Sugar Hollow Day Camp is staffed entirely by volunteers. Youth Staff are the backbone of our camp program, and we could not run camp without them. Want to join the fun?
All youth staff positions are for the whole session, Monday-Friday, and include the overnight. Youth staff will be assigned to a unit or the admin team to support activities throughout the week. Additionally, they will help run 1-2 skill stations and serve whole-camp meals.
January - Directors start recruiting staff
January-March - Staff register for camp
April-July - Staff prepare and train for camp
Four Youth Staff Levels
Junior Assistant (JA)
JA's are girls entering the 8th grade in the fall. JA is a one-year position, and JA’s return as a CPA or CIT the following year.
JA's come to camp to assist the staff with all activities and to help campers practice skills.
JA's must attend the SHDC-specific youth staff training prior to working at camp but are not required to attend the council-run CPA training.
Cadette Program Aide (CPA)
CPA's are girls entering the 8th-12th grade in the fall. CPA is a one-year position, and CPA’s return as a CIT the following year. Girls may attend as a CPA for a second year if they are of CIT age but unable to attend CIT training.
CPA's come to camp to assist the staff with all activities and to help campers practice skills.
CPA's must attend the council-run CPA training session that focuses on building leadership skills in addition to SHDC-specific youth staff training prior to working at camp.
Counselor in Training (CIT) I
CIT I's are girls entering the 9th-12th grade in the fall. CIT is a two-year position. CIT’s earn their youth staff whistle during their first year of service and graduate to CIT II during their second year.
They come to camp to develop leadership skills by working with staff and teaching skills to campers.
CIT I's must attend a council-run weekend-long training session that focuses on outdoor skills in a camp setting in addition to SHDC-specific youth staff training prior to working at camp.
Counselor in Training (CIT) II
CIT II's are girls entering the 11th-12th grade in the fall. CIT II is a two-year position, and CIT II’s return to camp as adult staff once they turn 18 years of age.
They should have several years of camp experience and CIT leadership training.
CIT II's must attend the SHDC-specific youth staff training prior to working at camp. This is no council-run training for this level.
Youth Staff Fees
JA: 50% of camp fee
CPA, CIT, & CIT II: no fee
If not already, all youth volunteers must become Girl Scouts and pay the $32 registration fee with GSUSA.
Youth Staff Training Sessions
GSVSC CPA Training: tbd
GSVSC CIT Training (3 Options)
Camp Icimani: tbd
Camp Sac: tbd
Camp Sugar Hollow: tbd
All Youth Staff
SHDC Youth Staff Training: tbd
Join Our 2020 Youth Staff Mailing List
Our 2019 youth staff receive sneak-peak emails about registration deadlines, training events, and open spots. Join this mailing list to be added to these exclusive emails. Keep an eye out for emails starting in January 2020.