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Learning Opportunities for Volunteers

Learning Opportunities

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.

 

gsLearn and other courses

If you are a registered member with a background check and a valid email, you can access gsLearn via instructions below. Only these volunteers will have access to gsLearn. Sign in to gsLearn through the website with MY GS sign in login information. Once you log in, click MY ACCOUNT at the top, and then click gsLearn on the left.

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The learning management system, gsLearn, will give volunteers more just-in-time online learning opportunities, and the ability to track all your accomplishments! Learn at your own pace, access additional resources, and repeat info when you need it!

New Volunteer Courses

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

Cost: Free

Contact your service unit volunteer coordinator to schedule an information session.

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

Register

Online Resources 

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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Outdoor Courses 

Climbing Wall Instructor Course

By completing this course, you will be qualified to work with girls on the Climbing Wall at Camp Darden or Camp Skimino.  You will learn how to self-belay using the auto belay system. The climbing wall is 25 feet high. This course will be fun as well as challenging. 

Pre-Requisite: This is an instructor course.  Participants must have been active on the Low Ropes Challenge Course at Camp Skimino or Camp Darden during the past year.  Participants must weigh less than 300 pounds.  

To register for this course, sign in to MY EVENTS through the website with MY GS sign in login information. Once you log in, click MY ACCOUNT at the top, click MY EVENTS on the left, click Register for another event, enter 23322 for the zip code, and then enter/return to search. Scroll through the pages to find the course.

High Ropes Instructor Course

This course will prepare you to facilitate the Camp Skimino High Ropes Course. During this course, you will learn how to prepare participants for a high ropes challenge, set up and take down the challenge course and to successfully lead participants through the elements.  Newly trained instructors will be evaluated and a decision will be made by the lead facilitator if the newly trained instructor is ready to instruct girls on the course. 

Pre-requisite: This is an instructor course. Each participant must have attended a Challenge Course training. Each participant must be able to do the high ropes challenge course and must be 18 years old at the time of the course.  

To register for this course, sign in to MY EVENTS through the website with MY GS sign in login information. Once you log in, click MY ACCOUNT at the top, click MY EVENTS on the left, click Register for another event, enter 23322 for the zip code, and then enter/return to search. Scroll through the pages to find the course.

Archery Instructor Course

During this course, you will learn the basic steps of shooting as well as the safety measures you must take while instructing girls in archery. In addition, you will learn how to set up and take down the archery range. Once you have completed the Archery Instructor Certification Course, you will be able to share your passion for archery with girls. Certification is through USA Archery and valid for three years.

To register for this course, sign in to MY EVENTS through the website with MY GS sign in login information. Once you log in, click MY ACCOUNT at the top, click MY EVENTS on the left, click Register for another event, enter 23322 for the zip code, and then enter/return to search. Scroll through the pages to find the course.

Challenge Course/Low Ropes Instructor Course

Attend the Challenge Course/Low Ropes Instructor training, and you will learn games that will build self-esteem, encourage teamwork, teach conflict resolution, and enhance communication and problem-solving. Learn how to instruct girls on the fixed elements as well as spotting techniques while making safety a priority. The Challenge Course/Low Ropes Instructor Course does not need to be retaken annually if the volunteer is active on the course at least eight hours during the membership year (October 1 – September 30).

All instructors must complete submit the Challenge Course/Low Ropes Instructor Record to customercare@gsccc.org. Attend the Challenge Course/Low Ropes Instructor training at one camp, and you will be covered for both Camp Skimino and Camp Darden.

To register for this course, sign in to MY EVENTS through the website with MY GS sign in login information. Once you log in, click MY ACCOUNT at the top, click MY EVENTS on the left, click Register for another event, enter 23322 for the zip code, and then enter/return to search. Scroll through the pages to find the course.

GSCCC Canoe Course

Attend the Canoe Instructor Course and learn the basic understanding of the responsibilities of a canoe instructor for taking girls out canoeing on GSCCC properties and flatwater bodies of water. The Canoe Instructor Course does not need to be retaken if the volunteer is active on the course at least eight hours during the membership year (October 1 – September 30). All instructors must complete and submit the Canoe Instructor Record to: customercare@gsccc.org.

To register for this course, sign in to MY EVENTS through the website with MY GS sign in login information. Once you log in, click MY ACCOUNT at the top, click MY EVENTS on the left, click Register for another event, enter 23322 for the zip code, and then enter/return to search. Scroll through the pages to find the course.

Outdoor 1: Cabin Camping

Outdoor I 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. Completing Outdoor I will allow you to sleep in cabins and cook using propane and charcoal.

To register for this course, sign in to MY EVENTS through the website with MY GS sign in login information. Once you log in, click MY ACCOUNT at the top, click MY EVENTS on the left, click Register for another event, enter 23322 for the zip code, and then enter/return to search. Scroll through the pages to find the course.

Outdoor II: Basic Troop Camping

Prerequisite: Outdoor I

This course will prepare volunteers to take their girls on a camping trip.

At the end of this learning course, participants will learn:

• About forming patrols
• The importance of using Kaper Charts
• About meal planning and preparation
• Different ways of cooking (propane, charcoal)
• How to start a wood fire for a ceremonial campfire (all camp)
• What equipment is needed for a campout
• How to set-up the campsite
• About the Leave No Trace Principles
• Night activities to share with the girls

After successfully completing this course, volunteers will be able to camp in tents or hammocks, use propane and charcoal for cooking, and have a ceremonial campfire using wood.

To register for this course, sign in to MY EVENTS through the website with MY GS sign in login information. Once you log in, click MY ACCOUNT at the top, click MY EVENTS on the left, click Register for another event, enter 23322 for the zip code, and then enter/return to search. Scroll through the pages to find the course.

Outdoor III: Advance 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.

To register for this course, sign in to MY EVENTS through the website with MY GS sign in login information. Once you log in, click MY ACCOUNT at the top, click MY EVENTS on the left, click Register for another event, enter 23322 for the zip code, and then enter/return to search. Scroll through the pages to find the course.

Outdoor IV: Backpacking

Are your Girl Scouts ready to expand their outdoor skills and try their hand at backpacking? This course will teach you the skills needed to safely take your girls out on the trails. Hike location will vary depending on seasonal weather conditions. Typically, the hikes are about eight miles total for the weekend (Saturday and Sunday).

To register for this course, sign in to MY EVENTS through the website with MY GS sign in login information. Once you log in, click MY ACCOUNT at the top, click MY EVENTS on the left, click Register for another event, enter 23322 for the zip code, and then enter/return to search. Scroll through the pages to find the course.

Axe Throwing Instructor Course

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to instruct girls on axe throwing.

To register for this course, sign in to MY EVENTS through the website with MY GS sign in login information. Once you log in, click MY ACCOUNT at the top, click MY EVENTS on the left, click Register for another event, enter 23322 for the zip code, and then enter/return to search. Scroll through the pages to find the course.

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

Register

Effective Facilitating Adult Learning

Do you want to share your knowledge of Girl Scouts with other adults? This course focuses on how to deliver a successful training class to volunteers. You will learn about the Adult Learning Theory and how to apply your newly acquired skills.

Once you have completed this course, you will be an apprentice adult learning facilitator and begin your facilitator journey. If you are interested in becoming an adult learning facilitator or have questions, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

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