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Volunteer Training

You’ve completed the volunteer registration and background check, next up training! Let’s get you prepared for a great year ahead.

Training By Request! Girl Scouts Heart of the South schedules a variety of training dates and locations, but we know that volunteers may need other options. That is why we are pleased to offer you Training By Request! This opportunity allows service unit, troop leaders or parents who are looking to become skilled in a specific training to schedule one that fits with their busy schedules.

There is a 10 person minimum and the ability to fulfill the request depends on availability of a council facilitator.

Please submit an online Request a Training at least 4 – 6 weeks prior to requested day, based on the training requesting.  

Required Volunteer Training

Girl Scouting 101 and Volunteer Basics introduces you to Girl Scouts, the history, tradition and resources available to you. These are required trainings that you must complete prior to your first troop meeting.  

Girl Scouting 101      |      45 minutes      |      Online only

This 45-minute Girl Scouts of the USA online session provides an overview of Girl Scouting today.  It includes the fundamentals of Girl Scouting – the Promise and Law, Girl Scout Mission and history, an introduction to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and the Journeys program.  Complete this session at your convenience prior to attending Volunteer Basics.(45 minutes)

Click here to begin Girl Scouting 101

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Volunteer Basics    |    2 hours    |   Webinar, In Person

Learn more about Girl Scouts as a movement and our rich tradition in this 2 hour training session. Your adventure starts by learning about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, the Volunteer Toolkit and program resources available to make your journey, and that of the girls, a memorable one. You will also get other program basics such as how to keep girls safe, taking trips and hosting events, helping girls manage group finances, getting parents involved, and how to plan and hold troop meetings.

The content in this training comes from the Volunteer Essentials guide. Please download and save prior to participating in the training. 

This is a required training before you start meeting with girls.

See calendar for upcoming Volunteer Basics webinar and in person trainings.

Safety and First Aid/CPR

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our girls.  Having at least one adult First Aid/CPR certified is a requirement for every troop so that everyone can be safe while having the fun adventures together.  

First Aid/ CPR

American Red Cross CPR and First Aid courses are offered to volunteers through the council at a special discount price. To serve as a "Level 1 First Aider" for a troop, a volunteer must have both certifications. CPR certification is a prerequisite for First Aid certification. The cost for the First Aid/CPR training covers the manual, supplies and certification card. Certification lasts for 2 years. Please dress comfortably as skills are performed on the floor.

Cost: $50

 Click here to view our First Aid/CPR training courses to get started.

Wilderness First Aid Basics

Wilderness First Aid Basics is an American Red Cross course designed to serve as an educational resource for those involved in activities that take them beyond the scope of traditional urban emergency services.  In these cases, emergency care is delayed until help can be notified and rescuers can reach the intended patient. 

This course helps provide the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with these emergencies until more advanced care can be provided.  The training manuals will be mailed after the course fee has been paid.

Participants must be at least 15 years old. 

CPR is a prerequisite for this course. 

Participants that successfully complete the 16 hour course (pre-course assignment and three sessions) qualify to serve as a Level 2 First-Aider.

 Participants must attend all three sessions, demonstrate practical skills and successfully complete a written test. 

Wilderness First Aid Basics certification is 3 years.

Request this training! Submit an online Request a Training form [anchor hyperlink to: Request a Training custom made embedded form at bottom of page]at least 6 weeks prior to your desired date and we’ll work on getting it scheduled.

Cost: $40 for all three sessions. Cost includes the training manuals, certification card and supplies.

Cookie and MagNut Trainings

The Girl Scout Cookie or MagNut Program allows girls to learn and earn! Our Product Sales Trainings help you have an easy and enjoyable experience, walking you step by step through logging on to submitting your final orders.

We’re busy planning our 2016 MagNut Program and 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Check back soon for these trainings. 

MagNut Program

Troop Nut-E “Starting Your Sale” Webinar – COMING SOON!

Troop Nut-E “Finalizing Your Sale” Webinar - COMING SOON!

Service Unit MagNut Manager and Nut-E Webinar - COMING SOON!

Cookie Program

Troop eBudde “Starting Your Sale” Webinar - COMING SOON!

Troop eBudde “Finalizing Your Sale” Webinar - COMING SOON!

Service Unit Cookie Manager eBudde Webinar - COMING SOON!

Outdoor Skills and Certifications

Love the great outdoors? Us too. And depending on the super fun outdoor activities we have planned you may need at least one adult per troop to complete Event Camp License training or Troop Camp License before you arrive at camp! 

Troop Camp License Training (TCL)

This training has been designed for leaders that want to learn by experience before leading their troop through all phases of the planning, preparations and actual camping experience. This deluxe course will give you the knowledge and skills needed for either lodge, cabin, or tent camping and will include cooking most meals for the weekend over an open fire. This training includes all basic outdoor skills and is for all levels of leaders. Training is done over a weekend. There is no prerequisite for this course.  

Request this training! Submit an online Request a Training form [anchor hyperlink to: Request a Training custom made embedded form at bottom of page] at least 6 weeks prior to your desired date and we’ll work on getting it scheduled.

Cost: $25, includes cost of food that you will cook and training materials.

See calendar for upcoming Troop Camp License Trainings.


Event Camp License Training (ECL)

This session is designed for those who want to take their troop/group to a camporee, Service Unit camp-out or council camp-out or an indoor camping facility, like one of our lodges. This training is designed for groups attending events where there is food service. You will not be trained on fire building or outdoor cooking. Training is approximately 1.5 - 2 hours.  Each person will need comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for camping and a sack lunch and beverage.

Request this training! Submit an online Request a Training form [anchor hyperlink to: Request a Training custom made embedded form at bottom of page]at least 4 weeks prior to your desired date and we’ll work on getting it scheduled.

Cost: $10, includes cost of materials


Advanced Camp/ Backpack License Training (ABL)

The ABL qualifies a person to take a group/troop on a hiking/backpacking trip to primitive areas where there are no bathroom facilities or provided water.  We will show you proper equipment use, waste disposal, water filtration, map and compass skills, emergency procedures, and meal planning.

The training will consist of a prep meeting overnight and one night on the trail.  We will start at one of the council leadership centers, and then travel to the Sipsey Wilderness in Alabama or Land Between the Lakes in Tennessee.

Equipment is included in the cost of the training.

TCL is a pre-requisite for this course.

Request this training! Submit an online Request a Training form [anchor hyperlink to: Request a Training custom made embedded form at bottom of page]at least 6 weeks prior to your desired date and we’ll work on getting it scheduled.

Cost:  $25 per person includes meals, training materials and equipment fee.

Girl Scout Gold Award Training

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges you to change the world—or at least your corner of it, and be eligible for college scholarships, too. By the time she put the final touches on her seven-step project, she'll have solved a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future.   

This training will help guide you, and your advisor, on your journey toward earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. You all will learn about the requirements, the new online portal, timing of your projects, and deadlines.  

Training is MANDATORY for any girl who wishes to pursue earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Cost: $10

See calendar for upcoming Girl Scout Gold Award Trainings.

Enrichment Courses

The council offers a number of enrichment opportunities for volunteers. Some of these include Crafts and SWAPs, Songs and Games, Ceremonies and Traditions and enrichment for the different grade levels.

Cost: varies 

Take your leadership experience a step further with hands-on enrichment sessions.  Select from various classes such as “Ceremonies and Traditions” to bringing out the little girl in you with “Sing It!  Play It!”.   These are best when you are able to train face-to-face with other volunteers and it helps to prepare you to work with a group.

Request this training! Submit an online Request a Training form [anchor hyperlink to: Request a Training custom made embedded form at bottom of page]at least 4 weeks prior to your desired date and we’ll work on getting it scheduled. 

Additional Money Earning Opportunities

In this course, we will discuss what options are available for girls to earn additional money to support their ideas, plans, and budgets.  We will talk about what is appropriate for the different grade levels, how to obtain approval, and how additional money earning works in coordination with council-sponsored sales.


Ceremonies and Traditions

Celebrating Girl Scout traditions connects girls to one another, to their sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world, and to the generations of girls who were Girl Scouts before them.  One of those special traditions that help to bind Girl Scouts together is ceremonies.   They can be major events, like bridging to the next program age level, receiving your Girl Scout Pin or less formal, such as, beginning or ending your meetings. 

Every Girl Scout ceremony allows girls to share in a special part of Girl Scout history and to create their own special memories, and to have fun.  Join us as we pass along some of those wonderful traditions and learn how to plan and conduct a Girl Scout ceremony.


End of the Year Ceremonies

Ceremonies are an important part of the Girl Scout tradition, and are a great way to ensure that girls have fond memories of their time in Girl Scouting.  In this session, volunteers will learn how to plan fun and successful ceremonies with girls throughout the year; but will focus mainly on Court of Awards.  Court of Awards is the yearend ceremony which highlights the girls achievements over the past year.  This will include some time focusing specifically on awards and bridging ceremonies, as well as, creative ways to present girl awards and recognize the contributions of troop volunteers.


Girl Scouts Attention!  (Flag Ceremonies and Protocol)

Do you know the history of the flag?  Do you know how to properly handle and display the flag?  For more than 200 years, the American flag has been the symbol of our nation’s strength and unity.  It’s been a source of pride and inspiration for millions of citizens, as well as it has been a prominent icon in our national history.  Learn how to properly honor the flag in different types of flag ceremonies, how to perform the Pledge of Allegiance in Sign Language, and even do a craft and swaps pertaining to the flag.  As an extra bonus get information on how to get a flag for your troop at no cost.  


Leadership Lounge for Service Team Members

Leadership lounge is a time for volunteers to get together to share ideas, enjoy refreshments, collect resources, listen to guest speakers, and most of all, have fun and build a better adult Girl Scout experience.  Each lounge explores a different topic which is picked by the volunteers.


Make It!  Trade It!  (Crafts and SWAPS)

Girl Scouting is designed to help girls grow into leaders of Courage, Confidence, and Character.   Part of that process includes fun activities such as crafts made from recyclable items and creating great SWAPS.    SWAPS are pins that Girl Scouts make to trade with each other to promote friendship.   


Managing Conflicts & Challenging Behavior

This session is designed to give volunteers the tools needed to diffuse conflicts that may arise within the troop, whether between girls or adults.  We will also offer ways that troops can limit the likelihood of challenging behavior and make a safe and happy troop environment.


PB & J (Proficiency Badges and Journeys)

What are proficiency badges?  How are those different from Journey Leadership Awards?  Do we need to do both?  Where do we find the requirements for each?  How does it all work together?  During this session we will answer these questions and show you how to keep track of each girl’s achievements.


Planning with Girls

As a leader, it may seem easier for you to make plans first and them consult with your girls; but girl-adult partnership, the cornerstone of Girl Scouting , is too valuable a step to skip.  Girl planning helps each girl feel involved and provides them more opportunities to become responsible and self-reliant.  This session will cover the girl/adult partnership, and what that means at each level in Girl Scouting.  Some of the topics included will be troop government and budgeting with girls.


Sing It!  Play It!    (Songs and Games)

Come and learn new and traditional songs and games that will bring tons of fun to your troop meeting.  Did you ever need a quick game in the heat of the moment to help your troop use some extra energy?  Are your girls planning on going to camp?  Give them an edge by teaching them some of the popular camp songs.


Troop Government

It is important to listen to girls’ concerns in a non-judgmental way.  Girl Scouting has a built-in structure that will help facilitate girl/adult planning.  This structure is traditionally referred to as Troop Government.  Troop government is a way for girls to learn responsibility, independence, and how to become leaders at each age level.  This session will explain the type of troop government practiced by each age level.


Troop Money Management

This session is designed to give volunteers a clear understanding of the process of troop money management.  Topics included are developing an annual plan and coordinating troop budget with girls, and revisiting and adjusting that plan and budget throughout the year.  We will also spend some time focusing specifically on Awards and Bridging Ceremonies, as well as, creative ways to present girl awards and recognize the contributions of troop volunteers.


Venturing Out (Travel)

In this session we will discuss the process of making plans to take activities outside of your regular meeting location.  Some of the topics we will cover are appropriate outings for different grade levels, travel progression, obtaining permission, and staying safe while having fun.

Facilitating Adult Learning Training

Facilitating Adult Learning is for volunteers interested in becoming council facilitators of basic volunteer, outdoor and/or enrichment training sessions. All experienced council facilitators are to complete this course as well. Note: Any volunteer interested in becoming a council facilitator must first apply.

For information on the application process, contact the Volunteer Support department at 800.624.4185.

Cost: $0  

Service Unit Team Member Training Manuals

Are you serving on the Service Unit level? What an amazing opportunity to make an impact in your region! We have specifically designed manuals for each service unit team position that guides you through your role’s duties and responsibilities. Find your manual here.


Request Training

Girl Scouts Heart of the South schedules a variety of training dates and locations, but we know that volunteers may need other options. That is why we are pleased to offer you Training By Request! This opportunity allows service unit, troop leaders or parents who are looking to become skilled in a specific training to schedule one that fits with their busy schedules.

There is a 10 person minimum and the ability to fulfill the request depends on availability of a council facilitator. 

Click Here to Request Training