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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. There is a $7.00 non-refundable fee for training unless otherwise indicated. You can find our current Training Calendar online

1.   Introduction to Girl Scouting:

This is a required training for all prospective Co-Leaders. It must be taken prior to starting a new Girl Scout Troop. It is facilitated by your Community Engagement Specialist or Volunteer Support Specialist at no cost and lasts approximately one hour. You can also view it online here. After you view the training, take the Intro To Girl Scouting survey here. 

2.   Girl Scouting 101:

This is a GSUSA required online training for all Co-Leaders.  It gives an overview of Girl Leadership Experience, the National Girl Scout Program Portfolio, and the Three Keys to Leadership as well as the Three Processes. This session takes approximately 45 minutes and needs to be completed before coming to Leadership Essentials.

Girl Scouting 101 is a 45-minute, self-paced online orientation to Girl Scouting.

Girl Scouting 101 | GS University

3.   GSESC Leadership Essentials:

Co-Leaders are required to take Leadership Essentials training within one month of Introduction to Girl Scouting. This training covers information about GSUSA and GSESC. You will also learn about forms and other information that is needed to be a Co-Leader including emergency procedures. As of September 2018, we will also offer this course as a webinar training.

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.

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.

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

As of October 1st, 2014 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. 

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

This is a required training for Co-Leaders or a registered Adult 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 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.

8.  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.