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Volunteer Training

Helping girls build leadership skills requires special knowledge and techniques that Girl Scouts has been perfecting for over 100 years. If you‘re an adult, who's interested in working with girls, we’re here to help prepare you for what’s sure to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

While all registered volunteers receive basic education for their position, our courses are of value to anyone who works with girls, including parents. You’re sure to grow yourself as you learn how to help the girl(s) you care about build courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place.

We offer many learning opportunities on a regular basis, and even more opportunities during the incredibly fun All Aboard event for volunteers, which is held every fall at one of our camps.

Girl Scouting 101 Online
  • GS101 is a 45-minute, self-paced orientation to Girl Scouting. You will be introduced to Girl Scouts' inspiring national leadership experience, learn ways that you can make a difference in girls' lives, and find out how to get the most out of the exciting series of journey resources.
  • Required for all new volunteers
  • Complete Girl Scouting 101 online. 
Council Essentials
  • Council Essentials is a video of approximately 20 minutes long which will provide you with an orientation and introduction to Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, including policies and procedures. You will feel welcomed and excited about your volunteer role in our organization!
  • Council Essentials is required for: Any volunteer who will be partnering with girls
  • Required for all new volunteers
  • Prerequisites: Girl Scouting 101
  • Complete Council Essentials Online 


Troop Management
  • Troop Management will give you all the fundamentals for leading a successful troop at any grade level. You will learn how to use essential forms, as well as review processes and policies to keep girls and adults safe while having fun in a troop. Information will include crucial techniques for managing a troop from the first steps of collecting registration forms, to keeping troop financial reports and following safety procedures.
  • Required for new Leaders and Co-Leaders
  • Prerequisites: Girl Scouting 101 and Council Essentials
  • Find an upcoming Troop Management Training 
First Aid/CPR
  • The First Aid & Adult/Child CPR course teaches skills that participants need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. Students who successfully complete this class will receive certificates for Standard First Aid with CPR - Adult and Child, which are valid for two years. Most of our classes are offered by instructors certified by the American Red Cross, but we have some that are offered by instructors certified by the American Heart Association.
  • Find upcoming First Aid/CPR trainings



Grade Level Training
  • New and experienced leaders will benefit from the information and resources provided in this comprehensive class. The content will help you guide your Girl Scouts through developmental levels and provide them the best Girl Scout Leadership Experience possible, based on appealing to age-appropriate interests, abilities, and needs.
  • Prerequisites: Girl Scouting 101, Council Essentials, and Troop Management
  • Find an upcoming Grade Level training 
Outdoor Skills 1
  • Participants will gain confidence in their ability to work with girls to plan, implement, and evaluate a trip to a Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan lodge or cabin. Some of the topics that will be covered are: camping progression for Girl Scouts, menu planning, reservation process, kaper charts, basic fire building (for warmth/ambiance/s'mores and safety), food storage, pump safety, sanitation, and outdoor etiquette.
  • Find an upcoming Outdoor Skills 1 Training 
Outdoor Skills 2
  • Camping with girls in a GSHOM lodge or cabin is highly recommended before taking this class. Some of the topics that will be covered are: advanced cooking methods (over various heat sources), equipment rental, camp/tent care, knots, outdoor etiquette, and health and safety. Some Outdoor Skills 2 sessions will offer an optional overnight.
  • Find an upcoming Outdoor Skills 2 training
Trip Planning Home Study
  • Learn about taking your girls on a trips and adventures, from visiting a museum, to travelling across the country and beyond.  This home study course allows you to complete the training on your own schedule.
  • Download the home study here 
  • Take the assessment test here 


Area Registrar Self-Study
  • Interested in becoming an area registrar?  Take this course to learn more about the volunteer position.
  • Download the self-study here [hyperlink to document _______]


Remember! Learning can happen anywhere, at any time. Often, participating in an activity with girls is the best time to learn about yourself, your leadership style, and what you want to learn more about. Working in the field with girls is a great way to practice what you learn in one of our classes, and when you have questions, we’ll be right here to help you discover the answers!

Course Fees
When a fee is charged, it covers the cost of equipment and materials used. The fee or financial assistance form must accompany registration to hold a place in the class. “No shows” will forfeit the course fee. Those who cancel 24 hours in advance may transfer the fee to another session. Financial assistance is available for all adult learning opportunities. Troop funds may also be used to pay for adult learning opportunities.

Late Fee Policy
Deadline for adult learning opportunities registrations is five business days before the adult learning opportunity takes place (unless otherwise noted). Registrations received during the late registration period are required to pay the $5 late registration fee in addition to the course fee. Walk-ins on the day training is taking place are considered late registrations. Receiving training registrations on time allows us to provide you with the best training experience, to be fully prepared, and to have all the resources/materials necessary for all participants.

Adult learning opportunities may be cancelled due to low registration. If there is a cancellation, all registered participants will be notified. If you cannot attend an adult learning opportunity you are registered for, please call as soon as possible so someone else can potentially take your spot in the course. In case of bad weather, all participants will be notified via phone and email if the course is cancelled.

Childcare is not provided at Girl Scout training classes and events.