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Q. Why must I attend training?

A. GSGLA provides adult learning classes to ensure that adult volunteers have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide a safe and meaningful Girl Scout experience for girls.

Q. What do I need to bring with me to training?

A. Please bring a pen or pencil, your Volunteer Essentials binder and any books such as Journeys and Girls Guide to Girl Scouting handbooks you may have. While GSGLA tries to have all resource materials available, at some locations it may not be possible.

Q. What do I need to do to prepare for the class?

A. Read the Quick Start Guide in Volunteer Essentials and be familiar with Chapter 4: Safety-Wise in Volunteer Essentials. Arrive before the class starts, and please, do not bring children, we are not able to provide child care services during the classes.

Q. Do I need to wear a uniform?

A. While Girl Scouts is a uniformed organization, we do not require adults to wear a uniform unless you want to.

Q. What if I need to arrive later or leave early?

A. Please communicate with the facilitator if you need to arrive late or leave early. If more than 15 minutes either way then you probably will not receive credit for the course and will need to re-take the course or reschedule.

Q. How do I register for courses?

A. You can register online through your eBiz account, through the Adult Learning Calendar, or by submitting the training registration form.

Q. Can I bring my co-leader with me?

A. Certainly. Your co-leader should register separately for the course using their eBiz account. By registering for the course, the facilitator will know how many participants to prepare for or whether the course wiil be held or cancelled because the minimum number of registrations were or were not met.

Q. Do you need to be a troop leader to attend or are classes open to interested parents?

A. Classes are open to anyone who wants to attend.

Q. What does it cost?

A. Most courses are free of charge. Some courses such as First Aid, CPR, and Outdoor Education Level 2, or Outdoor Level 3 (Overnight) courses do have a cost. Refer eBiz or the adult learning calendar for fees.

Q. What are the training perquisites to become a leader?

A. To become a leader, you are required to attend a Welcome Session, submit an online Volunteer Application, Background Check, view Girl Scouting 101, attend a Council Orientation class. Click here for full details and links to become a troop leader/co-leader.

Q. If I attended training at another council, do I need to retake the training?

A. You will not be required to retake the training as long as the same standard was used and we have verification from that council.

Q. Can a troop attend a campout if they don’t have anyone in the troop who is trained for overnight camping?

A. To participate in an overnight camping experience, a troop must be accompanied by an adult who has received all three Outdoor Education trainings and has completed a Volunteer Application and a background check.

Q. Does every troop need to have an adult volunteer who is trained in First Aid for their troop meetings?   

A. Although it is not required, it is highly recommended. Register for a class through eBiz.

Q. If I don't have a troop and I just want to volunteer in another capacity, do I still need to take the required training?

A. Depending on your pathway contact your nearest Volunteer Development Specialist.


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