A learning path in gsLearn and live training sessions, along with a downloadable guide, provide 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.
Once you're on board in your volunteer role, take advantage of training and enrichment programs throughout the year. We have training courses and learning opportunities for volunteers in a variety of roles including troop leaders, troop committee volunteers, and service team members. Volunteers with additional training and certifications broaden the experiences girls can pursue as part of their Girl Scout experience.
First Aid/CPR/AED training is required of the adult acting as the primary first-aider for the Girl Scout group activities. Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania only accepts certifications that provide a 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 or request your own 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 timely and topical training sessions designed to give you updated guidance when you need it.
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 roundtrip? 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 Coming soon!
This training will cover the basics of leading and facilitating Program Aide Training for 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.
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 (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. Learn more.
Additional Outdoor Training
For even more outdoor training and certifications available to volunteers, check out the Outdoor Training page.