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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. Sign into your gsLearn profile to find the training you need and keep track of it all in one place!    


Required Training for Troop Leaders

Program Basics Learning Path

You must complete the learning path for your level within gsLearn which will help you 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, finances and the concept of girl ownership. Learn how to recruit a troop committee and divide jobs among other adults. Learn about the Daisy, Brownie, Junior, or teen Girl Scout programs, including badges, meeting plans, program activities and resources, and troop government. Discover the developmental characteristics of each age group and how to form an effective partnership with the girls. 

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 and the overnight training which must be registered for through gsLearn (but you will still need an eBiz account to finalize registration). 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 Travel: This course qualifies participants to assist troops in planning trips within the domestic U.S. borders.

International Troop Travel

International Troop Travel: This 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 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. 

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.

On October 1, 2019, Nation’s Capital transitioned to a new learning management system, GS Learn. If you completed the old required training (Basic Leadership and Program Level) for your current level within the past 2 years OR you are a current designated Camp Qualified volunteer and have completed Cookout & Campout anytime prior to 10/1/2019, please fill out this form to help us verify your training and give you credit in the new GS Learn system. Note: this is not a historical record if all training, only training that will be assigned in the new system.    

If you don’t see a training you can attend, please use the survey linked here to request it.