Volunteer Training

GSEP Council Courses Schedule
Online Adult Training Registration
Volunteer Enrichment Training
New Leader Training
Additional Volunteer Training


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 about our volunteer training opportunities.  If you’re a new leader – get started with Step 1 and Step 2 of your New Leader Training online now – and check out the Council Courses Schedule below to select and register for a Step 3 training! (See below for more information on New Leader Training.)

If you have any questions at all about Volunteer Training – don’t hesitate to ask!  The Training and Development Team is here to help! Just email training@gsep.org.

Council Courses Schedule

The GSEP Council Courses Schedule is usually updated on our website each week. Check here to find out what courses are scheduled in your area! Don’t see a course coming up that you need?  Email training@gsep.org.

Online Adult Training Registration

Click here to register for adult learning opportunities!

Volunteer Enrichment Training


Register now for our March Enrichment Training – Inclusive Leadership: Disability Awareness and Your Troop

You’re invited!  Please join us for our next volunteer enrichment opportunity on March 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Shelly Ridge Service Center.

Gail Katch from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit will speak about an extremely important and relevant topic – Inclusion Leadership: Disability Awareness and Your Troop.  This is a brand new training that will equip our troop leaders to better understand the types of disabilities and spectrums, the best language to use when talking about disabilities, and how to be sensitive and put people first. Plus, you’ll learn about the concept of presuming competence and how the idea can empower your girls at every ability level!  Click here to register and save your seat now!

Also… coming up on April 20, join us for an evening at Villanova University with the Kappa Delta Sorority! Last year’s seminar Promoting Confidence in Girls in Today’s Society was a hit – and now they’re back for more!

This year’s workshop will be a continuation of the crucial topic – Continuing to Promote Confidence in Girls. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear first-hand from college-aged girls about the current societal landscape our kids are experiencing. Plus, how you can better prepare your girls to be confident leaders in their own lives, even through their formative years.

Click here for registration and details.

Questions?  Reach out to the Training and Development Department at training@gsep.org.

Are you an expert in your field and feel you could teach a valuable course to Girl Scout Volunteers? Or maybe you know an organization that would be willing to host or deliver a training for our volunteers. If so, we want to hear from you! Email Christie Bett at cbett@gsep.org.

New Leader Training

GSEP’s New Leader 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 New Leader Training.

Step 1: GS 101

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: Volunteer Essentials

Pre-requisites: None Step 2 Training

Step 2 can be completed right from your own computer!  This 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.

Simply register for the online training in our registration system! Click here – log in or create an account if you don’t have one – add the training to your cart – and check out!  Within minutes you’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions.  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.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email training@gsep.org.

Step 3: Grade Level Essentials

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 New Leader 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 above 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.

First Aid/CPR Training

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 among providers. Upon receiving their certification, volunteers are asked to forward a copy of their certification card/certificate either by mail to Training and Development at P.O. Box 814, Valley Forge, PA 19482 or via email to training@gsep.org. Volunteers must include their mailing address and/or email address with their certification.

Note: The following healthcare providers may also serve as First-Aiders without taking additional training: physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, and emergency medical technician. Simply send a copy of your certification to training@gsep.org.

Indoor Overnight Skills

Pre-requisites: None

This course is a free, three-hour classroom course. It is required to take girls on an overnight trip where they will stay indoors at a modern facility.  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 learn how to pack accordingly. Indoor Overnight Skills is valid for life, and must be completed prior to attending Basic Outdoor Skills.

Basic Outdoor Skills

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 programs, learn proper fire-starting methods, be able to build a small wood fire, and learn how to prepare a meal outdoors. 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.  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.  The cost of the training is $25. Basic Outdoor Skills is valid for 5 years.

There is a recertification/exemption option for Basic Outdoor Skills.  You must have completed Indoor Overnight Skills to pursue this option.

Exemption is for volunteers who have extensive camping experience in the last five years.  Please fill out Basic Outdoor Skills Experience Qualifications and email to training@gsep.org.  Once approved for exemption, volunteers will be asked to complete the Recertification Test.

Recertification is available for volunteers who have completed Basic Outdoor Skills in the last five years.  Click here to take the recertification test.  You will be prompted to create a SmarterSelect account if you do not have one already.

Event Director Training

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.