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Volunteer Training

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Opening her eyes to a world of possibilities? Helping her transform into a force for good? Unleashing her most confident self? As a Girl Scout volunteer, you’re an everyday hero with an extraordinary super power: you prepare girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure.  Being a Girl Scout volunteer is one of the most powerful, rewarding journeys you’ll ever embark on.

We provide a variety of trainings to help you lead a troop, take girls camping, go on trips and engage in exciting activities.

VTK Training

Troop Management, Simplified

The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is a digital resource that supports troop leaders and co-leaders, making the process of running a troop easier and more efficient. Check out some of the toolkit’s top features below. Then watch the video playlist above for a detailed walk-through.

Through the VTK, troop leaders can:

  • Plan the troop’s calendar year
  • Email parents with one click.
  • View the troop roster, renew girls’ membership, and update their contact information.
  • View Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Journeys and badges to plan for troop meetings.
                o   There are three prepopulated year plans in the VTK for Daisy, Brownie, and Junior leaders, with 15 meetings each.
  •    Customize meetings by troop year with other badge and Journey options.
  • NEW! Access the VTK as a multilevel troop (troops with a mix of girls in Daisy, Brownie, and Junior levels).
  • Explore individual meeting plans that show a breakdown of every meeting, including a list of the materials needed, and editable time allotments for each activity within a meeting.
  • Record girls’ attendance at meetings and their badge and Journey achievements.
  • Add council or custom troop events to the troop’s calendar.
  • Enter the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).
  • Easily locate resources, such as Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  • NEW! Access 18 activities that now include a “Get Outside” option, which provides alternative outdoor options.           

What About Parents?

  • Parents can now access the VTK to see what their girl’s troop or group is doing (e.g, meeting information and which badges and Journeys she is working on).
  • Parents can also view the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).

Log in today! Click on My GS in the upper right-hand corner to get started.

Required Training

Girl Scouting 101

This 60-minute Girl Scouts of the USA online session provides an overview of Girl Scouting today. It includes the fundamentals of Girl Scouting – the Promise and Law, Girl Scout Mission and history, an introduction to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and the Journeys program.

Directions: Choose English or Spanish then create a login to watch the video


Girl Scouting 102

This 2 hour in-person session will acquaint you with our council and the resources available to support you. Topics include forming Your Troop/Group, Parent/Guardian meeting, Troop Finance, where to find answers to your questions, and who will help you along the way.

View open sessions.

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Girl Scouting 102 is now available online. If you're eager to get your troop going and can't attend an inperson training, get started here with an interactive training.

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Video Won't Play? Check out these helpful tips:
Volunteer University videos are recorded in flash and use .swf files. If the video is not playing or does not download, the browser is the issue. Try opening the link in Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari. 

If using Chrome, 

  1. Go to the website.
  2. Click "green lock" icon or "i in circle" icon at the left side of address bar.
  3. In the menu, choose "Always allow on this site" for Flash.
  4. Reload.
Volunteer University

Video Won't Play? Check out these helpful tips: 
Volunteer University videos are recorded in flash and use .swf files. If the video is not playing or does not download, the browser is the issue. Try opening the link in Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari. 

If using Chrome, 

  1. Go to the website.
  2. Click "green lock" icon or "i in circle" icon at the left side of the address bar.
  3. In the menu, choose "Always allow on this site" for Flash.
  4. Reload.

30 Day

Start your education here! 30 Day Training’s cover the basics of new troops and Girl Scouting. You can print off this 30, 60, 90 Day Training Checklist to keep track of your progress.

Age Level Specifics

 

Trips Overnight

401 – Planning Overnight Trips with Girls

This home-study course reviews the essentials of planning and safety relating to taking trips with girls, and is required for any volunteers planning any overnight trip, including camping. For this course, you will need to read the Volunteer Essentials Handbook and access to the Safety Activity Checkpoints found on our website.  Please complete the training and email the Self Study answer sheet to  or mail to:

GSSSC – Adult Learning
8948 W. Barnes St.
Boise, ID 83709


402 - Outdoor Basics

This home-study course is required if you are planning a troop camping trip with your girls, and is the prerequisite for Course 403 – Troop Camp Skills.

This course includes an introduction to progression in the outdoors, readiness assessment, planning outdoor activities, clothing and equipment planning, menu planning and food safety, simple outdoor cooking, minimal impact camping, tent basics, site selection, and safety.

To complete this course, you will need to:


403 – Troop Camping + Camp Skills

This course is required by at least one adult in your group prior to taking a troop camping trip. This course is the hands-on partner to course 402. This course provides hands-on practice of many of the basics of outdoor education that was covered in the 402 course.

If you are an experienced camper, and feel that you are fully prepared to prepare your group for the camping trip, please review and complete the Opt-Out Agreement.

Enrichment Training

203 – Journeys & Girl Guides: The Full Experience

Journeys can be a little overwhelming at first, so consider registering to attend an in-person or online session where you can learn about  Journey program resources, the girl’s guides, and show you how to customize your experience with your girls.

Register           View Open Sessions       Take Online Course

 


First Aid

Young Hearts Education

CPR/AED and Basic First Aid
3350 Americana Terrace Blvd
Boise, 83706
$30.00

To register online visit YoungHeartsEd.com. For discounted registration price email Jeannie Pattan or call 377-2011 ext. 7258 or for promo code.

If you are outside the Treasure Valley and know of a great community partner with discounts for 1st Aid/CPR, please contact email us.