Volunteer Basics

Girl Scouting 101 I Girl Scouting 102: Great Beginnings I Leader/Service Unit Team Update I Grade Level Series

Girl Scout Volunteers Can Change the World!

Imagine a new generation of leaders, who lead in a new way…

  • Who lead out of principle rather than pride
  • Who care what leadership is for more than who it’s for
  • Who step across barriers of class and race every day
  • Who seek out the work that needs doing in the world and bring boundless energy to every challenge
  • They are today’s girls
  • With YOUR help, they can do anything!

The following is a list of volunteer training courses, designed to help volunteers build the next generation of leaders.

Girl Scouting 101 (NEW Volunteers)
Completion of Girl Scouting 101 is a  pre-requisite to becoming a GSCWM volunteer. This ONLINE training is an overview of Girls Scouts and includes an introduction to the National Program Portfolio. Approx. 45 min, online.

Leaders, Co-leaders and Service Unit Team Volunteers, to complete the training:

  • Click here to access the Girl Scouting 101 training.
  • Fill in all contact information in order to ensure you are properly credited for the course.
  • Choose Central and Western Massachusetts as your council.
  • Follow instructions provided to complete the online course.
  • When you’ve completed the training, GSCWM will receive notification of completion and you will be credited for the course.

Other Volunteers: If you will be volunteering in another role, please contact volunteer@gscwm.org, as there are additional versions of this course available. A GSCWM staff member will send you the link to the best course option based on your volunteer interests.

 


 

Girl Scouting 102: Great Beginnings (NEW Volunteers)
This course reviews the essentials that new troop leaders, co-leaders, advisors and other troop pathway volunteers need to know to prepare to meet with girls for the first time.  It is the “nuts and bolts” of managing a troop: safety standards, national and council structure, policy and procedures, and who to contact in the local Girl Scout community for answers to questions. Also includes and introduction to the Girl Scout program (Girl Scout Leadership Experience). Face to face, webinar and online.

Required: for all new leaders, co-leaders, advisors prior to meeting with girls/a troop for the first time

Prerequisite: None 

Cost: Free

Upcoming Sessions:
Sessions are available in many local communities and online. Click here for information on dates and locations.

 



Leader/Service Unit Team Update
(NEW and RETURNING Volunteers)

Each year GSUSA and GSCWM update procedures and policies.  Volunteer Essentials is your source for these procedures.  Click here to view a PDF version of the 2013-2014 Troop Online Update and Reappointment.  This document reviews what has changed and best practices for troop management, finances, and safety.  Remember to review your position description(s) and continue onto the Volunteer Agreement.

 


Grade Level Series (NEW and RETURNING Volunteers)
Grade Level Series is strongly recommended that troop leaders and co-leaders complete this course within 3-4 months of leading a specific grade level of girls.  This course is a requirement for troop consultants and GSLE coaches.

These courses provide volunteers with instruction on organizing and facilitating program activities for a specific age level. Topics include: age level characteristics and special developmental needs, how to use Girls Guides and Girl Scout Journeys, recommended forms troop government, parts of a troop meeting, how to infuse girl-led planning, and appropriate age level activity planning that aligns with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. 2 hours, face-to-face.

Cost: $5

Daisy Days
At this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn how to put the GSLE into practice in your troop, with a focus on using the Girl Scout Processes of girl-led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning. We will delve into the Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, specifically looking at the awards, petals, leaves and how to earn them. Other items covered include: how to plan a troop calendar and budget, parts of a meeting, kaper charts, and use of the Daisy Ring.

Click here for a list of upcoming Daisy Days Trainings

No dates, scheduled? To request a course in your area, click here.


Brownie Share
At this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn how to put the GSLE into practice in your troop, with a focus on using the Girl Scout Processes of girl-led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning. We will delve into the Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, specifically looking at the awards and badges and how to earn them. Other items covered include: how to plan a troop calendar and budget, parts of a meeting, kaper charts, and use of the Brownie Ring.

Click here for a list of upcoming Brownie Share Trainings

No dates, scheduled? To request a course in your area, click here.


Jump into Juniors
At this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn how to put the GSLE into practice in your troop, with a focus on using the Girl Scout Processes of girl-led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning. We will delve into the Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, specifically looking at the awards (including Bronze) and badges and how to earn them. Other items covered include: how to plan a troop calendar and budget, parts of a meeting, kaper charts, and use of the Patrol System, Town Meeting and Steering Committee forms of troop governance.

Click here for a list of upcoming Jump Into Juniors Trainings

No dates, scheduled? To request a course in your area, click here.


Teens and Tweens
At this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn how to put the GSLE into practice in your troop, with a focus on using the Girl Scout Processes of girl-led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning. We will delve into the Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, specifically looking at the awards and badges and how to earn them. Other items covered include: LiA Award, Program Aide Award, Silver Award, and various forms of troop governance.

Click here for a list of upcoming Teens and Tweens Trainings

No dates, scheduled? To request a course in your area, click here.


To register using a paper form or to view training registration policies, visit the Registration page.

 
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