Online Learning Courses
Use our new online learning courses and you can save your place and come back later, and track your progress while you complete the course! To get started click on one of the courses below.
Girl Scouting 101 (English or Spanish)
This course provides an overview to the Girl Scout organization, including Girl Scout pathways (various ways that girl and adult members participate), resources and support available to volunteers, the Girl Scout Mission, Promise and Law, the benefits to girls of participating in the Cookie program (builds financial literacy skills), some basic safety requirements, and an overview of the Girl Scout program for girls. Must be taken before meeting with girls. (Course time-45 minutes)
Becoming a Volunteer in GSNorCal
This course will acquaint you with our council and the resources available to support you. We'll introduce you to registration and screening requirements for adults, where to find answers to your questions, and who will help you along the way. (Course time- 27 minutes)
Forming Your Troop/Group
This course will acquaint you with the steps to Forming Your Troop/Group - how to find girls and adults, who can help you, and answer some of your basic questions. (Course time- 21 minutes)
Registering Your Troop/Group
NEW COURSE- NOW AVAILABLE. This Course will cover registration basics and will also offer a step by step guide on how to register and manage your troop online using eBiz our online registration system. (Course time- 20 minutes)
Meeting With Parents/Guardians
This course serves two purposes - it provides an agenda and everything you need to know to host your first Parent/Guardian meeting, but it also is a great place to answer new volunteers' FAQs - how much does Girl Scouting cost, what do I buy at the beginning, how do you structure the adult leadership of the troop, etc. (Course time- 30 minutes)
This course covers Chapter 5 of the CRG: responsibilities of a Troop Treasurer, how to open a bank account, financial literacy skills for girls, funding for Girl Scout troops, information protection responsibilities, and FAQs about Girl Scout money. (Course time- 30 minutes)
This course will help you ensure that health & safety standards are followed to allow the girls safe & fun adventures and help you protect yourself legally. Must be taken before meeting with girls. You must have a copy of Council Resource Guide: Volunteer Essentials (each troop/group receives one free copy in the new troop materials or you may download by clicking here. (Course length- 50 minutes)
Girl Scout Program
This course covers Girl Scout program basics, including program resources (books), and how the journeys and other activities fit together. Also covered is the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and how to incorporate it into every activity in Girl Scouting for "fun with a purpose". (Course time - 30 minutes)
Meeting With Girls
*New Online Course Available!
This course will prepare the new leader to meet with girls for the first time. This course will acquaint the new leader with how to create a welcoming, inclusive, safe space for girls; parts of a Girl Scout meeting; how to involve girls in the planning process for the year; tips for managing conflict and resources that will be helpful for the new volunteer. (Course time 40 minutes)
Information Protection - PayAnywhere
If your troop/group will accept credit card payment for product sales items, this course is a must. You will take a short module on protecting private information, then agree to the privacy protection terms. Then, you'll be launched to the GoPayment module and upon completion will be able to set up your GoPayment account.
This online module is part of the Teen Advisor training. There are three parts, this Troop Government online module, the Girl Led online module and the in-person Teen Advisor Roundtable Discussion Session.
The two online modules are prerequisites for the in-person Teen Advisor Roundtable Discussion Session.
Working with Girl Scout Daisies
Learn how to effectively partner with girls in grades K-1. Learn how to plan a meeting, how to involve girls in decision-making and planning, Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Daisy Journeys and Girls Guide to Girl Scouting, Daisy uniform and badge placement, problem solving strategies and resources that areavailable to help you and your girls enjoy their time in Daisies, and more.
Working with Girl Scout Brownies
Learn how to effectively partner with girls in grades 2-3. Learn how to plan a meeting, how to involve girls in decision-making and planning, Girl Scout Leadership experience, Brownie Journeys and the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting, Brownie uniform and badge placement, problem solving strategies and available resources to help you and your girls enjoy their time as Girl Scout Brownies, and more. (Course length 45 minutes)
Working With Girl Scout Juniors
Learn how to effectively partner with girls in grades 4-5. Learn how to plan a meeting, how to involve girls in decision-making and planning, Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Junior Journeys and Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, Junior uniform and badge placement, problem solving strategies and available resources for Girl Scout Juniors. (Course time- 1 hour)
This module is designed to help you as a troop adult volunteer to make your troop more girl led and to empower the girls to take a more active role in the workings of their troop.
This Girl Led module is part of the Teen Advisor training and is a prerequisite along with Troop Government to the in-person Teen Advisor Roundtable Discussion Session.
Fall Sale Training
This training is essential for a troops’ success when participating in the Fall product sale. Troop Fall Sale managers will learn requirements and best practices for facilitating a successful Fall product sale for her/his troop. To take NutE training, scroll to the bottom of this page.
If your troop decides to accept credit cards, you will also need to complete the Information Protection-PayAnywhere module (total 9 minutes). Scroll up two courses on this page to take the PayAnywhere course. The PayAnywhere module launches after you complete the Information Protection module and electronically sign the agreement.
Outings, Short Trips & Overnights
You should take Safety-Wise before taking this course. This course is required for at least one adult who will attend any outing, short trip or overnight (any activity where you will meet at a different location than regular troop meetings) and who is involved in the planning process with the girls. This course is highly recommended for ALL adults who will attend any outing, short trip or overnight. (Course time- 1 hour)
Are you planning events and activities for your Service Unit or Council? This class is required for volunteers running events where the person is responsible for the planning and implementation of the event and for the well-being of the participants. Check the council website for more information about which activities are considered events. Learn the logistics of planning, promoting, delivering and evaluating an event, as well as effective techniques for recruiting and working with a committee.
Girl Scout First Aider
This New Online Course is NOW AVAILABLE!
This online course will prepare the adult volunteer who is currently certified in CPR and First Aid to serve as the first aider for Girl Scout activities and events. This course is required before you serve as the Girl Scout first aider. Prerequisite: current CPR/First Aid Certification.
NutE: Online Order Management System for Fall Sale
This step by step video will show you exactly how to enter all aspects of the Fall Sale into NutE. For Troop Fall Sale Managers and SU Fall Sale Managers.
Troop Finance Report Mini-Tutorial
If you would like a little coaching on how to complete your Troop Finance Report, this 6 minute tutorial is for you!
2013 Council and National Adult Recognitions online module
This course will walk you through the new packet and nomination process for the Fall 2013 council and national level recognitions which will be awarded in the Fall of 2013 (Spring of 2013 for North Central area).
Service Unit Adult Recognitions online module
This course will walk you through the new packet for the Spring 2013 Service Unit level recognitions.
This course provides basic information for people serving as a Regional Delegate, Alternate Regional Delegate, or Regional Delegate Facilitator. Information about the democratic process and parliamentary procedures, the difference between governance and operations, expectations and position descriptions, and more is included. Please note, your participation in this training will not be recorded here.
Optional Online Learning Courses
Grade Level Courses
Our optional Junior grade level course is available above (scroll up) and our Daisy, Brownie and Teen Advisor are currently being updated. Girls at every grade level are encouraged to work with journeys. The Adult Guides for each journey have Sample Sessions all laid out which show adults how to guide girls through their journey with activities and awards requirements (the girl companion books do NOT have the activities or awards requirements for the journey). For more information about using journeys, go to www.girlscouts.org/program/journeys. Click on each journey series on the left tab, and then choose your level for tons of resources and ideas. Thanks for your patience!
Online Girl Scout Leadership Experience Overview
What is the Girl Scout Leadership Experience? What are pathways and journeys? What are leadership keys and outcomes? This interactive course has been updated to show animated vignettes from the It’s Your Planet—Love It! journey series. Click here for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience Overview!
This introductory video covers basics of the Girl Scout program, including an overview of Girl Scout History, the research behind the Girl Scout program, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), and the Girl Scout age groups
We’re all busy! It can be hard to find the time to volunteer–even for our favorite causes. Girl Scouts understand that people have different amounts of time to contribute as well as different skills to share so we’ve created different options for volunteers, each requiring different amounts of time.
Mission, Promise and Law
The Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law are the foundation of the Girl Scout Movement. Girls love the handshake and hand sign. Saying these rituals and making the signs at each meeting helps create a familiar meeting pattern that girls enjoy.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE)
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience, also known as the GSLE, builds leadership skills in girls, at all age levels. It can take some time to learn, so don’t rush yourself. There are plenty of resources to help you. Your council may have GSLE-specific training courses. Plus, as you work with the Girl Scout books and materials, you will learn more about the GSLE.
The Journeys and the GSLE
Each Girl Scout age level has a series of “Journeys” that lead girls through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience while learning skills and earning badges. The Adult Guide for the Journeys helps leaders organize sessions and offers activity ideas for the girls. This video clip explains how the Journeys were designed based on leadership research and integrating the GSLE skills and concepts into sessions.
The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting
Each Girl Scout age group has it’s own Girl Guide to Girl Scouting. The guides include information about the Girl Scout program and earning badges in three sections: the handbook, badges, and my Girl Scouts.
Ages and Stages
From kindergarten through 12th Grade, girls go through loads of changes! The Girl Scout program, based on research about girl development, provides fun and enriching experiences at every level. The videos describe some of the qualities of each age group.
Staying Safe in the Girl Scouts
The two videos below describe 12 guidelines for keeping girls safe in all Girl Scouting activities. Click here for more safety information and take other safety courses listed above.