or Cadoodles camp).
Each girl need take these trainings only once in her lifetime.
There will be three Caddie orientations for our Day Camp. All levels of Caddies are expected to participate. These orientations are mandatory and must be attended every year. Please make every effort to attend the entire orientation or make arrangements with the Caddie Director for alternative training dates.
Every girl planning to be a Caddie at our day camp this summer MUST attended either orientation 1 or 2 listed below, and MUST attend orientation 3.
1. Saturday, April 13th, 10 am to 2pm. Location: TBA..
2. Sunday, May 5th, 1pm to 5pm.
3. Sunday, July 21st, 2024, 1:00 pm arrival, stay overnight. Caddie/Adult joint orientation will be from 1:30-3:30pm. After 3:30pm, is Caddie only orientation. We will help with camp prep and get to know each other, plus refresh our camp skills!
Location: Camp Lakamaga.