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Welcome, Girl Scout Volunteers!

You belong to a network of nearly one million adults who share an important commitment: Preparing girls to lead successful lives.

Now you can prepare yourself to be a more successful volunteer!

This is your one-stop training spot! Here, you will find a breakdown of all the different learning opportunities!

Leadership Courses

There are two different options to take the required leadership courses to fit into your busy schedule:

On Demand Training Webinars - these sessions are available anytime, so you can take them at your leisure. You can find these at: http://training.citrus-gs.org/

Classroom Sessions - we offer a variety of in-person, hands-on trainings to enrich your Girl Scout experience and knowledge. You can register for these training courses using the links below:

Girl Scout 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.

Complete your Girl Scouting 101 now

Troop/Group Welcome

The 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 get your girls registered as a Girl Scout member, get information about resources available to you and lots of other great information. The Troop/Group Welcome is given by a volunteer in your community.

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

Volunteer Essentials

The Volunteer Essentials class will help you understand the fundamentals of running a Girl Scout troop/group. You'll learn about your role as a Girl Scout volunteer, we'll point out things to consider about creating a safe space for the girls, we'll go over how to manage troop finances and what you need to do to take the girls on a field trip. All of your basic questions are answered!   

PREREQUISITE:  Girl Scout Membership, Eligible Background Check, Girl Scouting 101 and Troop/Group Welcome

 

Register    Orange County      October 21, 2017       9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Register    Osceola County      October 21, 2017       9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Register    Brevard County     October 21, 2017        8:45 am – 12:00 pm

 

Register     Volusia County     November 5, 2017       4:00 – 7:00 pm

 

Register    Osceola County      November 11, 2017   9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Girl Scout Leadership Experience

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a collection of activities and experiences the girls will have as they earn badges, sell cookies, go on exciting trips, explore the outdoors, do Take Action projects, and more.  This class will help you understand how to make that happen with your girls using the National Leadership Journeys and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting as well as other program pieces that are available to them.

PREREQUISITE: Girl Scout Membership, Eligible Background Check, Girl Scouting 101, Troop/Group Welcome and Volunteer Essentials 

Register    Volusia County        October 15, 2017           4:00 – 7:00 pm

 

Register   Orange County         October 21, 2017           1:00 – 4:00 pm

 

Register   Osceola County         October 21, 2017          1:00 – 4:00 pm

 

Register     Brevard County       October 21, 2017           1:00 – 4:00 pm

 

Register   Osceola County         November 11, 2017       1:00 – 4:00 pm

 

Register    Volusia County         November 19, 2017        4:00 – 7:00 pm

 

Safety

First Aid/CPR

This training meets OSHA Guidelines for First Aid Programs. 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: Girl Scout Membership, Eligible Background Check and Girl Scouting 101.

 

Register    Orange County        October 21, 2017           9:00 – 12:00 pm

Register    Seminole County     November 5, 2017          2:00pm - 5:00 pm

Register     Orange County      December 2, 2017          9:00am - 12:00pm

 

OUTDOOR SKILLS

Camping provides girls the opportunity to experience nature, connect with other girls through cooperative learning and teamwork, discover their own outdoor skills, 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.

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 their 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

Do your girls want to go camping? What type of sleeping arrangements would they prefer?  If they prefer a structured building such as a cabin or lodge choose this training. If they are more experienced and ready for tent camping, please choose the Outdoor Skills – Tent Camping training.

The Outdoor Skills – Cabin Camping training is geared towards those troops/groups that would prefer sleeping in a structured building such as a cabin or lodge at an established camp site. This overnight training will prepare the adult volunteer for this type 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.  This training is required for troops/groups desiring to stay in cabins, lodges, or indoor facilities while camping in an establishing camp site. 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: 

Register     October 28 - 29, 2017

Register    January 13 - 14, 2018

Outdoor Skills - Tent Camping

Do your girls want to go camping and have the option of sleeping in a tent or at a structured building?  Then the Outdoor Skills – Tent Camping training is for you! This session is geared towards the Troops/Groups that want to experience sleeping in a tent or a structured building while camping at an established campsite.  This is an overnight training session which will prepare the adult volunteer for this type of camping by teaching outdoor progression, kaper charts, meal planning, different outdoor cooking methods, camping equipment and equipment care, packing, fire building, campfire program ideas, knot tying and jackknife safety. This training is required for Troops/Groups desiring to stay in tents while camping at 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: 

Register     February 17 – 18, 2018

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 overnighttraining, 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:

Register  March 24 - 25, 2018

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:

Register     Part 1 - November 4, 2017

Register     Part 2 - December 2-3, 2017

Outdoor Skills - 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 theOutdoor Skill Re-Qualification Assessment.  (Volunteers may only re-qualify one time. After that they would need to attend an Outdoor Skills training to re-qualify).

Outdoor Skills Tent Camping Re-Qualification Assessment
Outdoor Skills Cabin Camping Re-Qualification Assessment
Outdoor Skills Advanced Camping Re-Qualification Workbook

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.