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Volunteer Training

Welcome, Girl Scout volunteers! You belong to a network of nearly one million adults who share an important commitment: preparing girls to lead successful lives.

Explore the learning and enrichment opportunities below to keep the good times rolling!

Online Training

Now you can prepare yourself to be a more successful volunteer! Get the tips and training you need anytime, anywhere. Our new gsLearn simplifies volunteer training so you can focus on adventures with your girls!

Current volunteers have access to gsLearn through MYGS.  Check out the online trainings currently available:

New Leader Orientation: This course gives new Troop Co-Leaders the basics for getting started at Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons! You'll learn about your role and responsibility, be introduced to some Girl Scout history and traditions, explore the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and discover the support and resources available to you. Take this training at your convenience before meeting with the girls for the first time.

Successful Leader Learning Series: Confident leaders are prepared leaders and this online learning series from GSUSA will give you all the information you need to be a successful leader. This online training is geared towards the new troop co-leader, but contains helpful information for all volunteers.

In Person Training

New Troop Volunteer Workshop: Get started on your new Troop Co-Leader path to success! At this interactive session you will explore volunteer resources, get your questions answered, meet council team members and fellow volunteers. Contact Member Services for information on workshops coming up in your area.

First Aid/CPR: View course offerings and register.


Basic Outdoor Skills

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

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 

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. 

GS101 teaches the importance of all of the components of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, including the three keys to learning: Discover, Connect, and Take Action.

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

Highest Awards

Learn more about the Girl Scouts Highest Awards and watch trainings for the Bronze Award, Silver Award, Gold Award and Take Action Projects on the Highest Awards page

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 Snappys 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?