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Volunteer Learning Guide

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania has many opportunities for you to share your talent and enthusiasm for girl leadership programs. Whether you are interested in becoming a leader or co-leader, helping out with your daughter’s troop, or you’ve offered to be the troop first-aider, we can help you get the training you need. How do you prepare for this new, exciting, and a little bit overwhelming role? Download our Volunteer Learning Guide to find out who we are and what courses we offer through GSEP. You may also view the current Council Courses Schedule (listed below), and then register using Online Registration!

Training Information

Click here to Register for Adult Learning Opportunities!

Council Courses Schedule
Step 1: GS 101 (no password required but you will be prompted to submit your contact information prior to entry)

Guidelines and Requirements for Outdoor Trained Adults

Outdoor Retraining Overview

Outdoor Retraining Registration Form

Indoor Overnight Skills - Exemption Qualification Form

Basic Outdoor Skills - Exemption Qualification Form

Volunteer Essentials 2013-14

Volunteer Essentials 2013-14 Forms

A Troop Leader's Guide to 2015 Membership

Volunteer Position Descriptions

Troop Leader Agreement

Camp Coordinator Position Description

Council Learning Facilitator Volunteer Position Description

Family Partnership Position Description

Grade Level Expert Position Description

Leader, Co-leader, Asst. Leader Position Description

Parent Helper Position Description

Program Activity Leader Position Description

Program Coordinator Position Description

Program Leader Position Description

Registrar Position Description

Service Unit Bureau Chief

Service Unit Cookie Manager Position Description

Service Unit Manager Position Description

Service Unit Nuts about Reading Position Description

Service Unit Outdoor Skills Expert Position Description

Service Unit Treasurer Position Description

Subject Matter Expert Position Description

Troop Cookie Manager Position Description

Troop Nuts about Reading Position Description

Troop Organizer Position Description

Troop Treasurer Position Description

Volunteer Management Liaison Role Description

Volunteer Mentor Position Description

Volunteer Position Description Template

Volunteer Opportunities

As a volunteer, you can choose from several flexible Girl Scout Pathways—the ways that you participate in Girl Scouting—which offer you the freedom to tailor your level of involvement to fit your schedule and lifestyle. With the development of Girl Scout Pathways, we can simply match your expertise, skills, interests, and life experience to the volunteer opportunities available at GSEP. Click here for a list of activities.

First Aid/CPR Training

First Aid and CPR training is required of the adult acting as the primary first-aider for Girl Scout troop or group activities when specified in the Safety Activity Checkpoints. While GSEP offers these courses periodically throughout the year, volunteers may also contact their local community providers for First Aid/CPR Courses in their area. Prior to enrolling, be sure to view the GSUSA Approved First Aid/CPR Provider List to see which providers and courses are acceptable. Please also note that pricing and expiration dates differ amongst providers. Upon receiving their certification, volunteers are asked to forward a copy of their certification card/certificate either by mail to the Training Registrar at P.O. Box 814, Valley Forge, PA 19482 or via email to Sue Matta.

Would you like to be a GSEP Council Learning Facilitator?

GSEP is looking for volunteers to lead workshops on a variety of topics - Basic Leadership, Outdoor Education, and enhancements training.


Facilitator Qualifications and Requirements are:

  • Be a registered adult Girl Scout

  • Have an interest and comfort level in teaching adults

  • Be willing to interview on the phone or in person with the Director of Volunteer Support

  • Attend up to 2-4 facilitator meetings per year

  • Facilitate at least 4 courses each calendar year

  • Attend a 4 hour Facilitating Adult Learning course

  • Before or after completing the course, attend as a participant, the course(s) you would like to teach

  • Apprentice with a current Council Learning Facilitator or with a member of the Volunteer Management Department

  • Facilitate the course observed while being observed by Volunteer Management staff.

Click here to view the Council Learning Facilitator Volunteer Agreement.


Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer council learning facilitator must complete a Volunteer Application.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Teresa Van Arsdale

Girl Scout University!

Girl Scouts University offers personal, professional, and career development opportunities, through In-Person and Online learning experiences, for Girl Scouts staff and volunteers.  With help from the GSU Cadre, a community of volunteers and staff designed to create useful resources, GSU looks to provide users with full access to essential learning tools and courses.

ServSafe® Registration Procedures

Any troop, service unit or group using the industrial kitchens at all of our Resident Camps must have a ServSafe® certified person on the premises. This is a requirement of our American Camp Association accreditation. If food is being stored in these kitchens or served in the dining hall, the kitchen is considered to be in use, even if no cooking is involved. 


ServSafe® Classes are offered regularly by the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association (PRA) throughout the GSEP jurisdiction. Click here to open the ServSafe website. As a PRA Select Chapter member, GSEP is entitled to a PRA Member discounted price of $135 on the training required for certification. To take advantage of the discount, type Girl Scouts of Eastern PA in the Company Name section of the registration form. Please contact the PRA office at 800.345.5353 if you have any questions or concerns about the ServSafe® training itself.