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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.

An asterisk designates required training for new troop leaders.

Girl Scouting 101

This online session is a self-paced online orientation for Girl Scouting, which includes 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 course's intended audience is volunteers who are new to the organization, whether they work directly with girls or behind the scenes.

This training is not required, but highly recommended for all new leaders. If the training does not load immediately, please click the Adobe Flash icon and allow Adobe Flash to run. 

Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)*

This required training for all new co-leaders will walk you through the digital planning tool that gives volunteers resources and program content to get the year started. Fully customizable, the toolkit is digitally responsive, so volunteers can plan and prepare practically anywhere.

View upcoming VTK Webinar Trainings >>

Service Unit Basics *

Service Unit Basics video is required for all troop leaders. It provides new adult volunteers the opportunity to meet with their service teams, as well as learn about forms, policies and procedures that support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Service Unit Basics is one of the first steps in education and is followed by further learning in Volunteer Essentials.

Service Unit Basics Quiz

Volunteer Essentials *

Volunteer Essentials will help prepare volunteers to effectively facilitate the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). You will learn about the GSLE and how to use the resources that support the GSLE, including Journeys and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Attendance for the entire session is important! Trainings will be set up at the request of your service unit. Cost is $5 per person and includes training materials, pin and patch. Please bring a pen, pencil, highlighter and paper. Optional materials, Grade Level Journeys and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, can be purchased at the Bay Shop.

Resources:

View upcoming Volunteer Essentials Trainings >>

Troop Finances *

This video provides the basics of what you need to know to effectively manage your troop finances and guide your girls to make wise financial decisions. It reviews the steps in opening a troop banking account, sources for troop funding and money earning opportunities, financial aid, and Detailed Cash Reports (DCRs). 

Troop Finances Quiz

Daisy/Brownie Workshop

This session will review the basic elements of delivering an effective Daisy/Brownie program. We will discuss the importance of the girl/adult partnership in Girl Scouts and how to include the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) in planning Troop activities. The session will be led like a troop meeting. Please bring a pen and paper and your questions about Daisies and Brownies!

First Aid & CPR

A first-aider is defined as an adult Volunteer who has taken Girl Scout-approved First Aid and CPR training that includes specific instructions for child CPR. The American Red Cross, National Safety Council and the American Heart Association offer such courses. Safety Activity Checkpoints notes when a first-aider needs to be present based on specific programs. (Note: First Aid/CPR classes must contain a face-to-face session.)

Check with the providers listed below for classes in your area, or ask your Service Unit Manager to schedule a class with council.

American Red Cross
P.O. Box 3714, Salisbury, MD 21802
American Red Cross
207 Blue Ball Ave, Elkton, MD 21921
American Red Cross
706 Idlewild Ave., Easton, MD 21601
American Red Cross
100 West 10th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
American Red Cross
1972 Bay Road, Milford, DE 19963
American Heart Association
1151 Walker Rd. #202, Dover, DE 19904
American Heart Association
1096 Old Churchmans Rd, Newark DE 19713
American Heart Association
Georgetown Professional Park, Georgetown, DE 19947
Safety Council of Maryland
Rutherford Business Ctr., 17 Governor’s Ct., Baltimore, MD 21244

View upcoming council trainings >>

Camping Basics

Learn the skills you will need to take your girls on an outdoor trip including: planning, packing, cooking, fire building, care of camp site and equipment, and outdoor program ideas. You will be broken into patrols and required to provide all equipment and food for the overnight session. All activities take place rain, snow or shine. Please come prepared for outdoor activities. You will need ponchos for rain, and heavy coats, gloves, and boots for winter courses. Courses in winter will have indoor heated accommodations for sleeping. You must attend all hours scheduled for the course or you will not receive credit for taking the course. Directions to the sites will be sent with your confirmation. Cost is $10 per adult and includes training materials.

There are 3 steps to certification – an online pre-session with quiz, a webinar with training team and an overnight experience with hands on demonstrations. The pre-session takes approx. 1-1.5 hours; the webinar takes approx. 1 hour (need phone and computer with internet access). To become Camping Certified, adults must complete the tutorial, webinar and the overnight session.

Exemptions: Adults, who have previously taken Outdoor Education with another Girl Scout Council or another youth serving organization, may submit a camp exemption form in lieu of taking Camping Basics.

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Troop Camp Training

Troop Camp Training provides adult volunteers and Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors who are new to camping the opportunity to learn camp skills as a troop. Adult volunteers receive the same education as Camping Basics. Brownies and Juniors will earn the Eight Basic Skills patch. Additional helping adults will be required for girl/adult ratio and will not be trained in Camping Basics. Troops will work as a patrol and will be required to provide all equipment and food for the overnight session. All activities take place rain, snow or shine. Please come prepared for outdoor activities. You will need ponchos for rain, and heavy coats, gloves, and boots for winter courses. Courses in winter will have indoor heated accommodations for sleeping. You must attend all hours scheduled for the course or you will not receive credit for taking the course. Directions to the sites will be sent with your confirmation. Cost is $10 per adult and girl and includes training materials.

There are 3 steps to certification – an online pre-session with quiz, a webinar with training team and an overnight experience with hands on demonstrations. The pre-session takes approx. 1-1.5 hours; the webinar takes approx. 1 hour (need phone and computer with internet access). To become Camping Certified, adults must complete the tutorial, webinar and the overnight session.

View upcoming Troop Camp Trainings >>

Cabin Camping

Cabin Camping is a home study course that will help guide you through the processes needed to plan, experience and evaluate a simple overnight experience for your girls in either a lodge, cabin or hotel location. This course will not prepare you to build fires or cook over anything other than a range, stove or microwave. For camping that involves fire building and other cooking methods, you will need to take Camping Basics or Troop Camp Training.

Take the Cabin Camping Quiz

Outdoor Adventure Certifications
Archery

USA Archery Level 1 certification is required to instruct Archery at any GSCB camp. The USA Archery Level 1 Instructor course is a nationally recognized certification that can be used as verification of skills and knowledge for any GSCB Archery activities and is recognized at most camps and archery centers. Certification is good for 3 years from the date of training. Please see the Events List for upcoming trainings.

Zipline and High Ropes Certification

The Zipline and High Ropes Certification is required to instruct a Zipline or High Ropes sessions at Camp Todd. This certification course is specific to Camp Todd and is valid for 1 year from the date of training. This training includes challenge course knowledge. Challenge course is an activity at all GSCB’s camps, that does not require an instructor, but this knowledge will be beneficial to holding a successful challenge course activity. Please see the Events List for upcoming trainings.

Small Watercraft Certification

The Small Watercraft Certification focuses on canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. This allows the certified individual to instruct canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding at all GSCB camps in which the programs are available. This is a 1 year, non-renewable certification. Please review the Events List for upcoming trainings.

Lifeguarding Certification

The Waterfront and Pool Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification teaches lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found in public parks, resorts, summer camps, and camp grounds, and pools up to a depth of 20 feet. This is a two-year certification, recognized across the United States. Please review the Events List for upcoming trainings.

If you are interested in becoming a paid Outdoor Adventure Facilitator for GSCB, please contact Hannah Stradley.

Short & Snappy

A short & snappy is a short training or information segment provided at a Service Unit meeting. Any interested volunteer may lead a Short & Snappy. Each session is 10-30 minutes.

Service Team Tutorials
Fall School at Camp Todd

Fall School is a volunteer-led training that allows volunteers to take classes in different areas: crafts, cooking, skills, certifications and much more.

Fall school runs September 21-23, 2018. Learn more.