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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, please click here!

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Online Training and Resources
Check out our new Guide to gsLearn to access the latest & greatest trainings!

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois 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!

New Troop Leader Training

Congratulations! We are excited you’ve decided to become a Girl Scout Troop Leader. You are well on your way to transforming the lives of girls by guiding them through the Girl Scout experience.  Troop leaders work with council staff and other volunteers to help girls learn new skills, explore new adventures, make new friends and create memories that will last a lifetime.

You will have all the support you need from us, including:

  • Convenient, online trainings on a range of topics, available to view and review on your schedule
  • Resources to help you quickly and easily prepare for meetings, like our Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)
  • Individual guidance from our council’s Community Engagement and Volunteer Resources teams, as well as experienced Girl Scout volunteers in your local community helping you along the way.

We have a few simple steps to follow to get you started after your registration and role designation has been completed.

1. Watch for an email from Volunteer Resources welcoming you to the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. This letter will introduce you to our New Leader Orientation training path available in our e-learning system, gsLearn.

We are proud to offer our new leaders a comprehensive training program filled with over 5 hours of quality information designed to progress with the leader’s experience over the course of their first 90 days.  The training topics will help move each volunteer through introductions of Girl Scout concepts to useful information to set up and management their troop and volunteer team as well as the know-how to lead success troop meetings and outings.


2. Connect with your service unit team and attend monthly service unit meetings as early as your first month as a new leader to gain valuable information on how integrate your girls into service unit functions and to build relationships with volunteers in your area who can help you along your troop leader journey.

3. Check out the Events+ tab on our website often for upcoming programs to explore with your troop or other in-person adult training, like CPR/AED/First Aid or our outdoor trainings.

Outdoor Training

Check out these Outdoor Skills Video Trainings:

Camping IN - This course has shifted to a self-study program and can be completed by reading this Camping IN 2021 digital booklet.
Traveling with Troops

This course is required for volunteers to understand the responsibilities of coordinating and supervising troops on outings: day, overnight and extended travel.  Verification that at least one volunteer attending the outing is trained is required prior to your travel date. This is a one-time certification and is a pre-requisite for the Outdoor Experience blended training program.

Camping OUT (Will be replaced with Outdoor Experience by spring of 2021)
Outdoor Experience

Much like the former Camping OUT training program, this training session will break down the importance of preparing for a campout with your girls, understanding the fundamental skills while on the campout: fire building, outdoor cooking, using outdoor equipment and maintaining safety measures. This new training format offers a blended learning opportunity through gsLearn courses and in-person training.  This is required for camping with girls in any setting 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 a recertification test on gsLearn.

Waterfront Safety

This course is designed to increase a volunteer’s waterfront safety knowledge and competencies before engaging girls and/or troops in water based activities in natural environments, like lakes and ponds. This training offers a 3-year certification and can be renewed via a recertification test on gsLearn. Be sure to check out the Safety Activities Checkpoints to ensure you have the correct amount of adult supervision to support your water based activity. Each adult acting as a water watcher needs to complete this course.


Canoeing certification courses are offered throughout the year at various locations. A canoe certification is required when taking girls out in canoes on still water. This training offers a 3-year certification and must be renewed with an in-person training.


Archery certification is required to reserve and use archery equipment with girls. The certification is valid for 3 years and must be renewed with an in-person training.

OWL and FLIGHT School

Outdoor awareness is a very important part of Girl Scouting. Come explore nature and sharpen your outdoor skills by joining our extended outdoor training programs: OWL Flight School (single day program) and OWL & OWLete Weekend.

Both of the programs offer hands on training opportunities for the traditional outdoors skills like fire building and outdoor cooking, but host other exciting training opportunities too. Each year we uniquely design these programs and offer a variety of interesting programs, which may include, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, rock climbing, horseback riding, archery, fishing and more!

Girl members looking to attend these training sessions must be a Cadette, Senior or Ambassador. For our water-based training, girls must be 16 years old for the certificate to be valid. These trainings are designed for Girl Scouts who have taken or will be soon taking their PA, LIA, or CIT I/CIT II. We are proud to invite our older girls to join in and become part of the OWLete outdoor certified team.

Visit our Events+ calendar for more program details, dates, costs and to complete your registration.


Journey Training
CPR Training

First Aid / CPR / AED

A “First-Aider” is a registered adult volunteer who has taken Girl Scout approved First-aid and CPR training that includes specific instructions for child CPR, as well as AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training. It is recommended that each troop have at least one adult volunteer serve as the “First-Aider” for the troop. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois highly recommends a troop have more than one person trained.

We may ask that you submit a copy of your First-Aider’s current certification card when your troop is participating in an activity that requires a First-Aider be present. GSofSI will require you to submit a copy of your First Aider’s current certification anytime your troop is planning to use one of our camps or when the troop plans to travel. Additional training in Wilderness Remote First Aid may be required if your troop will be in a remote area where EMS is more than 30 minutes away.

There are many organizations that provide First Aid/CPR/AED certifications, but not all are approved providers by Girl Scouts of the USA. Below you will find a list of approved providers. Starting on October 1, 2019, GSofSI will no longer accept certification cards from any organization that is not on the GSUSA approved provider list.

Approved Providers:

  • American Red Cross
  • American Heart Association
  • American Safety and Health Institute
  • Emergency First Responder
  • EMS Safety Service
  • Medic First Aid
  • National Safety Council
  • Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunity

    GSofSI Approved Provider: (added 2/10/2020)
  • American Trauma Event Management (ATEM) – Adult & Child or Adult & Pediatric CPR/AED and Standard First Aid training only.

    If you currently have a First Aid/CPR/AED from organization that is not on the list above and took the training prior to October 1, 2019, we will honor it until it becomes expired at which time you must renew from one of the approved providers. If you are taking a certification class for the first time, you must use one of the approved providers.

    Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois will not accept any First Aid/CPR/AED certification courses that are done entirely online. We will accept a blended learning course if it has been completed using one of the approved providers listed above. A blended learning course is made up of an online learning piece that is followed up with a person demonstration.

    Please note that the following healthcare providers can serve as Advanced First Aiders as long as they submit a copy of their current license as well as a current CPR/AED certification card: Physician, Physician’s Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Paramedic, Military Medic, and EMT.

    Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois partners with the American Red Cross and we offer classes throughout the year for our volunteers. The classes we offer are Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid Blended classes and First Aid Only Blended classes. The First Aid Only class is for those volunteers that already have a current certification in CPR and AED from a preferred provider but are missing the first aid portion as required to be the troop's "First Aider". As classes are scheduled, they will be listed on the Events tab on the GSofSI website. For any additional questions, please refer to Volunteer Essentials, Safety Activity Checkpoints or contact Customer Care.    

    CPR Training in Our Communities

    There are many CPR Training locations around our council.  The locations listed below have hosted CPR training within the last year.  Currently many are not scheduling classes due to COVID so please contact them to see if and when they will resume classes.  Remember to be the troop’s First Aider, the certification must include Adult and Pediatric/Child CPR/AED and First Aid.  If you obtain a certification that only has CPR/AED, watch our Event tab for upcoming First Aid courses. 

    Need training now? Review the following locations and use the provided contact information to set up training that best fits your needs!

Area 1 

O’Fallon Emergency Medical Services Station #4
1215 Taylor Rd, O’Fallon, IL
Contact: 618-624-4545, Ext. 5 ($25 for residents, $40 for non-residents) (may not include First Aid in course)

City of Edwardsville Fire Department
333 S. Main Street, Edwardsville, IL
Contact: 618-692-7540

Cost is $20 residences and $35 non-residents (Course does not include First Aid)

Area 3

Collinsville Fire Department – Station 1
130 South Clinton St., Collinsville, IL
Contact :Tracy Carlson at 618-346-5022, Ext. 3141 or email

$25 for residents, $50 for non-residents (Course does not include First Aid)

Anderson Hospital
6800 State Rt 162, Maryville, IL

Contact Education Department to register:  618-391-6700   Cost - $55
Basic Life Support Course (CPR/AED choking, does not include First Aid)

St. Joseph’s Hospital
9515 Holy Cross Ln, Breese, IL
Contact Clinical Educator to register:  618-526-5621 or email

Cost -$20 (HeartSaver course, does not include First Aid)

Area 4

Monroe County Annex Building
901 Illinois Ave, Waterloo, IL
To enroll, call 618-939-6175 or email

Area 5

Rend Lake College
468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL
Community & Corporate Education Division
Contact: 618-437-5321 Ext. 1367

Area 7

Life Community Center
2500 W. Sunset Dr., Carbondale, IL
Contact: 618-549-4222 or 618-549-6565

John A Logan College
700 Logan College Drive, Carterville, IL    
They list that they offer Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid courses. Cost listed is $20.

Heartland Regional Medical Center
3333W Deyoung St., Marion, IL
Call 618-998-7004 or email Monica Wawczak at MONICA_WAWCZAK@QUORUMHEALTH.COM
They do not have any current classes posted but call for more information.

Area 8

Southeastern Illinois College
3575 College Rd, Harrisburg, IL
Contact: 618-252-5400 or 866-338-2742

Shawnee Community College
8364 Shawnee College Rd, Ullin, IL
Contact: Business and Health Specialist – 618-634-3254

Fairfield Memorial Hospital
303 NW 11th St., Fairfield, IL
Contact: 618-847-8367

Area 10

Sarah Bush Lincoln
1000 Health Center Dr., Mattoon, IL
Contact:  Shirley Sherwood at  217-258-2403

Cost $50

Mattoon Area Family YMCA
221 N. 16th St., Mattoon, IL
Contact: 217-234-9494
Cost $50

HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
503 N. Maple St., Effingham, IL
Contact: Community Programs Department at 217-347-1529

Lincoln Trail College
11220 State Hwy 1, Robinson, IL
Contact: 618-544-8657

Information was listed in Community Education Catalog -

Travel Training

Taking your troop on their next big adventure? Make sure to check out our
Traveling with Girl Scouts Trip Training before you go!



Troop Management Training
Traditions and Ceremonies

Check out these fun Girl Scout Skits & Songs!