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Training Catalog

The Volunteer Training offered by GSU prepares and equips volunteers for working with girls by providing the knowledge and confidence necessary for carrying out meaningful Girl Scout programs.

Training Catalog

All Adults
This training tab is under construction, thank you for your patience as we get our new trainings up and running. 
Troop Leaders
New Troop Leader Training
  • Content: Everything you need to know to be a troop leader- policies and safety, programs, troop finances, accessing resources, how to work with parents and girls and more.
  • Availability: classroom or online
  • Required for all Troop Leaders and Co-Leaders
Volunteer Toolkit Tutorials
  • Content: Learn more about Volunteer Toolkit(VTK) and how to utilize it for your troop. Revisit this training anytime to refresh your skills and answer VTK questions. 
  • Availability: online or by request
  • Highly Recommended for all Troop Leaders and Co-Leaders
Girl Level Trainings
  • Content: Learn tools, tips, ideas and traditions for working with each specific Girl Level. Each training includes tips group management, outdoor activities, programming, and more for your troops specific age group. 
  • Availability: online 
  • Highly Recommended for all Troop Volunteers
Steps to Multi-Level Troop Success
  • Content: Come learn how to successfully lead girls at various levels and ensure every girl is receiving a high quality, girl led experience. During this training we will review the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and how to implement Girl-Led at different age levels, how to utilize resources including Volunteer Toolkit to plan meetings, and best practices around planning meetings and keeping older girls engaged. 
  • Availability: Classroom
  • Highly Recommended for all Troop Volunteers of Multi-Level Troops
Including Girls of All Abilities
  • Content: Help every girl feel welcome and included in your troop. Learn how to include girls of different abilities and make adjustments when necessary. Most importantly, learn how you can be inclusive while also helping girls achieve their potential. 
  • Availability: Classroom
  • Highly Recommended for all Troop Volunteers
Enhance Your Troop
Troop Leader Boost
  • Content: Looking to sharpen your skills and boost your impact as a Girl Scout Leader? Come to this new training and learn more about the many pieces of being a Girl Scout Leader. Meet other leaders like you, share ideas, and ask questions.
  • Availability: Classroom
  • Reccomended for troop leaders who took New Troop Leader Training 2+ years ago. 
Journeys *New and Improved
  • Content: How can I use the Journeys with my troop? – Here’s your answer! This course teaches you how to carry out the Girl Scout Journeys with your girls.  It covers the opportunities available to each grade level, girl progression, and engaging girls in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This training also provides a hands-on approach to planning and using Journey activities in your troop meetings.
  • Availability: classroom
STEM 101
  • Content: Looking to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math with your girls? Check out our STEM trainings. Adults and older girls can explore the STEM badges and journeys through hands-on activities, as well as learn about women in STEM and how Girl Scouts helps. Badges and Journeys covered may vary between trainings based on badge releases or other factors. 
  • Availability: classroom
Older Girl Leadership Opportunites and Awards
  • Content: Come try out this new training and learn how to keep your Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors engaged in Girl Scouts. Older girls have access to so many fun and unique Girl Scout opportunities. Come learn about them and how your girls can grow as leaders of courage, confidence, and character in the areas they are most interested in.
  • Availability: classroom
Camping and the Outdoors (Take 6+ weeks in advance)
Camping 101
  • Content: Learn practical outdoor skills and camping with Girl Scouts (safety and policies); camping and travel progression
  • Availability: classroom or Online (Renewal only)
  • Required for any outdoor experience or activity lasting 1 night or more. The training must be renewed every 2 years to remain valid.
CPR/First Aid
  • Content: Certification in Red Cross CPR, First Aid and AED
  • Availability: classroom
  • 120 Day Extension: Redcross is currently offering this 120 day extension to help indviduals who's certificates are expiring durring COVID-19 Social Distancing. 
  • Required At least 1 adult voluneer must be present for any activity outside of your regular meeting time and place. The training must be renewed every 2 years to remain valid.
Wilderness First Aid
  • Content: 16 hour Certification in Red Cross Wilderness First Aid.
  • Availability: classroom (once every Spring and by request)
  • Required for any activity located more thatn a 30 minute journey away from emergency medical care. This training must be renewed every 2 years to remain valid.
Pool and Waterfront Lifeguarding
  • Content: 26 hour Certification in Red Cross Pool and/or Waterfront Lifeguarding.
  • Availability: classroom (once every Spring and by request)
  • Required for any water activities where a certified lifeguard is not already present (see Safety Activty Check Points for activities requiring lifeguards)
Archery
  • Content: Become certified to teach basic level Archery with girls
  • Availability: classroom (once every Spring and by request)
  • Required for running an archery range where a certified instructor is not already present.
High and Low Ropes
  • Content: Become certified to teach basic high and low ropes.
  • Availability: classroom (once every Spring and by request)
  • Required for running an high or low ropes course where a certified instructor is not already present.
Dutch Oven Cooking
  • Content: Enhance your outdoor skills and add variety to your next Girl Scout camping trip. All materials will be provided. Girls in grades 6-12 may attend with an adult or troop with adults. This is not a girl only training. Adults can attend as individuals.
  • Availability: classroom
  • Optional for all volunteers.
Trips and Travel (Take 6 weeks to 6 months in advance)
CPR/First Aid
  • Content: Get your Red Cross certification in CPR, First Aid and AED
  • Availability: classroom
  • 120 Day Extension: Redcross is currently offering this 120 day extension to help indviduals who's certificates are expiring durring COVID-19 Social Distancing. 
  • Required. At least 1 adult voluneer must be present for any activity outside of your regular meeting time and place. The training must be renewed every 2 years to remain valid.
Planning Trips with Girl Scouts
  • Content: Learn about the policies and safety requirements and the travel progression of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
  • Availability: online 
  • Required for all travel, including short trips
Planning Extended and Overnight Trips
  • Content: Learn how to plan and carry out trips with girls, according to GSU policies and travel progression requirements according to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
  • Availability: classroom and online (Renewal only)
  • Required for all overnight trips of 3 nights or longer. This training must be renewed every 2 years to remain valid.
Planning International Trips
  • Content: Learn about council policies for travel, money-earning, emergency procedures, accommodations, travel resources and much more. 
  • Availability: by request (contact us)
  • Prerequisite: Planning Extended Overnight and National Trips
  • Required by all adults and girls who will be attending the international trip and should be taken at leaset 6 months prior to the travel dates. Required for all adults volunteering with trips outside of the United States. 
Optional Trainings
Take Action to Higher Awards
  • Content: Learn how to plan and carry out Take Action projects as part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, how to choose a project that creates a positive and sustainable difference in the world. Discuss how to do a Take Action project for the Higher Awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold).
  • Availability: by request or online
Songs and Games
  • Content: Learn how to lead traditional songs and games, a Girl Scout tradition that brings girls together, raises confidence and breaks down social barriers. 
  • Availability: by request
Kaper Charts*
  • Content: Learn about Kaper Charts, a fun Girl Scout tradition that will help the girls take responsibility for their troop.
  • Availability: Online
Having Fun with Purpose*
  • Content: Learn about the three processes of Girl Scouting
  • Availability: Online
GS University: Additional Online Trainings*

*These trainings do not count towards the GSU Training Certificate Program.

Trainings for Older Girls
Program Aide Training
  • Content: This training is for Cadette girls who wish to earn their Program Aide qualification. The training is the second part of three requirements. Please contact your Higher Award Representative and the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for more information.
  • Availability: classroom 
  • Required for all Girls who want to be a Program Aide.
Volunteer in Training
  • Content: This training is for Seniors and Ambassadors (must have completed grade 9) who wish to earn their Volunteer in Training qualification. The training is the second part of 3 requirements. Please contact your Higher Award Representative and the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for more information.
  • Availability: classroom (by request) 
  • Required for Girls who wish to become a Volunteer in Training. 
Service Unit Leadership Team

Find service unit position trainings and more on the service unit team resources page.

How to Register:

Classroom

  1. Visit the ACTIVITIES calendar or visit ACTIVITIES under the MYGS tab 
  2. Choose the training you'd like to attend
  3. Click the register button and follow the steps 

Online

1. Select the training from the Training Catalog
2. Click "online"
3. Follow the training and complete any associated quizes and surveys 

 

Volunteer Training Certificates

  • Training participants will recieve a digital certificate of completion for every in-person training and online training (when an online quiz submitted). 
  • Every volunteer who recieves five or more certificates in a Membership Year will recieve a Leadership Development Pin.
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