Outdoor Skills Training

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

Outdoor 101

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101

This training is available on-line as a self-study training course or classroom training that focuses on age-level appropriate activities, outdoor progression, reservation procedures, safety hazards in the out-of-doors, fire safety when using a fireplace and planning in partnership with girls for a lodge camping experience. The online version is designed for volunteers to learn at their own pace. A question and answer sheet is completed and submitted for credit to be given. To access the online version, go to www.gswpa.org and click on the “Volunteer” section then click on Training Programs or click here. The hands-on format is a two hour course.

For Outdoor Fires and Cabins:
Basic Camping Skills -

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101 and Outdoor 101

This four-hour course focuses on understanding how to make, use and extinguish a campfire; tips on planning, preparation and clean-up steps for a cook-out; learning basic tool craft and elementary knots; making simple meals, knife safety, graces to use in the camp setting and learning how to work in partnership with girls for outdoor cooking experiences. This course is geared to but not limited to Girl Scout Brownie and Girl Scout Junior Troop leaders. By taking this training you will be able to do overnights in lodges and cabins at council owned properties and to lead cookouts and have campfires. It is also required for any outdoor cooking or fire-building at any site.

For Platform Tent Camping and Tent Pitching:
Basic Platform Tent and Yurt Camping Skills -

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101, Outdoor 101 and Basic Camping Skills

This overnight course (approximately 21 hours) focuses on a camping experience in tents, including platform tents and yurts. Included in this course is:

  • care and use of platform tents and yurts,
  • discussion on how to pitch tents,
  • more outdoor cooking options,
  • knots needed for platform tents and yurt camping,
  • simple lashing skills,
  • advanced tool craft, care and
  • use of lanterns and nature skills.

When you attend this training, you'll participate in a pre-planning session to help you plan your own camping weekend. This outdoor training is geared to but not limited to Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troop leaders.

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