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Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina Training System

Training is vital to the success of a Girl Scout Volunteer. Every potential Adult Volunteer of Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina is evaluated on their willingness and ability to take training for the position. We offer courses that will give each individual a chance to grow in competency and skills. These courses should be taken with the expectation that they will help Volunteers gain confidence in their abilities and understanding of Girl Scouts. The training fees are currently waived due to COVID-19, unless otherwise indicated. All trainings are currently being facilitated via webinars.

You can find our current Training Calendar online

1. Successful Leader Learning Series

Co-Leaders are required to take the Successful Leader Learning Series within one month’s time of starting their Troop and before meeting with the girls.

Through this course, Co-Leaders will receive an introduction to Girl Scouts and gain insight into how Successful Girl Scout Leaders:

-Incorporate the 'Girl Scout Way' into thoughts and actions.

-Know and apply GSLE (Girl Scout Leadership Experience) when working with their Troop to develop G.I.R.L.s.(Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)

-Create a safe, inclusive, girl-led space which embraces Troop diversity.

-Understand and execute council specific guidelines around Troop operations.

-Begin guiding their Troop into outdoor activities.

You can register for this training through our calendar.

You can also access this course through MYGS.

2. First Steps for New Leaders

Co-Leaders are required to take this training within a month’s time of starting their Troop, and before meeting with the girls. This session covers Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina (GSESC) forms and well as our guidelines and procedures. You can register for this training through our calendar.

3. Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention offered through “Now Hear This”

Within 6 months of starting the Troop we ask that all Co-Leaders take this training which covers all four forms of abuse. We do encourage everyone who works directly with Girls (chaperones, Troop Committee members, parents) to take this training.

Children cannot be expected to protect themselves from child abuse. It is the responsibility of Adults to be trained in child abuse awareness and prevention. This comprehensive training will empower you to become proactive and an advocate for children. You will learn about the four major types of child abuse: neglect, physical, emotional, and sexual; how to recognize the clues that children give us, the behavior typically shown by perpetrators, and how to make a report to the proper authorities when indicated. Children are safer when Adults are educated in the signs of child abuse and neglect, and how to react to them. This training is registered with SCDSS Child Care Training System for 2.0 Professional Development contact hours.

You can register for this training through our calendar.

4. Portfolios: (Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador)

These workshops will show you how the Journeys and Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting tie into one another as well as go over the different awards and recognitions. Take Action Projects will be covered in detail and Co-Leaders will learn how to “detour” and make the year fun and exciting for the Girls. You can register for this training through our calendar..

5. First Aid/CPR

One Adult with current certification in First Aid and CPR is required per Troop. If you have a current card, please copy it and send/fax it to your Volunteer Support Specialist. Please be sure it is current. The cost for the full session is $50 and includes a Student Manual. The cost for the blended learning session (which has an online component) is $30 and does not include a Student Manual. You can register for this training through our calendar.

6. Planning Trips with Girls: Prerequisite to the “Troop Camping”

This is a required training for Co-Leaders or a registered Adult once the Troop plans to leaves their meeting place and who will be planning and attending trips with Girls. Planning trips, staying in hotels, public building, and self-contained buildings even at camp will be covered. “Safety Wise” Chapter IV in Volunteer Essentials and the Safety Activity Checkpoints will be the main focus of this training along with information about making reservations at our sites. This training does not include fire skills. You can register for this training through our calendar.

7. Troop Camping

Since every Troop going camping must have at least one Troop Camper with them, this course is required for a least one Adult registered with the Troop. To be a Troop Camper, an Adult must be present for the entire training, which teaches basic cooking, outdoor, and fire skills. Troop Camping is required for any type of camping either on Girl Scout Property or at other locations. You will learn all the skills you need to teach your

Girls about the out of doors. It is highly recommended that each Troop have a copy of the Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting book that is for sale in our Council Shop and at the training. If you are more than 30 minutes late for this training you will not be given credit, no exceptions. The cost for this training is $40. You can register for this training through our calendar.

Due to COVID-19 Troop Camp Training will be scheduled once overnights are allowed and we can safely facilitate this training.