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Volunteer Training

Volunteer Training

Training Opportunities 

Before you start saving the world, there are a few things you should know. Explore the learning and enrichment opportunities below to keep the good times rolling!

New Leader Orientation

Beginning your volunteer adventure with Girl Scouts?  Never attended a New Leader Orientation? Then, this is for you!  We can help you jump start a great Girl Scout experience with tools, valuable resources and so much more. Take this easy, online, mobile-friendly, 1-hour training at your own pace in short, 10-15 minute modules.

GSLE/Grade Level Training

Are you ready for all that Girl Scouts can offer?  Join us for a dive into the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) where you can access fantastic information about delivering a premium leadership experience the girls will love. 

Stay tuned for a new online training available soon.  

Basic Outdoor Skills

Taking girls outside can be a fun time for everyone as girls develop outdoor skills and a passion for nature.

GSDH Outdoor Skills Online Training is currently under construction. While we work on an updated training for volunteers, please use the resources below to assist in planning your troop’s outdoor adventures!

Girl Scout Outdoor Progression Chart

Video Series: Thanks to a grant from the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, GSUSA has created six new outdoor skill-building videos especially for volunteers newer to Girl Scouts and older Girl Scouts as they take younger girls outside.

Click here to access all of these videos

  • Step by Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls
  • Taking the Journeys Outside
  • Planning Your Troop’s First Campout
  • Introduction to Campsite Set-Up
  • Introduction to Cooking Outdoors
  • How to Leave No Trace Outdoors

Venture Out! Is an online resource that provides guidance to volunteers who may be less familiar with taking younger girls outdoors 

Service Unit Annual Training

Are you a member of the Service Unit Leadership Team? Join us in building your toolbox of resources and opportunities essential for service unit success.  We welcome enthusiastic volunteers like you!  Check with your local support staff for detailed information for the 2017-18 in-person training and planning sessions. 

Short and Snappys


GSDH is offering service units the opportunity to host short and snappy trainings at their Service Unit meetings to provide more knowledge and skills to our volunteers. Short and Snappy are short activities that share information about Girl Scouts and allow team development. Choose any of the available Short and Snappys below:

Court of Awards

A Court of Awards is a special ceremony when Girl Scouts receive recognitions and insignia they have earned. It can be held anytime during the year, any location, and as often as the troop wants.

Girl Scout Ceremonies

Girl Scout ceremonies offer a rich tradition to our organization. These ceremonies reinforce the values of Girl Scouting.

Girl Scout Traditions

We invite you to learn about our robust organization and its rich history. From our willingness to tackle important societal issues, to our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness—Girl Scouts is dedicated to every girl, everywhere.

Nine Reasons to Go Camping

From reconnecting with the girls to relaxing and having fun, there are plenty of reasons to go camping.


Progression is the key to the way Girl Scouts learn about the world around them. In practice, progression means using common sense in preparing for experience – one step at a time.


Otherwise known as Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere or Share With a Pal.

Valuing Differences

The fact that we have different traditions and beliefs make us more interesting to be with. Wouldn’t the world be boring if we were all alike?


First Aid/CPR

Emergencies require prompt action and quick judgment. For many activities, Girl Scouts recommends that at least one adult volunteer be First Aid/CPR-certified. A First-Aider is an adult volunteer who has taken Girl Scout-approved First Aid and CPR training that includes specific instructions for child CPR. The Safety Activity Checkpoints always tell you when a first-aider needs to be present.

Through our partnership with the American Red Cross, GSDH is able to offer discounted certification courses to our volunteers and older girls throughout the year. Courses are taught by volunteers who are certified Red Cross instructors and use the American Red Cross curriculum.

View current course offerings and register

Girl Scout University

Girl Scout University provides leadership and professional enrichment to empower volunteers and staff in the Girl Scout Movement.  They offer a variety of trainings relating to professional development, as well as Girl Scout volunteering.  As a Girl Scout Volunteer, you have access to these courses. 


This short, orientation class is required of all adults that are working with girls. It teaches the importance of all the components of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience including the three keys to learning: Discovering, Connecting and Taking Action.

Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events

Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events is a streamlined version of Girl Scouting 101 created specifically for those who commit to short-term volunteering (such as for series and events).