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Adult Education

 

To ensure that girls have rewarding and meaningful experiences in Girl Scouting, the organization provides training for volunteers to prepare them for their roles.

For Girl Scouts, it goes without saying that volunteer training is essential. At the top of the list of reasons is safety—making sure girls are safe from physical harm, and learning what it means to provide a safe environment where girls can take risks and grow.

Training is vital to the growth, health, and consistency of the Girl Scout Movement.

 

General Training Information

To see a listing of available trainings be to sure visit  Adult Training and Learning Opportunities on Comar.  These are updated regularly so if you don’t see what you need right now, be sure to check back soon!

 
All other training opportunities will be fee based.   If courses do not fill to capacity, older girls may attend but will be responsible for applicable fees.  Please review the following courses and associated fees:

 

Course Name

Price

Overnight Basics (online) FREE
Troop Camping Essentials $20
Canoe I & II $30
First Aid/CPR/AED $37
Archery Level I $30
Babysitting $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prerequisites

  • Child/Adult  First Aid/CPR and AED
  • Outdoor training must be taken in this order:
  • Overnight Basics (online course)
  • Troop Camping Essentials

 

For questions, contact the HelpDesk at  804-746-0590 ext. 316 (1-800-4SCOUT4, ext. 316) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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Required Leader Training
For information about Girl Scout 101 or Welcome to Girl Scouting, please contact Kelsi Ramdeo at
(804) 746-0590 Ext. 341 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Required Training/Certification Chart

 

Girl Scouting 101

Girl Scouting 101

No Charge for this course.
Description: Girl Scouting 101 is a 45-minute, self-paced online orientation to Girl Scouting. Girl Scouting 101 is broken down into eight parts. Leaders should take this training prior to taking Welcome to Girl Scouting.
Go to GSUSA’s training site: http://training.girlscouts.org/
Click on Girl Scouting 101. Password is “aboutGS101” and is case sensitive.
In order to receive credit for the course, when you are asked to enter your council, please choose Commonwealth.
To enjoy the full benefits of the new online Volunteer Orientation, your PC or Mac should include these features:
  • Flash 8 or 9
  • Sound (audio) card
  • Speakers
  • Ability to disable the pop-up blocker
  • High-speed Internet connection
  • Headphones are optional
Call (804) 746-0590 ext. 316 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have problems or questions.
Compact Disc: If you do not have high speed internet access but would like to view the training on your computer, CDs are available through your Service Unit Director or Membership Consultant.

Welcome To Girl Scouts

No Charge for this course.

New volunteers should plan to take this course after your background screening is successfully completed. This course will give you the basic information about Girl Scouting in your community and help you find the resources you need to have an enjoyable Girl Scouting experience.

 

This 3-hour course is designed to give you the tools and resources necessary to get started with your troop. Please contact your Membership Consultant to get started.

Volunteering for Girl Scouts Series & Events

Volunteering for Girl Scouts Series & Events

No Charge for this course.
Description: Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events is a streamlined version of Girl Scouting 101 created specifically for those who commit to short-term volunteering (such as for series and events).
Go to GSUSA’s training site: http://training.girlscouts.org/
Click on Volunteering for Girl Scouts Series & Events. Password is “volunteer” and is case sensitive.
In order to receive credit for the course, when you are asked to enter your council, please choose Commonwealth.
To enjoy the full benefits of the new online Volunteer Orientation, your PC or Mac should include these features:
  • Flash 8 or 9
  • Sound (audio) card
  • Speakers
  • Ability to disable the pop-up blocker
  • High-speed Internet connection
  • Headphones are optional
Call (804) 746-0590 ext. 316 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have problems or questions.
Compact Disc: If you do not have high speed internet access but would like to view the training on your computer, CDs are available through your Service Unit Director or Membership Consultant.

First Aid and CPR

First Aid/CPR/AED

 This course is for volunteers who, upon successful completion of the course, may serve as the first-aider for Girl Scout troop/group activities, programs, events and overnight camping and who want to have a 2-year CPR/First Aid/AED certification.

This course is offered for new participants as a 4.5-hour long full course or for previous participants wanting to recertify as a 3.5-hour recertification course.

All volunteers wanting to obtain their certification for the first time must attend a full certification course.  These courses are available on COMAR on a first come first serve basis.  The cost to attend a certification course is $37.

       


      Outdoor& Safety Training

      Overnight Basics (Online)


      No Charge for this course.

       Description: Online training course that qualifies volunteers to take girls on an overnight experience, such as backyard camping, lock-ins, community partner events, and Adventure Weekends.

       

      Directions: Go to the quia website: http://www.quia.com/quiz/4827838.html

      Please enter your name every time in order to receive credit for the course. 

      After submitting your quiz, be sure to review your answers. 

      There is no time limit for completing the questions. 

      You must score an 85% or higher to pass.

      This is a requirement to attend Troop Camping Essentials.

       

       

      Troop Camping Essentials

      Fee Based Course.

      This is a Friday through Sunday course with a required 3-hour prep session prior to the training weekend.

      This training is required for any troop or service unit camping activity. 

       

      Select the weekend you wish to attend and register for both the weekend and the prep session attached to that weekend.

       

      Prep Session (3 hours): Participants will divide into patrols and plan all aspects of the weekend including:  check-in procedures, meals, personal and troop equipment, kapers, and program activities.  By the end of this session, participants will plan the weekend overnight sessions.  Prep sessions are specific to the weekend you will attend.

      Weekend (26 hours): Housed in platform tents or by pitching your own tent, participants will experience an overnight camping trip under conditions more advanced than those of camping in a cabin or closed shelter and will be responsible for all activities. Program will be appropriate to the setting. By the end of the course, participants will be able to prepare girls for a tent camping experience. (Participants can return home each night during the training if you do not want to stay overnight at camp.)

       

      Prerequisite: Overnight Basics

      Bring to the prep session: 1” or larger 3-ring binder (can be same binder used for Level 1 and 2), training card, writing materials, some outdoor recipes to help plan meals. Prep dates are specific to each training. You must attend the prep date specific to the training date you want to attend. Also, if possible, bring copies of Policies, Standards, Guidelines and Procedures (2003), Safety Wise, Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting.

      Bring to the weekend: Writing materials (clipboard helpful), washable eating utensils and cutlery marked with your name (or mess kit), dunk bag, bandana, work gloves, personal gear and hygiene items, sleeping bag or bed roll (with ground cloth), and compass with plastic base, if possible.  Optional:  tape recorder and blank tape or Mp3 player and Girl Scout songbook. All equipment and supplies for program will be discussed at prep session.

      Dress for weather changes!

       
      Please visit COMAR for a full listing of all available dates for Troop Camping Essentials.

       


      Specialty Training

      Canoe I & II Training

      Fee Based Course $30
      Prerequisites: Must be able to stay afloat 5 minutes fully clothed in water, tread water for one minute, and swim 25 yards with and without a life jacket.
      Canoe I – In this course we will cover basic paddle strokes such as forward stroke, turning strokes and the canoe control strokes so you can get your canoe where you want it to go when you want it to go there. This is an Instructional course – you MUST take, complete and pass Canoe II prior to taking girls on the water.
      Canoe II - This is the American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue and American Red Cross Small Craft Safety course. The course provides individuals with the information and skills necessary to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies. This course also prepares individuals for aquatic emergencies by teaching them how to protect themselves while assisting others.

       

      Participants who complete the Canoe I & II course through GSCV will meet the lifeguard requirement for canoe activities.

       

      American Canoe Association Flatwater Instructor Course

      Fee Based Course.

       

       

      ACA Canoe Instructor Certification Course Offering
      IDW/ICE
      Dates: To schedule this course, contact ACA.
      Certification for Tandem  or Solo Canoe Instructors/Current Instructor Updates

      Course website: www.campbethelvirginia.org/ACACanoeInstructorCourse.htm

       

      This course is appropriate for:

      • Camps and Conferences offering canoe programs on Lakes or Rivers
      • County and City Parks and Recreation Canoe Program Staff/Trip Leaders
      • Physical Education Programs wishing to teach paddling as a life-time sport
      • Current Certified Instructors needing updates
      • Anyone wishing to teach canoeing and gain in their own skills as well, and
      • Girl Scout Leaders wishing to teach skills and lead trips for Scouting Programs.


      Stay for all 4 days or just for the level certification you wish to achieve.  All Course work will be in the Roanoke Valley Area.  Tent Camping, Bunk style accommodations, or local hotels can be arranged for participants if desired (lodging fees are NOT included in Course Price).

      Classes begin daily at 9:00 am and finish around 5:00 pm.  Instructor Candidates are expected to bring a “working” lunch to each session, and plenty of fluids for the day.

       

      Archery Training

      Fee Based Course $30
      Prerequisites: Must be a registered Girl Scout volunteer.

      This is an 8 hour course designed to provide participants with a Level I archery instructor certification.  Participants who complete this course will receive a 3 year certification from USA Archery. The Level I Archery Certification qualifies volunteers to provide archery instruction to Girl Scouts on any public or private archery range.  Recertification for the Level I certification must be done through the USA Archery website and requires that you teach archery a minimum of one time during your three year certification to qualify.  To register for this course please visit COMAR.  

       


      Leader Enrichment Events

      Leader Enrichment

      To see a listing of available trainings be to sure visit  Adult Training and Learning Opportunities on Comar.  These are updated regularly so if you don’t see what you need right now, be sure to check back soon!

       

         

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