Taking advantage of adult learning opportunities is an investment in yourself and the girls you serve. Learning and developing new skills and insights are all part of the Girl Scout program, and not just for girls! Knowledgeable and skilled volunteers have the ability to offer the highest quality programming for girls while staying safe and having fun at the same time.
Girl Scouting 101 - The easy-to-use Girl Scouting 101 introduces new volunteers
to Girl Scouts’ inspiring national leadership experience, from
Journey resources and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting to
cookie sales, safety guidelines, and much more. Spend about
45–50 minutes learning online—whenever you can fit it into
your day. Whether you are volunteering to be a troop adviser or are planning to attend meetings as a parent helper, it is recommended that all volunteers that work with the girls complete Girl Scouting 101. Click Here to Begin! When prompted for your council, please select “Manitou" to ensure we receive confirmation of your successful completion of Girl Scouting 101.
Girl Scouting 101 and Council 101 - Online Learning Courses - These courses will provide you with a solid framework of information to start working with a Girl Scout troop. You will start with an introduction to Girl Scouts by completing Part I: Girl Scouting 101. Then you will move on to Part II: Council 101 which will provide you with the basics on holding your first troop meeting, volunteer responsibilities, how to engage girls, trip planning, keeping girls safe, troop money management, and more.
Girl Scouts of Manitou Council offers advisor enrichment opportunities to help advisors build on their knowledge and skills to enhance their troop experience. New enrichment opportunities may be added throughout the year so be sure to check back and watch for a Manitou E-News with new offerings. If you have any topic or presenter suggestions please contact the director of program quality.
Outdoor Adventures Training - Girl Scouting has a longstanding history and tradition of introducing girls to the wonders and majesty of nature through day and overnight outdoor adventures. Girls learn leadership skills as they plan trips and work together to make their trip a success. They discover their strengths, connect with their team and take action as they learn about preserving our valuable natural resources. Is your troop planning to go tent camping? Are the girls eager to make s'mores over the camp fire? If so, then at least one registered adult present at the activity will have had to have completed Outdoor Adventures Training.
First Aid and CPR Training - For many activities, Girl Scouts recommends that at least one adult volunteer be first-aid/CPR-certified. For that reason, if you have the opportunity to get trained in council-approved first-aid/CPR, do it! Try to take age-specific CPR training, too—that is, take child CPR if you’re working with younger girls and adult CPR when working with older girls and adults. Click here for more information on keeping girls safe during Girl Scout activities.
Where to find a class: Many community organizations such as hospitals, clinics, fire departments and technical colleges offer first aid and CPR courses to the general public. Sometimes organizations will even set up a class just for you if there is a small group of students wishing to take the class. American Heart Association offers an online/blended course which may be a great option if you cannot find a class near you. Click here for more information about American Heart Association’s online Fist Aid/CPR/AED courses.
VIP Cookie Sale Training - Check out the fun, easy-to-follow online training that gives you everything a volunteer needs to know about Cookie Season and how to help girls get the most from their experience. All NEW troop cookie sale managers are required to complete the VIP Cookie Sale Training. It's available 24/7 so it fits your schedule. After completing this course, you will be able to help girls in your troop carry out the cookie sale in an enthusiastic, safe, and timely manner. Who's the VIP? You're a VIP - Very Inspiring Person!
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