Outdoor Skills Training

The leader or another troop adult must attend the appropriate Outdoor Skills Training if the troop will participate in overnight and camping activities. View course schedule on the Things to Do calendar.

Training Description

This hands-on outdoor training experience will focus on the 8 Basic Camping skills, girl involvement in the outdoors, GSWPA information related to outdoor experiences, and much more.

By successfully completing this training, participants will have full use of all GSWPA properties and equipment.* Participants will have met criteria enabling them to plan outdoor experience at non-GSWPA properties, if the following have been completed: Trip and High Risk Activities Application, Program Site Safety Checklist, and site Certificate of Liability.

*Use of amenities such as Archery, Canoe, Ropes, Rifles, etc. may require additional training or a certified adult present.

Training Length: 7 hours

Training Cost: $18

Outdoor Skills Resource Guide
This document is used in the Outdoor Skills Training. Participants who attend will receive a copy of this manual for future reference and use when working in the outdoors with their girls.

Outdoor Skills Participant Guide
This document is a companion document to the Outdoor Skills Participant Guide. It provides additional activities, resources, recipes, and much more to use when planning and working with your girls in the outdoors. This document is not provided at the trainings.

Grandfather Process:

(for those who have completed Outdoor 101 and Basic Camping Skills)

Those participants who have completed Outdoor 101 and Basic Camp Training will be grandfathered through and will not be required to complete any additional training.

If you have not completed the Tent and Yurt training, no fear! When you make reservations for a tent, yurt, or platform tent experience at a GSWPA property or complete a Trip and High Risk application to go to a non-GSWPA with your girls, you will receive and be required to review the Tent, Yurt and Platform Tent Resource Guide, which includes information about tent and platform tent usage that corresponds with information provided in the new training.

Remember, if you will being having an outdoor experience at a Non-GSWPA property ensure you have completed all necessary paperwork and turn into your Membership Manager for approval. For information and requirements see page 97 of Volunteer Essentials.

Test Out Process:

These will be offered during spring and fall with limited offerings based on need.
Individuals will be able to test out of the Outdoor Skills Training if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • Have completed a Outdoor Skills Training in the last 5 years with another organization
  • Are currently a camp counselor or acted as a camp counselor within the last 5 years.
  • Have regular outdoor experience - 2 to 3 camping experiences annually

Those requesting to participate in the test out must:

  • Provide proof of eligibility
  • Complete a test out document, which review GSWPA outdoor experience information.
  • Attend and complete an onsite skills check (to be scheduled based on need in the spring and fall).

If you meet one of the above requirements, contact Lindie Gnan at lgnan@gswpa.org or at 1-800-248-3355 ext. 1056 to request the Test Out Materials.

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