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Training & Resources

There are several learning opportunities for volunteers this year! Review and register for opportunities using the drop-down list below. Can't make a scheduled learning opportunity? All sessions (except for New Leader Learning Series) will be recorded and saved in gsLearn within a week of their scheduled time.

Volunteer Learning Calendar

New Leader Learning Series

The New Leader Learning Series is a collection of engaging virtual learning and collaboration opportunities for all volunteers in their first few years of service (or anyone who'd like to learn more!). Spend 45 minutes with experienced staff and volunteers from all over the council and explore some very special Girl Scout topics. Many are already scheduled, so click the links to register! More dates and times are coming soon.

9/30/21 at 7:00 PM | Meet & Greet

10/21/21 at 7:00 PM | What Makes Girl Scouts Special - Discover our holidays, traditions, ceremonies, and more

11/10/21 at 7:00 PM | Understanding the Girl Scout Leadership Experience

December | Global Girl Scouting & World Thinking Day

1/11/22 at 7:00 PM | New Leader Cookie Chat

February | Multi-Level Troop Management

March | Bridging and End of the Year Events & Ceremonies

4/5/22 at 7:00 PM | Wrapping up the Girl Scout Year - Discuss finance reports, summer activities, and plan for the year ahead

September 2021

9/2/21 at 6:30 PM | Earning Money the Girl Scout Way - Does your troop have big plans but no financing? Register here to learn more about how Girl Scout troops are funded, through the Cookie and Fall Product Programs and troop money-earning activities!  

9/14/21 at 6:30 PM | Leader's Guide to Gold -  This learning opportunity was designed for troop volunteers and parents, with tips on how to coach their girls through the Girl Scout Gold Award process. We're pulling in volunteer experts for each one, with plenty of opportunities for Q&A.
 Register here. 

9/22/21 at 6:30 PM | Leader's Guide to Silver - This learning opportunity was designed for troop volunteers and parents, with tips on how to coach their girls through the Girl Scout Silver Award process. We're pulling in volunteer experts for each one, with plenty of opportunities for Q&A. Register here. 

Be on the lookout for Service Unit Community Service Coordinator and Service Unit Communications Coordinator trainings in gsLearn in September! 

October 2021

10/6/21 at 6:30 PM | Leader's Guide to Bronze - This learning opportunity was designed for troop volunteers and parents, with tips on how to coach their girls through the Girl Scout Bronze Award process. We're pulling in volunteer experts for each one, with plenty of opportunities for Q&A. Register here. 

10/12/21 at 6:30 PM | Volunteer's Guide to the Service Unit Team - You know your service unit team is always there for you, but what do they really do? Register here to learn about the vital roles on the service unit team and how they all work together to provide a high quality volunteer experience. 

10/28/21 at 6:30 PM | Journeys & Detours - Every journey has a detour. Register here to attend this interactive webinar and learn how to utilize detours to your troop's advantage and provide the highest quality Girl Scout Leadership Experience for your girls. 

Be on the lookout on our Service Unit Information page in October for a Conflict Management Short & Snappy training anyone can deliver at your next service unit meeting!

November 2021

11/5-11/7 | Mountain Magic - Make new friends and join in with the old at Camp WaBak for the weekend on Friday, November 5-Sunday, November 7. Register for Mountain Magic here. Get answers to some frequenty asked questions here. 

11/15/21 at 6:30 PM | Take Action Projects - Service learning takes community service to the next level. When girls take action, communities win. Register here to explore ways to inspire sustainable, meaningful projects in your Girl Scout troop.

December 2021

12/9/21 at 6:30 PM | A Place for Every Girl - Girl Scouts is a place of growth and safety for all girls. In a contentious world, this is easier said than done. So how do we, as volunteers, create a space where any girl can thrive and feel supported as her whole self? Register here.

Be on the lookout in December for a Troop Government Short & Snappy training on the Service Unit Information page anyone can deliver at your next service unit meeting! Check out gsLearn this month for a Youth Protection training to help you recognize the signs of abuse, neglect, and other dangerous issues for girls in your troop.

 

January 2022

1/13/21 at 6:30 PM | Kaper Chart & Troop Agreements -  As part of your troop’s routine, integrate ways for girls to be responsible for what they say and do—by implementing kaper charts and troop agreements. These are more than just Girl Scout traditions—they offer ways for girls to take the lead in meaningful ways, like decision making. Register here. 

1/25/21 at 6:30 PM | Conflict Management - Differences of opinion, disagreements, and conflicts are inevitable parts of life. When they are handled constructively, they can actually enhance communication, improve relationships, and achieve a higher quality result or outcome. However, when disagreements or conflicts escalate, they interfere with the ability of adults to ensure a high-quality Girl Scout Leadership Experience for girls. Register here. 

In January, be on the lookout for a Girl Scout Week 2022 Short & Snappy training on the Service Unit Information page anyone can deliver at your next service unit meeting! 

February 2022

2/15/22 at 6:30 | Managing Girl Behavior - Managing girl behavior in a meeting is a very large subject. Behavior management is a key tool in preventing future problems, like girls leaving others out of activities or bullying. Using this guide from the beginning can help with the long-term behavioral management of your girl scout troop. Register here.

In February, be on the lookout for a Troop Travel Short & Snappy training on the Service Unit Information page anyone can deliver at your next service unit meeting!

March 2022

Dates and times coming soon!

3/8/22 at 6:30 PM | Outdoor Progression - Are you ready to get your girls excited about the great outdoors, but you're not sure where to start? Getting girls outside is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and introducing girls to outdoor activities takes preparation for adults and girls. Register here.

Leading Difficult Conversations - Current events can be unsettling for girls and adults alike. Learn how to navigate the difficult conversations that come along with bad news and scary situation.

In March, be on the lookout for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Short & Snappy training on the Service Unit Information page anyone can deliver at your next service unit meeting!

April 2022

4/12/22 at 6:30 PM | GSLE I - 3 Keys & 3 Processes - What is the Girl Scout Leadership Experience? Simply stated, it's what girls do and how they do it. In this two part series, dive deeper into the keys and processes that can make the Girl Scout Leadership Experience successful in every troop. Register here

4/21/22 at 6:30 PM | GSLE II - Outcomes - In part II, dive deeper into the outcomes you should look for to know the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is successful in your troop. Register here

Be on the lookout in April for a tutorial on how to submit your troop's annual financial report in the Volunteer Toolkit!

   

Additional Volunteer Resources

gsLearn

Introducing gsLearn – an online training platform for active volunteers! Access courses on-the-go, track your progress, and more by signing into your MY GS account and clicking on the gsLearn logo.

If you are not able to access gsLearn after logging into MyGS, please contact Customer Care at customercare@gssc-mm.org for assistance.

Below are some of the Learning Paths and Courses you may find on gsLearn:

Co-Leader Certification (CLC) Program Learning Path: The CLC Program is required for all new co-leaders and is a welcome refresh for returning leaders! The Co-Leader Certification Program will empower you to become the confident leader of girls you signed up to be. The modules will provide you with knowledge and skills necessary for the troop year ahead—and beyond!

Juliette Mentor Guide: A Girl Scout Juliette is a girl who participates in the Girl Scout program on her own, with your guidance. Since she is not affiliated with a troop, she needs a mentor who supports her as she explores her Girl Scout experience. The Mentor Guide is recommended for all Juliette mentors.

Enrichment courses: Want to learn how to implement troop government with your girls? How about the important steps to deescalating conflict with other volunteers? Have you ever wanted to explore the tried and true Girl Scout traditional songs, ceremonies, crafts, and special days? Enrichment trainings on these subjects (and more!) are available in a variety of formats to fit your needs.

Outdoor Training

Register for all upcoming outdoor trainings through our events page.

Intro to Cabin Camping: Learn what you need to know to introduce your girls to camping. This course will emphasize meal planning and preparation, use of kaper charts, propane stoves, fire safety, knot tying, knife safety and Leave No Trace ethics. This is a hands on course where you will prepare and eat a full meal. Intro to Cabin Camping is a pre-requisite for Tent training.

Basic Troop Tent Camping: Learn what you need to know to take your girls tent camping. This course will emphasize knowledge of outdoor skills such as fire building, tent pitching, varied outdoor cooking techniques, and campfire programs. This is a hands on course where you will prepare and eat a full meal. Pre-requisites: Introduction to Cabin Camping Training, 5 hour course or previous Sleep In training.

Hybrid Camp Training: Learn what you need to know to introduce your girls to camping. This course will emphasize meal planning and preparation, use of kaper charts, propane stoves, fire safety, knot tying, knife safety and Leave No Trace ethics, fire building, tent pitching, varied outdoor cooking techniques, and campfire programs. This is a hands on course where you will prepare and eat a full meal.

This is a blended learning opportunity for EXPERIENCED campers.  This course will be long and have a lot of information.  Only for adults with lots of previous experience outdoor camping.

Manuals & Planning Resources

Volunteer Essentials – Encyclopedia of Girl Scout volunteering

Safety Activity Checkpoints – Safety instructions for a variety of Girl Scout activities 

Blue Book of Basic Documents – GSUSA Key Organizational Documents

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Co-Leader's Guide to Success

Journey Overviews – Take a look inside each Journey series to help your girls decide which book is the right fit for their interests.

First Four Meetings — Daisies

First Four Meetings — Brownies

First Four Meetings — Juniors

First Four Meetings — Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors 

CPR & First Aid Training through American Red Cross

At this time, we are working with American Red Cross and volunteers from across the council to create a plan to facilitate in-person CPR/First Aid trainings in 2021-2022.

Due to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic and a limited pool of available facilitators, Girl Scouts of the USA and GSSC-MM encourage all volunteers interested in receiving their CPR and First Aid certifications to do so online, using the American Red Cross "Adult, Child and Baby First Aid/CPR/AED Online" course. This online course will prepare you to recognize and care for emergencies and features award-winning simulation learning and interactive experiences where you will respond to real-world emergencies in a virtual setting to help prepare you to recognize and respond to a variety of first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants.

As with all approved CPR/First Aid courses, GSSC-MM will reimburse eligible volunteers (one per troop/per year) up to $35 to cover the costs of the course. To receive reimbursement, first purchase the course on your own ($35), complete the course (average time: 2 hours, 45 minutes), and submit your proof of payment, completion, and a reimbursement request form to customercare@gssc-mm.org.