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.
Troop Management Training
New Leader Training – REQUIRED for New Leaders
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Meet with membership support staff during a new leader open house to ask questions and get helpful tips for leading your troop! Learn more about uniforms, meeting ideas, dues, how to engage parents and more. Come for 5 minutes or stay for the hour!
Fridays 12- 1 pm
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Mondays 7-8 pm
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Troop Program & Activity Training
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.
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 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.
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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
Small Craft Safety Certification
Kayaking: 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.
Canoeing: 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.
Day Camp Training
Training is offered to both new and returning day and twilight camp volunteers from late January through March.
Product Program Training
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