side menu icon

Training Info

Please see your position description to determine which of these trainings are appropriate for your position.

Required Trainings:

Within 1 – 3 months of appointment to a new troop:

Girl Scouting 101

This online session provides an overview of Girl Scouting, including our Promise and Law, Girl Scout Mission, history, introduction to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and Journey program. Complete this session at your convenience prior to attending Welcome to the Service Unit. To complete this session, go to:

Time: approx. 45 min



Welcome to the GSNEO Service Unit Orientation


This session provides information about "who’s who and what’s what" in the Girl Scout community where you live. You will be introduced to the local volunteer directory, find out when and where the local leader meetings are held, and learn about events for your girls that are planned and held in your community. To schedule a session, contact your Service Unit Director (SUD) or Community Membership Executive (CME). If you don’t know your SUD or CME, please email

Time: approx. 30 min



Troop Fundamentals


This course is designed to help Leaders in the Troop Pathway understand the roles and responsibilities of being a Girl Scout leader. The course covers effective methods of: obtaining parent/guardian support; incorporating important troop elements; practical techniques for girl-led, cooperative learning; and creating a learning-by-doing atmosphere. Additional topics covered are crisis and risk management, finances, planning and evaluating. Please visit the Training Calendar to register for this course.

Time: approx. 2.5 hours


When your troop is progressing to next age level:

Age Level - FUNdamentals                                                                                         

As girls progress through the grade levels it is required that at least one volunteer take the appropriate grade level course. These courses are listed as Daisy FUNdamentals, Brownie FUNdamentals, etc. in the Training Calendar.

Time: approx. 2.5 hours 

Before taking girls camping:

Outdoor Essentials                                                                                                       

Discover how to guide Girl Scout troops/groups to plan and execute an outdoor experience. Gain essential resources and knowledge needed to take girls on simple hikes, basic camping trips and overnights. Learn fire building, knots, knives, meal planning, and outdoor cooking skills. Share the knowledge, bring your troop co-leaders or camping parent. Please plan to take Outdoor Essentials 4-6 months prior to the troop campout. Dress for the weather and bring a mess kit (plate, silverware, cup, and mesh bag). Meals are included. Arrive a half an hour prior to the start of class.

Time: approx. 7-8 hours

Before taking girls on trips of 3 days or more:

Trip Planning                                                                                                               

A Girl Scout trip is an opportunity to experience fun, adventure, and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Planning, Girl Scout insurance and all required paperwork will be explained. Who should attend? Required for troop leaders and co-leaders wanting to take trips of 3 nights or more, or any trip outside of GSNEO jurisdiction.

Time: approx. 2.5 hours

Highly Recommended Trainings:


Finding Fun in the Journeys                                                                                     

Explore a variety of age levels, topics, and how leaders are using the Journeys with their girls to have fun. Learn how to use the activities in the books for conversation starters on a variety of girl issues and activities. Learn to discover, connect, and take action with Journey resources. It is highly recommended that new leaders take this within 3-6 months of appointment to the troop leader position.

Time: approx. 2.5 hours


Overnight Experience                                                                                                                 

Come experience camp after dark while practicing out door skills hands-on. Learn how to have a fun, successful, overnight outdoor experience with girls. Share the fun, encourage a second adult (co-leader or camping parent) to register with you. Experienced volunteers will share tips and techniques, songs, games, ceremonies and more. Dress for the weather and bring a sleeping bag, personal gear, and mess kit (plate, silverware, cup and mesh bag). Meals are included.

Time: 12 hours


First Aid/CPR                                                                                                                    

An individual trained in First Aid and CPR must be present at any Girl Scout troop, group, or service unit event where there is a potential for injury. All troops must have a trained First Aider before they have any meeting outside of their standard meeting area.

Time: approx. 5 hours