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CORE ADULT EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT

Adult Volunteers are the essential keys of leadership for our girls!

Adult volunteers are essential to providing the keys of leadership for our girls in the Girl Scout Program. We are committed to fully preparing and supporting those who volunteer their time to help girls become the best leaders they can be. This is a list of required training. Some of their dates are linked to the volunteer events page for convenience. Optional training courses will also be found on the volunteer events page.


Required within the first 2 months of becoming a volunteer: (marked in heading further down on the page with *).

GS 101

Volunteer
Essentials

Service Unit
Basics

Journey
Basics

Supplemental Training listed below:

First Aid & CPR

Camping
Basics

Troop Camp
Training

Cabin
Camping

Facilitating Adult
Learning (FAL)

Short & Snappy

Service Team
Tutorials

GS Cookie Program
Information

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Swimming

Zip Lining

Kayaking

Paddleboarding/SUP

Archery

Canoeing

NEW Outdoor Videos for Volunteers

     
 

Conflict Resolution

GSUSA provides a 30-minute interactive tutorial on this topic. It is suitable for any volunteer to learn about conflict resolution. The training covers the following topics: Definition of “Conflict”, 5 Whys, Differences in the way the two genders (generally) handle conflict, Guidelines on deciding when intervention is necessary, Conflict Styles –5 styles all of which are appropriate sometimes, and taking care of your own “mood elevator”. Click here to access the tutorial.

GS 101*

GS101 is an online course offered by GSUSA. Girl Scouting 101 is a 45 minute, self-paced online orientation to Girl Scouting. The intended audience for this course are volunteers who are new to the organization, whether they work directly with girls or behind the scenes. While Girl Scouting 101 applies to all volunteers, Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events is a streamlined version of Girl Scouting 101 created specifically for those who commit to short-term volunteering Topics covered include: About Girl Scouts, Ways to Participate, What Girl Scouts Do, the Mission, Promise, and Law, Girl Scout Cookies, Staying Safe, Ages and Stages: What Girl Scouts Are Like, and What’s Next. Sessions can be found HERE.

Service Unit Basics* 2 hours

Service Unit Basics provides new adult volunteers the opportunity to meet with their service teams and learn about forms, policies and procedures that support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). Service Unit Basics is one of the first steps in education and is followed by further learning in Volunteer Essentials.
WHEN/WHERE: Watch the online video on your schedule. Location is determined by your service unit.
NOTE: Cost is free. You may want to bring paper and pen.

SU Basics Training | PC .exe |

SU Basics Training | MAC MP4 | Quiz
SU Basics Training Quiz | MP4 users

Journey Basics*

The Journey Basics video will provide a general overview of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), the Journey books and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. It will also provide suggestions and insight on how to use these tools together. This training is mandatory for volunteers.

Journey Basics Video | Take the Journey Basics Quiz!

Volunteer Essentials* 3 hours

Volunteer Essentials Training (Windows): click here

Volunteer Essentials Book | PDF
VE Chapter 4 | PDF

Volunteer Essentials Quiz | Link

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 Girls Guide to Girl Scouting. Attendance for the entire session is important! See available program dates...

First Aid and 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. Check with the providers listed below for classes in your area, or ask your Service Unit Manager to schedule a class with council. (Note: First Aid/CPR classes must contain a face-to-face session.)

 

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 St., Wilmington, DE 19801

American Red Cross
1973 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

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Service Team Tutorials

Click on the name of the tutorial you would like to view below:

Forms

Registrar Tutorial

PDF

Organizer Tutorial

PDF

Auditor Tutorial

PDF

GSLE Coach-Consultant Tutorial

PDF

Education & Recognitions Coordinator Tutorial

PDF

Treasurer Tutorial

PDF

Troop Finances Tutorial

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Outdoor Program Coordinator Tutorial

PDF

Service Units Basics Tutorial

 

 

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.

 

WHEN/WHERE: Dates/Times

COST: $10 per adult. Cost includes training materials.
NOTE: 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, Boy Scouts, or another youth-serving organization may submit a Camp Exemption Form in lieu of taking Camping Basics.

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.

Cabin Camping Manual (PDF)

Cabin Camping Quiz (link)

Facilitating Adult Learning (FAL)

Facilitators are volunteer mentors who provide our leaders the tools to become successful and share the joy that comes from helping girls develop their leadership skills and be the successful leaders of tomorrow. Facilitating Adult Learning is a course focusing on how to deliver a learning session to a group of adult Volunteers. Once you have completed the course, you will be required to apprentice for at least three sessions in the course you want to facilitate. Facilitators are required to facilitate a minimum of two trainings per year and attend a minimum of one Think Tank session.

 

If you have an interest in joining us in this venture and becoming part of this dynamic and committed core of facilitators, please register for a Facilitating Adult Learning session and join us for a Think Tank.

 

WHEN/WHERE: Dates/Times

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.

 

WHEN/WHERE: Dates/Times

COST: $10 per adult and girl, includes training materials.
NOTE: 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.

Short & Snappy, Learning Opportunities for Volunteers

What is a Short & Snappy?

Short training or information segment provided at a Service Unit meeting. Any interested volunteer may lead a Short & Snappy.
(Approx. 10 - 30 minutes each.)

Adaptable Me

Court of Awards

Money Matters

Investiture and Rededication

SWAPS

Trip Planning
With Girls

 

Adult Recognitions

 

Girl-Led: What Does It Look Like?

 

Archery

Beginning on October 1, 2016, any individuals facilitating archery at a GSCB property or for a GSCB activity must possess a current USA Archery Level 1 certification. Any certification obtained previously will not be valid after October 1, 2016.

 

GSCB will offer several USA Archery Level 1 trainings per year. The dates will be available in the annual program guide that is published in August or by creating an account on Ultra Camp, logging in, and searching for training dates. If you have questions about training dates prior to the August program guide, contact Outdoor Program Manager, Keli Berkman at kberkman@cbgsc.org

The cost of the training is $45. Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

 

Archery FAQ

Why has the training requirement changed?
This training is now required to be compliant with GSUSA Safety Activity Checkpoints and American Camp Association standards.

 

What if I just trained last year?
Regardless of how recent a training was completed, only USA Archery Level 1 certification will be valid after October 1, 2016.

 

Why can’t you offer more trainings?
In order to provide a USA Archery Level 1 training, the trainer must possess a USA Archery Level 2 certification or higher. Currently, GSCB only has one staff member who meets this requirement which limits the frequency we can schedule trainings. 

 

Any individuals that possess a USA Archery Level 2 certification or higher that are interested in becoming a GSCB trainer can email Laura Arrington, Director of Outdoor Programs, (larrington@cbgsc.org) to express interest.  Please make sure to include a copy of your Level 2 certification. 

 

GSCB has no plans to offer Level 2 trainings at this time.

 

If you cannot attend a GSCB training, other non-GS trained USA Archery Level 1 certifications are accepted. A schedule of these trainings can be found here: http://www.teamusa.org/usa-archery/events/certification-clinics

 

Why is training so much more expensive?
Since trainings are now being done through USA Archery, a nationally recognized certifying body, there are greater costs associated with the training.  The cost includes an instruction book, whistle, stretch band, and a national certification card. This certification can be taken and used anywhere that accepts USA Archery (which is most professional archery locations).


Keep in mind that the cost of USA Archery trainings at non-GSCB locations typically cost between $60 - $100. GSCB has tried to keep the cost as low as possible for individuals. The majority of your $45 goes to USA Archery to cover the printed materials and national certification card. A small amount is retained by GSCB to cover the cost of the staff member’s time and travel expenses for trainings.

 

How long is a USA Archery Level 1 certification good for?
This certification is valid for 3 years.

 

What if we don’t have an archery facilitator in our troop or service unit? Can we still arrange to do archery?

Service units, troops, or other groups that do not have an archery facilitator with current certification, either due to the cost or limited availability of training, can arrange for archery time by contacting Keli Berkman (kberkman@cbgsc.org).  GSCB will provide a certified facilitator at a cost of $15 per hour to the group. For groups using a volunteer with training within their own service unit, the cost is $10 per hour to the group.

Zip Lining

As of July 1, 2015, zip line facilitators must obtain a site-specific training at Camp Todd provided by a trainer with Association of Challenge Course Technology Level 2 certification. GSCB will offer two trainings per year. The dates will be available in the Council Program Guide or by creating an account on Ultra Camp, logging in, and searching for training dates. If you have questions about training dates prior to the August program guide, contact Outdoor Program Manager, Keli Berkman at kberkman@cbgsc.org. The cost of training is $100. 

 

Why has the training requirement changed?
This training is now required to be compliant with GSUSA Safety Activity Checkpoints, American Camp Association standards, and Association of Challenge Course Technology recommendations. 

 

As a result of several fatalities involving children on zip lines at camps in the summer of 2015, this activity is now under scrutiny from legislators and recreation safety enforcement organizations. GSCB believes in holding itself to the highest standards of safety recommendations to be proactive against the chance of incident or injury.

 

What if I just trained last year?
Regardless of how recent a training was completed, only trainings that have been provided since July 1, 2015 by an ACCT Level 2 Instructor will be valid.

 

Why is training so much more expensive?
GSCB must have a professional high element organization travel to Camp Todd and inspect the zip line and provide updated trainings every year. To provide more than one training per year, GSCB must also pay to have a staff member have current ACCT Level 2 certification. The total annual cost just to have these qualified trainers is about $3,000.

 

How long is zip line certification good for?
This certification is valid for 1 year.

 

What if we don’t have a zip line facilitator in our troop or service unit?  Can we still arrange to zip line?
Service units, troops, or other groups that do not have a zip facilitator with current certification, either due to the cost or limited availability of training, can arrange for zip lining time by contacting Keli Berkman (kberkman@cbgsc.org). GSCB will provide a certified facilitator at a cost of $20 per hour to the group. For groups using a volunteer with training within their own service unit, the cost is $10 per hour to the group.

 

I am interested in becoming a facilitator for zip lining.  What’s next?
There are two categories of individuals who complete zip line training. The two categories are Zip Line Facilitators and Volunteers with Zip Line Training. If you are interested in either category, contact Laura Arrington (larrington@cbgsc.org).

 

Zip Line Facilitators are trained staff who will be scheduled to zip lining shifts by the Outdoor Program Manager. These individuals do not have to pay for their training and in exchange are agreeing at least 9 zip lining dates per year. Zip Line Facilitators will be compensated at a rate of $15.00 per hours for time worked. In the event that Zip Line Facilitators are unable to complete their assigned weekend shift they can find a certified replacement Facilitator and communicate the change to the Outdoor Program Manager.  In the event that a Zip Line Facilitator is unable to perform more than one of their scheduled weekend shifts, they will be removed from the Zip Line Facilitator roster and must reimburse Council for their training.

 

Volunteers wishing to become certified on the zip line but do not wish to work as scheduled Zip Line Facilitators may register for a training via the Ultra Camp online registration. If space is available, volunteers may take place in the training at a cost of $100 per individual which must be received by Council prior to the training. Volunteers with Zip Line Training will then have a one-year certification to support volunteer camps, encampments, or other special events. The Volunteer with Zip Line Training must complete a Skills Assessment Check with the Outdoor Program Manager one week prior to facilitating for any event if more than three months have passed since their training. This is due to a safety requirement from the American Camp Association.

Kayaking

Beginning on October 1, 2016, any individuals facilitating kayaking must possess an American Canoe Association Kayak Level 1 certification. GSCB is not currently able to offer this training on any of our sites due to a lack of a qualified instructor.

 

Kayaking FAQ
Why has the training requirement changed?
This training is now required to be compliant with GSUSA Safety Activity Checkpoints and American Camp Association standards.

 

What if I just trained last year?
Regardless of how recent a training was completed, only a current ACA Kayak Level 1 certification or higher will be valid after October 1, 2016. An acceptable equivalent training would be the American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue and Small Craft--Kayak training, however these trainings are becoming harder to obtain because the Red Cross does not offer them very often.

 

Why can’t you offer trainings?
GSCB does not currently have any qualified instructors for this training.  If an individual with appropriate certifications is interested in becoming a GSCB trainer, please contact Laura Arrington (larrington@cbgsc.org). 

 

We hope to be able to offer these trainings again in the future. Trainings can be found by searching here: http://www.americancanoe.org/?page=FindCourses

 

How long is an ACA Kayak Level 1 certification good for?
The certification will expire on December 31st four years after the date of training.

 

Canoeing

Beginning on October 1, 2016, any individuals facilitating canoeing must possess an American Canoe Association Canoe Touring Level 1 certification. GSCB is not currently able to offer this training on any of our sites due to a lack of a qualified instructor.

 

Canoeing FAQ

Why has the training requirement changed?
This training is now required to be compliant with GSUSA Safety Activity Checkpoints and American Camp Association standards.

 

What if I just trained last year?
Regardless of how recent a training was completed, only a current ACA Canoe Touring Level 1 certification will be valid after October 1, 2016. An acceptable equivalent training would be the American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue and Small Craft. Canoe trainings are becoming harder to obtain because the Red Cross does not offer them very often.

 

Why can’t you offer trainings?
GSCB does not currently have any qualified instructors for this training. If an individual with appropriate certifications is interested in becoming a GSCB trainer, please contact Laura Arrington (larrington@cbgsc.org). 

 

We hope to be able to offer these trainings again in the future. Trainings can be found by searching here: http://www.americancanoe.org/?page=FindCourses

 

How long is an ACA Canoe Touring Level 1 certification good for?
The certification will expire on December 31 four years after the date of training.

Paddleboarding/SUP

Beginning on October 1, 2016, any individuals facilitating paddleboarding must possess an American Canoe Association Stand-Up Paddleboarding Level 1 & 2 certification. GSCB is not currently able to offer this training on any of our sites due to a lack of a qualified instructor.

 

Paddleboarding/SUP FAQ
Why has the training requirement changed?
This training is now required to be compliant with GSUSA Safety Activity Checkpoints and American Camp Association standards.

 

What if I just trained last year?
Regardless of how recent a training was completed, only a current ACA Stand-Up Paddleboarding Level 1 & 2 certification will be valid after October 1, 2016. 

 

Why can’t you offer trainings?
GSCB does not currently have any qualified instructors for this training.  If an individual with appropriate certifications is interested in becoming a GSCB trainer, please contact Laura Arrington, larrington@cbgsc.org.

 

We hope to be able to offer these trainings in the future. Trainings can be found by searching here: http://www.americancanoe.org/?page=FindCourses

 

How long is an ACA Stand Up Paddleboarding Level 1 or 2 certification good for?
The certification will expire December 31, four years after the date of training.

Swimming & Waterfront

Beginning on October 1, 2016, any individuals serving as a lifeguard for swimming/waterfront activities including swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, or sailing must possess a current American Red Cross Lifeguard certification.  If the activity takes place anywhere other than a swimming pool, the lifeguard must also possess a current American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard certification. GSCB will list Lifeguard/Waterfront Lifeguard trainings for the year in the program guide that will be available in August of 2016.

 

Swimming/Waterfront FAQ

How old do you have to be to be a lifeguard?
Lifeguards supervising activity at a swimming pool may be 16 years old. Waterfront lifeguards must be 18 or older.

 

Why are these requirements different from in the past?
These requirements allow our activities to be compliant with GSUSA Safety Activity Checkpoints and American Camp Association standards.

 

I have a lifeguard certification that is not from the American Red Cross.  Will you accept this?
There are several other nationally recognized certifying bodies that can be accepted as an equivalent to a Red Cross lifeguard certification. These include Ellis and Associates, YMCA training, and the Royal Life Saving Society. If you have a question about whether or not your certification is an appropriate equivalent, contact Keli Berkman (kberkman@cbgsc.org).

 

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Outdoor Videos For Volunteers

8-3-2016

 

We all know the potential benefits of getting girls outside—girls can develop outdoor skills and a life-long passion for nature. (And have fun doing it, of course!) Now it’s even easier for Girl Scout volunteers to introduce girls to the wonders of hiking and camping. Whether you’re a camping pro or just starting out, you can help girls of all ages have a positive experience in the great outdoors. 

Thanks to a grant from the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, we’ve created six new outdoor skill-building videos aimed at volunteers newer to Girl Scouts, as well as older Girl Scouts preparing to take younger girls outside.

These videos can help volunteers give girls a sense of empowerment in the outdoors, show them how to use natural resources more wisely (including respecting our environment and wildlife), and help them become lifelong stewards of the land and our natural resources. We encourage volunteers to play these videos during a troop meeting so the girls can think of ways to plan the most amazing camping trip ever! Or show one during a service unit camporee planning meeting. We know you’ll find many ways to use them!

The videos can be found at the following links:

Step by Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls  
Introduction to Campsite Set-up


Taking the Journeys Outside
 
Introduction to Cooking Outside

Planning Your Troop’s First Campout
 
How to Leave No Trace Outdoors
 
 
 

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