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We can't change the lives of girls without YOU!
These in-depth trainings provide extra support to help you create a safe and fun Girl Scout experience.

New Volunteer Quick Start Requirements
Before a new leader starts changing the world, they need to:

  • Complete our online Volunteer Application.
  • Complete the online Background Check. Be sure to enter the case sensitive GOOD DEED code: fp4f7d7 after you create a quick profile.
  • Complete the online Girl Scouting 101 training. This will take about 45 minutes. 
  • Enroll and complete the in-person Mountains to Midlands 101 training. You can find our scheduled trainings in our latest edition of FOCALPoint
  • Upon completion of the Mountains to Midlands 101 training, you will need to complete the M2M 101 Participant’s Guide. 

Additional adult learning opportunities such as Sleep In/Sleep Out and First Aid/CPR/AED trainings can be found in our FOCALPoint.



 
 
Adult Trainings:
Age Level Basics

Changing level leaders, as well as new leaders will enjoy participating in one of these Age Level Basic sessions. Content will include some orientation to the specific developmental abilities and needs of the grade level, a look at the specific grade-level resources, ceremonies and awards, and how they are designed to foster leadership development and skill building. There will also be a Q & A time to discuss troop decision-making and other questions from the group, as time permits.  

Cost?  FREE

American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR, AED, and First Aid

This class meets the requirements for CPR and First Aid required for troop leaders. The class is taught in either two (2.5 hour) sessions or one five hour session, by an instructor using the Heartsaver training videos. This course includes instruction and a classroom skills demonstration. Upon completion, certification is valid for two years. Child and infant CPR are also included. If you sign up for the two part series, you must attend Session 1 in order to attend Session 2.

How long will it last?  4-5 hours or 2 session of 2.5 hours each

Fee?  $35.00

American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid Blended Learning

Blended Learning gives the opportunity to complete CPR, AED and First Aid certification through a combination of online learning and a classroom skills session. Part One: Online learning includes the lecture segments of a regular classroom session and an online version of the test. Once you have successfully completed the online test, print the certificate to present to your instructor at the classroom skills session where you will demonstrate your CPR, AED and First Aid skills. Part Two: The classroom skills session includes video instruction and hands-on practice. This session generally takes two to three hours to complete. 

How long will it last?  2.5 hours

Fee?  $35.00

Encampment/Event Planning

This course is designed for volunteers planning a Service Unit overnight encampment or large event. It includes program planning, age-appropriate programming, safety, use of facility’s equipment and building space, budgeting, and planning large scale meals.

Cost? FREE 

Girl Scouting 101 Online

Girl Scouting 101 is available online through the Girl Scouts of the USA website (Go to http://training.girlscouts.org choose Girl Scouting 101) This self-paced online orientation is available in English or Spanish. You’ll be introduced to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, utilizing Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Volunteers will also learn ways to make a difference in girls’ lives. 

Girl Scouting 101 LIVE!

This session prepares volunteers to guide effectively the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, the engine for everything girls do in Girl Scouting. The experience identifies all the elements that need to be in place for Girl Scouting to achieve its mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. When these elements- Discover, Connect, and Take Action - are girl-led, learning-by-doing, cooperative activities, girls achieve the desired, expected short- term outcomes. The ultimate result is that Girl Scouting achieves its leadership goals for girls. This course includes time for more interactive learning than the online option. 

How long will it last?  45 minutes

Cost?  FREE

Mountain Magic Adult Learning Weekend

Mountain Magic is a place to LEARN. LAUGH. LEAD.

Join other Girl Scout volunteers at Camp WaBak, as you cultivate your creativity, learn tips and strategies for working with girls, connect with other leaders, explore the outdoors and enjoy fun and games!

This weekend is a time for adult volunteers to get together and make new friends, renew old aquaintances and learn new skills.  The workshops offered will enrich your personal life and give you new ideas to take back to your Girl Scout Troop/Group.  The training weekend is for any adult volunteer-new, experienced, or anywhere in-between.  Options are available to spend the entire weekend or just a portion of it.

Register today!

Mountains to Midlands 101

Welcome to Girl Scouting! This course is an introduction to your council, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, and to the Girl Scout troop leader position. Topics include the role of the leader/leadership team, troop registration, working with parents, council structure and policies, safety, and getting started. 

These classes may also be conducted one-on-one or in a small group led by a local staff, designated volunteer, Community Development Manager, or Volunteer Experience Director.  Contact the Volunteer Experience Director for information on additional sessions that are not listed under our events.

Cost?  FREE

Prerequisite?  The individual must have completed a volunteer application and be progressing through the volunteer screening process.  Girl Scouting 101 to be taken live or online.

Planning Trips Webinar

Travel whether local, national, or international, is one of the great experiences for girls in Girl Scouting. This study guide and quiz will outline the important aspects of planning a Girl Scout trip with your girls, including defining types of trips, safety, transportation, progression, girl- led planning, budgeting and forms. Participants can either scan a completed quiz to smcutcheon@gssc-mm.org or mail it to the Spartanburg Office: 349 East Blackstock Raod, Spartanburg, SC 29301

Prerequisite? Mountains to Midlands 101 and Girl Scouting 101  

 

Sleep-In (Indoors Overnight)

This course is required for a troop to spend the night in a self-contained facility (an indoor facility with kitchen and bathroom). Adults will gain skills for working with girls to plan and carry out an overnight, including program and meal planning. A snack is provided. 

Sleep-Out (Outdoors Overnight)

 

 

 

 

This course teaches adults to work with girls to prepare for troop camping. Sleep-Out is required for troops planning to cook outdoors and/or camp at sites utilizing bunkhouses, platform tents or pitched tents. The course includes group preparation, minimal impact camping, safety, and cooking in the out-of-doors.

Prerequisite? Sleep-In (Indoors)

 

 

 

 

Venture Out!

This is a new online adventure that lets volunteers explore different ways of taking girls outside in Girl Scouts. Here, they’ll encounter the kind of challenges (and successes) that only the outdoors can bring: bad weather, distracted girls, new discoveriess and life-changing events. Along the way, they’ll find tips for getting girls outdoors, plus real-life stories and advice from other volunteers. It’s interactive, filled with possibility, and learner-led, just like Girl Scouts! Venture Out! is available from Girl Scouts University, and made possible by Elliott Wildlife Values Project.

What will volunteer gain?

  • Inspiration and confidence to take more girls outside through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
  • An opportunity to practice making decisions when leading outdoor activities
  • Ideas for dealing with common outdoor challenges
  • Tips for how to make the outdoor experience more girl-led
  • Practical knowledge and real-life stories from other volunteers about getting girls outdoors
  • An appreciation that outdoor experiences don't have to be perfect

Who is it for?

Everyone! Volunteers working with troops who have little or no experience taking girls outside. Never hiked in their life? Have lots of outdoor skills, but don’t know how to share them with girls? Venture Out! has ideas for both these groups... and everyone in between. Troop leaders of older girls may also find it useful. 

When is it available?

Available 24/7 here!

Volunteer Resource Fair

Volunteer Resource Fairs are a great place to visit local exhibitors and gather ideas you can share with your Girl Scout Troop/Group!  You will leave with information that will help plant the seeds of success as your girls continue to grow!