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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!

View the full listing of Volunteer Trainings: Summer and Fall 2018-2019

View the 2018-2019 Service Unit Meeting Schedule.

Council 101 & Finance

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

Find the session that works for you!

Virtual Training (Works best in Internet Explorer)

Girl Scouting 101 - Español

Required materials:

Finance Resources:

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.

Find the session that works for you!

Mandated Reporter Online Training

Mandated reporter online training is a required one-hour session that covers the responsibilities and procedures for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect. GSWISE also recommends that volunteers complete the Stewards of Children: Darkness to Light supplemental training as an additional measure, but it is not required. Darkness to Light teaches adults how to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Materials: Children and Youth Protection Guidelines

Required for Wisconsin Mandated Reporter Training:

Optional training Stewards of Children: Darkness to Light :

Medic First Aid and CPR Course

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.

Find the session that works for you!

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.

Find the session that works for you!

Virtual Training (Virtual Trainings work best in Internet Explorer)

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.

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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.

Look for training dates in the Connections Girl Scout Events Guide.

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.

Look for training dates in the Connections Girl Scout Events Guide.

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.

Find the session that works for you!

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!”  

WISE Leader Series

Our webinars are designed to help you develop your leadership skills so you can help girls develop theirs.  Each webinar offers ideas, provides suggestions, and answer questions on subjects that are important to volunteers like you.  Watch one or catch them all! 


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

Administrative Volunteer Trainings