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Training and Support

Welcome Girl Scout volunteers!

You belong to a network of nearly one million adults who share an important commitment: preparing girls to lead successful lives. Below are links to courses, resources and events designed to support you, our volunteers.  Thank you for all you do!


New Troop Leadership/Support Volunteers (must complete within 6 months of appointment).  
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.
Time: approx. 45 min

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Safety Essentials

Explore the Volunteer Essentials Resource Guide and Safety Activity Checkpoints and discover how to conduct Girl Scout activities safely. 

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Volunteer Essentials
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Learn the three keys of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and how to use resources to support and deliver the Girl Scout Program.
Time: 2 hours

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Finance Report Training (Account Signers)

This course is required within the first 6 months of becoming an account signer for a troop or service unit bank account. During this live, online course, information will be provided to accurately complete the troop and service unit finance reports. This course is optional for anyone who is not a signer but wishes to learn more about how to manage troop and service unit accounts.

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New trainings are added periodically. Check back often for updated dates.

Training Policies and Procedures

Updated policies and procedures coming soon! 

 
 
Additional Courses
First Aid/CPR (Troop First-Aider)

Successful completion of this blended course earns the participant a First Aid/CPR certification for two years from ASHI and fulfills the requirements of a first aider for Girl Scout activities. Coursework involves both anonline portion and a physical face-to-face skills demonstration including a minimum of two minutes of CPR on a manikin. The link for the online coursework will be emailed approximately two weeks prior to the face-to-face class.

NOTE: Any first aid/CPR available online does not satisfy the requirements for Girl Scouts. Cost for this training is $30.

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Troop Camp Certification

This course must be completed by at least one adult (not necessarily the troop leader) before a troop can go camping. It is the their responsibility to attend pre-camp preparatory meetings with the girls. The adult helps girls prepare for the camping experience and then accompanies them on the camping trip.

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Council Delegate Training ( Elected Delegates)

Each delegate and alternate is required to complete specialized training for the position.

Council Delegate Training Video 

Complete the course and quiz online >>

Note: This is an open book quiz. The information you will need can be found in the Council Delegate Manual and Articles of Incorporation.

Troop Travel Training

Click here to watch and learn more about Troop Travel

Please take the Troop Travel quiz after reviewing the video playlist

 
 
Resources
Volunteer Essentials Resource Guide
Safety Activity Checkpoints
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ONE Heart Patch

Earn your Volunteer Development ONE Heart patch!

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Recruit a new volunteer or donor and add this patch to your collection! Find out how.

Roadmap
Road Map

Looking for assistance navigating your first year? The GSOH Road Map is designed to help you cover the basics for a successful year. Download them here: English | Spanish 

Volunteer Toolkit

Get online support for volunteers. Visit the Volunteer Toolkit page . 

Recognitions

Find out more about volunteer recognitions here.  

Troop Leadership Support Videos

Controlling the Room
Tips for troop leaders on the best way to get the attention of the girls in their troop.

Leader-daughter Dynamic
Tips for how to manage when troop leaders have their daughter in their troop.

Parent Meeting
Tips for engaging parents in troop meetings and activities.

Positive Troop Environment
Tips for creating and maintaining a sage and positive troop environment.

Start-up Activities
Examples of successful activities for the girls to do at the beginning of the troop meeting.

Troop Safety
Tips for troop leaders to ensure they are following safety guidelines with their troop.

Welcoming New Girls
Tips for troop leaders to ensure new girls feel welcome as a new troop member.

Outdoor Support Videos

Step by Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls
At Girl Scouts, we work to build girls’ outdoor skills and inspire girls to care for the environment as they grow. The Girl Scout Outdoor Progression Chart is a tool you can use as you advance girls’ skills in an age-appropriate way. 

Taking the Journeys Outside
It’s easy to take a Girl Scout Journey outside. Each Journey is full of fun, interactive activities that can easily go outdoors and inspire girls to love and protect the planet. Watch this video to find out how!

Planning Your Troop’s First Campout 
In order to have a great campout, you need to plan ahead—and be prepared. This video will give you plenty to think about as you plan your next outdoor adventure with Girl Scouts.

Introduction to Campsite Set-Up 
A safe, efficient campsite is important when camping. Watch and learn how to set up a proper camp!

Introduction to Cooking Outdoors
Propane, charcoal, box ovens—there are so many choices when cooking outside. This video shares ideas about the delicious possibilities. Tasty!

How to Leave No Trace Outdoors
A Girl Scout always leaves an area better than she found it. Throughout this video, girls will learn the importance of caring for the land, and how to easily “Leave No Trace” when exploring and enjoying the outdoors.

Introduction to Fire Building
To ensure a fun campfire experience and help minimize impact on the environment, this video provides basic skills on Leave No Trace ethics, wood gathering, types of fire building methods, and how to start and extinguish a campfire.

Outdoors Songs and Games
This video provides fun tips on how to teach songs and games to girls to do in the outdoors, and resources available to learn more about Girl Scout songs and games. 

The Dos and Don’ts of Backpacking
This video features some great tips to help you start planning your next backpacking trip this troop year!

 
 
Enrichment
Adult Camporee

S.T.E.A.M. Punk Adult Camporee
Join us on Sept. 7-9, 2018 at Camp Molly Lauman! Enjoy a fun-filled, S.T.E.A.M. punk getaway for adult members. Get a taste of camp as you stay in a platform tent, cabin, or “Tent City”, where you’ll camp among friends. S.T.E.A.M. punk-themed activities – today’s tech in Victorian times – will help you learn new skills and meet like-minded volunteers and members.

Register by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 24, 2018 through CORA
Rather register by form? No problem! Adult Camporee Registration Form

Accommodations and meals are included in the $50 registration fee.

Autumn Adventure

View the Guide and Registration!
November 10, 2018
Capital University's Ruff Memorial Learning Center - Bexley, OH 

Early Bird/ On Time Renewal

On Time Renewal begins July 1, 2018 and runs through September 7, 2018. Click here to learn more about early renewal incentives.