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: Effective January 1, 2016, Girl Scouts OSW will implement a $5 late registration fee and a cancellation/transfer fee for all training courses. 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
Discover the vision, values and goals of Girl Scouts in a self-paced online orientation to the world of Girl Scouting. Read more »
Volunteer Essentials Modules
Learn the basic essentials needed to be successful in a volunteer role with Girl Scouts.
- Volunteer Essentials
- Troop Finance
- Troop Safety
REQUIRED FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:
Gain the skills you need to teach girls to safely participate in activities while camping at an established site. Read more »
Backpacking and Primitive Camping
Master the advanced skills needed to successfully take girls camping at a primitive site and/or on an overnight backpacking trip of up to three (3) nights. Read more »
Find out how to prepare Girl Scout troops for trips of four (4) or more nights or more than 200 miles outside the council jurisdiction boundaries. Read more »
Receive a two-year certification in First Aid and child and adult CPR and AED, required for many activities in Girl Scouting. Read more »
Wilderness First Aid
Gain a foundation of first aid principles and skills for responding to remote emergencies when immediate emergency medical services will be delayed or are unavailable. Read more »
An interactive "outdoor" volunteer resource.
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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. Read more »
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.