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Enriching your Volunteer Experience

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast offers adults learning opportunities that will help them gain knowledge and build skills they need to provide the ultimate Girl Scout Leadership Experience for girls. We know that training is an investment in their future – and the future of every girl that they mentor. The Council's quality courses are conducted by skilled and enthusiastic facilitators. New classes are always being added. Click on the specific class to find out when the next class is happening. 

Adult education is just one resource available to you as you prepare for a successful Girl Scout experience. Please plan to also attend support team meetings in your area where other volunteers will share their knowledge with you and look to service team volunteers and staff for ideas and answers to your questions.


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New Volunteer Courses

Girl Scouting 101

This online class introduces new volunteers to Girl Scouts’ inspiring national leadership experience, including Journey resources, The Girls Guide to Girl Scouting, the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scout Safety Guidelines and much more.

Length: 45 minutes

For: New troop volunteers or any registered Girl Scout volunteer

Prerequisite: Volunteer application and registration process

Cost: Free

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Welcome to Colonial Coast

This online session is an introduction to Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast and the resources available to you as a volunteer. This is a required session for troop volunteers and should be completed following Girl Scouting 101.

Length: 15 minutes

For: New troop volunteers or any registered Girl Scout volunteer

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101

Cost: Free

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Getting Your Troop Started

Getting Your Troop Started

This online learning module will give you the ins and outs of starting a new troop. It covers the steps needed to form your troop, troop costs, getting the support you need and running your first parent/caregiver meeting. This is a required session for new troop volunteers and should be completed following Welcome to Colonial Coast.

Length: 1 hour

For: New troop volunteers or any registered Girl Scout volunteer

Prerequisite: Welcome to Colonial Coast

Cost: Free

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Girl Scout Program Basics, Part I

This online learning module introduces volunteers to the National Leadership Journeys and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for all grade levels. 

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Girl Scout Program Basics, Part II

This interactive workshop will walk you through the steps needed to guide the girls in your troop to plan their year as well as troop meetings. You will also learn the difference between a Take-Action project and a Community Service Project.

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Managing Troop Finances

Helping girls earn and manage money is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). Learn how to work with girls to cooperatively set goals, make decisions, manage a budget, maintain records, learn people skills, and develop good marketing, entrepreneurial, math and financial skills. During this module you will also learn about the paperwork you need to complete, reporting guidelines and policies.

Length: 30 minutes

For: Any registered Girl Scout volunteer (troop leaders and troop treasurers) handing troop funds.

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101

Cost: Free

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Out and About

This online class reviews the GSUSA and GSCCC guidelines for planning age-appropriate day or overnight trips away from a troop or group’s scheduled meeting place. It covers the paperwork necessary for trip permission and approval. This class must be completed before a volunteer can plan any activities away from a scheduled meeting place, including meeting time activities, day trips and overnight trips within the Council region.

Length: 1 hour

For: New troop volunteers

Prerequisite: Getting Your Troop Started and Risk Management

Cost: Free

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Risk Management

Safety is the number one priority in Girl Scouts. View this online learning module and become familiar with Girl Scout safety guidelines. This is a required session for all volunteers working with girls.

Length: 30 minutes

For: Any registered Girl Scout volunteer working with girls

Prerequisite: Getting Your Troop Started

Cost: Free

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If you would like to receive credit for viewing this webinar, please complete the survey found here.

Service Unit Information Session

New troop volunteers will have a short information session with their service unit volunteer coordinator to learn about their service unit and volunteer support team.

Service unit volunteer coordinators will assist new troop volunteers with finding the resources and support they need to get their troops started.

Length: Varies

For: New troop volunteers

Prerequisite: Getting Your Troop Started

Cost: Free

American Safety and Health Institute First Aid/CPR/AED

This course covers adult and child CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), basic first aid, and how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). This is a two-year certification. Please take note that this class will not show up on your Girl Scout training record kept by the Council, so be sure to get your training card signed for your records.

Select the register buttons below to find a training that works for you.

Length: 4 hours

For: Any registered Girl Scout volunteer

Prerequisite: Must be a registered member

Cost: $45

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Parent and Caregiver Meeting

View this online learning session and learn how to plan a parent and caregiver meeting, carry out the meeting, and ask your parents and caregivers for support.

Length: 30 minutes

For: Any registered Girl Scout troop leader

Cost: Free

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Online Resources 

Conflict Management

The Conflict Management Course is an upbeat, interactive program that gives the learner multiple means of working through disagreements to create a stronger project, partnership, or team. Created by and for people involved in the Girl Scout movement, some of the topics are:

·         Definition of “Conflict”

·         5 Whys

·         Differences in the way the two genders (generally) handle conflict

·         Guidelines on deciding when intervention is necessary

·         Conflict Styles – 5 styles all of which are appropriate sometimes

·         Taking care of your own “mood elevator”

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Elements of a Troop Meeting

Troop meetings are divided into six elements.  Learn how your troop can follow the six elements to stay organized and on track.

Length: 30 minutes

For: All volunteers

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101

Cost: Free


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Girl Scouting 101 Refresher

We’re so glad you’ve decided to be a Girl Scout Volunteer! Girl Scouts is an enriching and rewarding experience for both girls and adults. There’s so much to learn as a volunteer. We designed this video-based experience to get you started and support you on your journey.

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Outdoor Skill-Building Videos

Outdoor skill-building videos that can help volunteers give girls a sense of empowerment in the outdoors, show them how to use natural resources more wisely (including respecting our environment and wildlife), and help them become lifelong stewards of the land and our natural resources.


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Purposeful Leadership

This series provides an opportunity to…

·         Identify your strengths as a leader

·         Share your own best practices around leading teams

·         Connect and converse with peers in the Movement

·         Discuss leadership topics such as:

o    Emotional intelligence

o    Leading/influencing without authority

o    Coaching in a way that shows caring without caretaking

o    Helping people with change

o    Having hard conversations

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Song Leading Mini-Workshop (Girl Scout Daisies)

In the spirit of anything to help get the girls singing, Girl Scout University offers you this song leading workshop – the first in a series of workshops for Girl Scouts of all ages. We hope it is helpful and encouraging to those of you who aren’t familiar with Girl Scout songs, those who may not be comfortable trying to sing with your young Girl Scouts or those who simply enjoy the fun and fellowship that singing brings. Jump into the fun of Girl Scout song!

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Song Leading Mini-Workshop (Girl Scout Brownies)

In the spirit of anything to help get the girls singing, Girl Scout University offers you this song leading workshop – the first in a series of workshops for Girl Scouts of all ages. We hope it is helpful and encouraging to those of you who aren’t familiar with Girl Scout songs, those who may not be comfortable trying to sing with your young Girl Scouts or those who simply enjoy the fun and fellowship that singing brings.

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The Story of Juliette Gordon Low

Girl Scouts University, National Historic Preservation Center, and The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace invite you to look into the life of our founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, to inspire and remind us why we serve in the Girl Scouts movement. Explore The Story of Juliette Gordon Low timeline. Be entertained with personal letters and accounts from close friends and family with our JGL video. Download the interactive JGL iBook.

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Troop Government

Every level of Girl Scouts uses some form of troop government.  Using troop government at your meetings gives girls the opportunity to learn responsibility, independence, and how to become leaders. Find out how you can use troop government at your next meeting.

Length: 30 minutes

For: New troop volunteers

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101

Cost: Free


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Venture Out!

Learn practical tips and tricks, read other volunteers’ stories, and explore the joys of taking girls outside with Venture Out!, a fun, interactive “outdoor” adventure made possible by GSUSA’s Elliott Wildlife Values Project.

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Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events

This online class provides a quick tour of Girl Scouting with an introduction to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). Find out how adults can inspire girls to become their best.

Length: 30 minutes

For: Series and event pathway volunteers

Prerequisite: Volunteer application and registration process

Cost: Free


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Volunteer Toolkit Training

Discover the Volunteer Toolkit and how it can help you successfully run and facilitate troop meetings with GSLE program at the Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, and Junior program level.  All levels can use the planning calendar to plan their Girl Scout year.

Length: 30 minutes

For: New troop volunteers

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101, Welcome to Colonial Coast, and Getting Your Troop Started

Cost: Free


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Support Team Courses 

Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning

This course focuses on developing facilitation skills that will prepare participants to deliver learning sessions to a group of adult learners utilizing the three learning styles and to become more comfortable with speaking in front of a group of people.

Length: 5–6 hours

For: Volunteers who want to be a Girl Scout Adult Learning Facilitator

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101, Volunteer and Adult Learning application

Cost: Free

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If you see a "No records to display" message after clicking the "Register" button below, this means there are currently no sessions available for this course.

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Events Coordinator Training

Learn how to coordinate the planning and implementation of event offerings that provide high-quality activities for girls using the Girl Scout National Program Portfolio and are aligned to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Length: 1 hour

For: Service Unit Events Coordinators

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101 and Volunteer Support Team Orientation

Cost: Free

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If you see a "No records to display" message after clicking the "Register" button below, this means there are currently no sessions available for this course.

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Placement Coordinator

Learn how to develop and implement an efficient placement process that ensures that girls and volunteers are placed.

Length:  1 hour

For:  Volunteers who want to be a School Liaison

Pre-requisite:  Girl Scouting 101

Cost:  Free

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If you would like to receive credit for viewing this webinar, please complete the survey found here.

Recruitment Champion

View this webinar and you will learn how to develop the skills to market Girl Scouts in the local community.

Length: 1 hour

For: Volunteers who want to be a Recruitment Champion

Pre-requisite: Girl Scouting 101

Cost: Free

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If you would like to receive credit for viewing this webinar, please complete the survey found here.

School Liason

This session provides guidelines for cultivating relationships with school administration and parent organizations.

Length:  1 hour

For:  Volunteers who want to be a School Liaison

Pre-requisite:  Girl Scouting 101

Cost:  Free

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If you would like to receive credit for viewing this webinar, please complete the survey found here.

Service Unit Camp Coordinator Training

Learn about the responsibilities of the Service Unit Camp Coordinator.

Length: 30 minutes

For: Service Unit Camp Coordinators

Pre-requisite: Volunteer Support Team Orientation

Cost:  Free

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If you would like to receive credit for viewing this webinar, please complete the survey found here.

Service Unit Delegate and Alternate Delegate Training

Learn how to coordinate the planning and implementation of event offerings that provide high-quality activities for girls using the Girl Scout National Program Portfolio and are aligned to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Length: 2 hours (webinar is 1 hour)

For: Service Unit Delegates and Alternate Delegates

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101

Cost: Free

Note:
If you see a "No records to display" message after clicking the "View Webinar" button below, this means there are currently no sessions available for this course.

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Service Unit Delegate Chair Training

Learn how to coordinate the planning and implementation of event offerings that provide high-quality activities for girls using the Girl Scout National Program Portfolio and are aligned to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Length: 2 hours (webinar is 1 hour)

For: Service Unit Delegates Chairs

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101

Cost: Free

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If you see a "No records to display" message after clicking the "Register" button below, this means there are currently no sessions available for this course.

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If you would like to receive credit for viewing this webinar, please complete the survey found here.

 

Volunteer Coordinator Training

New troop leaders need a lot of support and guidance as they start their troops and learn about Girl Scouts. Learn how to provide the support and resources troop volunteers need to be successful.

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Volunteer Support Team Orientation

This online learning session is for anyone who holds a position on a service unit volunteer support team. It is an overview of how an effective volunteer support team operates and gives you the introduction you need to understand your role in the successful delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in your service unit. You will learn the five essential functions of a service unit as well as identify the core positions and support positions of a volunteer support team and know how to find resources that will help you with effective communication, conflict management and containment.

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Outdoor Courses 

Archery Instructor Course

This course will teach you the basic steps of shooting, preparing you to instruct archery courses for Girl Scout groups.

Length: 6 hours

For: Any registered Girl Scout volunteer and girls over the age of 15.

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101

Cost: $40

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button below, this means there are currently no sessions available for this course.

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Camp Darden Challenge Course Facilitator Course

By completing this class, you be qualified to work with girls on the GSCCC Camp Darden low ropes challenge course. You will learn Girl Scout activities that are appropriate to do with Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and adults, on the ground as well as on the challenge course. Learn games that will build self-esteem, encourage teamwork, teach conflict resolution, and enhance communication and problem-solving skills. You will also learn activities on fixed initiatives and low ropes course elements while learning spotting techniques, how to use the obstacles and elements while making safety a priority. Note: This class will qualify you to work with girls on the Camp Darden low ropes challenge course only. A class for the Camp Skimino challenge course is offered separately.

Length: 8 hours

For: Any registered Girl Scout volunteer age 18 or older

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101

Cost: $15

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If you see a "No records to display" message after clicking the "Register" button below, this means there are currently no sessions available for this course.

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Camp Skimino Challenge Course Facilitator Course

By completing this class, you be qualified to work with girls on the GSCCC Camp Skimino low ropes challenge course. You will learn Girl Scout activities that are appropriate to do with Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and adults, on the ground as well as on the challenge course. Learn games that will build self-esteem, encourage teamwork, teach conflict resolution, and enhance communication and problem-solving skills. You will also learn activities on fixed initiatives and low ropes course elements while learning spotting techniques, how to use the obstacles and elements while making safety a priority. Note: This class will qualify you to work with girls on the Camp Skimino low ropes challenge course only. A class for the Camp Darden challenge course is offered separately.

Length: 8 hours

For: Any registered Girl Scout volunteer age 18 or older

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101

Cost: $15

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If you see a "No records to display" message after clicking the "Register" button below, this means there are currently no sessions available for this course.

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GSCCC Canoe Course

This course will provide the volunteer with the basic understanding of the responsibilities of a canoe instructor for taking girls out canoeing on flatwater. In addition, the volunteers will learn how to locate resource materials that assist them in planning their canoe trip or outing. Completion of this course will allow participants to instruct canoeing on all of the GSCCC properties and flatwater bodies of water.

Length: 9 hours

For: Any registered Girl Scout volunteer age 18 or older

Prerequisite: Participants must be able to swim and tread water for 10 minutes.

Cost: $20

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Outdoor I

The course will prepare volunteers to introduce girls to outside adventures. Emphasis is on knowledge of outdoor skills: meal planning and preparation (involving actual cooking/clean up), use of kaper charts, propane stoves, knot tying, knife safety and protection of the natural world. You will be preparing a one-pot entrée on a propane stove, cooking using foil over charcoal, and prepare a no-cook recipe. Plan to eat during this course.

Length: 4 hours

For: Adult volunteers planning an overnight stay with girls in a walled facility

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101, Out and About, Risk Management

Cost: $10

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Outdoor I and II: Combined Course

This course will prepare volunteers to introduce girls to outside adventures. Volunteers will gain the skills and knowledge to accompany the girls on a camping trip. Emphasis is on knowledge of outdoor skills: meal planning and preparation (involving actual cooking/clean up), use of kaper charts, cooking on propane stoves as well as over charcoal, knot tying, knife safety, setting up your campsite, group cooking safety, and protection of the natural world. Campfire program, ecology and night activities are introduced. Participants will sleep overnight in platform tents depending on available resources. At the completion of this course, volunteers will be able to cook using propane and charcoal, and build a ceremonial campfire.

Length: Pre-course – 3 hours (choose only one), plus overnight

For: Adult volunteers planning camping trips with girls

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101, Out and About, Risk Management

Cost: $5 plus the cost of menu (determined by patrols)

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If you see a "No records to display" message after clicking the "Register" link below, this means there are currently no sessions available for this course.


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Outdoor III: Advanced Camping

This two-part course is designed for adults with camping experience to learn advanced cooking methods, program and outdoor skills. Emphasis is on advanced lashing, compass skills and nature exploration. Attendance at a pre-course planning session is required. The planning session will cover what items to bring, menu, and other details pertaining to the overnight portion of the course.

Length: Pre-course 3 hours, Overnight 27 hours

For: Adult volunteers planning primitive camping trips with girls

Prerequisite: Outdoor II: Basic Troop Camping

Cost: $5 plus the cost of menu (determined by patrols)

Note:
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Outdoor IV: Backpacking

This two-part course is designed for adults with camping experience to learn advanced cooking methods, program and outdoor skills. Emphasis is on advanced lashing, compass skills and nature exploration. Attendance at a pre-course planning session is required. The planning session will cover what items to bring, menu, and other details pertaining to the overnight portion of the course.

Length: Pre-course 3 hours, Overnight 27 hours

For: Adult volunteers planning primitive camping trips with girls

Prerequisite: Outdoor II: Basic Troop Camping

Cost: $5 plus the cost of menu (determined by patrols)

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Enrichment Courses 

American Safety and Health Institute First Aid/CPR/AED

This course covers adult and child CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), basic first aid, and how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). This is a two-year certification. Please take note that this class will not show up on your Girl Scout training record kept by the Council, so be sure to get your training card signed for your records.

Select the register buttons below to find a training that works for you.

Length: 4 hours

For: Any registered Girl Scout volunteer

Prerequisite: Must be a registered member

Cost: $45

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Darkness to Light (Sexual Abuse Prevention)

Adults will learn seven steps to preventing, recognizing and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse in the three-hour training session. This course is given by the Protecting Children Foundation and for adults only.

Length: 3 hours

For: Any registered Girl Scout adult

Cost: $5.00 (includes light refreshments)

Note:
If you see a "No records to display" message after clicking the "Register" button below, this means there are currently no sessions available for this course.

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Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning

This course focuses on developing facilitation skills that will prepare participants to deliver learning sessions to a group of adult learners utilizing the three learning styles and to become more comfortable with speaking in front of a group of people.

Length: 5–6 hours

For: Volunteers who want to be a Girl Scout Adult Learning Facilitator

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101, Volunteer and Adult Learning application

Cost: Free

Note:
If you see a "No records to display" message after clicking the "Register" button below, this means there are currently no sessions available for this course.

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Money-Earning Basics

Learn about money-earning basics.

Length:  30 minutes

For:  All volunteers

Prerequisite:  Girl Scouting 101

Cost: Free

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If you would like to receive credit for viewing this webinar, please complete the survey found here.

 

Purposeful Leadership

This series provides an opportunity to…

·         Identify your strengths as a leader

·         Share your own best practices around leading teams

·         Connect and converse with peers in the Movement

·         Discuss leadership topics such as:

o    Emotional intelligence

o    Leading/influencing without authority

o    Coaching in a way that shows caring without caretaking

o    Helping people with change

o    Having hard conversations

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Swim Watcher

This online course is for troop or group volunteers engaging in activities on or near the water.

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Techbridge Workshop

This workshop introduces volunteers to a science program in-a-box. Techbridge kits come complete with all lesson plans and supplies. This program is a fun, hands-on supplement to group meetings or service unit events.

Length: 2 hours

For: Any registered Girl Scout volunteer

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101 or Volunteering for Girl Scouts Series & Events

Cost: Free

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If you see a "No records to display" message after clicking the "Register" button below, this means there are currently no sessions available for this course.

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Troop Organization Tips

Learn creative ways to organize troop paperwork and finances, keep track of girl awards and delegate responsibilities among the girls through the use of a Kaper Chart.

Length: 1.5-2 hours

For: Volunteers

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101

Cost: $2

Note:
If you see a "No records to display" message after clicking the "Register" button below, this means there are currently no sessions available for this course.

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Wilderness First Aid

Go beyond basic first aid to learn how to care for injuries and illnesses that occur when help may not show up for a while. Whether camping out for the weekend or surviving a disaster, the Wilderness First Aid course teaches you how to deal with emergencies. GSUSA/BSA/ACA approved!

Length: 16 hours

For: Any registered Girl Scout volunteer 18 years or older

Prerequisite: CPR

Cost: $85

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Outdoor Progression Webinar Recording

This webinar will review the Outdoor Progression steps and provide suggestions of what you can do with your girls for each step.

Length: 30 minutes

For: All volunteers

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101

Cost: Free

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If you would like to receive credit for viewing this webinar, please complete the survey found here.

Girl Scout Bridging

Do you have at least one girl in your troop who will be bridging to the next Girl Scout level? If so, view this webinar on Girl Scout bridging. Learn about the bridging steps as well as the awards the girls can earn.

Length: 30 minutes

For: All volunteers

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101

Cost: Free

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If you would like to receive credit for viewing this webinar, please complete the survey found here.

Volunteer Toolkit—Finance Tab

Learn how to submit the Annual Finance Report using the Finances tab on the Volunteer Toolkit.

Length: 15 minutes
For: Service unit finance coordinators, troop leaders, and troop treasurers
Cost: Free

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