Volunteer Training

Even superheroes need support! Our council training helps volunteers gain knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver fun, safe and meaningful Girl Scout experiences.

Various training opportunities and ways to participate can be found in our training calendar (Open as a PDF). You may also take advantage of the self-guided and online training options featured below. Updates to the training calendar can be found at register.girlscoutsgcnwi.org in the "Adult Training" section.

What training will you need?
Our helpful Training at a Glance guide shows just what kind of training you need depending on your involvement as a volunteer. Registration is required at least five days in advance.

Learn about Girl Scouting in this 45-minute online session. Complete this session prior to attending Volunteer Essentials. To begin this training program, go to http://training.girlscouts.org/default.asp

If you’re a short term or one time volunteer, this 30 minute introduction will give you the essence of Girl Scouts’ inspiring national leadership experience. To begin this training, go to http://training.girlscouts.org/default.asp

    Watch the 15-minute training video.

    Fill out the training form to confirm the completion of training.

Self-Study Trainings

Paperwork must be received before credit is given for participating in these self-study courses.

Volunteer Essentials 2014-15 Self-Study
This self-directed training offers essential information about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience; grade level program resources and activities; 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 per troop or group.
Prerequisites: Complete Girl Scouting 101.
Materials: Self-Study Training Document, Volunteer Essentials Guide and Safety Activity Checkpoints (Español).
Submit completed self-study packet to:
    Email:     training-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 6053

Grade Level Self-Studies
These courses provide leaders with an in-depth look at how to create a quality, age-appropriate Girl Scout experience. 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 or group.
Prerequisites: Volunteer Essentials
Materialsn: Grade level resources - Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, girl Journeys and adult guides, if you have them.
Directions: Download the self-study packet and submit the registration and evaluation form by e-mail, mail or fax.

Girl Scout Daisies:    Guide PDF  |  Registration/Evaluation

Girl Scout Brownies:    Guide PDF  |  Registration/Evaluation

Girl Scout Juniors:    Guide PDF  |  Registration/Evaluation

Quick Starts
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 Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie or Junior troops. Bridging volunteers may substitute this for face-to-face training at the Daisy, Brownie and Junior grade levels.

GSUSA has identified the "10 Essential Elements for Troops" for creating a high-quality and fun-filled experience for girls. It provides an in-depth look at how your troop can have a quality experience using the GSLE. 

You can begin the Quick Start by clicking here and selecting the appropriate grade level. Once you complete the training, please submit the Quick Start Training Evaluation so we can update your training records.