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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 Info.

Volunteer-led
Fall School
Camp Todd

-- NEW! --

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
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GS 101 Volunteering for Girl Scouts Series and Events*

GS101 and Volunteering for Girl Scouts Series and Events are online courses offered by GSUSA. Girl Scouting 101 is a 45-minute, self-paced online orientation to Girl Scouting. This course’s intended audience is 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 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.


WHEN/WHERE: Watch the online video on your schedule. Location is determined by your service unit.

COST: Free.
NOTE: You may want to bring paper and pen.

SU Basics Training | PC (flash) | Quiz

SU Basics Training | MAC (mp4) | Quiz

 

 

Journey Basics*

The Journey Basics video will provide a general overview of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, 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. 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 Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting. Attendance for the entire session is important!


WHEN/WHERE: TBD – Trainings will be set up at the request of your service unit.
COST: $5 per person. Cost includes training materials, pin and patch.
NOTE: Please bring a pen, pencil, highlighter and paper. Optional materials that can be purchased at The Bay Shop: Grade Level Journeys and The Girls Guide to Girl Scouting.

 

 

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. (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. We've published two scheduled dates in our council program guide, noted below.

 

WHERE: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 301 S. Liberty Street, Centreville, MD

WHEN: October 1, 2016 and March 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

 

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.


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.

 

DATES/LOCATIONS

 

 

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)

acilitators 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. Facilitator 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.

 

DATES/LOCATIONS

 

 

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: $10 per adult and girl. 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.

 

DATES/LOCATIONS

 

 

 

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

Thinking Day

Investiture and Rededication

SWAPS

Trip Planning With Girls

Nine Reasons To Go Camping

Scouts' Own

Adult Recognitions

Community Mapping

Think You Know Juliette Low?

 

 

 
 

--NEW!--
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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