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Volunteer Training

Confident leaders are prepared leaders! We’ve got you, Girl Scout volunteers. When you volunteer with Girl Scouts, you’ll uncover new strengths and build on them. And we’re here to help you shine. Check out these training courses—some even online—to make the most of your volunteer experience.

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.*

In December, the American Red Cross will be updating its course material for the First Aid and CPR course. We will need some additional time to review the new material and make sure our volunteer trainers are all ready to provide you with the best First Aid and CPR training possible. For this reason, we will not be scheduling any First Aid and CPR trainings until February 1, 2022. You are still encouraged to use the Volunteer Training and Support Request found on the Volunteer Training page of the GSMH website.

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. This training is available as a home study course to do at your own pace.

Indoor Overnights & Day Trip Training

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 on gsLearn or by contacting the Training Specialist for Volunteers. A brief evaluation test is included and must be submitted and reviewed for you to receive course credit. This training is available on gsLearn as a home study course to do at your own pace. This course is a pre-requisite for Outdoor Level 1 Training.

Mandated Reporter Training

All Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland volunteers are mandated reporters. Even though each state has it's own guidelines for being a mandated reporter, most of the requirements are similar. Since volunteers and girls in GSMH will be traveling to events in three different states, we recommend making yourself familiar with the guidelines for each state. This course is available on gsLearn.

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! This training is required before your first troop meeting and is only available as an in-person training. Contact your Troop/SU Support Specialist or your New Leader Specialist to set up this training.

Outdoor Trainings

Outdoor Level 1 Training
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 available on gsLearn as a home study course to do at your own pace. Prerequisite: Indoor Overnights and Day Trip Training.

Outdoor Level 2 Training
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 Training
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 Training 
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 and is only available in person.

Successful Leader Learning Series

Through this course, troop leaders will receive an introduction to Girl Scouts and gain insight into how Successful Girl Scout Leaders incorporate the 'Girl Scout Way' into thoughts and actions, know and apply GSLE when working with their troop to develop G.I.R.L.s, create a safe, inclusive, girl-led space which embraces troop diversity, understand and execute council specific guidelines around troop operations, and guide their troop into outdoor activities. This training is recommended before your New Leader Orientation and is only availble on gsLearn.

Volunteer Toolkit Tutorials

This is a four part video series about the Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit for troop leaders that includes steps for setting up your year plan, managing meeting plans, setting meeting details, and customizing your year plan.  This training is only available on gsLearn.

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

On Request Trainings
We schedule a variety of training dates and locations, but we know that volunteers may need additional options! We offer the following trainings upon request: New Leader Orientation, Grade Level Training, CPR/First Aid, and Outdoor Level 2 and 3. If you are interested in scheduling an on request training near you, please complete the Volunteer Training and Support Request