mission statement

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 New Online Training Available Now

Beginning your volunteer adventure with Girl Scouts?  Never attended a New Leader Orientation? Then, this is for you!  We can help you jump start a great Girl Scout experience with tools, valuable resources and so much more. Take this easy, online, mobile friendly, 1-hour training  at your own pace in short, 10-15 minute modules.

Check out the mobile-friendly, online New Volunteer Training.

GSLE/Grade Level Training – New Online Training Fall 2016

Are you ready for all that Girl Scouts can offer?  Join us for a dive into the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) where you can access fantastic information about delivering a premium leadership experience the girls will love.  Stay tuned for a new online option coming soon.

Basic Outdoor Skills – New Online Training Spring 2017

Love the great outdoors?  Join us for an opportunity to learn some tricks of the trade for outdoor cooking, fire safety and camp layout. This is a great chance to teach your girls how to enjoy and protect the great outdoors.  New online, mobile-friendly, training option coming in spring of 2017.  Watch these fantastic videos as a short preview!

Service Unit 101 – New Online Training Summer 2017

Are you a member of the Service Unit Leadership Team? Join us in building your toolbox of resources and opportunities essential for service unit success.  We welcome enthusiastic volunteers like you!  Check with your local support staff for detailed information for the 2016 in-person training and planning sessions.  Online, mobile-friendly training options coming in summer of 2017!

Contact your local Volunteer Specialist to set up a fall of 2016 training time for your group if you haven’t yet.

First Aid/CPR – New In-Person Training Fall 2016 & Spring 2017

Need to keep girls safe? We’ve got you covered.  Look for all-new First Aid/CPR, in-person, discounted trainings coming this fall and spring to your local service center.  Contact your local support staff for details and to reserve a spot!

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.


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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?