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Adult Education

Now that you’ve joined the Girl Scout community, we want to provide you with the tools and information to make your experience with Girls Scouts fun, productive and safe. We provide a variety of trainings to help you lead a troop, take girls camping, go on trips and engage in exciting activities. In-person trainings are a great opportunity to connect with other volunteers. Meetings, trainings and local events are where volunteers network, and where the fun really begins. Online trainings are also offered for your convenience.


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Required Classes for Troop Leaders

Basic Leadership: Discover what you need to know to manage a troop and take Girl Scouts on field trips. Gain an overview of health and safety standards, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital practices and policies, forms, money management and the concept of girl ownership. Learn how to recruit a troop committee and divide jobs among other adults

Program Level: Learn about the Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Teen Girl Scout programs, including badges, songs, games, bridging and more. Discover the developmental characteristics and how to form an effective partnership with the girls. Plan meetings, explore program activities and resources, troop government, and finances. Learn to involve other volunteers. Watch an introductory tutorial for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors in the mean time until you can take the in-person class.

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Required Classes for Troop Activities

Cookout & Campout: This course qualifies participants to take a troop to established sites for both day cookout trips and overnight camping trips.

First Aid: This course covers CPR & obstructed airway emergencies in adults, infants & children; introduction to AED's; identifying & caring for bleeding, sudden illnesses, injuries; and preventing disease transmission. This course will cover the troop requirement for a Level 1 First Aider for working with children 1 year of age and older, and adults. Participants receive a two-year certification for CPR and a two-year certification for Standard First Aid.

Domestic Troop Travel: This course qualifies participants to assist troops in planning trips within the domestic U.S. borders (including the continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, and U.S. territories.) Watch an introductory tutorial until you can take the in-person class.

International Troop Travel: This course qualifies participants to assist troops in planning trips outside the U.S. Watch an introductory tutorial until you can take the in-person class.

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Required Classes for Service Unit Positions

Service Unit Manager: This course will cover the SUM role and three areas of service unit management work: building and supporting the service unit team, maintaining control of meetings, and finding the support available to you in handling challenges to success.

Adult Facilitation & Presentation Skills: These two courses are required to be appointed as an Adult Educator. Learn to effectively present material to an audience and to facilitate adult discussion and learning.