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volunteer training




As a Girl Scout Volunteer, we want to offer you a set of experiences and skills to be successful in your position.  To meet this goal, we provide core training curriculum to make you more comfortable and successful in your position.  Please see the information below to choose your training options.

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)
Training Opportunities


This class is required of all adults that are working with girls. It teaches the importance of all the components of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience including the three keys to learning: Discovering, Connecting and Taking Action. It also teaches them about the importance of girl led, learning by doing and cooperative learning. We are looking for girls to achieve the values, knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors that are valued in Girl Scouting, and how these create girls with courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting 101 shows you how to utilize the Journey books and their lesson plans and how to plan additional activities that go along with the outcomes Girl Scouts are looking for.

Training available here.

Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events

Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events is a streamlined version of Girl Scouting 101 created specifically for those who commit to short-term volunteering (such as for series and events).

Training available here.

Girl Scout University

Girl Scout University provides leadership and professional enrichment to empower volunteers and staff in the Girl Scout Movement.  They offer a variety of trainings relating to professional development, as well as Girl Scout volunteering.  As a Girl Scout Volunteer, you have access to these courses.  For more information about upcoming training or resources visit here.

Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons (GSDH)
Training Opportunities

New Volunteer Orientation

Want to know how to become a successful and confident Girl Scout Volunteer?  Join us for an informative session that will prepare you for your year and set you off on the right foot!


GSLE 101

Want some hands on experience and time to develop activities with staff and volunteers?  Join us for this brief session that allows you to practice the GSLE and learn more about utilizing the National Program Portfolio.


Basic Outdoor Skills

Love the great outdoors?  Join us for an opportunity to learn some tricks of the trade for outdoor cooking, fire safety and camp layout.  Great chance to teach your girls how to enjoy and protect the great outdoors. (Available Spring 2015)


Service Unit 101

Ready to take the lead in Girl Scouting in your area?  Join us to learn about what a service unit does and how they do it.

To sign up for GSDH training, please visit our websites as described below:

  • For training in the fall, please visit here.
  •  For volunteer training in the Spring and Summer, please visit here.


Short and Snappys

GSDH is offering service units the opportunity to host short and snappy trainings at their Service Unit meetings to provide more knowledge and skills to our volunteers.  Short and Snappy are short activities that share information about Girl Scouts and allow team development.  Choose any of the available Short and Snappys below: (coming soon)

Court of Awards

A Court of Awards is a special ceremony when Girl Scouts receive recognitions and insignia they have earned. It can be held anytime during the year, any location, and as often as the troop wants.

Girl Scout Ceremonies

Girl Scout ceremonies offer a rich tradition to our organization. These ceremonies reinforce the values of Girl Scouting.

Girl Scout Traditions

We invite you to learn about our robust organization and its rich history. From our willingness to tackle important societal issues, to our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness—Girl Scouts is dedicated to every girl, everywhere.

Nine Reasons to Go Camping

From reconnecting with the girls to relaxing and having fun, there are plenty of reasons to go camping.


Progression is the key to the way Girl Scouts learn about the world around them. In practice, progression means using common sense in preparing for experience – one step at a time.


Otherwise known as Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere or Share With a Pal

Valuing Differences

The fact that we have different traditions and beliefs make us more interesting to be with. Wouldn’t the world be boring if we were all alike?