Whether you are new leader or in your fifth cookie season, our volunteer learning and enrichment sessions are designed to engage with volunteers at every stage of Girl Scouting to provide you with the information, resources, and skills to feel prepared and confident in leading girls. With these offerings, we strive to enhance your leadership skills to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
We know that training is critical to a successful volunteer experience, and for that reason, we are continually adding to our training portfolio. Check the event list and gsLearn, our e-learning site, regularly. Additionally each fall, Girl Scouts of Colorado hosts Leadership Summits across the state to bring fun and engaging workshops to you!
This mandatory self-guided earning Path is designed for New Troop Leadership Team Members and Troop Leaders. It will guide you through a brief history of the Girl Scouts and an overview of the organization’s structure and program. There is a training outlining the expectations and responsibilities for new troop leaders. Among these will be training around Safety and Managing Troop Finances, and finally an overview of what girl scouts do.
Once this learning path is complete, reach out to your Volunteer Support or Membership Specialist to arrange a phone/zoom call for a new leader orientation and to register you for your instructor-led program level leader training.
After you complete the program-level leader training and open your troop bank account, feel free to take a deeper dive and start exploring more helpful training in the 512 Troop Leadership - Enrichments/Re-certifications Learning Path.
New Leader Orientation- Attend a meeting in person or over zoom with your Volunteer Support/Membership Specialist to go over the basics of getting your troop started. You will discuss the logistics of opening a bank account, finding a place to meet, and jump into using the Volunteer Toolkit to plan your first meeting.
Once completing your online self-paced gsLearn courses in the 512 New Troop Leader Learning Path and meet with your member specialist or volunteer support specialist for New Leader Orientation. You're ready to gain hands-on information about leading your troop's grade level in this hands-on course taken either online or in-person. In this course you'll gain the skills and knowledge needed to lead your specific troop grade levels. This training completes the new leader required training. You can find the available Troop Leader Training on our events calendar.
As your troop progresses you or your troop volunteers may need to continue with Outdoor Skills training and First Aid/CPR/AED training.
Did you know your troop belongs to a local community called a service unit? Your service unit is a place to gather with other leaders and volunteers to learn new information, exchange ideas and challenged, and connect with experienced volunteers.
Your service unit also plays a huge role in events and the Girl Scout Product Programs (also known as the Cookie Program and Fall Product Program).
If you are unsure how to connect to your service unit reach out to your council staff contact, your volunteer support specialist, and they will help you get plugged in!
This optional Learning Path is dedicated to updates in official Girl Scout programming, patches, and highest awards. Check out all the amazing things you and your girls can do!
A few courses:
This optional Learning Path is dedicated to all the additional programming, highest awards, and other opportunities to make Girl Scouts exciting and relevant to our older Girl Scouts.
A few courses:
Outdoor training is required for any outdoor cooking, wood-burning fires, and any overnight in a tent or cabin.
Look for Let's Have a Campfire, Let's Have a Cookout, and Let's Have an Outdoor Overnight courses on the GSCO events page. You can also complete all three trainings at once with a Let's Go Camping course.
Need a little more information? Check out these resources:
The Travel Peak contains all the courses needed for traveling as a troop. From field trips to international travel, the Travel Peak has you covered!
Overnights is required before taking any kind of overnight travel with your troop. Even indoor slumber parties!
This learning path has all the basic training needed for running a Girl Scout Troop, as well as optional training and opportunities to update your certifications, such as CPR/AED/First Aid and more!
A few courses:
Leave No Trace: Take Action to Protect the Outdoors Online Course
GSUSA Effective Recruitment Tactics
Girl Scouts has been building girls’ confidence and skills in the great outdoors for over 100 years. Outside is where many of our favorite activities happen. Activities like camping, outdoor cooking, orienteering, and exploring the wilds (and the backyard) are part of our identity as an organization. Here are a few resources to get you started on an outdoor adventure.
There are lots of ways to get outdoors with girls, anything from a walk a local park, to a day outdoor skill building adventure, to an overnight backpacking trip! As girl moves through an outdoor progression, different kinds of adult volunteer training is needed. The chart below summarizes all of the outdoor program resources and skills training opportunities available to you as a volunteer with Girl Scouts of Colorado.
Girl Scouts of Colorado developed the Outdoor Program Planning Resource Guide for troop leaders, volunteers, and caregivers to use as a resource to help plan their next outdoor adventure with their Girl Scouts – such as visiting a Girl Scout property, camping with your troop, working on special outdoor patches, planning your own outdoor activity and more!
Log into myGS via the green navigation bar above. Here you can access two resources:
Watch the videos below and see how the Volunter Toolkit can benefit you in your role, save time and help you plan!
Interested in training or enrichment in your area?
Please submit the Training and Enrichment Request form to bring our training volunteers and staff to your area. This is a request, and we will try to accommodate as many as possible, but it will be scheduled as we are able to fill. Most of our trainers are volunteers.
Interested in becoming a volunteer trainer? Our volunteer trainers are critical to bringing learning opportunities across the state. We will provide the training and supplies necessary to present training and enrichments to your area. From Songs & Games to Program Level Trainers, and Outdoor Skills and CPR/AED First Aid Instructors, we are looking to lift your skills! Simply fill out this form for information.