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Volunteer Training

 

Welcome! We're thrilled to have adults like you who are willing to give their hearts, energy, and time to serve our girls. Check out the information below to learn about our volunteer training opportunities. If you have any questions about volunteer training, please email us. The Training and Support team is here to help!

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Join us for our Summer Series

Insects, Spiders, and Bugs
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 6-8 p.m.
Nolde State Forest, Reading, PA

Take Your Troop Outdoors
Thursday, July 12, 2018 6-8 p.m.
Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA

Habitats
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6-8 p.m.
Nockamixon State Park, Quakertown, PA

                                               

New Leader Training

GSEP's New Leader Training is a three-step process that is required for all leaders and co-leaders, and must be completed within three months of your volunteer placement. All three steps are available online and are free! 

Step 1: GS101

Required
Pre-requisites: None
Fee: Free

This 45 minute online introduction to the Girl Scout program provides background information on Girl Scouts of the USA and talks about the program goals. It is only offered online. You can take this training here

Steps:

  1. Visit GS101 course site
  2. Enter your contact information
  3. Select "Council Name" as Eastern Pennsylvania 
  4. Watch video modules 

Take GS101 Now

Step 2: Volunteer Essentials 

Required
Pre-requisites: Step 1
Fee: Free

This 50 minute online workshop introduces new volunteers to their roles and responsibilities as troop leaders. The goal of this training is to familiarize new leaders with the Volunteer Essentials (VE) manual, which is our comprehensive volunteer guide, published on our Volunteer Resources page. 

Note: This training is a series of three videos and a short quiz. You must take and submit the quiz to receive credit for the training. Take Step 1 training to receive link to Step 2. 

Step 3: New Leader Training - Grade Level Essentials

Required
Pre-requisites: Step 1 and Step 2
Fee: Free

This 30 minute online workshop will build on core leadership knowledge you gained in the first two steps of New Leader Training. Step 3 will introduce you to age specific factors that directly affect your girls and your group and dive into the Journeys and the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting. 

Note: This training is a video and a short quiz. You must take and submit the quiz to receive credit for the training. Take Step 2 Training to receive the link to Step 3.

Step 4: Jump Into Leading

Highly Recommended
Pre-requisites: None
Fee: Free

This 2-hour hands-on training is a follow-up to the required New Leader trainings, and supports all grade levels of Girl Scouts. This course will provide new leader with the opportunity to: 

  1. Engage with other new leaders
  2. Ask questions to an experienced trainer
  3. Experience some Girl Scout traditions
Step 5: Supplemental Trainings

Troop Finance Basics

Recommended
Pre-requisites: None
Fee: Free

This 1-hour webinar will help you to take charge of your Troop's finances! In Troop Finance Basics, leaders will: 

  1. Review the responsibilities of the Troop Treasurer role
  2. Develop an understanding of GSEP's financial policies and procedures
  3. Explore best practices for troop money management

Troop Travel Basics

Recommended
Pre-requisites: None
Fee: Free

This 1-hour webinar is a crash course in troop travel! In Troop Travel Basics, leaders will: 

  1. Define progression and readiness factors for girls as related to trips
  2. Learn the troop trip approval process
  3. Learn the steps to plan, implement, and evaluate a trip ot overnight with girls
Overnight & Outdoor Training
Indoor Overnight Skills

Required
Pre-requisites: None
Fee: Free

This 2-hour in-person course is required to take girls on an overnight trip where they will stay indoors at a modern facility (i.e. hotels, resorts, or museums).

  1. Learn progression and guidelines of overnight experiences
  2. Understand how to incorporate the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
  3. Be able to instruct girls and adults on appropriate gear
  4. Learn how to pack accordingly

Indoor Overnight Skills is a pre-requisite for Basic Outdoor Skills. 

Basic Outdoor Skills

Required
Pre-requisites: Indoor Overnight Skills
Fee: $35

This course is required to take girls on an outdoor overnight trip, to do camping activities like fire-building, or to stay at a GSEP property. Held at one of the GSEP camp properties, this course will prepare volunteers to: 

  1. Work cooperatively with girls to plan and carry out a camping trip
  2. Apply the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to outdoor programs
  3. Learn proper fire-starting methods and fire safety
  4. Learn how to prepare a meal outdoors

Due to both seasonal weather conditions and summer camp occupancy at our properties, this course is typically scheduled in April, May, September, and October. Basic Outdoor Skills is a 20-hour, hands-on overnight course. Certification is valid for 5 years. 

Recertification/Exemption

Recertification is available for volunteers who have completed Basic Outdoor Skills in the last five years and attended Indoor Overnight Skills. Click here to take the recertification test. You will be prompted to create a Smarter Select account if you don't have one already. 

Exemption is for volunteers who have extensive camping experience in the last five years. You must have completed Indoor Overnight Skills to qualify. Please submit the Basic Outdoor Skills Experience Qualifications to the Training department via email. Once approved for exemption, volunteers will be asked to complete the Recertification test. 

First Aid & CPR Training

First Aid and CPR training is required of the adult acting as the primary first-aider for a Girl Scout troop or troop activities when specified in the Safety Activity Checkpoints

Medic/First Aid/CPR

Pre-requisites: None
Fee: $50

Held at locations throughout our nine-county footprint and led by certified Council Volunteer Trainers, this in-person course prepared participants to serve as a first aid adult for most Girl Scout activities. During this 8-hour course, participants will learn: 

  1. Rescue breathing
  2. Adult, junior, and pediatric CPR
  3. Emergency care skills for infants, children, and adults

Courses are scheduled periodically throughout the year on Saturdays as a full-day session as well as two-part 4-hour evening sessions. Certification is valid for 2 years. 

Alternative First Aid/CPR Certification Options

First Aid/CPR courses are often offered through local community providers. Prior to enrolling, be sure to verify which providers and courses are acceptable. A list of GSUSA Approved First Aid/CPR Providers can be found here
Note: Pricing and expiration dates differ among providers
The following healthcare providers may also serve as First-Aiders without taking accitional training: physician, physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, and emergency medical technician. 

Note: We do not accept online certification courses, because thse trainings do not provide a hands-on skills application component. 

Add your certifications to your GSEP record

Email a copy of certification cards/certificates to the GSEP training department.

Volunteer Enrichment Training

As a Girl Scout Leader/Co-Leader or Service Unit team member, you'll introduce girls and fellow leaders to new experiences that show them they are capable of more than they ever imagined. 

Now, you can prepare yourself to be a more successful volunteer! 

Service Unit Manager Training

The Service Unit Manager role is vital to the success and support of service areas throughout our council. To best equip our SUMs, we've devloped a non-sequential series of trainings, offering relevant seasonal content when it matters most. 

SUM Training: Set for Success

Recommended
Pre-requisites: None
Fee: Free

Dates:
July 17 - Reading, PA
August 9 - Lehigh Valley Service Center
August 21 - Jane Seltzer Service Center
September 6 - Shelly Ridge Service Center
September 17 - Delaware County Service Center
October 23 - Valley Forge Service Center

This 2.5-hour in-person session is offered to service unit managers in the late summer and fall months. This beginning-of-the-year course will help you start your year off with confidence. Here is just a snapshot of some of the topics we'll cover in the training: 

  1. Seasonal expectations of the Service Unit Manager (SUM)
  2. Delegation
  3. Building your team
  4. New leader orientation
  5. Planning your year
SUM Training: Maintaining Momentum

Recommended
Pre-requisites: None
Fee: Free

This 2.5-hour in-person session is offered to service unit managers in the winter and early spring months. This mid-year course will help you tackle the end of the year with confidence. Here is just a snapshot of some of the topics we'll cover in the training: 

  1. Seasonal expectations of the Service Unit Manager (SUM)
  2. Planning effective meetings, conflict resolution, and recruitment/retention
  3. Service Unit atmosphere and volunteer retention
  4. GSEP's policies and procedures for troop support
Event Director Training

None currently scheduled. Contact training@gsep.org if you are interested. 
Pre-requisites: None
Fee: Free

This 3-hour course is designed for volunteers who are interested in planning and implementing events large or small for a Service Unit or Troop. Topics include: 

  1. Event design
  2. Event budgeting
  3. Planning for a range of event types and scales
Summer Nature Series: Insects, Spiders, and Bugs

Recommended
Pre-requisites: None
Fee: $3

Date: 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 6-8 p.m.

Location:
Nolde State Forest, Reading, PA

Have you ever gone on an insect hunt? Your girls will have lots of fun looking for insects and bugs at your next outdoor adventure. That's right - not all insects are bugs! We will examine some cocoons, egg cases, and other natural artifacts. We'll also play some games and participate in hands-on activities that are sure to increase your knowledge and appreciation for these important animals. 

Summer Nature Series: Take Your Troop Outdoors

Recommended
Pre-requisites: None
Fee: $3

Date: 
Thursday, July 12, 2018 6-8 p.m.

Location:
Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA

Bring your adventurous spirit and join us for a fun and informative evening getting comfortable outside and learning how to keep girls engaged. We'll address managing a group outdoors, activity ideas, and (importantly) what poison ivy looks like. We will do some fun activities that you can take back to your troop and address common conerns about the outdoors. 

Summer Nature Series: Habitats

Recommended
Pre-requisites: None
Fee: $3

Date: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6-8 p.m.

Location:
Nockamixon State Park, Quakertown, PA

Come stroll through the fields and woods of Nockamixon State Park. Learn how to lead an interactive nature walk. Experience plenty of hands-on activities and games designed to increase awareness and appreciation for our environment and its inhabitants. Many of these activities could be used for Hiker or Animal Habitats Badges. 

Are you an expert in your field and feel you could teach a valuable course to Girl Scout volunteers? If so, we want to hear from you! Email training@gsep.org.