Suggested Training Course Progression

You may be wondering why there are trainings for adult Girl Scouts! After all, you will just be having fun with a group of girls, won't you? Yes, you will be having fun! The Council wants YOU and your GIRLS to have the best possible Girl Scout experience. Happy leaders mean happy girls. A happy leader is confident in her delivery of the Girl Scout program. Trainings can give you new ideas and exciting experiences to share.

Our training for volunteers will provide a foundation for implementing the Girl Scout program while working with girls. Use the chart below to determine which courses to take and when to take them.

First Step:  Passport to Girl Scouting (basic leadership training)
To ensure safety and quality of program, this training must be taken by at least one leader before a troop or group can begin meeting.  All members of the leadership team must complete Passport to Girl Scouting within three months of appointment. 

This course is an introduction to Girl Scouting and Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council. Passport to Girl Scouting provides adults skills and knowledge they need to be successful.  It focuses on leadership skills, and gives general information to get the troop started and meeting with the girls plus tips and information on keeping girls safe.  During the training, adult volunteers will receive a leader packet with resources to help locate the necessary forms for troop management, ideas on suggestions for troop meetings and information on safety.     

For completion, a community leadership team member will deliver a short presentation about the community's "way of work". The local community is the best place to participate in this course, but if that is not possible, it is available through home study and in classroom sessions offered at the Girl Scout Center.


Second Step:  Leadership Essentials
It is strongly recommended that this training, which provides an overview of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) and the National Portfolio (Journey and Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting) be completed within three months of appointment to a leadership position, but it must be completed within six months by all members of the troop pathway leadership team.


Third Step:  Program Level and Enrichment Training
Program level training is not required but HIGHLY recommended, after completing the two above courses.


Girl Scout Daisy Leadership Teams:

  • Program Level Training
  • Enrichments (songs, games, crafts and ceremonies for Daisies and Brownies)
  • First Aid/CPR
  • It’s Your Journey Customize It (either Dive In or Explore It)
  • Product Sales Training

Girl Scout Brownie Leadership Teams:

  • Program Level Training (unless taken as a Daisy Leader), after completing the required courses.
  • Classes listed above
  • 1st Steps in Outdoor Exploration
  • By Brownies, for Brownies (girl planning)
  • It’s Your Journey, Customize It (either “Dive In” or “Explore It”) if not taken previously
  • First Aid/CPR (must be kept current)
  • Camp/Outdoor Training
  • Helping Girls Thrive (40 Developmental Assets)
  • No More Bullies
  • Enrichments (songs, games, crafts and ceremonies for Daisy and Brownie levels)
  • Product Sales Training

Girl Scout Junior Leadership Teams

  • Program Level Training (Jump Into Juniors)
  • Camp/Outdoor Training
  • Enrichments (songs, games, crafts and ceremonies for Juniors or teens)
  • It’s Your Journey, Customize It (either “Dive In” or “Explore It”) if not taken previously
  • First Aid/CPR (must be kept current)
  • Troop Camp Training
  • Helping Girls Thrive (40 Developmental Assets)
  • No More Bullies (unless taken previously
  • Juniors – The Second Year & Beyond (helps prepare for bridging)
  • Field Trips
  • S’More About Cooperation
  • Advanced Cooking Workshops
  • Product Sales Training

Cadette Leadership Teams

  • Cadette Level Training
  • Camp/Outdoor Training
  • Enrichments (songs, games, crafts and ceremonies for teens)
  • Advanced Cooking Workshops
  • Advanced Camping Skills Workshops
  • I’m Worth Waiting For
  • No More Bullies
  • Let’s Talk – Communicating with Teens
  • It’s Your Journey, Customize It
  • Power of Choice
  • First Aid/CPR (must be kept current)

Senior and Ambassador Leadership Teams

  • Classes listed above
  • Gold Award (Girl Scouts 14-17 & advisors only) – offered by the Program Dept.
  • Staying Power
  • Power of Choice
  • Extended Troop Travel & Finance
  • It’s Your Journey, Customize It
  • First Aid/CPR (must be kept current)

Note:  Experienced advisors moving to Girl Scouts 14-17 do not have to repeat Teen Advisor Training.

Quick Overview – suggested timeline:

  • Passport to Girl Scouting - before your first troop meeting for at least one leader; at least by your 3rd troop meeting for the other leadership members
  • Leadership Essentials – within 3 months of meeting with girls
  • Program Level Training – within 3 months
  • First Aid & CPR, Enrichments workshop on outdoors - Before first outing
  • Troop Camp Certification - At least 2 weeks prior to first cookout and at least 8 weeks before your troop goes camping
  • Enrichment workshops to get more ideas about program, songs, crafts, games, and ceremonies.
  • Anytime!
  • Bridging workshop and next enrichment program level - 2-3 months before girls in your troop are going to change levels (bridging).

 

Note: Experienced Advisors moving to Girl Scouts 14-17 do not have to repeat Teen Advisor training.