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Girl Scout University provides professional enrichment and leadership development opportunities that empower our volunteers and fuels the Girl Scout movement.  GSU is focused on offering a variety of training topics that support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, as well as content that encourages the G.I.R.L. in each of us.  With training options that can seamlessly fit into to your busy lifestyle and meet everyone’s unique learning styles, we’re sure that GSU will provide you more than you need to grow in building girls of courage, confidence and character.  Be sure to check out our in-person, live webinar and on-demand Google Classroom offerings to find the class to best serves your needs. You’ll see options around Girl Scout content, personal and professional enrichments, as well as leader labs and special speaker series.  Don’t miss out on any of the great information that GSU has to offer!

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Girl Scouts Heart of the South utilizes Google Classroom to house its various online training options. To complete a training in Google Classroom, sign in to classroom.google.com, click the “+” sign to join a class, and enter the class code listed in the training description. Once there, you will notice a few menu options across the top. To access the training, select “Classwork”. Here you will find all things related to topic, including recorded webinars, resources, forms, and more.

Required Volunteer Training

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

Girl Scouting 101 I 45 minutes I 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 (http://training.girlscouts.org/volunteer_upload/101_login.asp) to begin Girl Scouting 101

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Volunteer Basics I 2 hours I Online and 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 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.

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 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.

Visit the council calendar for scheduled classes.

Take the class virtually in Google Classroom! Google Classroom code: lv47id1

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.

Ceremonies and Traditions

Through this session, we’ll talk about how ceremonies and traditions are what connect us as Girl Scouts and make everything a little more special. You’ll learn what Investiture and Rededication, Court of Awards, and Bridging Ceremonies are, and how to facilitate each one. We’ll also share a few of our favorite Girl Scout traditions.

Visit the council calendar for scheduled classes.

 

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.  

Visit the council calendar for scheduled classes.

 

End of the Year Ceremonies

Wondering how to close out your Girl Scout year? Join us as we discuss how to celebrate the successes of girls and contributions of parent volunteers, explore the Bridging awards and how they’re earned, and share creative ways to present earned recognitions to girls.

Visit the council calendar for scheduled classes.

 

Engaging Parents

Engaging Parents: How do you get parents to be a part of the inspiring moments their girls experience as Girl Scouts? This session will provide some guidance on how to get parents involved, how to tap into their interests and skills, and how to partner with parents to provide a fun program that will result in lifelong memories for girls.

Visit the council calendar for scheduled classes.

Take the class in Google Classroom! Google Classroom code: tu7hfu

Managing Conflict

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.

Visit the council calendar for scheduled classes.

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.

Visit the council calendar for scheduled classes.

 

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.

Visit the council calendar for scheduled classes.

 

Take Action Projects

Curious about the difference between community service and Take Action projects? During this session, we’ll answer this question, and guide your through how to help girls make a lasting impact on their communities.

Visit the council calendar for scheduled classes.

Troop Meeting Basics

Running a good meeting doesn’t take magic; only preparation. Learn how to run an effective and enjoyable troop meeting with tried and true tips.

Visit the council calendar for scheduled classes.

 

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.

Visit the council calendar for scheduled classes.

Venturing Out

Traveling offers vast opportunities for girls to develop leadership skills, whether it be to the neighborhood park, a local museum or a trip cross-country. Learn how to best prepare for the adventures that come with attending events and visiting new places.

Visit the council calendar for scheduled classes.

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.

Outdoor Skills and Certifications

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

Event Camp License Training (ECL)

New Name and Online Training!  Venture Outdoor Training
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. 

Take this class in Google Classroom!  Use class code: uljsl6

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.  

 

To request this training, please submit an online Volunteer Training Request Form  at least 6 weeks prior to requested day.

 

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

 

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Camporee Coordinator Training

Camporees are a fantastic time to gather girls from your service unit and spend the weekend at camp! They take planning, and preparation so we created a training just for them. In this training, you will learn about  the parts of the planning and implementation. You will also learn about the purpose of a camporee, guidelines for the camporee coordinator, how to submit a site reservation, rules and regulations to follow, and any forms that need to be completed and returned to the council. This training will help any service unit, large or small, to create lasting memories with their girls and each other, and have a great time in the outdoors. 

Take this class in Google Classroom!  Use class code: rwrvjy2

Program Aide Training - Leader Guide

As a Program Aide, girls serve as role models for younger girls! To achieve the Program Aide Award, Girls will need to earn their Leader in Action Award and then complete the Program Aide Training. Leaders can use this council approved guide to assist their girls in achieving the award.  Once complete, the girls will work with younger Girl Scouts over six activity sessions to complete the requirements for the Program Aide award. 

Take this class in Google Classroom!  Use class code:  xkah5n

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 and cared for while having fun adventures together.  

First Aid/ CPR/ AED Certification

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 $50 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.

Visit the council calendar for scheduled classes.

 

Safety First!

Through this webinar, you will gain a better understanding of girl/adult ratios, safety-related forms, Safety Activity Checkpoints, sensitive issues, troop first-aiders, and general tips for keeping girls safe during Girl Scout meetings and activities.

Visit the council calendar for scheduled classes.

 

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.

Service Unit Team Member Training Manuals

Service Unit Manuals

Thanks so much for agreeing to serve as a member of your Service Unit Team!

Your dedication and leadership is greatly appreciated, and we strive to provide you with the best and most comprehensive tools available to help you in your volunteer position.

Click the links below to download a digital version of your position's Service Unit Team Position Playbook.

Service Unit Manager

The Service Unit Manager serves as a knowledgeable, positive and encouraging source of support for the entire Service Unit Team and enthusiastically engages others in carrying out the team’s plans for membership development and delivery of a quality Girl Scout experience.

 Service Unit Manager Playbook

Service Unit Community Relations Coordinator

The Service Unit Community Relations Coordinator is to help the council spread the good news about all the great things that Girl Scouts and volunteers are doing in their community with their local media outlets.

Service Unit Community Relations Coordinator Playbook

Service Unit Cookie Manger

The Service Unit Cookie Manager enthusiastically organizes, coordinates, directs and manages the Cookie Program, eBudde, and Digital Order Card online ordering systems at the Service Unit level.

Service Unit Cookie Manager Guides are distributed annually with updates.

Service Unit Development & Advancement Coordinator

The Service Unit Development & Advancement Coordinator enthusiastically assists the service unit in promoting and participating in coordinated council-wide fundraising efforts and provides guidance to troop-level volunteers regarding troop-sponsored money earning activities and fund solicitation activities not associated with the Girl Scout Cookie or MagNut programs.

Service Unit Development & Advancement Coordinator Playbook

Service Unit Finance Coordinator

The Service Unit Finance Coordinator provides general oversight and management of all service unit finances and is a knowledgeable and encouraging source of guidance, support and reassurance to troops regarding all relevant financial matters.

Service Unit Finance Coordinator Playbook

Service Unit Learning & Support Coordinator

The Service Unit Learning & Support Coordinator provides communication and guidance to adult volunteers regarding continual training and learning opportunities (both required and elective) to support their ability to deliver a safe, balanced and quality Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls. The SULSC is also the key source of knowledge and support regarding all girl and adult volunteer awards programs and enthusiastically promotes them within the service unit.

Service Unit Learning & Support Coordinator Playbook

Service Unit Fall Product Manager

The Service Unit Fall Product Manager enthusiastically organizes, coordinates, directs and manages the Fall Product Program and Nut-E online ordering systems at the Service Unit level.

Service Unit Fall Product Manager Guides are distributed annually with updates.

Service Unit Programs & Events Coordinator

The Service Unit Program & Events Coordinator enthusiastically facilitates and coordinates fun and exciting service unit programs and events that support and enhance the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Service Unit Programs & Events Coordinator Playbook

Service Unit Recruitment Coordinator

The Service Unit Recruitment Coordinator serves as an ambassador for Girl Scouts who enthusiastically seeks to engage and recruit new members into the organization.

Service Unit Recruitment Coordinator Playbook

Service Unit Registrar

Service Unit Registrar ensures the success of the Girl Scout registration process by enthusiastically and thoroughly performing the tasks needed to collect and process girl and adult annual membership registrations and place girl and adult members in troops.

Service Unit Registrar Playbook

Special Events

New Leader Retreat

We invite all NEW Troop Co-Leaders working with Daisies and Brownies to our Fall New Leader Retreat!

Over the course of the day, we’ll explore how to facilitate a parent meeting and the typical meeting structure, leader how to sing traditional Girl Scout songs and perform special ceremonies, participate in lots of hands-on activities and collect take-aways to use in your planning. Our Volunteer Care team will be on-site to answer an questions you may have and help ensure your have a successful and memorable first year.

Visit the council calendar to register.

 

Women Who Win
Phase 1: Work - Skills that help women win at work

Communication - Part 1

 

Communication - Part 2

 

Written Communication

 

Team Work

Phase 2: Volunteer - Goal-setting and action planning that help Volunteers become more effective Troop Leaders
Phase 3: Life - Habits that lead to healthy mental health and balance

Request Training

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.  

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