Upcoming Courses

Training Registration Form
S.E.L.F Registration Form


S.E.L.F Event Saturday, November 14 9am - 12pm Kaskaskia College, Centralia
S.E.L.F Event Saturday, December 5 9am - 12pm Camp Torqua, Edwardsville
S.E.L.F Event Saturday, February 27 9am - 12pm Heartland Regional MC, Marion
Camping IN Saturday, September 12 9am - 10:30pm Camp Whispering Oaks, Salem
Camping OUT* Saturday, September 12 10:30am - 3:30pm Camp Whispering Oaks, Salem
Camping OUT* Sunday, September 27 9am - 2pm Camp Torqua, Edwardsville
Camping OUT* Sunday, October 4 9am - 2pm Camp Wassatoga, Effingham
Camping OUT* Sunday, October 11 9am - 2pm Camp Cedar Point, Makanda
* There is a fee for this course. Please see course descriptions below for fees and other details.


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Volunteer Training Checklist
This checklist is designed to help you determine which courses are right for you and your troop depending on the activities you are planning. A current course listing is available below and all courses are included in the website calendar. If you can’t attend a scheduled course, consider Training by Request.
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 - Girl Scouting 101 can be taken online.  This easy-to-use course is an introduction 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.
  • GSSI 201 - GSSI 201 is can be accessed and completed here.  This course focuses on policies and resources including information specific to GSSI.  You will need to reference other documents available on the website during this course which takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.
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 which is available on the council website under the Volunteer tab. There is also an Advice for Advisors resource with information for Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador level troop volunteers. Click the trefoil to access this and other online trainings and resources.
  • 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 Girl Scout members is $23 and includes a 2 year certification, student first aid kit and ready reference material.  Please add $5 for non-members.
    You can also take this course through many places in the community.  Please click here to see a list of courses we have located.  Note: Be sure to verify this information with the location.
  • 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, Camp Wassatoga or Camp Whispering Oaks. To get certified, please review the Waterfront Safety Training Workbook and then complete and return this quiz.
  • Swimming - 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 - 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 - 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 - GPS units are available for use at camp. Prior to using this equipment, this course must be completed. If you are interested in this course, please contact STEM Program Manager Emily Stanley at or 800-345-6858 x1111.
  • Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events - This 20 minute online course is an introduction to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for volunteers working in non-troop roles. Complete the course online at

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