Adult Training

 

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Girl Scouting 101

Required for all volunteers, before working with girls (1-2 hours)
You’ll receive an overview of all the components of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience including the three keys to leadership (Discover, Connect, and Take Action) and the three processes (Girl-led, Learning by Doing, and Cooperative Learning). Sample all that Girl Scouting has to offer, and learn how you’ll create girls of courage, confidence and character that make the world a better place.

 

Online Version (self-paced, interactive video)

Webinar Version (presentation and discussion led by a facilitator)

 

Volunteer Essentials

Required for all volunteers, before working with girls (30 min-2 hours)

This is a resource document answering the many questions that you may have about Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. It covers topics such as programs, badges, meetings, awards, and cookies. It will educate you on council policies and procedures that you are responsible for upholding. Along with the Safety Activity Checkpoints, it will help you plan trips, understand your girls and get the most out of your leadership role.


Volunteer Essentials PDF – Quick Start Guide 

  • last page must be signed and returned to council office

Volunteer Essentials PDF – Full Version

 

GSLE: From Here to There

Required for new troop leaders, within 3 months of working with girls
Encouraged for all volunteers (4 hours)

You’ll learn and practice everything you need to know to provide girls with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). By the end of this training, participants will understand how Journeys and badges work together to help girls gain leadership skills. You’ll dive into the Journey Adult Guide and the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting to understand all that’s available for you and for girls.

 

Face-to-Face Training

 

Three Processes, One Powerful Program

Required for new troop leaders, within 3 months of working with girls
Encouraged for all volunteers (2 hours)

When you volunteer to help girls, it’s not just what you do—it’s how you do it. The Three Processes (Girl Led, Learning by Doing, and Cooperative Learning) define how we do Girl Scouting. They help make Girl Scouting unique and the Girl Leadership Experience powerful. And they are what make Girl Scouting fun for girls! You’ll learn all about the Three Processes and work together to practice them, in this training.

Face-to-Face Training

 

Field Trip Basics

Required for volunteers who are planning troop outings
This resource document will provide information on how to plan a field trip, ensure the girls’ safety, and complete all necessary paperwork.

Field Trip Basics PDF

 

Basic Outdoor Skills

Required for volunteers who are planning outdoor activities including hikes and campfires. Pre-requisite: Field Trip Basics
This training prepares volunteers for outdoor activities with girls – from a simple hike to a full meal. You’ll learn and practice the girl-led planning process, fire building, cooking, knot tying, Leave No Trace, safety, how to pack, and kapers/clean-up.

 

Face-to-Face Training

 

Indoor Overnights

Required for volunteers who are planning an overnight with sleeping and restrooms (flush toilets) indoors. Pre-requisite: Field Trip Basics
This training prepares volunteers for an overnight with girls – whether it’s a local lock-in or a trip to one of GSNI’s camp properties. You’ll discuss planning, girl readiness, trip progression, what to pack, and how to stay organized.

 

Note: If planning a campfire or other outdoor activities, Basic Outdoor Skills training is also required.

 

Webinar Version (presentation and discussion led by a facilitator)

Face-to-Face Version

 

Outdoor Overnights

Required for volunteers who are planning an overnight sleeping outdoors or anywhere without restrooms (flush toilets.) Pre-requisites: Field Trip Basics and Basic Outdoor Skills
This training prepares volunteers for an overnight with girls – whether it’s in the backyard, at a GSNI camp property, or in a public campground. You’ll review and gain hands-on practice with the Basic Outdoor Skills, learn and practice tent pitching, and participate in your own outdoor overnight experience.
Participants are required to spend the night at one of GSNI’s camp facilitaties.

 

Face-to-Face Training

 

Archery

Required for volunteers planning to facilitate archery instruction and activities
Complete this training for USA Archery certification (3 yr certification). Training includes how to facilitate basic archery skills for girls, proper use of equipment, safety procedures, and coaching of girls for successful archery achievement.

 

Face-to-Face Training

 

Crate Stacking

Required for volunteers planning to facilitate crate stacking
How difficult can climbing milk crates really be? Come find out when we challenge you to climb 17 crates high. This is a favorite activity at GSNI camps! Learn climbing safety and the technique of belaying.

 

Face-to-Face Training

 

Low Ropes

Required for volunteers planning to facilitate low ropes at MaryAnn Beebe Center
The Adventure Walk Low Ropes Program will help build teamwork within a group. This is done through a series of activities to help girls learn more about themselves, each other, work together as a group and to create a trust bond with one another. This program is designed in four steps and girls must satisfactorily complete one step by demonstrating they can work together before progressing to the next step. The steps are: get-acquainted games; cooperative games; trust activities; and the low ropes course. The Low Ropes Course is for registered girls in fourth grade and up.

 

Face-to-Face Training

 

Other Trainings

 

Effective Facilitating Adult Learning
For volunteers who aspire to lead council trainings
Scheduled only periodically

 

Take Action Projects 101
For volunteers seeking to understand the Girl Scout definition of “Take Action” and plan for the girls’ Journey(s)
None scheduled at this time

 

Service Team Position Training
For volunteers in a Service Unit team position
Volunteers in these positions will be notified when trainings are available

 

Volunteering for Girl Scout Series & Events
Customized training, for volunteers that are working only with series or event pathways. Online Version (self-paced, interactive video)

 

If you have questions about trainings, please contact your Volunteer Support Specialist, or Stacie Simpson, Director of Volunteer Management at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 815-235-8777 ext 7148.