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Volunteer Training

You're doing something amazing by volunteering with Girl Scouts—introducing girls to new experiences and being a great role model. So whether you're new to Girl Scouts or a seasoned pro, we want to make sure you're prepared for all the great experiences that are ahead.

Training for New Leaders

A learning path in gsLearn, live Leadership Workshop sessions, along with a downloadable guide, provides new troop leaders with an overview of Girl Scouts and all the things you need to know to get started! Learn more on our New Troop Leader page

Additional Training & Programs

Once you're on board, take advantage of training and enrichment programs throughout the year designed to help you give your girls the best experience possible. 

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First Aid / CPR for Adults

First Aid and CPR training is required of the adult acting as the primary first-aider for the Girl Scout group activities. GSWPA only accepts certifications that provide hands-on training format and issue a certification. Training and certifications completed entirely online do not meet First Aid, CPR, and AED training requirements. See our Events Calendar for upcoming trainings.

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Online Training

Several webinars are held each month covering topics ranging from Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards, cookie sales, travel, and more. See our Events Calendar for upcoming programs.

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On-demand Training

gsLearn
Volunteers can take their Girl Scout learning experience to the next level with gsLearn! New troop leaders are assigned courses to support them in their volunteer role and have an amazing Girl Scout year, but all adult members can access gsLearn and take a few courses. More courses are added throughout the year! To get started, click the yellow MyGS link at the top of our website. Log in using your username and password for MyGS. Next, select gsLearn from the welcome screen. You can return at any time to review and refresh your Girl Scout knowledge!

Let's Go Travel Training
Ready to take your girls on an overnight adventure, planning a high-adventure activity on a trip, or traveling with girls farther than 200 miles from home? Then you’ll need to complete the Let’s Go Travel Training course in gsLearn before you submit your Trip and High Adventure Application. This course will provide the basics on keeping girls safe while traveling, how to incorporate the Girl Scout Leadership Experience into your travel planning, and all the policies, forms, and resources to make your trip a success! Sign into myGS to access gsLearn and find the Let’s Go Travel Training in the Content Library. 

Program Aide Facilitator Training
This training will cover the basics of leading and facilitatating Program Aide Training to Cadette Girl Scouts. Topics include what the Program Aide award is and how girls earn it; the time commitment for Program Aide facilitators and what materials are needed; discussion of key topics and activities in the Program Aide training; and tips to help you have a successful training. 

Silver Award Workshops
If you're unable to attend one of the scheduled Silver Award workshops or trainings featured in our Activites Calendar, GSWPA offers additional online, on-demand training. Both options outline the available resources, how to start, and project requirements. 

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Outdoor Training 

Let's Go Camping 1 and 2
Planning to head out in the great outdoors? To take advantage of all the super fun outdoor activities we have planned (as well as book field trips and troop outings) you’ll need at least one adult per troop to complete Let’s Go Camping 1 and possibly Let’s Go Camping 2. Check out the Outdoor Training page for more details.  

Outdoor Courses and Certification
Volunteer Instructors must successfully complete GSWPA outdoor training courses and certifications before facilitating council programming. Click on the courses below to view upcoming sessions. 

USA Archery
Small Craft Safety: Canoeing
Small Craft Safety: Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
CPR, First Aid & AED Training


Outdoor Skill-Building Videos

Thanks to a grant from the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, GSUSA created eight outdoor skill-building videos especially for volunteers newer to Girl Scouts and older Girl Scouts as they take younger girls outside.