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Volunteer Training

Welcome, Girl Scout Volunteer! As a volunteer, you'll provide girls with a safe and encouraging environment that introduces them to new WOW-worthy experiences that show them they're capable of more than they ever imagined. Now that you have completed your Volunteer Application and your background check, it’s time to get started—so exciting!

Let’s take a moment to get inspired!  

Below you will find all of the courses you need to complete your Basic Leadership training, along with some optional online courses and tips that will help get your Troop started and create the most exciting leadership experience for our girls.

Which Trainings are required for me to become a Troop Leader?

While completing your online volunteer registration, you will be prompted to watch the GSUSA "Welcome to Girl Scouts" video. Following the video, you will answer five questions and complete this part of the process. Girl Scouts of Nassau County will follow up with a congratulatory email which includes a link to “Getting Started with Your Troop.” This video will provide you with some of the Girl Scout basics including; Troop bank account and dues, uniform components, how to structure your meetings, money earning opportunities and so much more!

Another option is to take this training in-person with other new Leaders! See below for details.

Getting Started with your Troop In-Person Training for Leaders
Getting Started with Your Troop is an excellent introduction to working with girls in a Troop. Some of the topics include; Troop dues, Tag–a-long insurance, uniform components, having your daughter in your Troop, planning a Girl Scout Troop meeting, plus so much more.

Join us for an in-person training with other new Leaders! Please follow the link below for a list of available dates and to sign up.

Fall 2017 Dates: 8/31, 9/13, 9/26, or 10/24

Sign up for Getting Started with your Troop In-Person Training.

Getting Started with your Troop Training Video for Leaders
Getting Started with Your Troop is an excellent introduction to working with girls in a Troop. Some of the topics include; Troop dues, Tag–a-long insurance, uniform components, having your daughter in your Troop, planning a Girl Scout Troop meeting, plus so much more.

At the end of the training video, be sure to follow the link and complete the form to receive credit for taking the training.

View the Getting Started with your Troop Training Video.

I am planning our first Troop trip. What do I need to know?

Plan your trip using "GSUSA's Safety Activity Checkpoints." The checkpoints will help you and your Troop members plan your adventures safely and awesomely! Just click on the link and go directly to the activity that you are planning.

View GSUSA's Safety Activity Checkpoints

Trip Training Course
What is a Girl Scout Trip and how do you get ready for it? The Trip Training course will prepare leaders and trip coordinators to bring their Troops/Groups on any Girl Scout trip or activity. Participants will become familiar with GSUSA Safety Activity Checkpoints, GSNC Policies, Guidelines and Standards, budgeting, timing, transportation and other topics, so that the event is fun and safe for all.

Please Note: Trip Training is a pre requisite for Outdoor Camp Training

FOR ALL TRIP TRAINING DATES, GO TO THE EVENTS LISTING AND CLICK ON “ADVANCED SEARCH” AND UNDER CATEGORY SELECT “ADULT TRAINING.


Camp/Outdoor Training

Trip Training

What is a Girl Scout trip and how do you get ready for it? The Trip Training course will prepare Leaders and trip coordinators to bring their Troops/Groups on any Girl Scout trip or activity. Participants will become familiar with GSUSA Safety Activity Checkpoints, GSNC Polices, Standards and Guidelines, budgeting, timing, transportation and other topics, so that the event is fun and safe for all. Please Note: TripTraining is a pre-requisite for Outdoor Camp Training.

FOR ALL TRIP TRAINING DATES, GO TO THE EVENTS LISTING AND CLICK ON “ADVANCED SEARCH” AND UNDER CATEGORY SELECT “ADULT TRAINING.”

Outdoor Camp Training

Girl Scouts of Nassau County provides Outdoor Education courses to help Girl Scout volunteers prepare themselves and the girls they work with to enjoy outdoor experiences together. Training will introduce progression in the out-of-doors, review camp facilities and provide basic skills for outdoor program. Under the guidance of trained and enthusiastic adults, girls may take their first hike, build their first campfire and sleep under the stars for the first time. Please Note: Trip Training is a pre requisite for Outdoor Camp Training

FOR ALL CAMP/OUTDOOR TRAINING DATES, GO TO THE EVENTS LISTING AND CLICK ON “ADVANCED SEARCH” AND UNDER CATEGORY SELECT “ADULT TRAINING.

Two ways to participate

Option 1:

Two evening sessions and one overnight at camp. You would need to register for: Trip Training (evening one), Overnight Pre-Plan (evening two) and the Mandatory Overnight. Individual classes must be taken in sequence.

Cost: Mandatory Overnight Training fee to cover the cost of food is $25 per adult.

Please Note: Daycare for your school-age children will be available space permitting during the Mandatory Overnight. All children attending will take part in a specially designed camp program during the day, while the adults participate in training. Parents and children will enjoy dinner, evening program and overnight accommodations together. Cost per child is $15.00 and it includes lunch and program fees.  

Option 2:

All in One training (Friday through Sunday at Camp). Please note: this course will include Trip Training, Overnight Pre-Plan and Mandatory Overnight and has a fee of $30 per person to cover the cost of food. Daycare is NOT available during this weekend.

Camp Update

Camp guidelines, procedures and programs change. Your camping skills must be updated every three years to enable you to take girls camping. The Camp Update course will review skills, provide up-to-date information on camp materials used, ecology and environmental guidelines. (Required every three years to keep certification current.)

FOR ALL CAMP UPDATE TRAINING DATES, GO TO THE EVENTS LISTING AND CLICK ON “ADVANCED SEARCH” AND UNDER CATEGORY SELECT “ADULT TRAINING.”

View the Outdoor Training Schedule at a Glance.

What other resources will help me as a Girl Scout Leader?

Once you have completed the online application process, you will receive an invitation to join the MYGS membership community and will have access to the Volunteer Toolkit. The Volunteer Toolkit is a new digital planning tool that gives you resources and program content to get your year started—and keep it going smoothly! It is fully customizable and digitally responsive so you can plan and prepare practically anywhere.

Take Action Award Workshops
What does it take for your Girl Scout Troop to earn one of Girl Scouts Higher Awards? Come to these highly recommended workshops to learn award guidelines, participate in activities that help you understand the difference between Community Service and Take Action projects, and the role of the girl and your role as the Leader. GSNC wants you to feel empowered to help guide your girls in earning the higher awards! 

View our scheduled Take Action workshops.

 

Where can I receive First Aid / CPR Training?

For many activities, Girl Scouts recommends that at least one adult volunteer be First Aid/CPR certified (complete list of recommendations can be found in "Volunteer Essentials” and "GSUSA's Safety Activity Checkpoints."

You can pursue certification through various resources such as local community education, your local fire department or community center or look online for trainings offered by the American Red Cross,National Safety Council,and the American Heart Association.

What do I do if I am having conflict with my Co-Leader, other Troop Leaders or parents?

There are many decisions to make when leading a Troop of Girl Scouts. Conflict may arise between Troop Leaders, parents and other volunteers due to misunderstanding, perception and emotions. Please take a moment to watch this GSUSA video about Conflict Management. The video contains some very useful tools and tips to use if faced with conflict.

Conflict Management

Are there other resources that I should know about as a new Volunteer?

The Volunteer Resource Center located in our Service Center at Girl Scouts of Nassau County is filled with books, browsing files, and program materials to help make your Troop meetings fun!

Volunteer Toolkit The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is a new digital planning tool that gives you resources and program content to get your year started—and keep it going smoothly! Fully customizable, the toolkit is digitally responsive so you can plan and prepare practically anywhere. With the new toolkit, girls and leaders can explore meeting topics and program activities together, and follow the fun as they plan their Girl Scout year. The VTK also will allow you to manage your Troop finances, access your girl and family roster and track you girls’ achievements and attendance. Learn how to navigate the VTK with these easy to follow demo videos.

Volunteer Essentials This resource reviews important topics related to safety, managing money, planning trips and working with girls of all ages. Use it as a reference anytime you need it.

GSNC Volunteer Policies 

GSNC Policies, Standards & Guidelines

Blue Book of Basic Documents The 2017 edition of our Blue Book of Basic Documents contains important information and source documents, including the Constitution of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, bylaws, policies, credentials criteria and standards for councils, our Congressional Charter, and more. Download (PDF) English | Español

Girl Scout University

Connecting Troop Activities to the Leadership Outcomes