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Volunteer Training

We know that training is critical to a successful volunteer experience.  For that reason, we are continually adding to our training portfolio to provide a variety of experiences to help you lead a troop, take girls camping, go on trips, and engage in exciting activities.  Check the Upcoming Courses list and gsLearn, our e-learning site, regularly. 

 First Year Troop Leaders:

Required New Leader Training

New leader training is available through gsLearn. You can access gsLearn by logging into your MyGS account. Click on the gsLearn button to see the trainings available there.

GSEP’s New Leader Learning Path – Required

This interactive, on-demand training will familiarize you with the basics of being a Girl Scout leader.

Troop Finance Basics

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

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 or overnight with girls


 Prepare for Troop Adventures:

Indoor Overnight Skills


Pre-requisites: None

Fee: Free

This 2-hour 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

We offer a 2-hour Webinar available from your own computer. 

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

Basic Outdoor Skills


Pre-requisites: Indoor Overnight Skills

Fee: $23 

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. The two-part series consists of a live webinar followed by an in-person skills session held at one of the GSEP camp properties. Registration for Part 1 and Part 2 are separate, and must be taken in order.  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. Certification is valid for 5 years. 

Re-Certification/Exemption for Basic Outdoor Skills

Re-Certification is available for volunteers who have completed Basic Outdoor Skills in the last five years. Click here to take the recertification test.  This step is in place of taking the Basic Outdoor Skills training again.   

Exemption is for volunteers who have extensive camping experience in the last five years, and have completed Indoor Overnight Skills. By requesting exemption, volunteers may be approved to complete a Basic Outdoor Skills certification test, in place of attending the training.  To find out if you qualify for exemption, submit the Basic Outdoor Skills Training Exemption Request.  Please allow for 7-10 business days for review.  Once reviewed, applicants will be emailed instructions for next steps. 

 First Aider Training:

First Aid/CPR/AED Offered by GSEP

GSEP offers First Aid and CPR training throughout the year.  The course instructs participants through topics including rescue breathing, adult, junior, and pediatric CPR, and emergency care skills for infants, children, and adults.

We are currently offering a blended-course, with course content completed on-line, followed by a Remote Skills Verification (RSV) session. For the RSV, all necessary equipment is shipped to the participant’s home, and the participant connects with the instructor through an on-line portal. Participants must have an internet-connected device with camera.

Certification is valid for 2 years.

Pre-requisites: None


Fee: $85

First Aid/CPR Offered by Independent Providers

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 additional training: physician, physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, and emergency medical technician. 

Caution: First Aid and CPR training that is available entirely online, without a hands-on component does NOT satisfy Girl Scouts’ requirements. Several organizations offer a partially online course, with a hands-on skills assessment. Such courses may be accepted as meeting the recommendations. Email us for support.

Add your certifications to your GSEP Record

Upload your certifications to your gsLearn record. You can access gsLearn by logging into your MyGS account. Click on the gsLearn button to see the trainings available there. Choose 253 First Aid Level 1- CPR/AED, and follow the instructions to upload your certifications. We will contact you when it is approved or if we need more information. If you have a First Aid Cert AND a separate CPR Cert, you must upload them at the same time.

Prepare for Service Unit Roles:

Service Unit Manager

Service Unit Manager Learning Path

Service Unit Manager Learning Path is available through gsLearn. You can access gsLearn by logging into your MyGS account. Click on the gsLearn button to see the trainings available there.

GSUSA’s Service Unit Manager Learning Path – Required for all Service Unit Managers who have not completed Set for Success or Maintaining Momentum. 

This interactive, on-demand training will familiarize you with the basics of leading a Girl Scout service area.

Service Unit Manager Stepping Stones- Nuts & Bolts

Now that you've completed the Service Unit Manager Learning Path in gsLearn, it's time to put it all together with hands-on application of the concepts and GSEP best practices.  This interactive session will help prepare you for your new role on the service unit team.  Zoom link will be emailed 1-2 days prior to the training.

Service Unit Event Manager

Service Unit Event Management training is designed for volunteers who are interested in planning and implementing events for a Service Unit. It is helpful for anyone planning a service unit event, and is required for Service Unit Camporee Directors. This course will give volunteers the tools and information necessary to develop events ranging from partial days to weekend long


Service Unit Treasurer

Are you a Service Unit Treasurer?  Then this training is for you!  Learn about GSEP policies, forms, and best practices.  By the end of this session, you’ll be ready to keep your service unit on a steady financial footing!  This on-line training is available from the comfort of your home, and on your own schedule.


 Once you register, you will receive an email with a link to the training. 

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