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Welcome!  We’re thrilled to have adults like you who are willing to give their hearts, their energy, and their time to serve our girls!  Check out the information below to learn everything about Volunteer Training opportunities.  If you have any questions, please email training@gsep.org

 

Council Courses Schedule

The GSEP Council Courses Schedule is updated on our website each week. Check here to find out what courses are scheduled in your area!  

 

Online Adult Training Registration

Click here to Register for Adult Learning Opportunities!

 

Training Request Form

New!  We do our best to provide a variety of trainings across the Council, but we want to serve you the best way we can. This Training Request Form is for volunteers who want to take a specific course, but don’t see one that suits their needs on the Council Courses Schedule. We can’t promise that every request will be able to be met, but we will definitely try! 

 

Tips for Submitting a Training Request Form:

  • Ask around: how many other volunteers in your area are interested in this training and would attend?  Include that information in your request.
  • Familiar with a venue that has allowed Girl Scouts to host an event or training there in the past, free of charge? Include that information in your request.
  • Know the day of the week and timeframe that would work best for you and other interested volunteers. 
  • Keep in mind that trainings must be scheduled four weeks in advance of the training date, so there is enough time for volunteers to register online.
  • Please note that trainings are cancelled when minimum attendance requirements are not met.  Minimum attendance numbers are set by the facilitator, and are usually around five participants.  If that minimum is not met, the course may be cancelled.

We hope we can help!  A Volunteer Management staff member will be in contact with you within five business days to inform you of the status of your request.  

 

Questions? Contact Shaneice Warfield, Learning and Support Specialist.

 

Mandatory Adult Leadership Training

GSEP’s Mandatory Leadership Training is a three-step process.  Completion of all three steps is required for all Leaders (01s) and Co-Leaders (02s) and must be completed within three months of your volunteer placement. Here are the details on the three steps of the Mandatory Adult Leadership Training. 

 

Step 1: GS 101

o    Pre-requisites: None

 

This 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 by going to http://training.girlscouts.org (There is no password required, but you will be prompted to submit your contact information prior to entry.  Please make sure that you select Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania as your Council).

 

Step 2: GSEP Essentials

o    Pre-requisites: None

 

This one hour workshop introduces new volunteers to their roles and responsibilities as Troop Leaders. The goal of this training is to familiarize new leaders with Volunteer Essentials (VE), which is our comprehensive volunteer guide or manual, published online at www.gsep.org under For Volunteers – Volunteer Resources.  Each participant is provided with Council-specific information necessary to start a Troop and guidance regarding helpful resources and support from our Council.  The workshop is followed by a question and answer session. Check the Council Courses Schedule to register for your Step 2 training, or ask your Service Unit Manager when the next Step 2 training is being held in your area. 

 

Step 3: Grade Level Essentials

o    Pre-requisites: Step 1 and Step 2

 

This two hour learning opportunity will build on core leadership knowledge you gained in the first two steps of Leadership Training.  Step 3 will introduce you to aspects of the grade level with which you have chosen to work.  You will learn about the age-specific factors that directly affect your girls and your group and dive into the Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. You will get to meet other leaders who work with girls at the same level you do and discuss valuable tips!  Check out the Council Courses Schedule under the For Volunteers Section of www.gsep.org to register for your Step 3 training today!

 

Additional Volunteer Training

Additional adult training is required for certain activities.  Please read the course descriptions below, or check out the Volunteer Learning Guide, which has even more details on each course.

 

First Aid/CPR Training

o    Pre-requisites: None

 

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 Teresa Van Arsdale.

 

Indoor Overnight Skills

o    Pre-requisites: None

 

This course is a free, three-hour classroom course.  During Indoor Overnight Skills, volunteers will learn progression and guidelines of overnight experiences, understand how to incorporate the Girl Scout Leadership experience, be able to instruct girls and adults on appropriate gear, and how to pack accordingly.  Indoor Overnight Skills is valid for five years, and must be completed prior to attending Basic Outdoor Skills. 

 

Basic Outdoor Skills

o    Pre-requisites: Indoor Overnight Skills

 

Held at one of the GSEP camp properties, this course will prepare volunteers to work cooperatively with girls to plan and carry out a camping trip, apply the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to outdoor program, learn proper fire-starting methods, be able to build a small wood fire, and 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 participation course where you will experience the demonstration of fire-building and experience an overnight at camp.  Arrival time is approximately 7:00 p.m. and departure time is approximately 3:00 p.m. the next day. The cost of the training is $20.

 

Event Director Training

o    Pre-requisites: None

 

Event Director training is a course designed specifically for volunteers who are interested in planning and implementing events large or small, simple or complex, for a Service Unit and/or Troop(s).  This free, three-hour course is designed to give volunteers the tools necessary to develop events ranging from partial days to weekend-long.  Volunteers should be prepared to enhance planning skills and begin designing an event.

 

Facilitating Adult Learning

o    Pre-requisites: None

 

Interested in becoming a Council Learning Facilitator with GSEP?  This four-hour workshop will provide you with the skills you need to teach adults in a Girl Scout learning workshop.  Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer Council Learning Facilitator must complete a Volunteer Application.  Click here to view the entire process for becoming a Council Learning Facilitator.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact  Christie Bett, Manager of Learning and Support. 

 

Want to learn more?  Check out the Volunteer Learning Guide, which has even more details on each course.

 

Training Resources

Volunteer Learning Guide

A Troop Leader's Guide to 2015 Membership

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

 

Become a 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 a Volunteer Management staff person
  • 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 process for becoming a Council Learning Facilitator. 

 

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 Christie Bett.

 

If you have any questions about training, please email training@gsep.org or contact us at 610-933-7555.