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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

Outdoor (Cabin or Tent Essentials) $20
Backpacking $25
Canoe $30
Wilderness FA $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prerequisites

  • Child/Adult  First Aid/CPR and AED
  • Outdoor training must be taken in this order:
  • Outdoor Essentials (This is an on-line course)
  • Cabin Camping Essentials
  • Tent Camping Essentials
  • Backpacking Essentials

 

Request directions to training locations from 804-746-0590 ext. 342 (1-800-4SCOUT4, ext. 342) 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 Becky Rosemond at
(804) 746-0590 Ext. 373 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Required Training/Certification Chart

First-Aider A first-aider is an adult volunteer who has taken Girl Scout–approved first-aid and CPR training that includes specific instructions for child CPR. If, through the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, EMP America, or American Heart Association, you have a chance to be fully trained in first-aid and CPR, doing so may make your activity-planning go a little more smoothly. The Safety Activity Checkpoints always tell you when a first-aider needs to be present.
There are two categories of first-aiders:

  • First-aider (level 1): The presence of a first-aider (level 1) is required many group activities. The course required to be a first-aider (level 1) is one that offers standard first-aid and CPR, preferably with a focus on children.
  • First-aider (level 2): The presence of a first-aider (level 2) is required at resident camp, and at any camp activity with more than 200 participants. In addition, some activities require a first-aider (level 2); the Safety Activity Checkpoints state clearly whether a first-aider (level 2) is needed. First-aiders (level 2) pass the same course as first-aiders (level 1), and also have emergency response/first response, sports safety, wilderness first-aid, and/or advanced first-aid and CPR training. Each organization has a different name for its training, so be sure to ask before you take the course whether a training course fulfills the level-2 requirements.

Note: The following healthcare providers may also serve as first-aiders (level 1 or 2): physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, and emergency medical technician.

Click Here to view The Adult Required Training List.

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) 462-0322 or 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 Manager.

Welcome To Girl Scouting

No Charge for this course.

 This course will be scheduled at the local level with your Membership Manager or Service Unit volunteer 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.

 

First Aid and CPR

American Red Cross Community First Aid and CPR

 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 an American Red Cross certification.

Recertification
Recertification Skill Challenges are being offered, on a first come first serve basis, for volunteers whose certification has recently expired or is expiring.   Challenge dates are listed below and on COMAR.  Recertification Skill Challenges briefly presents scenarios that require the participant to perform different skills that are considered proficient by Red Cross standards.  If you pass the skills challenge, your certification will be renewed for another 2 years. If you fail you may skill challenge again at another date if you possess a current certification. If your certification has expired and you fail the skill challenge, you must then attend a recertification course.  It is important to note that participants who are most likely to pass the Skills Challenge are those who practice their CPR skills on a regular basis.  Like with any first aid/cpr course, you should dress appropriately to perform the necessary skills.  The cost for the recertification challenge is $27. 

Volunteers in need of recertification who prefer to take the abbreviated certification course can sign up for these courses on COMAR on a first come first serve basis.  (Most participants needing recertification should consider this option.) The cost for the recertification course is $27.

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 $27.

Girl Scout Commonwealth Council is an Authorized Provider of American Red Cross Courses.  In order for these classes to be offered, volunteers must be certified instructors from the American Red Cross and conduct these classes in accordance with American Red Cross Guidelines.
Each course participant  may purchase a Community First Aid and Safety Book (cost $9.00).  Participants may include money for a book with their course registration.  A book will be available on the first day of the training.

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      American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid

      Fee Based.

       This is a weekend course and meets requirements for First Aider, Level 2.  This course can be scheduled by request.  The course cost is approximately $200.00.  Girls age 14 and above can be certified.  Certification lasts 2 years.  Younger girls can participate in the weekend by acting as “victims.”  For more information about this training, contact 804-746-0590, ext. 342 (1-800-4SCOUT4, ext. 342) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

       

       


      Outdoor& Safety Training

      Adventure Essentials (Online)


      No Charge for this course.

       Description: Introduces participants to the Adventure Weekend necessities.

      Materials Needed:

      • Computer,

      Volunteer Essentials (http://www.comgirlscouts.org/images/stories/PDF/Volunteer_Essentials_Council_updates.pdf)

      Activity Checkpoints (http://www.comgirlscouts.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=141&Itemid=211),

      Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting,

      Policies, Standards, Guidelines and Procedures, 2003

      • troop forms and equipment.

       

      Directions: Go to the quia website: http://www.quia.com/quiz/3593611.html
      IF YOU DO NOT SEE ADVENTURE ESSENTIALS THEN CUT AND PASTE OR TYPE http://www.quia.com/quiz/3593611.html INTO YOUR ADDRESS OR SEARCH BAR
      On this screen you should “enter your name”

      click “start now”

      Then you will need the secret word discover. 

      Scroll Down to Classes and Click on the link for Adventure Essentials. 

      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. 

      This is a requirement (if you have taken Cabin or Tent Camping this quiz is NOT necessary) to attend Adventure Weekends.

       

      Outdoor Essentials

      No Charge for this course.

       Description: Introduces participants to the essential resources and knowledge needed to take girls on simple hikes, basic trips and overnights in secure buildings.  By the end of the course, participants will be able to utilize written resources to prepare their group for a hike, basic trip or overnight in a secure building.

      NOTE:   For Cabin and Tent Camping  - Be prepared to contribute to the meal budget. The amount will be determined by your group and what meal you plan.

      Materials Needed:

      • Computer,

      Volunteer Essentials (http://www.comgirlscouts.org/images/stories/PDF/Volunteer_Essentials_Council_updates.pdf)

      Activity Checkpoints (http://www.comgirlscouts.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=141&Itemid=211),

      Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting,

      Policies, Standards, Guidelines and Procedures, 2003

      • troop forms and equipment.

       

      Directions: Go to the quia website: http://www.quia.com/quiz/3593800.html

      IF YOU DO NOT SEE OUTDOOR ESSENTIALS THEN  CUT AND PASTE OR TYPE http://www.quia.com/quiz/3593800.html  INTO YOUR ADDRESS OR SEARCH BAR 
      On this screen you should “enter your name”   (click “start now>>>”)  then you will need the secret word discover. Scroll Down to Classes and Click on the link for Outdoor Essentials.
      Please enter your name every time in order to receive credit for the course.
      After submitting your quiz, be sure to review your answers and read the feedback for the short answer questions. Don't worry if your score isn't as high as you think it should be. Remember short answer responses have not been taken into consideration. Read the feedback and send any questions you have to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
      There is no time limit for completing the questions.
      This course is a prerequisite for Cabin Camping and Tent Camping.

       

       

      Cabin Camping Essentials

      Fee Based Course.

       Description: Introduces participants to the essential camping skills necessary to participate in overnight camping in a lodge (i.e., Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp or state park), a closed shelter, camping with your service unit or in a council-operated camping activity.  Hands-on activities are provided in the following areas:  health & safety in the out-of-doors, kaper charts, fire building (including charcoal, wood, propane stoves, and firestarters), use and care of equipment, packing, basic knots, beginning cooking methods (including foil, one-pot, and stick), outdoor program ideas, and procedures regarding council property and facilities.  Participants will cook a meal.  By the end of the course, participants will be able to prepare girls for a cabin camping experience.

      Prerequisite: Completion of Outdoor Essentials On-line training.

      Bring: Materials from Outdoor Essentials, troop paperwork, troop first aid kit, mess kit, writing materials (clipboard is helpful), training card, cup that can be used all day, filled water bottle and a bandana.

      Dress in layers to allow for any weather!  Training is held outside.

      Special Notes: Please arrive 15 minutes (or more) early to allow time to walk from the parking lot to training site, check in and receive handouts.

      This course is a prerequisite for Tent Camping Essentials.

      Register two weeks prior to class date.  Must cancel two weeks prior to class in order to receive

      transfer or refund.  Refunds will only be issued if class is cancelled.  Minimum participation (10)

       

      Cabin Camping Essentials

      Please visit COMAR for a full listing of all available dates for Cabin Camping training.

       

      Tent Camping Essentials

      Fee Based Course.

       This training is required for any tent camping activity.  (At service unit or council level events that have been approved, troops may participate in tent camping with only Cabin Camping Essentials Training.)

       

      Select the weekend you wish to attend and register for both the weekend and the prep session attached to that weekend (the Potpourri is optional).

       

      Prep Session (2 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.

       

      Optional Potpourri of Outdoor Skills: This course is designed for participants who would like to arrive at camp on Friday evening rather than Saturday morning.  Participants may arrive anytime between 6:00 and 9:30 p.m., however, program activities will begin at 6:00 p.m.  At prep session, participants will have the opportunity to request and help plan programs tailored to their needs.  (i.e. innovative cooking methods, songs, games, crafts, nature activities, etc.)

      Prerequisite: Cabin Camping Essentials is a pre-requisite for this course

      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, Also, if possible, bring copies of Policies, Standards, Guidelines and Procedures (2003), Safety Wise, Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting.

      Bring to the weekend: Training card, 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!

      If coming Friday evening:  Nosebag dinner (or eat before your come).  Beverages and evening snack will be provided.

      Register two weeks prior to class date.  Must cancel two weeks prior to class in order to receive

      transfer or refund.  Refunds will only be issued if class is cancelled.  Minimum participation (10)

      Prep sessions are specific to the weekend training you will attend.

       

      Prep/Tent Camping Essentials / Tent Camping EssentialsPotpourri
      Please visit COMAR for a full listing of all available dates for Tent Camping training.

       

      Backpacking Essentials

      Fee Based Course.

       Description: This two-part course is designed to provide adult leadership with the information and experience needed to take a troop/group on a simple backpacking trip.

      Cost: $25.00 ($15.00 at time of registration and $10.00 brought to prep session)

      Prerequisite: Level 3 Tent Camping

      Part 1 – Backpacking Prep (7 hours): Introduction to Backpacking including selection of backpacks, personal and group food, equipment, water purification, tents, sleeping bags, clothes, footwear and foot care. Participants will cook lunch (food will be provided). Participants will be assigned to small cooking groups for the overnight and will plan meals and snacks for the overnight. Bring $15.00 to give to group “shopper.”

      Bring: Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting, backpack (if you have one), backpack tent (if you have one), personal items you would take on a backpacking trip (clothing, rain gear, personal hygiene items, personal first aid supplies, and personal eating equipment).

      Part 2 – Backpacking Overnight (24 hours): The overnight backpacking trip is designed to give actual backpacking experience. Expect to actually do a short backpacking trip. Logistics will be given at the Prep Session.  24 hours with an overnight.


      Please request this class if needed.

       


      Specialty Training

      Canoe Training

      Fee Based Course
      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 - 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.

       

      American Canoe Association Flatwater Instructor Course

      Fee Based Course.

       

      Information on other CKapco paddling courses can be found on http://www.ckapco.com/ and may be scheduled by request.

       

       

      ACA Canoe Instructor Certification Course Offering
      IDW/ICE
      Dates: No dates available
      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

      This course can be set up with NADA if given at least 6 weeks lead time.  The basic instructor course is 8 hours.  A minimum number of six participants must register for the course.  Participants must be 16 years of age or older.   If you are interested in training, but do not have the minimum number of participants, or if you would like to schedule training at the council camps, please call 804-746-0590, ext. 342 (1-800-4SCOUT4, ext. 342)

       

      For more information about NADA courses see http://www.worldarcherycenter.com/instructor_courses.htm

       

      American Red Cross Lifeguarding

      Fee Based Course.

       For more information about NADA courses see http://www.worldarcherycenter.com/instructor_courses.htm


      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!

       

      Registration is open now on COMAR for the volunteer led Spring Fling weekend on April 11-13th at Camp Kittamaquand. 

      Treasure Weekend is another volunteer led weekend training opportunity that will take place this  year on September 13th – 15th at Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp.  For more details regarding all of these events please visit COMAR.  More information will be posted as it becomes available. 

         

        St Johns Episcopal on Cedar Lane in Hopewell