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Training

Are you a new leader who needs to learn the ropes? Have you stepped up to lead when a leader has stepped down? Are you an experienced leader who needs to know more about giving girls the Girl Scout Leadership Experience as they grow? Or, are you excited to get your girls outside? We have a training for you! Check out the training options below.

Contents

Training for Leaders

For New Leaders

New leaders take these required courses online:

  • Getting Started with Your Troop (90 minutes)
  • Intro to Girl Scouts (90 minutes)

You can take a program-level course too:

  • Diving into Daisies
  • Blasting into Brownies
  • Jumping into Juniors
  • Cruising into Cadettes
  • Senior/Ambassador Roundtable

These courses are available in gsLearn, our online learning platform. To get started, view the gsLearn Instruction video, then login to gsLearn:

Can’t complete the training in one sitting? It’s ok! You can return to gsLearn anytime to complete a course or browse other training options. [see the video]

All troops must have a “first aider,” a person trained in first aid who is available at all troop meetings and activities. The first aider can be a troop leader or another troop volunteer. Register or learn more about first aid training.

For Experienced Leaders

Take the appropriate program-level training each time your troop bridges to a new level. Program-level trainings are available online in gsLearn.

To get started, view the gsLearn Instruction video if you need it, then login to gsLearn: 

Program level courses:

  • Diving into Daisies (1 hour)
  • Blasting into Brownies (50 minutes)
  • Jumping into Juniors (40 minutes)
  • Cruising into Cadettes (45 minutes)
  • Senior/Ambassador Roundtable (1 hour)

Don’t forget first aid. All troops must have a “first aider. A first aider is a person trained in first aid who is available at all troop meetings and activities. The first aider can be a troop leader or another troop volunteer. Check your first aid certification each year to make sure it’s current. Register or learn more about first aid training if your first aid certification has expired.

For Volunteers Who Have Assumed Troop Leadership

If you are replacing a leader who has stepped down, take the program level training that’s appropriate for your troop. Program-level trainings are available online in gsLearn.

To get started, view the gsLearn Instruction video, then login to gsLearn:

Program level courses:

  • Diving into Daisies (1 hour)
  • Blasting into Brownies (50 minutes)
  • Jumping into Juniors (40 minutes)
  • Cruising into Cadettes (45 minutes)
  • Senior/Ambassador Roundtable (1 hour)


First Aid/Lifeguard Training

First Aid/CPR/AED

All troops need a volunteer trained in first aid/CPR/AED to attend meetings and outings. This “first aider” may be the leader, co-leader, or another troop volunteer. 

Register for a Girl Scouts San Diego first aid course or take a course taught by:

  • American Red Cross
  • National Safety Council
  • EMP America
  • American Heart Association

About online first aid courses: In-person courses are preferred for beginners. Blended courses that are part online and part in-person are allowed if they include hands-on practice and feedback from a certified trainer. Blended courses are a good option for recertification (required every two years). Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org before enrolling in a blended course that’s not provided by Girl Scouts San Diego.

First aid courses that are entirely online don’t meet Girl Scout safety standards.

Upload Your First Aid Certification

If you take a first aid/CPR/AED course from a provider that’s not Girl Scouts San Diego, upload a scan or photo of your certification to your online Girl Scout training record. Login to gsLearnselect Content Library, type “Upload a Certification” in the search field.

Wilderness First Aid

When emergency medical services will be more than 30 minutes away from a troop activity, the troop first aider must have Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification. Have questions? Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org. Register for Wilderness First Aid.

Lifeguard Training

This two-year lifeguarding certification includes first aid, professional-level CPR, and AED in one certificate. This is an in-the-water course. Come prepared to get wet! It’s a 30-hour course. Prerequisites: Rigorous swim test and home study. Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org for more information. Register for Lifeguard Training .


Outdoor Training

Outdoor Training (Overnights and Camping)

Take your girls outside! Our outdoor training prepares you to introduce girls to the great outdoors in progressive steps from a local overnight to rustic camping. Not sure what course you need? See the Outdoor Progression Chart to learn more. Classes must be taken in order.

Do you have extensive camping experience with Girl Scouts or another youth organization? You may be able to test-out of some of these courses. Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org to learn more.

Basic Overnights (45 min, online course)
Take this training if your troop is planning its first neighborhood overnight (required before girls can go cabin camping) or if your troop plans to attend a service unit encampment or council-sponsored Adventure Weekends where program activities and meals are provided and girls lodge in cabins. At least one adult in attendance must have this training.

To take this course: Log in to My GS with your Girl Scout email and password. Select gsLearn and then the Content Library (on left). Search on “Basic Overnights.”

Let's Camp (2.5 hour, in-person course)
If you've completed a basic overnight, encampment, or adventure weekend with your girls, they may be ready for a troop cabin campout. Learn about outdoor program delivery, how to choose and reserve property, manage safety, involve girls in no-cook meal preparation (adults may use heat), and build troop skills, teamwork, and memories. You’ll be qualified to take girls cabin camping in our mountain properties and at private and public campsites. Pre-requisites: Getting Started with Your Troop (online), Intro to Girl Scouts , Basic Overnights.

Register for Let’s Camp.

Let's Have a Campfire (3 hour, in-person course)
In this hands-on class, you’ll learn safe campfire activities you can teach your girls, including building and extinguishing fires, using pocketknives and hatchets, tying knots, campfire programs and reflective debriefing. Get tips for safely cooking on a stick while you enjoy a tasty snack. This training qualifies you for stick cooking (like s'mores), beach or backyard fires, and campfires held while cabin camping. Pre-requisites : Basic Overnights, Let's Camp.

Register for Let’s Have a Campfire.

Let's Cook Out! (7 hour, in-person course)
Discover several fun methods of outdoor cooking you can empower your girls to use. Using propane, charcoal and wood fuel, you and your new friends will cook and share a tasty four-course meal. Learn about safe food handling, sanitation and accommodating allergies and dietary practices. You'll be qualified to use many outdoor cooking methods with your girls. Note: This course includes all food and materials. Email training@sdgirlscouts.org if you have dietary restrictions. Pre-requisites: Basic Overnights, Let's Camp, Let's Have a Campfire,

Register for Let’s Cook Out.

Let's Tent (overnight, in-person course)
Once you and your girls are ready for more rugged experiences, explore troop tent camping. Learn about safety, environmental considerations and how to sleep comfy outdoors. You’ll discover tips for gear selection, cool night-time activities and much more. Note: This course includes food. Email training@sdgirlscouts.org if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions. Please view the  Let’s Tent FAQ and Packing List before attending. Pre-requisites:  Basic Overnights, Let's Camp, Let's Have a Campfire, Let’s Cook.

Register for Let’s Tent.

Backpack Training Program

The Backpacking Training Program offers great new outdoor adventures for girls and adults! Designed for individuals, our three-step wilderness progression safely takes girls and adults out of the campground and into the woods. 

Wilderness Hiking, the first in the outdoor backpacking progression, this one-day training teaches adults and girls (sixth grade and up) the essential skills and knowledge necessary for exciting wilderness exploration. The course covers safety, proper gear and equipment, the Leave No Trace ethic, building independence in girls, and laying a strong foundation for more extraordinary adventures, such as backpacking. The class fee includes course materials and a "Ten Essentials" starter kit. Register for Wilderness Hiking.

Basic Backpacking teaches everything adults and girls (seventh grade and up) need to know to begin a true, multi-night wilderness adventure. Hikers gain the knowledge and skills they need to make important decisions about gear, clothing, and trip planning so that they can hit the trail feeling confident and self-sufficient. Training includes classroom instruction, group day hike, and backpacking trip. Prerequisite: Wilderness Hiking. Register for Basic Backpacking.

Advanced Backpacking Trips safely takes girls and adults on unforgettable wilderness adventures where they'll enjoy the majesty of nature along with the camaraderie of fellow backpacking enthusiasts all while building higher level skills. Prerequisites: Wilderness Hiking and Basic Backpacking. Register for Advanced Backpacking Trips.

Questions? Contact customercare@sdgirlscouts.org.

Archery Instructor Training

Meet the safety-wise standard for Archery Instructor Certification. Leaders, assistant leaders, and interested adults (18 years and older) are welcome. Archery instructors can lead archery for their troop, an encampment, and/or assist in leading an archery workshop. Certification is valid for three years. Register for Archery Instructor Training.

Event and Encampment Director Training

Take this training if you are planning a large event (200+) or an Encampment (3+ troops). It’s required for event and encampment directors and recommended for anyone who is part of the planning team. Prerequisites: Getting Started with Your Troop. Duration: 20 minutes.

To take this course: Log in to My GS with your Girl Scout email and password. Select gsLearn and then the Content Library (on left). Search on “Encampment.”


Online Training (gsLearn)

Online training is an easy, convenient way to learn about Girl Scouts. It’s available for any member or volunteer. 

About gsLearn/Logging In

All adult volunteers can access online training in gsLearn. You’ll find gsLearn in the My GS portal at sdgirlscouts.org. Your membership must be current and you can’t have chosen to opt out of email. If you need assistance updating membership or email options, contact customercare@sdgirlscouts.org.

gsLearn Course Catalog

Many of Girl Scouts San Diego’s courses are offered online. Browse the course list below. Then, log in to gsLearn and select the Content Library. Use the search field in the library to search on a course title. Or, search on a program level, like “Daisies” to see program-level courses or search “outdoor” to view courses you can complete to take girls on an outdoor adventure.

Want to see all you’ve learned? Select the Achievements tab in gsLearn to view the online courses you’ve completed. Don’t forget your Trained to Lead charms!

Alternate Certificate Upload

Do you have a certification from another organization that you’d like us to recognize (i.e. first aid or aquatic instructor certification, etc.)? Use this upload feature and we’ll check it out and include it in your training record.

Basic Overnights

This first course in the outdoor training series helps you prepare for overnights in the neighborhood, simple encampments, and Adventure Weekends. This course is required before a first overnight. Length: 40 minutes.

Blasting into Brownies

Ready to blast into Brownies? In this course, learn how you can support girls in their Brownie years as they change and grow. We'll show you what the Girl Scout Leadership Experience looks like for Brownies and help you define your role. We'll provide lots of tips for giving Brownies the structure they need and share all the things Brownies can do. It's going to be a great year! This training benefits troop leaders, IRM parents, and adult volunteers. Length: 55 minutes.

Bronze Award Online Training

Help your Girl Scout Juniors achieve the Bronze Award! This training covers Bronze Award essentials like award steps and requirements. You’ll learn the difference between a community service project and a Take Action project, plus lots of tips for Bronze Award success. Length: 30 minutes.

Cadette Learning Path

Are your Juniors getting ready to bridge? Or, do you already have a Cadette troop? This learning path is for you! Learn what's different about your role and about girls who are entering their teen years. Take away essential tips you can use to support girls and make the Cadette years flexible, valuable, and fun! For troop leaders, adult volunteers, and parents. Courses include: Cruising into Cadettes (40 minutes); Finances for Older Girls (8 minutes); Being Teen Savvy (5 minutes); Silver Award Training (20 minutes).

Ceremonies in Girl Scouting

Learn about traditional Girl Scout ceremonies like investiture, bridging, the flag ceremony, Girl Scouts’ Own, and more. Self-paced.

Cookie Program Training (seasonal only)

Troop cookie managers and parents of independently registered girls take this training annually to learn about running the Girl Scout Cookie Program for their troop or girl. See our About Girl Scout Cookies page to learn more.

Conflict Resolution and Prevention

Learn what causes conflict and tips for resolving it. Plus, find out how to manage troop conflict and how to get help when you need it. Length: 20 minutes.

Day Camp Volunteer Orientation

Day camp volunteers take this training to learn about our day camps including traditions, volunteer roles, safety, and what to expect when volunteering. Length: 15 minutes.

Diving into Daisies

Join our class for Daisy leaders! Together, we'll explore what Girl Scouting looks like for our youngest members. Traditionally, Diving into Daisies is an in-person course. This recorded webinar has been made available during COVID-19. Prerequisites: Getting Started With Your Troop and Intro to Girl Scouts. Length: 1 hour.

Fall Product Program Training (seasonal only)

Troop fall managers and parents of IRMs take this training to learn about running the fall product program for their troop or girl. Visit our Fall Product Program page to learn more.

Gold Award Online Training

Learn Gold Award basics! Jump start your brain so your passions, interests, and ideas begin forming before submitting a Gold Award proposal. Open to girls, parents, project advisors, and leaders. This course is required for girls who want to earn the Gold Award. By signing in, girls certify that they are at least 13 years old. Visit our Gold Award page for more resources. Length: 30 minutes.

How to Build Peace via World Thinking Day

Get a fresh look at World Thinking Day (WTD) with Global Action Volunteer Deb Lechner and Girl Scouts San Diego staff in this recorded webinar. You'll discover new ways to present a WTD event for your troop, service unit, or community, using the 2021 theme: Peacebuilding. World Thinking Day is traditionally held each Feb. 22, but the impactful activities can be experienced any time. Special patches and badges are available, but the best reward is building harmony! Suitable for adults of Daisies-Ambassadors. Length 1.25 hours.

Intro to Girl Scouts

Learn how to use the Volunteer Toolkit, apply the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to troop activities, and engage troop families. Plus, gain tips and best practices for leading a troop of any level. Listen in on an ad-hoc broadcast version of Intro to Girl Scouts. In normal times, this is an in-person class, so this webinar is posted to help fill an interim need to remain in a safe space. Length: 2.25 hours.

Jumping for Juniors

Get ready for Girl Scout Juniors! Learn how fourth and fifth-grade girls develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically and how your role will change to meet Juniors' needs. Take away essential tips you can use to ensure that girl engagement is high and that troop activities are girl-led. Plus, learn about the opportunities that await Juniors including awards, travel, camping, and more. For troop leaders, adult volunteers, and parents. Length: 45 minutes.

Large Event and Encampment Director Training

Learn how to plan and run a successful event or encampment from start to finish. Required for event or encampment directors. Length: 20 minutes.

Let’s Camp

You’ll discover how to choose and reserve property, manage the safety of your troop, involve girls in no-cook meal preparation, and pick up some techniques for outdoor program delivery. You'll be qualified to take your girls cabin camping at our mountain properties and at private and public cabins. In normal times, this is an in-person class, so this webinar is posted to help fill an interim need to remain in a safe space. Length: 2.5 hours.

New Leader Learning Path

Brand new leaders take the courses in this learning path to get a successful start. Getting Started with Your Troop 1-3 is the required course. Take the other optional courses as you need them to build your Girl Scout knowledge.

Outdoor Challenge

Do you have a strong background in camping with groups or extensive camping experience with Girl Scouts or a comparable youth group? Take this course to “test out” of outdoor training in the following order: Let’s Have a Campfire, Let’s Cook Out, and/or Let’s Tent. Prerequisites: Basic Overnights (online) and Let’s Camp. Self-paced.

Senior/Ambassador Roundtable

Network with other leaders to learn tips for engaging older girls during this busy and critical life stage. Usually, this is an in-person class, so this webinar recording provides an opportunity to experience this class from home. Length: one hour.

Silver Award Online Training

Help your Girl Scout Cadettes achieve the Silver Award! This training covers Silver Award essentials like award steps and requirements. You’ll learn the difference between a community service project and a Take Action project, plus lots of tips for Silver Award success. Open to girls, parents, project advisors, and leaders. Length: 30 minutes.

Tips and Tools for Busy Troop Leaders

Learn tips and tricks for running your Girl Scout meetings and learn about resources to help you manage your troop and mediate conflict. Self-paced.

Troop Treasurer Learning Path

Volunteers in the troop treasurer role take this required training to learn about troop finances and best practices for managing and reporting troop funds. Courses include: Troop treasurer training, Conflict Resolution and Prevention, Troop Finances Made Simple, and Wrapping up Troop Finances.

Water Safety Tips for Girl Scout Troops

Cover basic water safety information from the American Red Cross, then review Girl Scout standards for swimming and other aquatic activities. Length: 60 minutes.

Where to Place Badges, Patches, and Insignia

This cute, girl-led video takes the guess-work out of placing badges, patches, and insignia on Girl Scout uniforms. Length: 3 minutes.

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If your membership isn't current, contact customercare@sdgirlscouts.org for assistance.

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Program Training

Diving into Daisies

Take our online course for Daisy leaders! Together we'll explore what Girl Scouting looks like for our youngest members. Duration : 1 hour.

To take this course: Log in to My GS with your Girl Scout email and password. Select gsLearn and then the Content Library (on left). Search on “Daisy.”

Blasting into Brownies

Ready to blast into Brownies? In this training, learn how you can support girls in their Brownie years as they change and grow. We'll show you what the Girl Scout Leadership Experience looks like for Brownies and help you define your role. We'll provide lots of tips for giving Brownies the structure they need and share all the things Brownies can do. It's going to be a great year! This training benefits troop leaders, IRM parents, and adult volunteers. Duration: 55 minutes.

To take this course: Log in to My GS with your Girl Scout email and password. Select gsLearn and then the Content Library (on left). Search on “Brownies.”

Jumping for Juniors

Get ready for Girl Scout Juniors! Learn how fourth and fifth-grade girls develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically and how your role will change to meet Juniors' needs. Take away essential tips you can use to ensure that girl engagement is high and that troop activities are girl-led. Plus, learn about the opportunities that await Juniors including awards, travel, camping, and more. For troop leaders, adult volunteers, and parents. Length: 45 minutes.

To take this course: Log in to My GS with your Girl Scout email and password. Select gsLearn and then the Content Library (on left). Search on “Juniors.”

Cruising into Cadettes

Girls enter their first years of older girl Girl Scouting when they bridge from Juniors or join as Cadettes. It’s an exciting time. Many new opportunities await Girl Scout Cadettes! And, it’s also a time of change. Learn what’s different about your role and about girls who are entering their teen years. Take away essential tips you can use to support girls and make Cadette years valuable and fun!

To take this course: Log in to My GS with your Girl Scout email and password. Select gsLearn and then the Content Library (on left). Search on “Cadettes.”

Senior/Ambassador Roundtable

Learn tips for engaging and supporting older girls during this busy and critical life stage. Duration: 1 hour. 

To take this course: Log in to My GS with your Girl Scout email and password. Select gsLearn and then the Content Library (on left). Search on “Senior” or “Ambassador.”

Multi-level Troop

Take this online course to learn tips for managing a multi-level troop.

To take this course: Log in to My GS with your Girl Scout email and password. Select gsLearn and then the Content Library (on left). Search on “Multi-Level.”

Bridging

Girl Scouts "bridge" when they transition from one program level to the next. It's a celebration of achievements that is fun, personalized, and memorable. A bridging ceremony should be designed by girls in partnership with adults. See the Bridging Guide to learn more.

Ready, Set, LEAD!

Ready, Set, LEAD! In this interactive training session, gain group management and program delivery skills from the Girl Scout Outreach (GSO) team. GSO staff regularly lead programs for K-12 girls in large groups, and they’re ready to share their secrets for successful troop meetings, engaging activities, and cooperative leadership. Childcare is provided for age 5 and up.


Highest Awards Training

Bronze Award

Troop leaders, IRM parents, and other adult volunteers take this training to learn how to guide girls as they choose a Girl Scout Bronze Award topic, plan and carry out a Bronze Award Take Action project, submit a final report, and earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award--the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Learn about Bronze Award steps, requirements, and resources. Course duration: 30 minutes. Visit sdgirlscouts.org/bronze to find and download Your Guide to Going Bronze (girl's guide) and Your Guide to Going Bronze: Tips for Adult Volunteers.

To take this course: Log in to My GS with your Girl Scout email and password. Select gsLearn and then the Content Library (on left). Search on “Bronze” or “Junior.”

Silver Award

Cadette troop leaders, IRM parents, and volunteers take this training to learn about the Girl Scout Silver Award. Learn about award steps, requirements, and the difference between a community service project and a Take Action project. Girls can watch along! Be sure to visit sdgirlscouts.org/silver for Your Guide to Going Silver (for girls) and Your Guide for Going Silver: Tips for Adult Volunteers. Along with this training, these resources are essential to Silver Award success.

To take this course: Log in to My GS with your Girl Scout email and password. Select gsLearn and then the Content Library (on left). Search on “Silver” or “Cadette.”

Gold Award

This required training helps Senior and Ambassador girls learn Gold Award basics. Learn what makes a good Gold Award project, about project requirements, who can help, and how to use GoGold--it's the platform you'll use to submit your project proposal and track your progress. Be sure to visit sdgirlscouts.org/gold for Your Guide to Going Gold. Along with this training, it’s a resource that’s essential to success.

To take this course:

  • Senior/Ambassador Girls: Request training. You’ll receive an invite to log in to gsLearn in your inbox. Don’t see it? Check your spam folder. Then, contact training@sdgirlscouts.org for assistance. Each girl must complete her own training.
  • Adults: log in to My GS with your Girl Scout email and password. Select gsLearn and then the Content Library (on left). Search on “Gold” or “Senior” or “Ambassador.”


Troop Finances

Volunteers in the troop treasurer role take the courses in the Troop Treasurer Learning Path to learn about troop finances and best practices for managing and reporting troop funds. Courses include: Troop treasurer training, Conflict Resolution and Prevention, Troop Finances Made Simple and Wrapping up Troop Finances.

To take these course: Log in to My GS with your Girl Scout email and password. Select gsLearn and then the Content Library (on left). Search on “troop treasurer.”


Trips and Travel Training

Troop Tripping

Troop Tripping is required for leaders whose troops are planning trips out of state, trips involving air travel, or trips lasting 3 or more nights. This workshop addresses group and safety management, paperwork requirements, money-earning tips, planning timelines, and keys to managing girl and parent expectations. Take this course at least 3 months prior to the trip. Register for Troop Tripping.

San Francisco Bridging Workshop

Make bridging from Juniors to Cadettes with Girl Scouts NorCal a meaningful, girl-led adventure. Prerequisite: The Troop Tripping workshop is required before any domestic or international travel. Register for the San Francisco Bridging Workshop

Destinations Expo

Global adventures await! Meet world travelers from Girl Scouts San Diego and learn about travel opportunities. At this free open house, you’ll hear from past Destinations participants and about the application process, financial assistance, and what to expect. Girls, troop leaders, adult volunteers and families welcome. Visit Girl Scouts USA travel website to view destination options and to apply. Trips for the upcoming year will be posted mid-to end of August. For more information, contact: customercare@sdgirlscouts.org. Register for the Destinations Expo


Volunteer Toolkit

Want to spend less time planning and feel more satisfied with the time you spend with your troop? Check out the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK). This web app helps troop leaders and co-leaders plan meetings and communicate with families easily with materials lists, activity timelines, standard email language, and more! Access it on your computer, tablet, or phone—it’s mobile friendly.

Learn how to log in and VTK basics and check out the cheat sheet to get going quickly.


Fall and Cookie Product Program

Troop leaders and assistant leaders take About Fall and Cookie Programs as an introduction and overview. To take this course: Log in to My GS with your Girl Scout email and password. Select gsLearn and then the Content Library (on left). Search on “New Leader.”

Troop Fall Managers and Troop Cookie Managers as well as IRM parents who fill manager roles for their girls take seasonal training. When fall product program or cookie program season rolls around, visit the Quick Start for Volunteers page for more about this these trainings.


Training Resources

Volunteer Essentials

You can learn lots online and by attending in-person courses, but Volunteer Essentials is often the perfect resource when you have a quick question, aren’t sure about Girl Scout lingo, or need the reassurance of following a “how to.” It’s updated each year, so refer back often–especially where safety is concerned.

Request a Training

Want to take training right in your neighborhood? We can bring most of our classes to you! (Though we are unable to accommodate outdoor classes other than Let's Camp).

To get started

  • Check out the Training Calendar to make sure there isn’t a class already scheduled for the same region at the same time that you are requesting.
  • Have three dates (at least 30 days in the future) ready to suggest for your Special Request Training. This gives us time to find a trainer and get registration ready.
  • Identify a potential location name and address for your class (but don't book the space until you hear back from us).
  • Line up a minimum of 10 students for all classes except First Aid. First Aid classes have a strict 10:1 student to teacher ratio, so classes can have 7-10 students with one instructor or 16-20 students with two instructors. In all cases, we reserve the right to open the class up to other members in the council to make sure we're using resources wisely.
  • Enter your information on our request form.
  • The Adult Learning team will follow up once you request the class to confirm a date and provide information on getting your group registered.

Questions? Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org.

Financial Aid for Training

Financial aid to cover the cost of training is available to volunteers who are registered members. Select the financial aid option when registering for a course at on our events page. Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org with questions. Troop funds may also be used to cover training costs.

Be a Trainer

Are you passionate about the outdoors or leadership development? Do you have tips and tricks from years of Girl Scouting that you would like to share with other leaders? If this sounds like you—and you’re ready for a new challenge with Girl Scouts—consider becoming a trainer. Trainers collaborate with staff and other trainers to deliver trainings that support the next generation of leaders and adult volunteers who help to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. Fill out this interest form or email training@sdgirlscouts.org for more information.

Cancel an In-Person Course

To request that we transfer your course to another date, email training@sdgirlscouts.org five or more days before your scheduled course. Provide the date/time/location of the new course. Note: We will transfer your course one time. The same payment can’t be transferred more than once.

To request a course refund, email training@sdgirlscouts.org five or more days before your scheduled course.

If you’re not eligible for a transfer or a refund, let us know anyway. Our trainers appreciate knowing how many will attend. 

Exceptions to our transfer and refund policies are made for true emergencies and illness. It's best to reschedule if you're not feeling well. Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org to discuss further.

For registration assistance, contact customercare@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0821.