Adult Learning  

We are committed to helping you be a success in your volunteer position. We have designed our training to be convenient, fun and loaded with information that will help you make the most out of your time with the girls. Staff and volunteer trainers are here to help you.

 

Trefoil Importance of Training

Progression is the key to the way Girl Scouts learn about the world around them. In practice, progression means using common sense in preparing for experience - one step at a time. A number of safeguards are built into the Girl Scout program to ensure progression and girl readiness Progression is also important for adults. Whether an adult is learning to take a group on a hike, stay overnight in a program center or prepare a meal over an outdoor stove, some basic safety considerations require that she/he be trained to take part in the planning and implementation of the adventure. In turn, adults then teach girls the necessary steps of successful planning.

Trefoil Training Requirements

All courses listed below are required or recommended based on your position as a volunteer. Please refer to the "If You" column to determine which trainings your position requires.

IMPORTANT NOTE: VE and all Grade Level trainings are available through two training methods: An in-person "Group Setting" or an online "Homestudy". The Homestudy option requires you to complete and submit the quiz and evaluation in order to receive credit. See training grid below.
*Blended Learning phone calls are no longer required components of training as of June 1, 2014.

If You: You Need:  Prerequisite: Course Description: Training Options:
Are a new volunteer
Girl Scouting 101 (GS101)

Disponible en Español
None

Everyone must take this course before starting any volunteer position. 

It has been designed to convey the vision, values and goals of Girl Scouts.

Online
Meet or work with girls on a regular basis Volunteer Essentials (VE) GS 101 VE offers vital information on the fundamentals of Girl Scouting while highlighting safety and group logistics.

This course must be completed BEFORE working with girls.
Group Setting

OR

Homestudy:

Read VE Homestudy Text
, then Take Online Quiz and Evaluation


*Blended Learning phone calls are no longer required components of training as of June 1, 2014.
Meet or work with girls on a regular basis: Grades K - 1 Daisy Grade Level GS101
VE
This course covers Daisy level information. Topics include girl/adult partnership, planning and progression, logistics, and recognition.

This course must be completed within 60 days of your first Daisy troop/group meeting
.
Group Setting

OR 

Homestudy:

Read Text then take

Quiz/Evaluation


*Blended Learning phone calls are no longer required components of training as of June 1, 2014.
Meet or work with girls on a regular basis: Grades 2 - 3 Brownie Grade Level GS101
VE
This course covers Brownie level information. Topics include girl/adult partnership, planning and progression, logistics, and recognition.

This course must be completed within 60 days of your first Brownie troop/group meeting.
Group Setting

OR 

Homestudy:

Read Text then take 
Quiz/Evaluation


*Blended Learning phone calls are no longer required components of training as of June 1, 2014.
Meet or work with girls on a regular basis: Grades 4 - 5 Junior Grade Level GS101
VE
This course covers Junior level information. Topics include girl/adult partnership, planning and progression, logistics, and recognition.

This course must be completed within 60 days of your first Junior troop/group meeting.
Group Setting

OR 

Homestudy:

Read Text then take 
Quiz/Evaluation


*Blended Learning phone calls are no longer required components of training as of June 1, 2014.
Meet or work with girls on a regular basis: Grades 6 - 8 Cadette Grade Level GS101
VE
This course covers Cadette level information. Topics include girl/adult partnership, planning and progression, logistics, and recognition.

This course must be completed within 60 days of your first Cadette troop/group meeting.
Group Setting

OR 

Homestudy:

Read Text then take 
Quiz/Evaluation


*Blended Learning phone calls are no longer required components of training as of June 1, 2014.
Meet or work with girls on a regular basis: Grades 9 - 12 Senior/Ambassador Grade Level GS101
VE
This course covers Senior/Ambassador level information. Topics include girl/adult partnership, planning and progression, logistics, and recognition.

This course must be completed within 60 days of your first Senior/Ambassador troop/group meeting.
Group Setting

OR 

Homestudy:

Read Text then take 
Quiz/Evaluation


*Blended Learning phone calls are no longer required components of training as of June 1, 2014.
Want to leave the meeting space and/or stay overnight in a closed structure with running water, heat, toilets, lights, kitchen facilities and phone/cell coverage Girls on the Move GS101
VE
Grade level
This course provides adults with the skills necessary to facilitate progression in girl-led travel planning. Go step-by-step through the thinking and planning involved in short field trips, daytime outdoor activities.

This course is designed to be taken approximately three months prior to taking girls away from regular meeting place.

Group Setting

OR 

Homestudy:

Read GOTM Resource Guide and submit Quiz/Evaluation
Want to take girls camping at an established site that is missing one or more amenity Outdoor Skills 1 GS101
VE
Grade level
Girls on the Move
This course gives adults the skills to lead and prepare their girls in basic outdoor camping skills for use at an established site. Group Setting
Want to take girls on a trip of four (4) nights or more Extended Trip GS101
VE
Grade level
Girls on the Move
This course helps adults get girls involved in planning a big trip. Topics include safety, choosing destinations, transportation, budgeting and fundraising. Group setting
Want to take girls overnight to a non-established site Outdoor Skills 2 Outdoor Skills 1 This course provides adults with the skills to lead and prepare their girls in advanced outdoor skills for use outside of an established site. Group setting

*Blended Learning phone calls are no longer required components of training as of June 1, 2014.

 

Trefoil CPR & First Aid

A first aider is an adult volunteer who has taken Girl Scout–approved first aid and CPR training that includes specific instructions for child CPR. The Safety Activity Checkpoints specify when a first aider needs to be present and GSOSW's Policies and Procedures indicated that one needs to be present for an overnight regardless of the activity taking place. Training in first aid and CPR is available from the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, EMP America or American Heart Association. GSOSW offers American Red Cross certification classes. These classes are scheduled throughout the membership year at various locations across the council. Click here to see the first aid classes that are currently scheduled »

For additional help understanding certifications mentioned in Safety Activity Checkpoints and where to obtain them, please contact the Volunteer Support Administrative Assistant at (800) 875-2451.

Trefoil Theda Family Endowment

It is well known that Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. It is less well known however, that Girl Scouting also provides tremendous growth opportunities for adult women. 

theda endowment

Participation in the Girl Scout program provides everyone involved with access to life-changing experiences, increased self-confidence and leadership skills. The Theda family witnessed this first-hand and would like to provide education and travel experiences for other Girl Scout adult volunteers. Two awards will be given yearly for up to $1,200 each. 

Find out more details about the Theda Family Endowment and apply with the Endowment Application.  Please see page 3 of the document for an informational letter. Submissions are accepted year-round and are reviewed in November and May for disbursement in December and June. 


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