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6.4. Adult Training

Adult Training

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois has lots of training opportunities for new and existing volunteers. Check out everything we have to offer! Interested in something and don’t see it on our website? Let us know! Be sure to also check out our Event Calendar for any scheduled trainings and our Forms section for any training forms we have available. We also have lots of online trainings and resources available that you can access when it fits in YOUR schedule. We’re committed to giving you the tools you need to provide the best possible Girl Scout Leadership Experience!

Need a specific training in your area? If you have a group of six or more adults and would like to schedule a required training in your area,
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Online Training and Resources

GSSI offers lots of online training and resources for our volunteers. From Journey Resources to Girl Scout Songs to Waterfront Safety Training…we’ve got you covered!

Basic Leadership Training
One adult in a leadership position must complete all of the following courses within 3 months of appointment. At that time, your troop is considered trained. New troops starting up will be issued a tote bag, patch and either a flash drive or binder full of volunteer resources.

Troop Orientation to Girl Scouting
This session is provided by a New Troop Coordinator in your Service Unit. It may be a small group or one-on-one. The session should last about 45 minutes and include information on registering your troop, holding a parent meeting and completing paperwork.

Girl Scouting 101
This easy-to-use online course is an introduction to Girl Scouts’ inspiring national leadership experience, including Journey resources, an introduction to the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, cookie sales, safety guidelines and much more.


Additional Training Options

Many trainings are available by request.  A group of 6 or more volunteers is required for trainings.  Complete the Training by Request form and submit it to request a course.

PB&J Workshop

The Proficiency Badges and Journeys Workshop provides additional information on using all of the resources available for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The course focuses on answering questions and providing a framework for using the resources together.

Troop Volunteer Quick Start

This is an online grade level resource for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors.  There is also an Advice for Advisors resource with information for Cadette, Senior and Ambassador level troop volunteers.  Both can be found online.

First Aid / CPR / AED

This course is required for at least one adult in the troop for any activities which take place away from the regular meeting site. It is best to have multiple adults trained in case the leader cannot attend all events. The price for this course is $28 and includes a 2 year certification, student first aid kit and ready reference material.  Please add $5 for non-members.

Approved National First-Aid Certified Agencies

American Red Cross Safety Courses

Participants who successfully complete this course receive certification in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and AED/CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Price depends on training course. Click here for times, dates and details.

Camping IN

This course is required for camping with girls in a lodge setting with NO fire-building. Verification that at least one volunteer attending the campout is trained is required prior to your camp reservation date. This is a one-time certification and is a pre-requisite for Camping OUT.

Camping OUT

This follow-up course is required for camping with girls in a setting other than a lodge and/or with fire-building. The course focuses on outdoor skills and at least one volunteer attending the campout must complete this course. Verification of completion is necessary prior to your camp date. This is a 3-year certification and can be renewed via test. There is a $10 fee for the course.

Waterfront Safety

Someone from the troop must complete this course if you intend to use the waterfront at Camp Butterfly, Camp Cedar Point, Camp Chan Ya Ta or Camp Wassatoga. To get certified, please review the Waterfront Safety Training Workbook and then complete and return the quiz.


Anytime the girls are swimming someone present must be certified. There may be a lifeguard on site at the facility you are going to use or a troop adult can complete the American Red Cross Lifeguard Waterfront module.

Extended Trip Training

This home study course is required for GS Cadette, GS Senior, and GS Ambassador troop leaders/advisors who plan on taking their troop/group on an Extended Trip. An Extended Trip is defined as a Girl Scout troop/group planning a trip lasting three or more nights, excluding holidays, AND exceeds 175 miles one-way from their hometown.


Canoeing certification courses are offered at some council properties. A canoe certification is required to take girls out in canoes on still water. Small Craft Safety – Moving Water is offered annually over Memorial Day Weekend at Camp Butterfly. Small Craft Canoe is offered on Saturday and the Moving Water portion is offered on Sunday on the Meramec River. Basic canoe certification is $25; the moving water portion is an additional $40.


Archery certification is required to reserve and use archery equipment with girls. These course are offered following most Camping OUT sessions and at other times. The certification is valid for 3 years.


GPS units are available for use at camp. Prior to using this equipment, this course must be completed.

Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events

This course is an introduction to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for volunteers working in non-troop roles.