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Learning and Support

With us, the fun of learning never stops! As your go-to-resource for all things Girl Scouts, we’ve outlined the required trainings, enrichment opportunities, and needed information to keep the good times rolling. We offer in-person and virtual options for most trainings, so you choose what works for best for you!

Council 101

The starting point for all Troop Co-Leaders, this required training will give you the ins and outs of Girl Scouts and troop management.

Register for in-person training
Virtual Training

Virtual Training - Espanol Councilio 101

Required materials: Council 101 Training booklet

Leadership Essentials

Be in the know about Journeys, ways to participate, and what girls are gaining from the Girl Scout program.  Learn how to engage with girls at all levels with Leadership Essentials.

Register for in-person training.

Medic First Aid/CPR and AED Training

Step-by-step, hands-on training that allows participants to respond effectively in emergency and life-threatening situations. At least one registered adult who accompanies a troop/group on activities or overnight trips must be certified in First Aid and CPR.

Members of your troop who are healthcare providers may also serve as first aiders: physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, and emergency medical technician. Volunteers are required to provide copies of cards and/or certificates that show current completion of First Aid and CPR training taken with a provider outside of GSWISE course offerings.

Register for in-person training

The following providers sponsor first aid and CPR certification courses. When looking for CPR training, be sure the course requires a test (not attendance only).
• American Red Cross
• EMP International (Basic first aid plus American Heart Association CPR)
• American Heart Association Heart Saver First Aid CPR AED classes
 

Planning the Overnight Experience

Facilitate an overnight trip for your Girl Scout troop. This training will help the troop plan a successful overnight experience for a large group.

Register for In-Person training.

Virtual Training

Required materials: Planning the Overnight experience booklet

Outdoor Skills Training

This hands-on course includes fire-building, proper meal preparation, campfire activities, and more. This training is required for at least one adult when building or cooking over a fire.

Register for in-person training 

Or
If you have a lot of outdoor/cooking experience, you may complete Outdoor Skills Exemption

Materials: Outdoor Skills Manual for Volunteers
 

Archery Instructor

Become certified for three years to teach archery.  Adults and teen Girl Scouts, 16 years and older, may attend this training and become certified. Teens still need a certified adult with them to teach archery.

Trainings will be offered in fall.

Canoe Instructor Certification

American Red Cross Small Craft Safety-Canoe Certification is required for at least one adult who is taking girls canoeing. Participants are expected to be experienced paddlers and will learn what to do when an emergency occurs on the water.

Trainings will be offered in fall.

GPS (Global Positioning Systems)

Learn how to use a GPS so your troop can participate in geocaching, a world-wide scavenger hunt. Go Geo! Take-out boxes are available for troop checkout from the four Resource Centers. Courses include instruction on using the council-owned GPS units as well as participating in a geocache scavenger hunt.

Trainings will be offered in fall.

Enrichments

Want to learn more about an aspect of Girl Scouting? Let’s do it! Our Enrichment Workshops are held regularly and topics vary. Past workshops have covered badges, songs, crafts, ceremonies and bridging, games, and more. See what trainings are being offered now as well as past recorded virtual enrichments.

Get to know GSWISE with "GSWISE Orientation"

Explore the joys of taking girls outside with “Venture Out!”  

Troop Finance Online Training [hyperlink to online training]
Take this course to learn details about managing troop finances. This course is divided into lessons if you only need a refresher on a topic or two.

Required Materials:
Troop Finance Packet 
Expense Categories 
Troop Expense/Revenue Spreadsheet

WISE Leader Series

This is a virtual learning opportunity for volunteers. The topics covered will empower you to have high quality experiences in mentoring Girl Scouts. Each session includes time for questions.

2016-2017 calendar of webinars (coming soon!)

Past Webinar Recordings

Building Blocks for Success- 9/17/2015

Troop Management and Parent Involvement- 10/20/2015

Behavior Management- 11/11/2015

Cookies & Computers- 11/21/016  

Girl Scout Meeting Video

Not sure how to run a troop meeting? Check out this video and see a troop in action!

How to have a Girl Scout meeting - Video in English

Como hacer una reunión de las Girl Scouts - Vídeo en Español

Anti-Bullying

Bullying is a national epidemic and a public health issue. Check out these resources to get your troop talking about bullying. Be the role model to help girls learn how to maintain healthy relationships. This set of activities by level will help your troop discuss and provide tools to deal with bullying.

When Words Hurt…Girl Scout Daisy Leader’s Guide 

When Words Hurt…Girl Scout Brownie Leader’s Guide

When Friends Are Not Friends… Girl Scout Junior Leader’s Guide