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New Leader Express – REQUIRED for New Leaders

New Leader Express training is REQUIRED for all new troop leaders and leaders taking over a troop who haven't had this training in the past.

Pre-registration is required.

This training provides new troop leaders with the basics to get a Girl Scout troop up and running for the year. New leaders will learn about facilitating the Girl Scout Program, managing the troop and following safety guidelines. This must-attend training will provide an opportunity to hear from and ask questions of the experts, interact with other new leaders and leave prepared to begin troop meetings.

Before registering for this training, you need sign-up as a volunteer.


HOW TO SIGN-UP AS A GIRL SCOUT VOLUNTEER:

  1. Go to the middle of our main volunteer page and click the green “Volunteer Today” button.
  2. You will then complete a form including your first name, last name, email, phone and zip.
  3. Be sure that “I want to join as a volunteer” is highlighted.
  4. You will then be taken to a page where you can search for your troop. Since your troop may be forming, there may not be a troop number. Put in the name of the school or the name your recruiter provides you. This will open opportunities that you can select. All positions are in alpha order, so to find the troop leader position scroll past troop helper.
  5. If your school does not come up in the search, don’t worry. Just select “Unsure” and be sure to add a note in the pop-up box with the school and grade level you wish to volunteer. Our staff will catch this and connect back to set you up correctly.

Following these steps, you will be able to continue to finishing your adult membership and completing the background check.


 View training dates and register!

Don’t see a training near you?
For rural counties in Kansas, please contact Anissa Jepsen.
For rural counties in Northern Missouri , please contact Rachel Kretzer. 
For other areas, please contact your Community Development Manager, which you can find here.


Download the New Leader Express Training Guide

New Leader Express 2.0
Prerequisite: New Leader Express

This enrichment training is recommended for troop leaders (Daisy, Brownie and Junior) following New Leader Express and after you have held 4-5 meetings with girls. 

Continue on the New Leader Express and expand your skills as a leader. Come learn the basics of conducting a troop meeting including facilitating activities, group management and making activities girl-led. The training will also cover games, songs and ceremonies.

Ceremonies  Songs   Games

View NLE 2.0 training dates and register

 

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.

View training dates and register

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.

2018 course dates coming soon!

If you are looking for first aid/CPR classes in the North or West Regions, please contact Rachel Kretzer (North) or Anissa Jepsen (West).

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.

BEFORE YOU START:

  • Please use one of the following web broswers to complete the training: Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. These browsers are FREE to download.
  • Update your Adobe Flash Player to the most recent version. You can find the most recent version of Flash Player here.
Start Training: Camping 101
Camping 102

This in-person training is hands-on camping fun and teaches the skills you need to take your troop camping in a camp unit (permatents or A-frames) or primitive unit where you will be cooking over a campfire. During this 7hr or overnight course we’ll cover safety information, knots, outdoor cooking methods, dishwashing, camp clean up and more.

Prerequisite: Camping 101

>> View dates and register  

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 Sales Training

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


Service Unit Position Training

If you’re joining the local service unit team, your training will be provided by staff or volunteers working in your region. You can learn more about service team positions and access the current training manuals for each position below.

Event Consultant

This training course will guide you through planning Service Unit Events and promoting the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. To schedule your training, please contact your membership manager.​

Event Consultant Job Description
Event Consultant Training Guide

New Leader Consultant

This training course will guide you through onboarding new troop leaders and helping them promote the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. To schedule your training, please contact your membership manager.

New Leader Consultant Job Description​​
New Leader Consultant Training Guide

Opportunity Consultant
Product Sales Manager

Service Unit Product Sales Manager Cookie Training:
This kick-off training will guide you through new aspects of the Cookie Program, including “Smart Cookies”, the brand new operating systems and supporting troops throughout the season

>> Register for the October 28 training now

Recognition Chair

This course covers both service unit and council award opportunities for adult volunteers. You will see an overview of each award and the steps to submit nominations.

You will also see creative, informal ideas in recognizing volunteers all year long.

Questions? Email us or call (800) 728-8750.​

Download Recognition Guides:

Informal Recognition Guide

Formal Recognition Guide

Recruiter
Service Unit Manager

As a Service Unit Manager, you provide the link between council staff and front-line volunteers. Your position training will be conducted in person and include tools for you to build a successful team, run your meetings and plan for the year. To schedule your training, please contact your membership manager.​​

Service Unit Manager Job Description
Service Unit Manager Training Guide

Troop Consultant

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 

 Printable Version

  • 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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