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Adult Training

Progression is key to the way Girl Scouts learn about the world around them. In practice, progression means using common sense when preparing for experiences - one step at a time. Progression is equally important for adult volunteers. Whether an adult is learning to take a group on a hike, prepare their girls to 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 teach girls the necessary steps and processes of successful planning.

We are committed to helping you be successful 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.

Please note: Late registration and cancellation/transfer of any training courses is subject to a $5 fee. If you wish to register after online registration closes, it may be possible to do so over the phone for an additional $5. If you wish to transfer to another training, you will be charged a $5 fee. If you wish to cancel your registration for a training and do so five (5) or more business day prior to the training, you will be refunded the cost of the training less $5. If the training cost is less than $5, or you are cancelling less than five (5) business days prior to the training, no refund will be given.

What trainings do you need?

Explore each training below to find out:

  • What you'll learn
  • When it needs to be completed
  • Available participation options
  • Prerequisites and cost

NEW VOLUNTEERS:

GS 101

Discover the vision, values and goals of Girl Scouts in a self-paced online orientation to the world of Girl Scouting.

Who should take this training?

This course is required for all troop leaders, troop treasurers, extended travel advisor/council-sponsored trip advisors, fall and cookie product managers, extended travel chaperones/council sponsored trip chaperones, service team members, council-level volunteer team members, and service unit delegates.

What does the training include?

This approximately 45 minute online course has been designed by Girl Scouts of the USA to convey the vision, values and goals of Girl Scouts. Girl Scouting 101 is a self-paced online orientation to the world of Girl Scouting.

When does the training need to be completed?

This course should be taken prior to beginning a volunteer position.

Prerequisites:

None

Fee:

None

Begin this orientation »
Volunteer Essentials (VE Module)

The first in the Volunteer Essentials (VE) Training Module series, VE covers vital information on the fundamentals of Girl Scouting while highlighting our mission & vision, volunteer resources & expectations, and group logistics. This module will help any GSOSW volunteer learn basic Girl Scout program information and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Follow along in the comfort of your home as we cover the “must know” procedures to help you plan and prepare for your leadership experience.  

This module is required for all Girl Scout volunteers except activity drivers and booth sales assistants, for whom it is recommended. At the end of the course, be sure to click the “post your results” button and fill out the corresponding page in order to be given credit for taking this training.

Take this training online »
Versión en español »
Troop Safety (VE Module)

The second training in the Volunteer Essentials Training Module series, Troop Safety covers in depth how to keep girls safe in Girl Scouting. Learn about Safety Activity Checkpoints (SACs), girl to adult ratios, collecting and maintaining health history records, child and adult CPR and First Aid requirements, traveling safely, and reporting abuse. This course walks you through how to use the SACs, GSOSW emergency procedures, travel guidelines, and, above all, how to make Girl Scouts a physically and emotionally safe place for all girls. We recommend taking this course after you have completed GS101 and the VE module.

This module is required for all Girl Scout volunteers except Booth Sales Assistants, for whom it is recommended. At the end of the course, be sure to click the “post your results” button and fill out the corresponding page in order to be given credit for taking this training.

Take this training online »
Versión en español »
Troop Finance (VE Module)

The third training in the Volunteer Essentials Training Module series, Troop Finance covers how to establish and manage a troop bank account, how to manage financial records, and how to maneuver through changes to your troop. This course answers your Girl Scout financial questions by explaining Girl Scout bank account basics, tips for using Girl Scout funds with your girls, and troop treasury as a way to bring financial literacy to girls.

Troop Finance training is required for any volunteer who is a signer on a Girl Scout bank account or who will be handling Girl Scout funds. The training must be completed before becoming a signer on an account. At the end of the course, be sure to click the “post your results” button and fill out the corresponding page in order to be given credit for taking this training.

Take this training online »
Versión en español »
VE In Action (In-person training for VE Modules)

This is the in person version of all of the Volunteer Essentials modules.

Have a copy of your Volunteer Essentials book handy and delve deeper into how to use this incredible resource in a classroom facilitated course with an experienced GSOSW council trainer. In this training, you will be lead through the information presented in all three online Volunteer Essentials Training Modules, with the added bonus of having your questions answered by your trainer.  Just like the individual modules, this course offers vital information on the fundamentals of Girl Scouting while highlighting safety and group logistics. Plus, meet other volunteers just starting out in your area.

Fee:

$3

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REQUIRED FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:

Day Trips

This course explores all the ways to help you and your girls plan and implement safe, fun and successful activities. This training focuses on readiness and progression in learning for both the girls and the adults associated with the troop. 

Who should take this training?

This training is for adults who are preparing Girl Scout troops to leave their regular meeting space for activities such as field trips and day trips. Before your girls plan an outing, you have to feel comfortable with the idea of going outdoors and know how to determine if your girls are ready to venture beyond the meeting space. Equally important is determining if you and the other adults are ready. 

What does the training include?

Readiness, progression, girl led planning, staying safe, transportation, dress and gear, menu planning progression,  manners and rules, and outing follow-up evaluation.

When does the training need to be completed?

We recommended that you take this course up to three (3) months prior to any planned event in order to allow time for planning and trip approval. After this course, you will have the opportunity to return to your troop and implement the skills learned in the classroom well before your outing. It takes time to teach girls the necessary skills and allow time for practice to ensure that outings are girl led, not adult driven.

Day Trips is required a minimum of one (1) month prior to leaving the meeting site. Only one troop volunteer is required to have Day Trips training on their record in order for troops to be able to leave the meeting space. However, the trained volunteer must be in attendance the day of the outing or the troop cannot go.

Prerequisites:

GS101, Volunteer Essentials and Troop Safety modules or VEIA.

Fee:

$3

Download the Day Trips and Indoor Overnights Resource Guide »

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Indoor Overnights

Come talk to other leaders and experienced trainers to learn how to plan basic to complex indoor overnight trips with your Girl Scouts!

Who should take this training?

This training is for adults who are preparing Girl Scout groups to leave their regular meeting space and progressively participate in indoor overnight adventures (up to three (3) nights). Facility must be a closed, structured building that has the following amenities: water, heat, toilets, lights, kitchen facilities, and cell/phone coverage. During the training we will explore all the ways to help you and your girls plan and implement safe, fun, and successful activities.

What does the training include?

Readiness, progression, girl led planning for overnights, manners and rules for overnights, health and safety, homesickness/night noises, dress and gear, food and cooking, transportation, necessary paperwork, and outing follow-up evaluation.

When does the training need to be completed?

This course is required to be completed two (2) months prior to indoor overnight trip. Only one troop volunteer is required to have Indoor Overnights training on their record in order for troops to be able to leave the meeting space. However, the trained volunteer must be in attendance the day of the outing or the troop cannot go.

Prerequisites:

GS101, Volunteer Essentials and Troop Safety modules or VEIA, and Day Trips.

Fee:

$3

Download the Day Trips and Indoor Overnights Resource Guide »

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Outdoor Skills

Learn how to teach your girls to go camping the Girl Scout way! This approximately nine (9) hour training includes hands-on instruction allowing adults to learn how to teach girls at all levels to safely prepare food, learn knife and fire safety skills, cook outdoors and manage a campsite. 

Who should take this training?

This training is for adults who are preparing Girl Scout groups to camp at an established site. This course teaches adults the skills to teach girls to safely participate in activities while camping when one or more of the following amenities are missing: water, heat, toilets, lights, kitchen facilities, and cell/phone coverage.

What does the training include?

Progression review, health and safety review, camp setup, appropriate dress and gear for camp, camp sanitation, kitchen setup/patrol boxes, knife safety, snack food preparation, fire starters, fire craft, Dutch ovens/propane stoves, wood preparation and wood fire cooking, lunch food preparation, basic tents, and knots.

When does the training need to be completed?

It is recommended that this training is taken at the first available opportunity, but minimum three (3) to six (6) months before a group plans an outing.  Outdoor Skills is only offered in person in an outdoor setting.  

This course is required before taking a camping trip or attending some service unit camporees. Only one troop volunteer is required to have Outdoor Skills training on their record in order for troops to be able to go on a camping trip. However, the trained volunteer must be in attendance during the trip or the troop cannot go.

Prerequisites:

Volunteer Essentials and Troop Safety modules or VEIA, Day Trips, and Indoor Overnights.  

Fee:

Yes

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Backpacking

During this minimum two (2) day training, you will learn advanced skills in how to teach your girls to plan and prepare for a trip, safely load a backpack suitable for their size and experience, understanding and use of the Ten Essentials, and prepare meals using multiple methods suitable for the location.  Learn to use knots and lashing to create an emergency shelter, basic compass and orienteering skills, equipment options, primitive sanitation, water purification and emergency preparedness, among other important outdoor skills. This next step in outdoor progression will give you the advanced tools you need to guide girls in becoming more self-sufficient and confident in their own outdoor skills.

Who should take this training?

Adults preparing to take girls camping at a primitive site and/or on an overnight backpacking trip of up to three (3) nights.

What does the training include?

Backpacking introduction, Leave No Trace, the Ten Essentials, trip rating systems, appropriate equipment/ gear/clothing, backpacks 101, tents, water purification, backpackers kitchen, food planning, wilderness sanitation, topographical map skills, compass skills, Wilderness First Aid requirements and kits, and helpful resources.

When does the training need to be completed?

It is recommended that this training is taken at the first available opportunity, but minimum three (3) to six (6) months before a group plans an outing.

Prerequisites:

Volunteer Essentials and Troop Safety modules or VEIA, Day Trips, Indoor Overnights, and Outdoor Skills.

Fee:

Yes

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Extended Travel

Come learn about taking your girls on longer trips and cover topics like safety, travel progression, transportation, behaviors, expectations, budgeting and fundraising.

Who should take this training?

This course is required when a leader wants to take girls on trip of four (4) or more nights or more than 200 miles outside the council jurisdiction boundaries.  It is designed to teach adults how to ensure girls are involved and participating in the planning of an extended trip.  This training is for Girl Scout Junior leaders and above, and will review all the necessary information needed to plan and implement an extended trip with their girls. 

What does the training include?

Travel progression, travel goals, policy and procedures, safety checkpoints, travel logistics, budgets, behaviors and expectations.

When does the training need to be completed?

This course is required to be completed two (2) months prior to trip. 

Only one troop volunteer is required to have Extended Travel training on their record in order for troops to be able to go on an extended trip. However, the trained volunteer must be in attendance on the outing or the troop cannot go.

Prerequisites:

GS101, Volunteer Essentials and Troop Safety modules or VEIA, Day Trips, and Indoor Overnights.

Fee:

$3

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CPR/FIRST AID:

CPR/First Aid

In order to keep Girl Scouts a safe place for girls, this class is offered to any volunteer interested in increasing their emergency response skills. 

Who should take this training?

This course is required for volunteers as specified by GSOSW Council Volunteer Policies and Procedures and Safety Activity Checkpoints. The strictest policy in any given situation is to be followed.

What does the training include?

Child and adult CPR and first aid training is available from GSOSW, as well as other institutions such as the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, EMP America or the American Heart Association. GSUSA does not approve CPR and First Aid training that is only online - there must be an in person component in order for the training to fulfill Girl Scout requirements.

This training is a two year certification course.

When does the training need to be completed?

It is recommended that this training is taken at the first available opportunity, and must include training in  adult and child CPR.

Prerequisites:

None

Fee:

Yes

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Wilderness First Aid

This 16 hour weekend course provides a foundation of first aid principles and skills for individuals responding to remote emergencies when immediate emergency medical services will be delayed or are unavailable.  This is a scenario based class, so there will be a lot of hands-on practice of skills.

Who should take this training?

Adults preparing to take girls on an activity more than 30 minutes from Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

What does the training include?

Topics include primary and secondary assessments, head (brain), neck and spinal injuries, heat-related emergencies, hypothermia, altitude-related illnesses, burns, bone and joint injuries, wounds and wound infection, plus more!

Participants need to be physically able to move around in all weather gear, to be able to lie on the ground as a simulated “victim” for up to 30 minutes, and need to have valid CPR and First Aid certification, or be signed up for an upcoming CPR and First Aid training.

Participants must be present for all 16 required training hours. This training includes a two year certification, and fulfills Level 2 First Aider requirements.

When does the training need to be completed?

Wilderness First Aid is required if a troop is traveling or staying more than 30 minutes from EMS.

Prerequisites:

CPR and First Aid.

Fee:

Yes

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Grade Level Trainings

Grade Level Trainings
These courses teach adult volunteers about Girl Scout grade level programs (Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior/Ambassador) and the intricacies of working with girls at each level.

Who should take this training?
It is recommended for all leaders working with girls.

What does the training include?
Each course level invites volunteers to come learn skills and tips to becoming a great leader and share their ideas and successes with other volunteers! This classroom or at home training covers the specific information needed to lead or prepare to lead girls in each of the Girl Scout grade levels. The Volunteer Essentials handbook will be used as a resource and tool, so prepare to have it handy. Some of the topics that will be covered in this course are grade level characteristics, troop government, girl/adult partnership, planning with girls, troop meetings, program resources, recognitions/insignia/ceremonies. 

While reviewing these course materials at home can be convenient and easy, we recommend you join us in the classroom for training. Not only do you get the benefit of an experienced GSOSW council trainer, you have the opportunity to network with other leaders working with the same grade level.

When does the training need to be completed?
While these courses are not required, we strongly recommend them for all leaders.

Prerequisites:
GS101, Volunteer Essentials and Troop Safety modules or VEIA

Fee:
$3

Take an online training:
Daisy »
Brownie »
Junior »
Cadette »
Senior/Ambassador »

OR Find an in-person grade level training »


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 that Girl Scouting also provides tremendous growth opportunities for women. Participation in the Girl Scout program provides those involved with access to life-changing experiences, increased self-confidence and leadership skills. The Theda family witnessed this first-hand and wanted 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 guide. Submissions are accepted year-round and are reviewed in November and May for disbursement in December and June.