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In Girl Scouts, we take life-long learning seriously
Training is one of the keys to success for any adult volunteer. It ensures that our girls receive the best possible experience in safe environments and also allows you, our incredible volunteer, the opportunity to learn as well!

Our courses are taught by Volunteer Learning Facilitators who share their time and talents to make the volunteer experience more enjoyable and valuable for you. They enable us to offer courses at different locations, during the daytime, evening and weekends. It’s because of our volunteer facilitators that we’re able to offer these resources to our adult volunteers.

Girl Scouts learn through fun activities that are girl-led (girls make decisions), experiential (learn by doing), and cooperative (teamwork). Our classes will teach you how to incorporate these concepts into girls' activities through roundtable discussions, hands-on experiences and online Webinars you can complete on YOUR time.

GIRL SCOUTING 101
Girl Scouting 101 is a national online orientation introducing all new volunteers to our organization. It includes information on the history of our movement, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (National Program Portfolio), program resources, cookies and safety tips. This course is offered online and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

PREREQUISITE: Favorable background check.

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TROOP/GROUP WELCOME
Troop/Group Welcome is an introduction to your Girl Scout volunteer position and covers organizing a troop/group, working with parents/guardians and Council procedures. You’ll receive instructions on how to register as a Girl Scout member, get information about resources available to you and lots of other great information. At least one adult from your troop/group needs to attend. Facilitation and scheduling is arranged through a volunteer in your area.

PREREQUISITE: Favorable background check & Girl Scouting 101.

VOLUNTEER ESSENTIALS
The Volunteer Essentials class will help you understand the fundamentals of running your troop/group. From curriculum and badges to staying safe while traveling with girls, to managing finances and your web of support. All of your basic questions are answered!

PREREQUISITE: Favorable background check, Girl Scouting 101 and Troop/Group Welcome. 

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Upcoming classes coming soon!

GIRL SCOUT LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE (GSLE)
The National Program Portfolio has two main parts – the National Leadership Journeys and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Complemented by the Girl Scout Cookie program, Girl Scout travel and Girl Scout awards, the National Program Portfolio is designed to help girls develop as leaders and build confidence by learning new skills. It also ensures that Girl Scouts at every level are sharing a powerful, national experience—girls together changing the world!  This course will help volunteers get a better understanding of the National Program Portfolio as well as other program pieces that are available to them.

PREREQUISITE: Favorable background check, Girl Scouting 101, Troop/Group Welcome and Volunteer Essentials.

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Upcoming classes coming soon!

FIRST AID/CPR
This training meets OSHA Guidelines for First Aid Programs and is presented by the Public Safety Education Group. This class will be conducted by an instructor from the Department of Public Safety. Basic First Aid will cover how to identify and deal with various medical emergencies. Some of the areas covered will be bleeding, burns, breaks and heat related emergencies. CPR/AED will cover adult, child and infant CPR. Students will be instructed on how to operate and use an Automated External Defibrillator machine (AED) as well as learn how to handle choking situations.

PREREQUISITE: Favorable background check, Girl Scout Membership, and Girl Scouting 101.

Come back soon for upcoming class information.

 

OUTDOOR SKILLS TRAINING - DEFINITIONS

Troop/Group Camping: Camping provides girls the opportunity to develop an appreciation for nature, discover their outdoor skills, connect through cooperative learning and teamwork and to take action by using their new skills in future girl led outdoor experiences. Every girl deserves a chance to camp! Troops/groups must have the proper girl-adult ratio and the troop/group must be accompanied by a Troop/Group Camper for the type of camping they are doing.

Troop/Group Camper: A Troop/Group Camper is an adult volunteer (this does not have to be the leader/co-leader) who has completed the required Outdoor Skills Training for the level of camping that the troop/group is ready for. This individual must be present on all Girl Scout troop/group camping trips to guide them during the outdoor experience and should also assist the troop/group in preparing for the trip. The Troop/Group Camper can be responsible for no more than 30 participants (including adults) during the same outdoor event. A Troop/Group Camper qualification is good for 5 years.

OUTDOOR SKILLS - Cabin Camping

This level of camping is geared towards troops/groups wanting to stay in a cabin, lodge or indoor facility while camping.  This overnight training will prepare the adult volunteer for this level of camping by teaching outdoor progression, kaper charts, equipment, packing, meal planning and simple outdoor cooking in addition to fire building and campfire program ideas.  A Home Study workbook, containing valuable information, is sent to the participant prior to attending the training.  There are key points and questions in each section of the workbook.  This information is learned at each participant’s own pace and is an important part of the Outdoor Skills training.  This workbook must be completed prior to and brought with you to the training.  This training is required for troops/groups desiring to stay in cabins, lodges, or indoor facilities while camping.  This training starts at 9:00 am on Saturday and ends at 12:00 pm on Sunday.  Participants must attend the entire time to be qualified. 

Prerequisite:   Girl Scout Membership, Eligible Background Check and Girl Scouting 101.

Fee:  $25.00

Upcoming Classes:
October 8-9, 2016
January 21-22, 2017

OUTDOOR SKILLS - Tent Camping

This level of camping is geared towards the troops/groups wanting to use platform or ground tents while camping in an established camp site.  This overnight training will prepare the adult volunteer for this level of camping by teaching outdoor progression, kaper charts, equipment, tent care, packing, fire building, campfire program ideas, meal planning and a few advanced methods of outdoor cooking in addition to knot tying and jackknife safety.  This training is required for troops/groups desiring to use platform or ground tents while camping in an established camp site.  This training starts at 9:00 am on Saturday and ends at 5:00 pm on Sunday.  Participants must attend the entire time to be qualified. 

Prerequisite:  Girl Scout Membership, Eligible Background Check and Girl Scouting 101

Fee:  $35.00 

Upcoming classes:
September 17– 18, 2016
February 18-19, 2017, 2017

OUTDOOR SKILLS - Advanced Camping

This level of camping is designed to have troops/groups camp together, but having the girls use their outdoor skills independently.  In this overnight training, participants will learn how to cook using their mess kits, solar cooking and other nifty cooking methods as well as additional skills including lashing, orienteering, and geocaching. This training is for troops/groups desiring to advance their girls’ outdoor skills and is required for troops/groups to go primitive camping.  This training starts at 9:00 am on Saturday and ends at 12:00 pm on Sunday.  Participants must attend the entire time to be qualified. 

Prerequisite:  Girl Scout Membership, Eligible Background Check, Girl Scouting 101, and Outdoor Skills – Tent Camping.

Fee:  $35.00 

Upcoming classes:
March 11 – 12, 2017

OUTDOOR SKILLS - Backpacking

This level of camping is designed for troops/groups that are ready to take the outdoors to the next level.  This training teaches the fundamentals of basic backpacking.  This training includes one day of instruction and pre-planning followed by an overnight backpacking camping trip.  Topics covered include: equipment, clothing, food, packing techniques, places to hike and camp, and basic trip planning.  This training is required for troops/groups desiring to backpack in the outdoors.  Participants are required to attend Part 1 which is a classroom session on a Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Part 2 which is the overnight backpacking camping trip which is from 9 am on a separate Saturday to 11 am on Sunday, to be qualified.   

Prerequisite:  Girl Scout Membership, Eligible Background Check, Girl Scouting 101 and Outdoor Skills – Advanced Camping.

Fee:  $15.00 

Upcoming classes:
Part One: October 22, 2016
Part Two: November 5-6, 2016

TROOP/GROUP CAMPER RE-QUALIFICATION
The policy of Girl Scouts of Citrus is that in order to be current as a Troop/Group Camper, re-qualification must be taken every 5 years. Volunteers may re-qualify by either re-taking the level of Outdoor Skills training that they have already taken, by attending the next level of Outdoor Skills training or by completing the Troop/Group Camper Re-Qualification Workbook.  (Volunteer may only re-qualify one time. After that they would need to attend an Outdoor Skills training to re-qualify).

Complete the workbook and return it along with $7 to:
Girl Scouts of Citrus
341 North Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL  32803. 

After review of the workbook, you will be notified that your qualification has been extended.

PREREQUISITE: Volunteer application and background check process, Girl Scouting 101, Girl Scout Membership, and completion of Outdoor Skills training.