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Volunteer Training

A leader is defined not only by the qualities and skills one has, but also by how those qualities and skills are used to make a difference in the world. Changing the world for the better might sound like a daunting task, but knowing how to be safe, manage your finances, and perform CPR will help you along the way. We are committed to providing you with quality resources, ideas, and support. Training courses are an integral part of that support. Listed here are the training courses we offer to our volunteers. 

Girl Scouting 101

This online session provides an overview of Girl Scouting, including our Promise and Law, Girl Scout Mission, history, introduction to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and Journey program. This training is required before your first troop meeting.

New Leader Orientation

Required for troop leaders and assistant leaders, new leader orientation training is an in-person session that prepares new leaders for the basics of starting a troop. It is required before meeting with your troop. You will learn how to register girls and adults, set up a bank account, handle emergencies, use Safety Activity Checkpoints, develop family support, conduct your first meeting, and much more!

Grade Level Training

The Girl Scout grade level trainings are designed to introduce you to the world of Girl Scouting for the specific age of your troop. Discover how the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and the Girl Scout Journeys work and how to guide your girls in their Girl Scout Leadership Experience. In-person options for this training are available and listed below. This training is required 6 months after appointment, and is also available as a home study course to do at your own pace.

Indoor Overnights & Day Trip Planning

This training is required for all day trips and indoor overnight stays. This course covers safety preparedness, GSMH policies and procedures, kaper charts, sleeping arrangements, and more. This course is offered as a home study packet, available on our website, or by contacting your regional leadership & learning specialist - volunteerism. A brief evaluation test is included and must be submitted for you to receive course credit. This training is required 6 months after appointment, and is available as a home study course to do at your own pace. This course is a pre-requisite for Outdoor Level 1 Training.

CPR/First Aid Training

First Aid & CPR Training is strongly recommended for at least one adult volunteer in every troop. The safety activity checkpoints for certain Girl Scout activities require that an adult be certified in First Aid and CPR and act as primary first aid provider. New and experienced leaders, assistant leaders, and other registered adults are encouraged to attend this course! Successful completion results in a 2-year certification in Adult and Child First Aid and CPR. Digital certificate available upon successful completion.

Outdoor Level 1

This training is required for day time and backyard camping. This course teaches participants outdoor cooking methods such as no-cook, charcoal, and buddy burners! We will cover kaper charts, basic knots, letterboxing, fire building, songs and games, and more. It is a pre-requisite for Outdoor Level 2 Training. This course is also offered as a home study course to do at your own pace. Prerequisite: Indoor Overnights and Day Trip Training.

Outdoor Level 2

This training prepares you to teach girls the skills for planning and experiencing a simple overnight camping trip—in a backyard or at a GSMH program center. You will learn how to incorporate the Girl Scout principles of safety, inclusiveness, progression of skills, girl leadership, and girl planning. Topics include knot-tying, cooking over a fire, dressing for the weather, packing, and programming. This course is a pre-requisite for Outdoor Level 3.

Outdoor Level 3

This training is required for tent camping at a GSMH Program Center or camping at an established campsite. This training prepares you to teach girls the skills involved with planning and experiencing a multi-day trip, including Outdoor Level 2 skills review, tent use and care, campsite selection, outdoor cooking with a skillet and fuel stove, knot-tying, and the Leave No Trace principles. This is an overnight training; participants sleep in tents. 

Wilderness First Aid

This fast-paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, ropes course facilitators, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts, and volunteers whose activities take them and their girls 30 minutes or more from the nearest medical center. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Successful completion results in a 2-year certification in Wilderness First Aid. Digital certificate available upon successful completion of course. Prerequisites: minimum age of 16 years and current American Red Cross CPR certification. Note: This is a two-day course.

To find an upcoming training scheduled in your area, please check the Volunteer 411.

On Request Trainings

We schedule a variety of training dates and locations, but we know that volunteers may need additional options. GSMH offers the following trainings upon request; minimum participant numbers may apply. 

Orientation
Grade Level Training
CPR/First Aid
Outdoor Level 2
Outdoor Level 3

If you are interested in scheduling an on request training near you, please email a leadership and learning specialist-volunteerism or call 877-312-4764.