Adult Learning/Training

We can’t change the lives of girls without YOU!

Before a new leader starts changing the world, they need to:

These in depth trainings provide extra support to help you make the Girl Scout troop experience safe and fun! We offer a face-to-face learning environment and some trainings are offered as easy and convenient online webinars you do from home.  

Girl Scouts Great Beginnings 

Inquiring minds what to know:  What is the mission of Girl Scouts? Who are we? What is the Girl Scout Leadership Experience? What is the National Program Portfolio? Where do troops meet? How can I ensure troop safety? What are my next steps? Where do I go for support?  1 hour webinar

Please contact Suzanne Croteau at scroteau@gscwm.org for upcoming dates and times. 

 

Want to dive into Badges and Journeys, share best practices, or get a handle on how to make your troop girl-led? These trainings will show you how to make your leadership experience and troop meetings even better:

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 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. 2 ½ hours face to face or 2 hour webinar.

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 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: how to plan a troop calendar, budgeting, parts of a meeting, kaper charts, and use of the Brownie Ring. 2 ½ hours face to face or 2 hour webinar

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 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. 2 ½ hours or 2 hour webinar

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 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. . 2 ½ hours or 2 hour webinar

 

Are you and your girls ready to go on your first ever troop sleepover adventure? Or maybe step it up and sleep over at a museum?

Indoor overnight

Learn to walk your troop through the process of planning and preparing for an indoor overnight adventure of up to two nights and three days in buildings with heat and electricity, bathroom and kitchen facilities. Required prior to taking girls on an overnight. Recommended 4 – 6 months prior to the overnight to allow adequate time for girl-led planning.  Face-to-face learning environment 2 ½ hours

 

There’s nothing like the great outdoors! These REQUIRED outdoor education classes will get you and your girls ready and keep everyone safe.

Outdoor skills

Learn essential outdoor cooking-related skills including fire building methods, charcoal and camp stove cooking, outdoor dish-washing and sanitation methods, Leave No Trace principles, basic knots and jackknife safety. Enjoy the hands-on experience of cooking a meal using different fuel sources and equipment. Required:  For volunteers whose troops are planning on preparing food using outdoor cooking methods.   This course is also required to build wood fires in indoor fireplaces or wood stoves. Recommended at least 4 months prior to the outdoor cooking event; prior to girls beginning to plan the event. Face-to-face learning environment 4 ½ hours   

Outdoor skills / Outdoor overnights

Learn essential outdoor cooking-related skills including fire building methods, charcoal and camp stove cooking, outdoor dish-washing and sanitation methods, Leave No Trace principles, basic knots and jackknife safety. Enjoy the hands-on experience of cooking a meal using different fuel sources and equipment while also learning how to guide girls in planning an overnight adventure of up to two nights and three days, sleeping in platform tents or non-winterized buildings. Required:  Prior to taking girls on an overnight outside-using platform tents or non-winterized buildings. Recommended at least 4 – 6 months prior to the overnight.  Prerequisite: Prior completion of Indoor Overnights.                             Face-to-face learning environment 1 night 2 days (1 night in platform tents or non-winterized cabins).

All in one (combines Indoor overnight/Outdoor skills/Outdoor overnight)

Learn about: GSCWM’s policies and procedures regarding camp site rentals, Leave No Trace principles, the proper care and use of tents, and the best gear for your trip. Learn how to work collaboratively with your girls to plan, budget, and safely prepare food using both indoor and outdoor cooking methods. You will gain hands-on experience preparing food using a variety of different fuel sources and equipment such as one pot, box oven, Dutch oven, and pie irons. Other essential food preparation skills include: basic knots, jackknife safety, and outdoor dish-washing and sanitation methods as discussed in safety activity checkpoints. Required prior to taking girls on any overnight, cooking outdoors or using fireplaces or wood stoves. Recommended at least 4 – 6 months prior to the overnight or cooking experience.              Face-to-face 2-night, 3-day session (2 nights in platform tents or non-winterized cabins)

 

Girl Scouts love to get together on a large scale.  Is your town or service unit ready to host an encampment/camperee, service unit bridging?  How about a Daisy Tea?   

Large Events

This course is for anyone planning a town-wide or service unit event. Discover strategies to ensure the success and safety of your encampment, Brownie Fun Day, outdoor day, dance, AGC event, etc. Learn the key elements of planning, implementing and evaluating events. Review the nuts and bolts of event planning, decision-making, budgets and how to build “girl-led” into your event. Required:   Strongly recommended for the planners of town-wide or service unit events.                                               Prerequisite:  Basic Girl Scout Volunteer training recommended.                                                                                            Timeline:  Recommended at least 6 months prior to the event. Face-to-face 3 hour session

 

Traveling to new places, meeting new people and experiencing new adventures is a time honored        Girl Scout tradition.

Big Trips

This course is for adult volunteers in Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops wanting to plan an extended trip of three nights or more. You will gain the necessary skills to guide your girls through the process of planning, budgeting, and reviewing safety requirements and transportation needs for a three night or regional or national trip. You will also learn how to help girls gauge their readiness and become familiar with GSUSA’s and GSCWM’s policies and procedures for extended trips. Required:   For all troop/group leaders, co-leaders, and assistant leaders helping girls plan and carry out overnight trips of 3 or more nights or volunteers whose troops are planning an extended regional or national trip. Timeline:  It is strongly recommended that the volunteer take this course at least 6-12 months before a domestic trip and 18-24 months before an international trip. Prerequisite:  Completion of New Leader Training, Completion of appropriate Overnight Training. Face-to-face 3 hour session

 

Girl Scouts is all about team work and we love a challenge. This course offers volunteers the best of both world so they in turn can share this wonderful adventure with their girls.

Team Challenge Course (Low Ropes)

Learn to facilitate a group team building experience on a low ropes course. You’ll learn about group dynamics, trust building and problem solving. You’ll practice get-to-know you games while learning important spotting and safety guidelines and participate in elements of the low ropes challenge course and learn to facilitate experiences for girls using the course. Face- to face 8 hour session

Ready -Set- Aim!

Archery Certification Level 1

Learn to set-up and operate a safe archery program. Learn to teach new archers, maintain equipment, and identity and correct common shooting errors. Upon course completion, you will be certified to teach archery. Face- to face 8 hour session.

The following are specialty sessions offered  at  Autumn Escape Day of Training for Adult Girl Scouts September 19, 2015 Camp Green Eyrie, Harvard

Money Earning Made Easy

This course helps you to help girls earn and manage money which is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Your Girl Scout group is responsible for planning and financing its own activities, with the guidance of adults. This puts girls in charge, giving them the opportunity (with your oversight) to cooperatively set goals, manage a budget, spend responsibly, maintain records, earn social skills and develop good marketing, entrepreneurial, math and financial skills.

First Aid & CPR

Standard first aid training, with Girl Scout applications, CPR for Adults and Children.

To see locations, dates and times these courses are available and how to register for them please click on the name of the course. 

If you do not see a location, date and time that fits your schedule and know of other volunteers in your area that would also like to attend please contact Suzanne Croteau  SCroteau@gscwm.org   to make arrangements for possibly adding a session in your area.