Girl Scouts of Nassau County Training & FAQ
Welcome, New Girl Scout Volunteer! As a volunteer, you'll introduce girls to new 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 is time to get started. Take a moment to get inspired with this Volunteer video.Want to know more about being a Girl Scout Leader and getting the girls involved in the decision making? Watch the 3 processes for Girl Scout Volunteers.
Below you will find all of the courses you need to complete your Basic Leadership training, along with some optional online training courses and tips that will help get your Troop started.
Which Girl Scout Trainings are required for me to become a Troop Leader?
- Welcome to Girl Scouts of Nassau County is our online course that introduces you to our Council. At the end of this course, it is important to complete the form so that you can get credit for taking it.
*Please note: When you click on the form link at the end of the course, you will see this request for information, please complete it and click on submit.
Access the "Welcome to Girl Scouts of Nassau County" Training Course>>
- Girl Scouting 101 is a Girl Scouts of the USA course. It is a 45 minute self-paced online orientation to Girl Scouting. This course will give you all the basics about Girl Scouting including; different ways to participate as a volunteer, what Girl Scouts do, Safety Standards, Girl Scout Cookie program, and more! Just click on the link, complete the information page and go directly to the activity that you are planning! Girl Scouting 101 * Please note you will be required to complete the following form at the beginning of this course in order to receive credit.
Access "Girl Scouting 101" Training Course (English and Español)>>
What other trainings will help me as Girl Scout Leader?
We’re in this together. The next few optional trainings are designed to help you get up and running in your new volunteer role.
- 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 much more!
- New Leader Receptions! Come meet the staff, ask your questions and get all the assistance you need to have a successful year. This reception will be here at 110 Ring Road West, Garden City 11530.
- Quick Start Guides for Troop Volunteers - Here are some other resources specific to Troop levels!
- Take Action for the Bronze Award - What does it take for your GS Troop to earn the Bronze Award? Come to this highly recommended seminar to learn the award guidelines, participate in activities that help you understand the difference between Community Service and Take Action projects, and your role as Leader. GSNC wants you to feel empowered to help guide your girls in earning the highest award for Girl Scout Juniors! The Take Action for the Bronze Award workshop will take place on March 2, 2016 and April 11, 2016, 7:00pm–8:30pm at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville, NY 11801 or on August 9, 2016, 7:00pm–8:30pm at the GSNC Service Center in Garden City, NY. Cost to attend is $5.00 per adult.
- Membership Organizer Orientation - Are you a new Membership Organizer or are you an experienced (Troop) Membership Organizer? Please attend the GSNC Membership Organizer Orientation. You will hear about all the different options for girls to participate in Girl Scouting through Pathways! You will also discuss and review options for Troop placement, review the Individual Girl Coordinator and New Leader Mentor positions.
How do I open my Troop’s Bank Account?
Girl Scouts is all about learning, earning and having fun! As a Girl Scout Troop, your Troop will be both earning money through Troop money-earning activities and spending money on fun programs and activities. This means you will need to set up a Troop Bank Account. Follow this guide on how to establish a Troop Bank Account.
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! Just click on the link and go directly to the activity that you are planning!
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 should I do if I am having conflict with my Co-Leader, Troop Leader's 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.
Are there any other resources that I should know about as a new Volunteer?
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 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 as needed.
- Welcome to Journeys gives an explanation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and the National Program portfolio. This webinar will provide you with information about the Girl Scout Journey books and the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting books.
- GSNC Volunteer Policies
- GSNC Policies, Standards & Guidelines
- Blue Book of Basic documents
contains the Constitution, Bylaws and Policies of Girl Scouts of the United States of America.