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Troop Management

Leadership is more than “being in charge” or having a title; it’s recognizing that you’re part of a team and understanding that team’s needs and interests.  Here's how you'll do that with your troop!

Your Role as a Volunteer

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is based on three keys—discover, connect, and take action—but it’s not just for the girls! As a Girl Scout leader, you’ll embark on your own leadership journey as you help girls develop the vital leadership skills they’ll use to make the world a better place. The Girl Scout perspective on leadership is permeated with a few basic, but all-important, concepts.  

Leadership is teaching girls:

  • That they can do and be anything!  
  • That they are decision makers and should own their decisions.  
  • How to live the Girl Scout Law by modeling it for them.

As a leader, see yourself as a coach who:

  • Advises, discusses, and cheers on your troop, not as a teacher with a canned lesson or activity.
  • Advises and discusses.  
  • Ensures each girl can carry out her responsibilities within the troop.  
  • Encourages girls to build their skills and their ethics.  
  • Gives more responsibilities to the girls as they grow and develop. 

It’s important to remember that: 

  • You cannot know everything that the girls might ever want to learn.
  • You’ll explore and learn alongside your girls and grow your confidence in the process.
  • You’re not expected to know everything about Girl Scouting, but you should know where to go for information—and to ask for help when you need it.

Your responsibilities as a Girl Scout volunteer include:

  • Accepting the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
  • Understanding the three keys to leadership that are the basis of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience: discover, connect, and take action.
  • Complete training required for your volunteer role.
  • Sharing your knowledge, experience, and skills with a positive and flexible approach.
  • Working in a partnership with girls so that their activities are girl-led and that they learn by doing, individually and in a group. You’ll also partner with other volunteers and council staff for support and guidance.  
  • Organizing fun, interactive, girl-led activities that address relevant issues and match girls’ interests and needs.
  • Providing guidance and information regarding Girl Scout group meetings with girls’ families on a regular and ongoing basis through a variety of tools, including email, phone calls, newsletters, blogs, other forms of social media, and any other method you choose. 
  • Processing and completing paperwork/forms, such as permission slips, and the annual Troop Finance Report.
  • Communicating effectively and delivering clear, organized, and vibrant presentations or information to an individual or the group. 
  • Overseeing with honesty, integrity, and careful record-keeping the funds that girls earn. 
  • Maintaining a close connection to your volunteer support team as well as your council.
  • Facilitating a safe experience for every girl.
Planning for Your First Troop Meeting

Depending on the ages of your girls, you might take the lead in guiding the structure and experiences of your troop—from how and when meetings are held to how the troop communicates, from steering girl-led activities to setting financial expectations. You’ll make these decisions collaboratively with your volunteer team or co-leader, as well as with input from the girls and their parents and caregivers. 

Use these questions to guide your conversation with your troop committee volunteers or co-leader before discussing these topics with parents and caregivers. 

  • When will we meet and for how long? How frequently should we schedule troop meetings? 
  • Where will we meet? Your meeting space should be somewhere safe, clean, and secure that allows all girls to participate. Some great meeting space ideas include schools, places of worship, libraries, and community centers. If working with teens, consider meeting at coffee shops, bookstores, or another place they enjoy.
  • Which components of the Girl Scout uniform will families want to purchase? The uniform is not mandatory however, girls are strongly encouraged to wear the Girl Scout membership pin appropriate for their grade level. Girl Scout clothing with the word “Official” are considered a uniform component. 
  • Will our troop be a single-grade level or facilitated as a multi-level troop with girls of many grade levels combined into one troop? If multi-level, how will we make sure they each get an age-appropriate experience?
  • How will we keep troop activities girl-led? Use the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) to help you through this process by exploring options for activities and reviewing the meeting plans and resources lists.
  • How often are we going to communicate to troop families? Which channels will we use to keep families in the loop? Effective communication will help set expectations and clarify parent/ caregiver responsibilities.
  • Will our troop charge dues, use product program proceeds, and/or charge per activity? How much money will we need to cover supplies and activities? What should our financial plan look like
  • How will the leaders communicate the status of the troop treasury?

Choosing a Meeting Place 
What makes a great meeting space? It depends on your troop, but here are a few considerations as you visit potential spaces: 

Cost: The space should be free to use. 

Size: Make sure the space is large enough for the whole group and all planned activities.

Availability: Be sure the space is available for the day and the entire length of time you want to meet.

Resources: Ask if tables and chairs come with the room and ensure that the lighting is adequate. A bonus would be a cubby of some sort where you could store supplies or a safe outdoor space for activities.

Safety: Potential spaces must be safe, secure, clean, properly ventilated, heated (or cooled, depending on your location), free from hazards, and have at least two exits that are well-marked and fully functional. Also be sure first-aid equipment is on hand.

Facilities: It goes without saying, but make sure that toilets are sanitary and accessible.

Communication-friendly: Check for cell reception in the potential space and whether Wi-Fi is available. 

Allergen-free: Ensure that pet dander and other common allergens won’t bother susceptible girls during meetings.

Accessibility: Your space should accommodate girls with disabilities as well as parents with disabilities who may come to meetings. 

Need a few speaking points to get started? Try: 

“I’m a Girl Scout volunteer with a group of [number of girls] girls. We’re doing lots of great things for girls and for the community, like [something your group is doing] and [something else your troop is doing]. We’re all about leadership—the kind that girls use in their daily lives and the kind that makes our community better. We’d love to hold our meetings here because [reason why you’d like to meet there].”

Stuck and need additional support? Contact us: CustomerCare@girlscoutshcc.org 916.452.9181 or 800.322.GIRL or your service unit support team for help with a troop meeting place. 

Virtual Meetings

If your group or troop can’t meet in person or hold a traditional meeting, there are so many ways to bring the power of Girl Scouting home! Meeting virtually can be a fun, engaging option for your troop. Find out about GSHCC’s Your Virtual Troop Meeting, they are free! In addition, girls have plenty of activities to choose from: Virtual Activities and Girl Scouts at Home.

Before setting up a virtual meeting, you’ll want to:

  • Partner with troop families to make sure the girls are safe online.
  • Select a meeting platform that allows families who may not have internet access to call in. We are offering special Girl Scout pricing on Zoom licenses. For just $36, your troop can get a PRO Zoom account good through July 31, 2021. Get yours by completing our Troop Zoom Request Form.
  • Think about logistics: work with the girls to set up ground rules; consider how you’ll incorporate in-person meeting traditions in your virtual space and how you’ll keep the meeting on track.
  • Talk with families on how to keep activities girl-led if your girls will be completing them at home.
  • Consult the “Virtual Troop Meetings” Safety Activity Checkpoint on our website and the last chapter on this resource “Returning to In-Person Troop Meetings and Activities: Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Volunteers”

And don't worry if your girls want to use a web or social platform you’re not as familiar with, because you’ll learn alongside them! You’ll also find lots of inspiring badge activities and tips on our website under Activities, under Virtual and in Girl Scouts at Home.

Girl Scout Troop Size – During the COVID-19 pandemic please refer to Troop Meeting Size in the chapter Returning to In-Person Troop Meetings and Activities: Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Volunteers 
The troop size “sweet spot” is large enough to provide an interactive and cooperative learning environment and small enough to encourage individual development. Though the ideal troop size is 12 girls, we recommend that groups be no fewer and no more than: 

  • Girl Scout Daisies: 5–12 girls
  • Girl Scout Brownies: 10–20 girls
  • Girl Scout Juniors 10–25 girls
  • Girl Scout Cadettes: 5–25 girls
  • Girl Scout Seniors: 5–30 girls
  •  Girl Scout Ambassadors: 5–30 girls

A Girl Scout troop/group should have at minimum five girls and two approved adult volunteers who are not related to each other, at least one of who is a female. (Double-check the volunteer-to-girl ratio chart to make sure you’ve got the right amount of coverage for your troop!) Adults and girls registering in groups of fewer than five girls and/or two approved, unrelated adult volunteers, at least one of whom is female, will be registered as individual Girl Scouts to more accurately reflect their status and program experience. Individual girls are always welcome to participate in Girl Scout activities and events. 

Registering Girls and Adults in Girl Scouting
Every participant (girl or adult) in Girl Scouting must register and become a member of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). GSUSA membership dues are valid for one year. Membership dues cannot be transferred to another member and are not refundable.   

Preregistration for the upcoming membership year occurs in the spring. Girls are encouraged to register early to avoid the fall rush. Early registration allows for uninterrupted receipt of forms and materials from the council, helps girls and councils plan ahead, and gets girls excited about all the great stuff they want to do as Girl Scouts next year. Girl Scout grade level is determined by the current membership year beginning October 1.

Lifetime membership is available to anyone who accepts the principles and beliefs of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, pays the one-time lifetime membership fee, and is at least 18 years old (or a high school graduate or equivalent).

Adding New Girls to Your Troop
Growing your troop is a great way to share the power of the Girl Scout experience and there are many ways to get the word out, like hanging posters at your girl’s school, using social media to reach families in your community, or including your troop in our Opportunity Catalog or Troop Catalog (list of troops with openings).

If you would like to add girls to your troop, need help adding girls, and/or would like to have your troop listed on our Troop/Opportunity Catalog, contact our Customer Care team: CustomerCare@girlscoutshcc.org or 916.452.9181 or 800.322.4475. Alternatively, you can make your request online at Open Your Troop. The Troop/Opportunity Catalog is an online listing of troops with open spaces for more girls.

Marketplace Confusion
To protect the integrity of the Girl Scout brand and avoid marketplace confusion, always refer go Girl Scouts with the full name: Girl Scouts.

Protecting Use of Girl Scout Materials
Girl Scout materials are intended for the exclusive use of Girl Scouts and are protected as the intellectual property of Girl Scouts of the USA. Materials include but are not limited to: Girl Scout logo, tag lines, and/or program and badge requirements.

Creating an Atmosphere of Acceptance and Inclusion

Girl Scouts is for every girl, and that’s why we embrace girls of all abilities and backgrounds with a specific and positive philosophy of inclusion that benefits everyone. Each girl—without regard to socioeconomic status, race, physical or cognitive ability, ethnicity, primary language, or religion—is an equal and valued member of the group, and groups reflect the diversity of the community. 

We believe inclusion is an approach and an attitude, rather than a set of guidelines. Inclusion is about belonging, all girls being offered the same opportunities with respect, dignity, and celebration of their unique strengths. It’s about being a sister to every Girl Scout! You’re accepting and inclusive when you:

  • Welcome every girl, and focus on building community.
  • Emphasize cooperation instead of competition.
  • Provide a safe and socially comfortable environment for girls.
  • Teach respect for, understanding of, and dignity toward all girls and their families.
  • Actively reach out to girls and families who are traditionally excluded or marginalized.
  • Foster a sense of belonging to community as a respected and valued peer.
  • Honor the intrinsic value of each person’s life.

A sense of belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter. Feeling that you belong is most important in seeing value in life and in coping with intensely painful emotions. Belonging is very important for children's mental health and wellbeing. Children who feel that they belong at school are happier, more relaxed, and have fewer behavioral problems than other students. Making friends and having positive relationships with adult role models (teachers, troop leaders, etc.), helps children develop a sense of belonging (in school in Girl Scouts, etc.).

If you have questions about accommodating an individual girl, please contact our Customer Care Team: CustomerCare@girlscoutshcc.org 916.452.9181 or 800.322.4475. 

As you think about where, when, and how often to meet with your group, consider the needs, resources, safety, and beliefs of all members and potential members. Include the special needs of any members who have disabilities or whose parents or caregivers have disabilities. But, please, don’t rely on visual cues to inform you of a disability: Approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population has a disability—that’s one in five people of every socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and religion.

If you want to find out what a girl with a disability needs to make her Girl Scout experience successful, simply ask her or her parent or caregiver. If you are open and honest, they’ll likely respond in kind, creating an atmosphere that enriches everyone

It’s important for all girls to be rewarded based on their best efforts—not on the completion of a task. Give any girl the opportunity to do her best and she will! Sometimes that means changing a few rules or approaching an activity in a more creative way. Here are some examples of ways to modify activities:

  • Invite a girl to complete an activity after she has observed others doing it.
  • If you are visiting a museum to view sculpture, find out if a girl who is blind might be given permission to touch the pieces.
  • If an activity requires running, a girl who is unable to run could be asked to walk or do another physical movement. 

Focus on a person’s abilities—on what she can do rather than on what she cannot. In that spirit, use people-first language that puts the person before the disability.

Say . . . Instead of . . .
She has a learning disability. She is learning disabled.
She has a developmental delay. She is mentally retarded; she is slow.
She uses a wheelchair. She is wheelchair-bound.
A girl with autism. The autistic girl.
We need to call your caregiver. We need to call your mom.
Tell me about your hobbies. I bet you love rap music!

When interacting with a girl (or parent/caregiver) with a disability, consider these tips:

  • When talking to a girl with a disability, speak directly to her, not through a family member or friend.
  • It’s okay to offer assistance to a girl with a disability, but wait until your offer is accepted before you begin to help. Listen closely to any instructions the person may have.
  • Leaning on a girl’s wheelchair is invading her space and is considered annoying and rude.
  • When speaking to a girl who is deaf and using an interpreter, speak to the girl, not to the interpreter.
  • When speaking for more than a few minutes to a girl who uses a wheelchair, place yourself at eye level.
  • When greeting a girl with a visual disability, always identify yourself and others. You might say, “Hi, it’s Sheryl. Tara is on my right, and Chris is on my left.”

Our Building an Inclusive Sisterhood (BIS) training will provide practical tips and ideas related to diversity and inclusion. Read more about the course content and the FAQs

Registering Girls with Cognitive Disabilities
Girls with cognitive disabilities can be registered as closely as possible to their chronological ages. They wear the uniform of that grade level. Make any adaptations for the girl to ongoing activities of the grade level to which the group belongs. Young women with cognitive disorders may choose to retain their girl membership through their twenty-first year, and then move into an adult membership category.

Getting Support for Your Troop

It takes a village to lift up the next generation of female leaders, but you won’t do it alone. You can count on a dedicated Girl Scout support team, consisting of council staff and passionate volunteers just like you. Your support team, which is called a service unit leadership team in your council, is ready to offer local learning opportunities and advice as well as answer your questions about the Girl Scout program, working with girls, product sales, and so much more. 

Before you hold your first troop meeting with girls, consider the support and people resources you’ll need to cultivate an energizing troop experience. Parents, friends, family, and other members of the community have their own unique strengths and can provide time, experience, and ideas to a troop, so get them involved from the very beginning as part of your volunteer troop team. This team is made up of troop leaders (like you) and troop committee volunteers. 

Your troop committee volunteers are the extra set of eyes, ears, and hands that help the troop safely explore the world around them. Depending on your troop’s needs, they can play a more active role—for instance, someone can step up as a dedicated troop treasurer—or simply provide an occasional helping hand when you need to keep a meeting’s activity on track. 

If a parent or caregiver isn’t sure if they can commit to a committee or co-leader role, encourage them to try volunteering in a smaller capacity that matches their skill set. Just like your young Girl Scouts, once troop parents and caregivers discover they can succeed in their volunteer role, they’ll feel empowered to volunteer again. 

Troop Management Tools and Resources

From toolkits and guides to regular contact with experienced people, you’ll have all the support you need to be a Girl Scout volunteer. Here’s a list of some important resources you’ll want to check out.

The Volunteer Toolkit  (Also know as VTK)
The Volunteer Toolkit is a customizable digital planning tool for troop leaders and co-leaders to easily manage their troop year-round and deliver easy, fun troop meetings. Accessible via desktop and mobile devices, the Volunteer Toolkit saves you time and energy all year long, so that you can focus on  ensuring every girl has thr opportunity she deserves to build a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure. 

With the Volunteer Toolkit, girls and leaders can explore meeting topics and program activities together and follow the fun as they plan their Girl Scout year. Through the Volunteer Toolkit, troop leaders can:

  • Plan the troop’s calendar year and meeting schedule. 
  • Email parents/caregivers with one click. 
  • View the troop roster, renew girls’ membership, and update girls' contact information. 
  • View meeting plans for Journeys and badges, including suggested tracks for multi-level groups (K–5 and 6–12). 
  • Customize meeting agendas to fit your unique troop. 
  • Explore individual meeting plans that show a breakdown of every step, including a list of materials needed, editable time allotments for each activity within a meeting, and printable meeting aids. 
  • Record girls’ attendance at meetings and their badge and Journey achievements. 
  • Add council or custom events to the troop’s calendar. 
  • Submit your troop’s finance report. 
  • Easily locate both national and our council's resources, such as Safety Activity Checkpoints.  

Parents and caregivers can:  

  • View the troop’s meeting schedule and individual meeting plans to stay up to date on the badges and Journeys they are working on. 
  • Renew their memberships, and update their contact information. 
  • View their Girl Scout’s attendance and achievements. 
  • See upcoming events the troop is planning or attending. 
  • Easily locate both national and our council's resources, such as the Family Hub. 
  • View the troop’s finance report, except bank account information.

Get started by visiting: girlscoutshcc.org and click on MyGS.

The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting 
What does it mean to be a go-getting Girl Scout? It’s all in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. These grade level-specific binders will help you break it down for your girls. It’s part handbook, part badge book, and 100 percent fun! You will receive a Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting when you attend Leadership Essentials training or, you may order your Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting online.

Safety Activity Checkpoints
Safety is paramount in Girl Scouting, and this resource—2020-2021 Safety Activity Checkpoints—contains everything you need to know to help keep your girls safe during a variety of exciting activities outside of their regular Girl Scout troop meetings. 

Tips for Troop Leaders
When you’re looking for real-world advice from fellow troop leaders who've been there, this volunteer-to-volunteer resource, called Tips for Troop Leaders, on the Girl Scouts of the USA website has what you need for a successful troop year.

Girl Scout Volunteers in Your Community
Remember that Girl Scout support team we mentioned? You’ll find them in your service unit! Troops are organized geographically into service units or communities. You’ll find a local network of fellow leaders and administrative volunteers ready to offer tips and advice to help you succeed in your volunteer role. 

Customer Care Contacts
Questions? Need help resolving an issue? We’ve got you! Reach out anytime by either clicking on the “Contact Us” form at girlscoutshcc.org or email CustomerCare@girlscoutshcc.org. During business hours 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, you can reach a customer service specialist by calling 916.452.9181 or 800.322.4475 or by using the live chat feature on our website https://www.girlscoutshcc.org/

Newsletters/Communication
Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC )sends emails to your household with information about upcoming events and other need-to-know news. Make sure to accept emails coming from GSHCC - Girl Scouts Heart of Central California. Watch for your “junk” email folders in case they are accidentally filed there by your email service. GSHCC is also on the main social media channels: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Follow us @girlscoutshcc.

Most service units also maintain their Rallyhood rallies/hubs; this is a great way to find out what is happening in your geographical area. To be invited to your community’s account, check with your local service unit leadership team or contact our Customer Care team: CustomerCare@girlscoutshcc.org  916.452.9181 or 800.322.4475.

Taking Advantage of Learning Opportunities

We know that when you have the knowledge and skills you need to manage your girls, both you and your troop will thrive. Contact your council to ask about ongoing learning opportunities that will help you grow your skills and confidence.

Leadership Essentials

All troop leaders are required to complete our Leadership Essentials training. This training is offered several times each month as a two-hour live virtual session. Individuals are asked to complete this training within one month of signing up as a troop leader. If you are unable to complete the course please contact customercare@girlscoutshcc.org to work out an alternative.

A minimum of one leader must complete training before the troop can begin meeting. A minimum of two leaders need to have completed training within three months of a new troop being formed. Troops cannot participate in product sales or open a bank account until two leaders have completed training.

Building an Inclusive Sisterhood

All service unit leadership team members and Girl Scout troop leaders are required to complete our Building an Inclusive Sisterhood (BIS) training within six months of selecting their role. This is a two part course found in gsLearn. Part 1 is self-paced and takes about one-hour; Part 2 is a live session facilitated by Girl Scout staff and/or volunteers. Read more about the course content and the FAQs. Check out this 4-minute video for an overview of gsLearn https://youtu.be/f5PGlYzpFXA.

Successful Leader Learning Series

All troop leaders are required to complete the Successful Leader Learning Series within six months of selecting the troop leader role. This self-paced course can be found in gsLearn, our council’s online learning system. You can access gsLearn by logging in to your MyGS account.

First Aid & CPR

Many activities require that an adult who has been trained in First Aid & CPR be present. To serve as a First Aider, an individual must have certification from a nationally recognized provider of training in first aid and CPR and the course must include an in-person hands-on skills session. Online-only courses are not recognized by GSHCC as meeting the requirements of a first aider. However, internet  first aid / CPR training that is offered online may be necessary due to COVID-19 restrictions. Whenever in person training is safely authorized in your jurisdiction, opt for in-person training and in-person opportunities to practice and receive feedback on life saving techniques. If taking a course not offered by one of the organizations listed below, or taking any course that has online components, get approval from your council prior to enrolling in the course to ensure you are using a council approved vendor and that an online training is acceptable. Contact our Customer Care team: CustomerCare@girlscoutshcc.org  916.452.9181 or 800.322.4475.

GSHCC offers courses regularly throughout the council to assist volunteers with meeting this standard. Please consult the Activities Calendar for upcoming courses. Standard, Community, or Basic First Aid with age-appropriate CPR from any of the following organizations may also be used to meet the standard.

Organization Certification
A-B-CPR Basic First Aid and CPR
AERIE Backcountry Wilderness First Responder
American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED, Heartsaver CPR,  Heartsaver AED (CPR/AED), or BLS for Healthcare Providers
American Lifeguard and Safety Training CPR/AED, Advanced First Aid 
American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED
American Safety and Health Institute Basic First Aid/CPR
AmeriMed CPR Training  CPR/AED, Basic First Aid 
Delta Defense Emergency First Aid Fundamentals 
Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) Standard First Aid/CPR/AED, Wilderness First Aid Basic/CPR/AED
Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (First Aid and CPR) 
EMS Safety Services  CPR/AED and First Aid for Community Rescuers OR CPR/AED and First Aid for Childcare Providers
Medic First Aid International  PediatricPlus CPR, AED and First Aid for Children, Infants and Adults (camps serving all ages)
National Lifesaving and Aquatics First Aid/CPR/AED
National Safety Council  First Aid, CPR, and AED
Pro-Trainings ProFirst Aid Advanced, ProCPR, ProFirst Aid, Community CPR, ProFirstAid Basic (Courses must be taught via Classroom Delivery)
Sierra Rescue  Wilderness First Aid/CPR 8 hour course 

Wilderness First Aid
When access to EMS is more than 30 minutes, GSHCC requires certification from a nationally-recognized provider of training in wilderness first aid and CPR. A higher level of training will also meet this standard. (Minimum 16-hour course).  GSHCC offers Wilderness First Aid periodically to assist members with fulfilling this requirement, please consult the Activities Calendar for upcoming courses.  Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Responding to Emergencies, or Wilderness EMT from any of the following organizations: (with age-appropriate CPR from organizations listed above) also fulfills this qualification:

Organization Certification
Aerie Medicine Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder
American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid
American Safety and Health Institute  Wilderness First Aid (16-hour course)
AmeriMed CPR Training  Wilderness First Aid
Center for Wilderness Safety Wilderness First Aid 
Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: Wilderness First Aid Standard, Wilderness First Aid ADVANCED Level Course
International Wilderness Medicine Educators Wilderness First Aid
Longleaf Wilderness Medicine Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder
Med Training Group LLC Wilderness First Aid 
National Search and Rescue (NASAR) Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder
National Safety Council  NSC Advanced First Aid 
National Ski Patrol  Outdoor Emergency Care 
NOLS Wilderness Medicine  Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, and Wilderness EMT
Remote Medical International  Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder
Sierra Rescue  Wilderness First Responder-River Rescue Course, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid-3 day, Wilderness First Aid-2 day
SOLO Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, CPR
The Mountaineers Mountaineering Oriented First Aid 
Wilderness Medical Associates  Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT
Wilderness Medical Training Center Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, and Wilderness EMT
Wilderness Medicine Outfitters Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder (Distance Learning Course does not qualify)             
Wilderness Safety Council  Wilderness First Aid 

Troop Camp Certification
GSHCC requires that an adult who has completed troop camp certification be present when troops are participating in overnight camping activities. The process to become troop camp certified is outlined in the Volunteer section of our website. 

gsLearn
All registered Girl Scout adult members have access to gsLearn, our council’s online learning system. There are self-paced courses and free live virtual sessions available on a variety of topics. Required and suggested trainings for your role are listed on your dashboard or can be accessed through the content library. Log in to your MyGS account and select gsLearn.

Other Learning Opportunities
In addition to our required classes, GSHCC offers webinars, online learning, networking opportunities, conferences, learning events and workshops that volunteers can participate in throughout the year. You can read about our in-person and online trainings on the GSHCC website. Many of our trainings are offered monthly at our regional program centers. Trainings are typically posted to the Activities tab on our website three months prior to the course. 

Monthly Trainings: Leadership Essentials, Grade Level Workshops, First Aid & CPR Training, Take Action Award Training, Prepare 2B Ready, GS Camping 101, Outdoor Skills
Other Trainings: Wilderness First Aid, Introduction to Backpacking, Level 1 Archery Certification, Leave No Trace Trainer, Service Team Basics
Learning and Networking Events: Summer: Big Volunteer Conference
Fall: Weekend of Workshops (WOW) 
Winter/Spring: “You”niversity weekends
 

Training By Request:
If you are not able to find a class that fits with your schedule simply gather 6 or more volunteers, identify a location and submit our online Training Request Form 6-8 weeks in advance and we’ll work together to bring the training to you - where you want it, when you want it. The ability to fulfill the request depends on the availability of a council trainer. Note: One form should be completed for each training request.

General Training Questions
Contact our Customer Care team: CustomerCare@girlscoutshcc.org 

Knowing How Much You’re Appreciated

Whatever your volunteer position, your hard work means the world to girls, to your council staff, and to Girl Scouts of the USA. We’re calling on all members of society to help girls reach their full potential, and you’ve answered that call. So thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!

Just as you’ll receive support throughout your volunteering experience, when you reach the end of the term you signed up for, you’ll talk with your support team about the positive parts of your experience as well as the challenges you faced, and you’ll discuss whether you want to return to this position or try something new. The end of your troop year, camp season,  or series/event session is just the beginning of your next adventure with Girl Scouts!

If you’re ready for more opportunities to work with girls, be sure to let your council support team know how you’d like to be a part of girls’ lives in the future—whether in the same position or in other, flexible ways. Are you ready to organize a series or event? Take a trip? Work with girls at camp? Become a trainer? Work with a troop of girls as a yearlong volunteer? Share your skills at a council office, working behind the scenes? The possibilities are endless and can be tailored to fit your skills and interests.

For volunteer opportunities beyond the troop and service unit team explore the section Volunteer with Special Events and Projects

You may nominate troop volunteers or service unit team volunteers who have gone above and beyond, for a national Girl Scout recognition: Adult Recognitions At-A-Glance

Board Approved Recognitions are usually presented at our annual meeting; this may change in 2021 due to the pandemic. The Volunteer of Excellence Award (service unit approved recognition) is presented at a service unit recognition event. 

Volunteer Appreciation Month
Without our passionate and dedicated volunteers, there would be no Girl Scouting. That’s why we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week in April! And get ready to crank up the party as we ring in national Girl Scout Leader’s Day on April 22. 

Girl Scouts also celebrates National Volunteer Week, which falls during the third week of April. What can we say—we love our volunteers!


 

 

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