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Troop Management Training

New Leader Training – REQUIRED for New Leaders

This is a required training for all BRAND NEW troop leaders and provides an overview of your role as a troop leader.  We will walk you through some fun ways to engage your Girl Scouts, an overview of the Girl Scout program, safety guidelines and other resources that will provide you support.

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Program Level Workshops - RECOMMENDED for troop leaders beginning a new program level

These troop leader workshops are designed for each Girl Scout grade level. We recommend these fun, fast-paced workshops that will provide lots of tips and tricks, allow you to connect with other troop leaders across our council and where you will definitely walk away with resources you can put into action with your troop.

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Be More, Do More

This training is for veteran volunteers leading troops of older girls. If you are a new troop leader, you must take New Leader Express prior to this training.

As girls move to Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors they have more opportunities to try new things and gain leadership skills. This training provides leaders with a roadmap to helping older Girl Scouts navigate all the amazing opportunities available to them through GS.

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Troop Helper

This 15 minute video is for new troop helpers. Learn how to be the best troop helper you can be!

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Troop Program & Activity Training

First Aid/CPR

Emergencies require prompt action and quick judgment. For many activities, Girl Scouts recommends that at least one adult volunteer be first aid/CPR certified. It is required for any overnight trips, camping or high risk activities.

Adult CPR courses hosted by the council:
Adult Volunteers: Join us for an upcoming CPR course with a portion underwritten from the Carolyn Hodges Great Save Fund. Fees cannot be transferred and are non-refundable.

View upcoming council-hosted trainings

Other Access Options
You can take advantage of first aid/CPR training offered by chapters of the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, National Safety Council, EMP America, or other sponsoring organizations approved by your council.

Try to take age-specific CPR training, too—that is, take child CPR if you’re working with younger girls and adult CPR when working with older girls and adults.

Course Overview
First aid, CPR and AED programs contain step-by-step, hands-on training that will allow participants to respond effectively in emergency and life-threatening situations. Session lengths and fees vary, depending on the organization/course you select.

CAUTION: First aid/CPR training that is available entirely online does not satisfy Girl Scouts’ requirements. Such courses do not offer enough opportunities to practice and receive feedback on your technique. If you’re taking a course not offered by one of the organizations listed in the "Access Options" paragraph above, or any course that has online components, get approval from your support team or council.

Questions? Email us.

Camping 101

Camping 101 will help prepare you to take a Girl Scout troop camping in a building. Topics include how to involve girls in the planning process, what equipment to bring, safety and sanitation, meal planning, basic fire-building, an overview of Girl Scout camp properties and how to reserve facilities for your camping trip.

*You must be a registered member of Girl Scouts before taking this training*

Completion of Camping 101 qualifies adults to take a group camping in a building (heated with basic amenities including a stove, refrigerator, running water and bathroom or latrine). It is a prerequisite for Camping 102.

Who is required to complete this training? At least one adult (more is even better!) in each camping group must complete this on-line course prior to your camping trip. At least one adult who has completed Camping 101 training must be present for the duration of campouts with girls.

Start Camping 101 Online Training

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Camping 102

NEW this Fall...Camping 102 - Blended Learning. In this new course you will gain the courage, confidence and character to lead your girls in an outdoor campout and cookout! Participants will take part in an online course then complete an in-person skills assessment in order to complete this training. This online course and in-person skills training will fulfill council requirements to take girls permatent/tent camping and cook over a campfire. 

Participants will learn:

  • Review Outdoor Safety Activity Checkpoints and understand how to use them in activity planning for your camping trip. 
  • Understand how to organize, run, and clean-up a cookout with girls using a campfire and/or charcoal. 
  • Encourage and understand that a cook out and camping excursion is a safe place to fail. Fail first, fail frequently and fail often. 
  • Be introduced to the 3 Most Popular Methods of Girl Scout Outdoor Cooking: Dutch Oven and One Pot Meals, Foil Packet and Pie Iron Cooking 
  • Be prepared to take a group camping in an outdoor camping unit, learn what to expect when arriving at a camp unit and how to care for camping equipment. 
  • Understand how to incorporate Leave No Trace best practices in your outdoor experiences.

 
This online course is organized by modules and is designed to be completed at your own pace in 2-3-week time frame. We use a combination of videos, PowerPoints, readings and discussions to really enhance your experience. 

REQUIRED - This online training MUST be completed at least three days before your scheduled skills assessment date.  The in-person skills assessment is required to be a Camping 102 certified Girl Scout Volunteer.
   
At least one adult in each camping group must complete this course prior to your outdoor camping trip and must be present during the duration of your outdoor campout. We encourage having multiple adults with Camping 102 training during campouts. 

Once you have registered for (1) of the Camping 102 Blended Learning in-person skills assessment times to the left, you will receive an invitation to your online classroom.

 **Due to COVID-19 our locations, capacities, and dates for in person trainings are limited.

Prerequisite: Camping 101

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Camping 103

Camping 103 is a chance for you to take a deep dive into what it means to truly experience a  Girl Scout Campout. This training includes two meals and overnight.

In this training, you will:

  • Review Outdoor Safety Activity Checkpoints and understand how to use them in activity planning for your camping trip.
  • Introduction to alternative and more advanced cooking methods such as skillet cooking, grilling, vagabond stoves, box ovens, stick cooking, propane stoves and MRE cooking.
  • Learn how to set up a tent for camping in the outdoors and camp according to the elements. (Cold weather camping included!)
  • Deep dive into Girl Scout Programming – Learn about Outdoor Journeys, Girl Scout traditions and songs.


While this training is not required it is highly encouraged for those seeking to gain a better understanding, encouragement, and further comfort in camping outdoors!

Prerequisite: Camping 101, Camping 102

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STEM Journey Institutes

Learn how to implement the Wonders of Water Journey (Brownies), the Get Moving Journey (Juniors) or the Breathe Journey (Cadettes) into their troop year.

Learn more  

Small Craft Safety: Canoeing Certification

This is the current Safety Activity Checkpoints requirement for a canoe trip leader. With this certification you will be able to facilitate a canoeing experience for girls without the assistance of a guide. Learn the skills necessary to prevent, recognize, and respond to canoe emergencies, and gain the knowledge to assist your troop in planning and implementing a canoe outing. This certification covers flat water canoeing and is valid for a three-year period. Please note that this is a safety and rescue certification course, not a canoeing skills class.

Prerequisites for Small Craft Safety:

In order to complete the pretest, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Float or tread water for 1 minute without a life jacket.
  • Swim any stroke for 25 yards without a life jacket.
  • Swim any stroke for 25 yards while wearing a life jacket.
  • Demonstrate proficiency of canoe/kayak paddling skills
  • Safely launch and control a canoe and/or kayak using the proper strokes while paddling forward and backward, turning, stopping and holding position.
  • Paddling will be done solo, either alone in the canoe/kayak or with a non-paddling partner to help balance the canoe.

If you have questions, please call 816-759-3016.

If you're interested in this training, email us.

Small Craft Safety: Kayaking Certification

This is the current Safety Activity Checkpoints requirements for a kayak trip leader. With this certification you will be able to facilitate a kayaking experience for girls without the assistance of a guide. Learn the skills necessary to prevent, recognize, and respond to kayak emergencies, and gain the knowledge to assist your troop in planning and implementing a kayak outing. This certification covers flat water kayaking and is valid for a three-year period. Please note that this is a safety and rescue certification, not a kayaking skills class.

Prerequisites for Small Craft Safety:

In order to complete the pretest, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Float or tread water for 1 minute without a life jacket.
  • Swim any stroke for 25 yards without a life jacket.
  • Swim any stroke for 25 yards while wearing a life jacket.
  • Demonstrate proficiency of canoe/kayak paddling skills
  • Safely launch and control a canoe and/or kayak using the proper strokes while paddling forward and backward, turning, stopping and holding position.
  • Paddling will be done solo, either alone in the canoe/kayak or with a non-paddling partner to help balance the canoe.

If you have questions, please call 816-759-3016

If you're interested in this training, email us.


Day Camp Training

Training is offered to both new and returning day and twilight camp volunteers from late January through March.


Product Program Training

Cookie and Candy, Nuts & Magazines Program training information can be found on our Cookies+ pages.  


Council Position Training

Council Trainer

Release the Leader in You...Become a Council Trainer

Girl Scout Council Trainers play a crucial role in the delivery of the         Girl Scout Leadership Experience

By showing adults who work with girls how to deliver the program,         you empower them to provide girls an exceptional Girl Scout         Leadership Experience while impacting their own

Council Trainers have the opportunity to develop strong facilitation,         speaking, organizational and management skills

With a lot, little or no Girl Scout experience you can make a valuable impact in the Girl Scout Movement in the following training areas:

  • Basic Leadership Training
  • Outdoor Training
  • Service Unit Administration Training
  • Personal & Professional Development Training

How to apply to be a Council Trainer:

1.    Read the Council Trainer Position Description below.

2.    Submit a Council Trainer Application. <link to PDF in folder>

3.    Submit Council Trainer Reference Form. (3 per applicant)

4.    Once the HR Training & Volunteer Support Manager has received your application and references you will be contacted for an interview.

5.    For more information email Jackie Bostic.

Volunteer Position Description: Council Trainer 

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  • Department: HR Training & Volunteer Support
  • Appointed By: HR Training & Volunteer Support Staff

Summary: The Council Trainer is responsible for delivering courses, workshops, and resources to individuals and/or groups of volunteers in order to orient, prepare, and support them throughout their appointment. The nature of this position is to provide indirect service to girls.

Term of appointment:  The Council Trainer is appointed for a one-year term that is renewable upon completion of an evaluation process. 

Support: The Council Trainer receives support, guidance, and encouragement from the

HR Training and Volunteer Support staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain council facilitator status, as defined by council policies and procedures including attending a facilitators meeting once per year.
  • Coordinate courses, workshops, and resources to volunteers in assigned jurisdiction according to learning strategy set by regional team and council staff.
  • Apprentice with a current council learning facilitator or staff member.
  •  Work in partnership with co-facilitators and council staff.
  • Communicate effectively and deliver learning sessions to the individual or group.
  • Facilitate courses as needed each year. (The number of courses may vary.)
  • Create and maintain a positive learning environment using a variety of tools to meet needs of all learners.
  • Complete and submit course evaluations, surveys, attendance sheets, and self-evaluations as instructed.
  • Be guided in all actions by the Girl Scout Mission, Promise and Law.
  • Remain informed about and comply with the most current policies, procedures, and guidelines of Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas & Northwest Missouri and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).
  • Qualifications & core competencies:
  • Girl focus: Empower girls to lead activities, learn by doing, and cooperate with others on current issues that involve their interests and needs, while having fun.
  • Personal integrity: Demonstrate dependability, honesty, and credibility.
  • Adaptability: Adjust, modify own behavior, and remain flexible and tolerant in response to changing situations and environments.
  • Oral communication: Express ideas and facts clearly and accurately.
  • Foster diversity: Understand, respect, and embrace differences.
  • Computer skills: Access to email and the Internet.

Additional requirements:

  • Must become a registered member of Girl Scouts.
  • Must complete a volunteer application and pass a background check 
  • Must submit 3 training references.
  • Have an interest and comfort level in teaching adults.
  • Experience in education and/or adult education a plus.
  • Attend the Facilitating Adult Learning course.
  • Group-facilitation and group-management skills a plus
  • Experience in developing curriculum a plus
  • This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to allow individuals with disabilities to perform volunteer jobs with the council whenever possible. 

Helpful Training Links

Opportunity Catalog Demos

Normally, new and existing members only see the Opportunity Catalog while purchasing or updating their memberships. The following demo sites allow you to view the Opportunity Catalog without having to create a fake member.

These demo sites show all troops nationally, so please be sure to include zip code ranges in your searches.

*For training purposes only, memberships cannot be managed on this page


>> GIRL OPPORTUNITY CATALOG DEMO

>> VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY CATALOG DEMO  

Volunteer Toolkit Demo

Use this demo site to train volunteers to use their actual troop Volunteer Toolkit. Since this demo site is used by many other people, work cannot be saved in this demo. Someone else might erase your work after you finish.


>> VOLUNTEER TOOLKIT DEMO
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