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Required Training

We provide a variety of trainings to help you lead a troop, take girls camping, go on trips and engage in exciting activities. Keep track of your training by bringing your Training Log with you to class.


Required Classes for Troop Leaders

Basic Leadership

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

Program Level

Program Level: Learn about the Daisy, Brownie, Junior, or teen Girl Scout programs, including badges, songs, games, bridging and more. Discover the developmental characteristics of each age group 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.

Required Classes for Troop Activities

Cookout & Campout

Cookout & Campout: This overnight course qualifies participants to take a troop to established sites for both day cookout trips and overnight camping trips. Participants will learn health and safety procedures, Council resources and policies for outdoor activities, outdoor skills, and how to use the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for activities and planning. Participants must complete an online prerequisite tutorial (if you have already completed an in-person Basic Leadership training this satisfies the prerequisite). For troops only interested in outdoor cooking, there is also a half-day Basic Cookout training.

First Aid

First Aid/CPR/AED : Courses containing all of the following elements are accepted:
•Basic first aid
•Adult and child CPR training, including a “hands-on” skills demonstration even if the course is hosted online
•AED training
Participants receive a two-year certification. Some healthcare professionals may also serve as First Aiders for the troop. See  Volunteer Essentials, Chapter 9 for more information on which healthcare professionals qualify without additional training and when Troop First Aiders need to be present. Council also offers regularly scheduled First Aid/CPR/AED training through a contractor. This contractor offers both fully in-person and partially online trainings.

Domestic Troop Travel

Domestic Troop TravelThis course qualifies participants to assist troops in planning trips within the domestic U.S. borders.

International Troop Travel

International Troop TravelThis course qualifies participants to assist troops in planning trips outside the U.S.

High Adventure


High Adventure: These trainings qualify participants to assist troops in the various high adventure activities offered at our camps including archery, canoe, and kayak. 

Required Classes for Service Unit Positions

Service Unit Manager

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


Adult Facilitation & Presentation SkillsThese 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. 

Service Unit Encampment Coordinator

Service Unit Encampment Coordinator: An encampment is when multiple troops camp at the same time and participate in the same programming or activities, at either council-owned camps or other locations. Encampments are often based around a theme, with older girls (or troops) leading activities done in rotations for the younger girls. This training qualifies adults to facilitate a Service Unit encampment. Valid for three years.