Learning & Enrichment
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.
All in-person learning and enrichment opportunities are listed on our events page and online learning can be found through our website. Each fall, Girl Scouts of Colorado hosts Leadership Summits across the state to bring fun and engaging workshops to you.
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!
Once you are familiar with gsLearn you can search for "Live Sessions", also called Instructor Lead Trainings (ILT), through the content library in gsLearn. Simply type "512 ILT" in the search bar in the content library to find ll our Live Session courses.
These are just some of the trainings we offer:
Four Learning Paths filled with courses designed to support your learning and training throughout your first year as a Girl Scout leader. Courses you'll find in these Learning Paths include a mixture of courses from Girl Scouts USA and courses from us here in Colorado. You'll learn how to navigte myGS and the Volunteer Toolkit, as well as what troop support looks like and how to manage troop finances.
These Learning Paths will be available on your dashboard within a week of finishing your volunteer registration.
Enroll in this Learning Path after completing Part 1 of the First Year Leader. This Learning Path contains an essentials course from GSUSA to take first. Once you have completed it you can register for four of our 512 Live Session (ILT) Leader Training courses to gin hands-on information about leading your troop's grade level.
GSCO offers these enrichment Learning Paths for Daisy, Brownie, and Junior grade levels. We are in the process of creating Learning Paths for older level troops and have provided equivalent learning in the interim.
If you troop is ready to get outside, you'll find the age-appropriate travel coures as an option for you to take within this Learning Path.
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!
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!
Before taking your troop on an outdoor overnight take Outdoor Skills. We have two paths to choose from.:
1. Outdoor Skills 1 and 2. These two courses are a hybrid of the online gsLEarn and ILT sessions to ensure you have the skills to keep you and your troop safe in the outdoors for multiple days.
2. Outdoor Skills Accelerated. This course is for those who are well versed in outdoor safety. If you're an experienced outdoor adventurer, all we need is to ensure you're up to date on Girl Scout safety when taking your troop outside. If this is you fill out this short form and we'll respond to you with the next steps.
Need a little more information? Check out these resources:
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!
Interested in becoming a Volunteer Trainer?
Our Volunteer Trainers are critical to bringing learning opportunities across the state. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on becoming a Volunteer Trainer.