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Training

Welcome to your one-stop training spot! Here you will find a breakdown of all trainings - both essential (required), and enrichment learning courses!

Trainers Needed

There are different options to take training courses to fit into your busy schedule:

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On Demand Training Webinars - these are available anytime, you can take them at your leisure. You can find them all on this page!

Having Trouble With The Webinars?

Because the webinars are built with Flash, they may not be compatible with many Apple products (iphones, ipads, or older mac computers.) For Google Chrome users, there was a recent update that disabled Flash. But this can be easily fixed in the settings. Just open a new and tab type "chrome://plugins" Look for the Adobe Flash Player box and check “always allowed to run.”
It will look like this. Still not working, there is an alternate fix found here.

 

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Training Sessions - we offer a variety of in-person, hands-on trainings to enrich your Girl Scout experience and knowledge! You can register for these events and find them using our event list, or just click the links below!

Note: If you do not see any available sessions for a training you are interested in taking, check back frequently as we are continually adding opportunities to our event calendar.
 

Required Trainings -  
 

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Girl Scouting 101 – This online course is required for all volunteers before starting a volunteer position and is your orientation into Girl Scout world! (45 minutes). Please allow two weeks to receive a certificate of completion via email.
 

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Managing Troops & Groups Webinar – Are you a new volunteer who will be working with troops and groups? This online training is required for you! Adults will learn about the Girl Scout Program as well as the essential information needed when managing a troop. Take this training within three months of meeting with your troop. Your certificate of completion will appear at the end of the training. Please print a copy and/or save it to your computer for your records.

                                                                            

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New Leader Orientation -

Part 1: Video - This online video is an introduction to Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. Watch this video before your in-person (part 2) orientation with a service unit volunteer. (20 minutes) There is not a certificate for this training.

Part 2: In-Person - This will be your in person introduction to your local Girl Scout Service Unit. A Service Unit Volunteer will meet with you to help answer questions, assist with paperwork and account setup, and familiarize you with local Girl Scout activities, events, and opportunities. Expect someone from your Service Unit to reach out to you shortly after your background check has been processed and cleared to schedule your orientation.
 

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Working with Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts

This training session will introduce leaders to resources and processes to help them succeed as Girl Scout leaders to Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Take this training within three months of meeting with your Troop.

Check back frequently as new sessions are continually being added to our event calendar.

This training can now be taken online! Click the grade level on-
demand webinar below:


Working with Daisies
Working with Brownies
Working with Juniors

Your certificate of completion will appear at the end of the training. Please print a copy and/or save it to your computer for your records.

 

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Working with Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts – This training session will introduce leaders to resources and processes to help them succeed as Girl Scout leaders to Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Take this training within three months of meeting with your Troop.

Check back frequently as new sessions are continually being added to our event calendar.

This training can now be taken online! Click here for the on-demand webinar.

Your certificate of completion will appear at the end of the training. Please print a copy and/or save it to your computer for your records.
 

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Traveling Troops Webinar – Are you looking to plan a trip with your girls? This online course is required for you! The course will cover progression in Girl Scout travel, girl and adult roles in planning trips, required documents, and basics on finances and budgeting as well as guidance on how to respond to emergencies. Take this training within three months of meeting with your Troop.

Your certificate of completion will appear at the end of the training. Please print a copy and/or save it to your computer for your records.

Outdoor Trainings -  
 

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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.

There is no certificate for this training. 
 

NEW Outdoor Videos for Volunteers - Use these videos to 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.

Step by step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls

Taking the Journeys Outside

Planning Your Troop’s First Campout

Introduction to Campsite Set-up

Introduction to Cooking Outside

How to Leave No Trace Outdoors

Outdoor Songs and Games

Introduction to Fire Building

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First Aid & CPR Certification Training - This course provides knowledge and skills for emergency life-saving techniques involving infants, children, and adults. It is not required that you take a First Aid & CPR Training offered by GSWCF, but if you  do have the opportunity to attend a training offered elsewhere it must be with one of the approved organizations listed in Volunteer Essentials Ch. 4 Safety-wise. Please note: CPR courses that are offered entirely online do not satisfy Girl Scouts’ requirements.

Check back frequently as new sessions are continually being added to our event calendar!

 

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Stepping Out - This training will allow groups to participate in community, region and council sponsored outdoor activities when and where fire and food are provided at the event being attended. This training will not cover participants learning fire building skills. This training is required prior to attending an encampment where food and fire are provided. This training is a prerequisite for BOLT.

Your certificate of completion will appear at the end of the training. Please print a copy and/or save it to your computer for your records.
 

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Basic Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) - This course provides basic outdoor instruction for getting girls outside and interacting with nature. You’ll receive lots of helpful hints for their first outdoor experiences and avoid some common pitfalls. Stepping Out training (listed above) is a prerequisite for BOLT.
 

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Archery Certification - Learn how to safely handle bows, arrows, and manage your Girl Scouts at the same time!

Check back frequently as new sessions are continually being added to our event calendar!
 

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Kiln Certification - Learn the stages of ceramics from green ware to glazed pieces. Participants will pour molds, fire kilns, and explore the Safety Activity Checkpoints. This certification course is required for anyone using the kiln facilities at Girl Scouts of West Central Florida camps.

Check back frequently as new sessions are continually being added to our event calendar!
 

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Small Craft Safety: Canoe & Kayak Certification - Develop the skills to self-rescue and assist others. Practice small craft safety emergencies. This course is for adults who are swimmers and are skilled in canoe and kayak handling techniques.

Check back frequently as new sessions are continually being added to our event calendar!
 

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Advanced Camp Training - Take your camping experience one step further. Learn about girl/adult partnerships, advanced outdoor cooking skills, planning and preparedness skills, and gain an understanding of the Leave No Trace principles.

Check back frequently as new sessions are continually being added to our event calendar!
 

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Wilderness Training I, II & III - Want to take Girl Scouts on trips into the wilderness, including hiking on the Appalachian Trail? This course is made up of three training sessions which can each be taken separately from each other, but in consecutive order.Certification requires the completion of all three. Advanced Camp Training (listed above) is a prerequisite for Wilderness Training.

Check back frequently as new sessions are continually being added to our event calendar!
 

Topic-Related Learning Opportunities -  
 

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Take Action Webinar - This webinar describes the roles adult leaders take when guiding girls toward earning their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, and Journey Take Action projects. Participants will learn the benefits of take action projects and we will examine the roles of volunteers, girls, and the council while completing these projects.There is no certificate for this training.

Please refer to the following resources to accompany the webinar:

Take Action Webinar On Demand Booklet

Bronze Award, Silver Award, & Gold Award Volunteer Guides
 

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Bullying Webinar - As you know, bullying is a serious problem affecting youth in communities all across America and all adults have a role in helping to stop it. We are delivering this class so that each one of you has a better understanding of bullying and you are better equipped with the tools and resources to take action. Your certificate of completion will appear at the end of the training. Please print a copy and/or save it to your computer for your records.
 

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Digital Danger Webinar - In this training you will explore issues like cyber-bullying and safety while using social networking sites. You will learn ways to protect your child from online predators and other dangers of the digital age. Your certificate of completion will appear at the end of the training. Please print a copy and/or save it to your computer for your records.
 

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Hard Pill to Swallow Webinar - This workshop will cover topics around drug/alcohol use. You will cover items such as, why you matter, why kids use drugs/alcohol, what you can do about it, and the next steps to take. You will learn tips to communicate, monitor, and spot drug/alcohol use. Your certificate of completion will appear at the end of the training. Please print a copy and/or save it to your computer for your records.

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Getting Started with the VTK - Learn the basics of getting set up with this great time-saving digital tool. Use provided templates to plan your entire troop year and customize any part of it, track your troop finances, access your girl and family roster, stay in touch with parents and share meeting plan information, and so much more.  There is no certificate for this training.



Role-Specific Training -  

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Accounting Coordinators – This is a required course for you! In this course, you will learn how to oversee bank accounts and monthly financial reporting of all troops within your assigned jurisdiction.  There is no certificate for this training.
 

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Delegate Training – Do you serve in a governance capacity, as an official delegate? Then, this training is for you!  There is no certificate for this training.

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Volunteering for Girl Scout Series & Events – Are you an event volunteer? This training is for you! This course is required for all volunteers before starting a series or event volunteer position. This course will give you a run-down of information covered in Girl Scouting 101 with a focus on what volunteers for series and events REALLY need to know before getting out there!  There is no certificate for this training.
 

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Event/Camp/Series Coordinator Training – This training gives you the opportunity to experience planning a one to three day event for girls or a multi-day series. You will practice planning a Service Unit, regional, and council event following the necessary procedures. Individuals are appointed to this position. Completion of this course does not guarantee appointment. This training is valid for 2 years , after which you should take the “Refresher” training (below). Your certificate of completion will appear at the end of the training. Please print a copy and/or save it to your computer for your records.
 

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Refresher Event/Camp/Series Coordinator Training - In this course you will receive new updates for procedures and resources. This course will re-certify you as the Encampment Director or Event and Series Coordinator. This certification is only valid for 2 years, after which you will need to take the most recently updated “Refresher” training.  Individuals are appointed to the Event/Camp/Series Coordinator positions. Completion of this course will not guarantee appointment. Your certificate of completion will appear at the end of the training. Please print a copy and/or save it to your computer for your records.
 

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Service Unit Manager Training - This is a required course for you! In this course, you will learn basic responsibilities of the Service Unit Manager Position, how your role helps your Service Unit achieve various yearly goals, and brainstorm strategies for overcoming challenges facing your Service Unit. There is no certificate for this training.

IMPORTANT:  You must take the evaluation survey after watching the video in order to receive credit for the course. There is no certificate for this training.

 

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Facilitating Adult Learning - This course is for volunteers wanting to be an Adult Learning Facilitator. This course focuses on how to deliver a learning session to a group of adult learners. In this course you will learn ways to engage all learners, how to debrief a learning activity and how to conclude a session in a way to ensure application of learning.

Check back frequently as new sessions are continually being added to our event calendar There is no certificate for this training.
 

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Trainers Needed - To best serve more than 7,000 adults who serve more than 20,000 girls, dedicated volunteers like you are always needed to become council Adult Trainers. Let us know if you'd like to help support our efforts.

 

Girl Training -  
 

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Program Aide Training – This is a required course for older Girl Scouts who wish to volunteer and work with younger girls. This is an on-demand webinar training. Your certificate of completion will appear at the end of the training. Please print a copy and/or save it to your computer for your records. 

 

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