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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 a schedule of 2017-2018 Service Unit meetings.

Council 101 & Finance
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.

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.

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 (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.

Register for in-person training. 

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 spring.

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 spring.

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.


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! 

Tuesday, February 6
Keeping Girl Scout Traditions & Customizing Troop Activities

Tuesday, February 13
Tips for Working with Groups of Girls

February 20
Managing Behaviors

Tuesday, February 27
Dealing with Wiggles & Giggles

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


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