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Adult Learning Opportunities

In order to ensure that volunteers gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to successfully deliver a meaningful and safe Girl Scout experience, various training courses are offered throughout the year. All courses are designed to enhance and develop your knowledge, skills, abilities, and enthusiasm for Girl Scouting. Please contact your Regional Service Center for local trainings in your area.

Check out the new "Basics of Inclusion" training, recommended for all troop leaders! >>>

Council Training Calendar

The current council training calendar is available for download. It contains more than 450 face-to-face trainings as well as self-study and webinar options for some sessions. To register for any of these sessions, you may either fill-out the registration form at the back of the training calendar or register online.

Looking for something specific? Use the magnifying glass search function in the flip-version, or open the PDF version and use Ctrl+F to search the document.



Online Calendar and Registration

Our online calendar is available to view the most up-to-date trainings. Look for training sessions with the blue boxes. You can also search for a particular training through our online registration and search. Scroll down to the adult training portion at the bottom. You can search by a date range or training type. Once you find the training you wish to take, you can register online. If your training has a payment due, they can be made with Visa, MasterCard, Discover or electronic check. You can check the status of any event or training and view your registration history.

 

GIRL SCOUTING 101

What: 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.  Complete this session at your convenience prior to attending Volunteer Essentials.  Call your regional manager of adult development referenced on page 2 if you do not have Internet access.

Who: All adult volunteers who work with girls in troops.

Pre-req: Complete a volunteer service application prior to participating in Girl Scouting 101. Contact your recruiter for additional information.

Note: To enjoy the full benefits of the updated online training, your PC or Mac should include these features: Flash 8 or 9 Player (software), sound (audio) card, speakers, ability to disable the pop-up blocker, high-speed Internet connection, printer and headset (optional).

Directions: To begin the training program:
• Go to http://training.girlscouts.org/default.asp
• Choose English or Spanish

GSUSA has just added a Girl Scouting 101 refresher. You can view short video segments on such topics as the Journeys and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, and Ages and Stages for each level from Daisy to Ambassador!

VOLUNTEERING FOR GIRL SCOUT SERIES AND EVENTS

What: This Girl Scouts of the USA online session is a condensed version of Girl Scouting 101. If you’re a short term or one time volunteers, this 30-minute introduction will give you the essence of Girl Scouts’ inspiring national leadership experience—whenever it’s convenient for you.  Call your regional manager of adult development referenced on page 2 if you do not have Internet access.

Who: All adult volunteers working with girls not in a troop setting.

Pre-req: Complete a volunteer service application prior to participating in Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events.  Contact your recruiter for additional information.

Note: To enjoy the full benefits of the updated online training, your PC or Mac should include these features: Flash 8 or 9 Player (software), sound (audio) card, speakers, ability to disable the pop-up blocker, high-speed Internet connection, printer and headset (optional).

Directions: To begin the training program:
• Go to http://training.girlscouts.org/default.asp
• Choose English or Spanish

self-study Guides

Volunteer Essentials 2014-15

What: This self-directed training offers new leaders essential information about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience; Girl Scout grade level program resources and activities; national and council policies, procedures and safety information; and money-earning and group financial management. Information to help get your troop off to a great start is also available, including tips for holding your first parent meeting.
Who: At least one leader in each troop or group.
Prerequisites: Complete Girl Scouting 101.
You will need: Volunteer Essentials 2014-15, Safety Activity Checkpoints.
(Both are available in the Resources & Forms section of our website.)
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
  • Download the self-study packet.
  • Submit your completed 2014-15 Volunteer Essentials Self-Study training packet to:
    e-mailTraining-VE@girlscoutsgcnwi.org
    Fax: 630-544-5999
    Mail: Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
    Attn: Lis Christensson, Manager of Adult Development
    2400 Ogden Avenue, Suite 400
    Lisle, IL 60532
  • You will not receive credit for participating in this course until your paperwork is received.

Girl Scout Grade level self-study

What: These courses provide leaders with an in-depth look at how to create a quality, age-appropriate leadership experience for Girl Scouts. Discover and explore resources and awards through the use of the National Program Portfolio, which includes journeys and the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.
Who: At least one leader in each troop/group.
Prerequisites: Volunteer Essentials
You will need: Grade level resources - Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, girl journeys and adult guides if you have them.
Directions:
      • Download self-study packet
      • Submit self-study registration and evaluation form by e-mail, mail or fax. 
      • You will not receive credit for participating in a course until your paperwork is received.

Girl Scout Daisies

Download Workbook as PDF (Allow time to download, large file)

Girl Scout Brownies

Download Workbook as PDF (Allow time to download, large file)

NEW!  WEB-BASED TRAINING FOR EXPERIENCED LEADERS WORKING WITH DAISY, BROWNIE, AND JUNIOR GRADE LEVELS IN FALL 2013!

This  GSUSA web-based, self-directed, grade level Quick Start provides information and ideas for leaders who are changing grade levels and will be working with Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troops.  Girl Scouts of the USA has identified The 10 Essential Elements for Troops for creating a high-quality and fun-filled experience for girls. It will provide an in-depth look at how your troop can have a quality experience using the G.S.L.E. Discover and explore resources and awards through the use of the National Program Portfolio including Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

This self-paced training will help experienced troop leaders, who are changing grade levels, get ready to work with girls in another grade level.  Bridging volunteers can substitute this for face to face training at the Daisy, Brownie and Junior grade levels. 

You can begin the quickstart by clicking http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/quickstart/ and choosing your grade level. 

After you complete the training, please submit the Quick Start – Self Study Training Evaluation to your manager of adult development so we can update your training record with this additional grade level.