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Volunteer Training

Venture Out!

Venture Out! is an 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 discoveries 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 the Elliott Wildlife Values Project.

Who is it for? Volunteers working with K-5 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.

Learn more about Venture Out!

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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.


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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Volunteer University
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
1410 Etheridge Lane
Boise, ID 83704

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

To register online visit 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.