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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.

Leader Trainings

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 the required “Getting Started with Your Troop.” This  training can also be taken in-person at one of our in-person “Getting Started with Your Troop” workshop.

Note: "Getting Started with your Troop" is a REQUIRED 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.

Bridging 101
Do you want to learn more about bridging ceremonies? Listen to our Bridging 101 webinar recording that gives you all the information you need! The recording provides leaders with a general outline for their bridging ceremony, steps on how to earn a bridging award, suggestions on where they can have their bridging ceremony and what insignia girls should receive at a bridging ceremony.

View Bridging 101 webinar.

Other Leader Resources
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!

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 (VTK). The 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

Conflict Management 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.

 

Awards Trainings

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.

 

Camp/Outdoor/Trip Trainings

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.

View and register for one of our upcoming Trip Training Dates.

 

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

View and register for one of our upcoming Outdoor/Camp Training Dates.

 

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.  

View Camp Training - Option 1 dates.  

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.)

View the Outdoor Training Schedule at a Glance.

First Aid/CPR Trainings

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.

Cookies 101
Interactive hands-on workshop for new (or relatively new) Cookie volunteers. Learn the ins and outs of the Cookie Program. You’ll go home with the knowledge, resources and tools to help make the upcoming Cookie season a piece of cake! These are typically held in the late fall/ early winter and specific dates are announced in the fall.  View the available Cookies 101 training dates.  

eBudde Online Training (Making eBudde your Buddy)
If you're new to eBudde or need a refresher, here's your chance to become familiar with the eBudde system. Log onto eBudde and click on the eLearning tab. That will bring you to the eBudde tutorial. These are typically held in the late fall/ early winter and specific dates are announced in the fall. View the available Making eBudde your Buddy training dates.

VIP e-Training Lessons for Troop Cookie Manager
If you missed your Association training or just need a refresher, take the VIP eTraining from Little Brownie and GSNC. To gain access, use the same login information that you use for the eBudde system. Need help logging onto eBudde, contact your Association Chair or Sonia Oxford at oxfords@gsnc.org.

Mags&Munchies Volunteer Trainings

Troop Fall Products Manager Training
All Troop Managers need to attend a Mags&Munchies training in the fall. Mags&Munchies Association Chairs will be hosting trainings in their communities for Troop Mags&Munchies Managers starting in August.

New to Mags&Munchies Workshop
If you've never experienced the Mags&Munchies Program before, you might want to register for the NEW TO MAGS&MUNCHIES workshops held at the Council Service Center. These are typically held in the late summer or early fall and specific dates are announced in the mid-summer. View all of our New to Mags&Munchies Workshops