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Calling all new leaders, leaders who have stepped in to lead an existing troop, experienced leaders, and IRM caregivers. We have a training for you! Learn best practices for leading your Girl Scout program level, how to take Girl Scouts outdoors and transfer skills to your Girl Scouts, how to help Girl Scouts earn Highest Awards, and so much more!

Please be sure to review the Mandated Reporter training requirements efffective Jan. 1, 2022.

Contents

Training for Leaders

For New Leaders

These courses are required for new troop leaders and new assistant troop leaders. Good news: They can be completed mostly online! We’ll assign these to you in gsLearn, our online learning portal. Look for them on your dashboard. Don’t see them? Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org.

Leadership Training:

Required Course

Format

Length

Action

Getting Started with Your Troop*

online

1 hour

Find these courses in gsLearn. Learn how or log in.

Mandated Reporter Training (a.k.a. child abuse prevention training)

online

2 hours

First Aid/CPR/AED:

One troop volunteer (a leader, assistant leader, or other adult volunteer) must be trained in first aid/CPR/AED and be present at all troop meetings and activities.

Take a blended course (part online, part in-person) or a course that is all in-person. First Aid/CRP/AED courses taught entirely online do not meet Girl Scout safety guidelines.

Required Course

Format

Length

Action

First Aid/CPR/AED

blended

3 hours online / 2.5 in-person

Sign up

in-person

5.5 hours

By request only

Learn more about first aid options.

Optional for New Leaders: Program-level Courses

Take your Girl Scout confidence to the next level! Need to know what to do with your girls, how to help them take the lead, and what to expect from behavior, development, and progression? Check out the training for your current program-level and train each time your troop bridges to a new level:

Course

Format

Length

Action

Diving into Daisies

online

1 hour

Find these courses in the gsLearn Content Library. Learn how or log in.

Blasting into Brownies

online

50 min

Jumping into Juniors

online

40 min

Cruising into Cadettes

online

45 min

Senior / Ambassador Roundtable

online

1 hour

 

Didn’t receive your training assignment or need help? Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org.

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]

For Experienced Leaders

Leadership Training:

Take the program-level training of your troop and a new program-level training each time your troop bridges.

Required Course

Format

Length

Action

Diving into Daisies

online

1 hour

Find these courses in the gsLearn Content Library. Learn how or log in.

Blasting into Brownies

online

50 min

Jumping into Juniors

online

40 min

Cruising into Cadettes

online

45 min

Senior / Ambassador Roundtable

online

1 hour

First Aid:

Check your troop’s first aider’s certification each year to make sure it’s current.

Required Course

Format

Length

Action

First Aid

blended

3 hours online / 2.5 in-person

Sign up

in-person

5.5 hours

Learn more about first aid options.

Mandated Reporter Training (a.k.a. child abuse prevention):

Check your mandated reporter certification each year to make sure it’s current.

All troop leaders and assistant troop leaders are required to take mandated reporter training and to retrain every two years.

Required Course

Format

Length

Action

Mandated Reporter Training

online

2 hours

Get trained or report training from elsewhere.

Have questions? Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org.

For Volunteers Who Have Assumed Troop Leadership

Leadership Training:

Thank you for taking the lead! Here’s how to prepare for success:

Take the program-level training of your troop and a new program-level training each time your troop bridges.

Required Course

Format

Length

Action

Diving into Daisies

online

1 hour

Find these courses in the gsLearn Content Library. Learn how or log in.

Blasting into Brownies

online

50 min

Jumping into Juniors

online

40 min

Cruising into Cadettes

online

45 min

Senior / Ambassador Roundtable

online

1 hour

First Aid:

Make sure that your troop has a first-aider (volunteer trained in first aid) with a current certification. The first aider must be present at all troop meetings and activities. Sign up if you or another volunteer needs training:

Required Course

Format

Length

Action

First Aid

blended

3 hours online / 2.5 in-person

Sign up

in-person

5.5 hours

Learn more about first aid options.

Mandated Reporter Training (a.k.a. child abuse prevention):

All troop leaders and assistant troop leaders are required to take mandated reporter training and to retrain every two years. Other troop volunteers who spend a minimum of 16 hours per month or 32 hours per year working directly with girls will need this training too. If you’ve taken this training elsewhere, you can simply let us know and we’ll include this info in your records.

Required Course

Format

Length

Action

Mandated Reporter Training

online

2 hours

Request training or report training you completed elsewhere.

Have questions? Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org.

Mandated Reporter/Child Abuse Prevention

As of January 2022, California law requires that organizations who work with youth provide additional protections for the youth they serve.

As a result, all volunteers who work directly with girls for at least 16 hours a month or a minimum of 32 hours per year are considered “mandated reporters” and must take mandated reporter (a.k.a. child abuse prevention) training.  

This includes:

  • All GSSD troop leaders and assistant leaders
  • Volunteers in other troop and service unit roles who meet the hours per month or hours per year guidelines.

Beginning in January 2022, every effort should be made to have at least two mandated reporters at all troop meetings and events.

More about training:

If you need mandated reporter training. Request instructions for finding Mandated Reporter Training for Volunteers in the gsLearn Content Library.  This is a 2-hour training that can be paused and resumed, as needed.

If you’ve already completed mandated reporter training elsewhere in the last 18 months, you can report your training to GSSD for our records.

Training deadlines. The deadline for completing new training or reporting training that has already been completed depends on volunteer status:

  • Current volunteers complete (or report) mandated reporter training by Monday, Jan. 31, 2022.
  • New volunteers launching a new troop complete (or report) training before their troop is launched.
  • New volunteers to an existing troop complete (or report) training before their role is activated and before they begin meeting with the troop. 

Training expiration. Mandated reporter training must be completed every two years. GSSD will track completions and send renewal reminders via email.  

Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org for assistance.

Training for IRM Caregivers

All adults with an active membership have access to gsLearn, our online learning portal. Learn about Girl Scouts on demand in a time and place that is convenient to you. Check out the quick video to learn how to log in and get started. Hint: You’re welcome to watch any training, but searching on “IRM” in the gsLearn content library is a good start.


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: Blended courses that are part online and part in-person are allowed if they include hands-on practice and feedback from a certified trainer. 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.

If you have a strong background in camping with groups, extensive Girl Scout camping experience, or camping experience with comparable youth organizations, you may be able to test-out of some of the courses in the outdoor training series. 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), 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. Already certified Level 1 Archery Instructors can contact USA Archery directly about recertification or attend one of our regular trainings.  Register for Archery Instructor Training.

Event and Encampment Director Training

Take this training if you are planning a large event (50+) 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. See a partial list below. To find these and more, log in to gsLearn and select the Content Library option on the left. 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. Use the scroll bar to view all courses in the Content Library.

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. Visit our Bronze Award page for more resources. For troop leaders, adult volunteers, project advisors, and IRM caregivers. 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.

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

Take this course to learn what Girl Scouting looks like for our youngest members. Learn what Daisies can do, what “girl led” looks like for Daisies, how to manage Daisy behavior, tips from our veteran leaders, and more. For Daisy troop leaders, adult volunteers, and IRM caregivers. Length: 25 minutes.

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.

Jumping into 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.

Outdoor Challenge

Do you have a strong background in camping with groups, extensive Girl Scout camping experience, or camping experience with comparable youth organizations, you may be able to test-out of some of the courses in the outdoor training series. Learn more.

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. Visit our Silver Award page for more resources. For troop leaders, adult volunteers, project advisors, and IRM caregivers. 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 Training

Volunteers in the troop treasurer role take this required training to learn about troop finances and best practices for managing and reporting troop funds. Length: 10 minutes.

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.

Technical Help
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If you receive an “access denied” error message, log out of My GS, clear your browser cache/history and accept cookies in your browser settings. Log back in the My GS and refresh your screen, if needed. 

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

If you are a Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout who wants to take Gold Award training, complete a training request.

I don't see any training when I log into gsLearn Training may take up to 30 minutes to appear in gsLearn when you log in for the first time. During this time, gsLearn is conducting a “sweep” of all new accounts and placing your learning account in the correct Girl Scout council. Refresh your screen after 30 minutes. Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org if you need assistance.
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Program Training

Diving into Daisies

Take this course to learn what Girl Scouting looks like for our youngest members. Learn what Daisies can do, what “girl led” looks like for Daisies, how to manage Daisy behavior, tips from our veteran leaders, and more. For Daisy troop leaders, adult volunteers, and IRM caregivers. Length: 25 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 “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! For Brownie troop leaders, adult volunteers, and IRM caregivers. 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 into 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 Junior troop leaders, adult volunteers, and IRM caregivers. 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! For Cadette troop leaders, adult volunteers, and IRM caregivers. Length: 45 minutes.

Senior/Ambassador Roundtable

Learn tips for engaging and supporting older girls during this busy and critical life stage. For Senior and Ambassador troop leaders, adult volunteers, and IRM caregivers. 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.


Highest Awards Training

Bronze Award

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. Visit our Bronze Award page for more resources. For troop leaders, adult volunteers, project advisors, and IRM caregivers. Length: 30 minutes.

Silver Award

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. Visit our Silver Award page for more resources. For troop leaders, adult volunteers, project advisors, and IRM caregivers. Length: 30 minutes.

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 Treasurer Training

Volunteers in the troop treasurer role take this required training to learn about troop finances and best practices for managing and reporting troop funds. Length: 10 minutes.

To take the course:

  1. Visit sdgirlscouts.org and select the My GS tab.
  2. Log in to My GS with your Girl Scout email and password.
  3. Select Login (top, right).
  4. Select gsLearn (left) and then the Content Library (top, left).
  5. In the Content Library, search on “troop treasurer” and select the Troop Treasurer training to begin.

Are you a troop leader or assistant leader? Take Getting Started with Your Troop (not Troop Treasurer training) in order to open a bank account.

Need help? Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org.


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.

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 Intro to the Cookie and Fall Product 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 to learn how to access training.


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 Events page 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 quick 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.

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