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.
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.
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.
Registering Your Troop/Group
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.
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.
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.
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".
Meeting With Girls
This course is currently under construction.
Information Protection - GoPayment
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.
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.
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.
If your troop decides to accept credit cards, you will also need to complete the Information Protection-GoPayment module (total 9 minutes). Scroll down to the bottom of this page. The GoPayment module launches after you complete the Information Protection module and electronically sign the agreement.
Cookie VIP Training
This training is required of Troop Cookie Managers and highly recommended for Troop Leaders, and is essential for a troops’ success when participating in the cookie program. You will learn procedures and best practices for facilitating a successful cookie sale for your troop. More importantly, you’ll also learn why the cookie program is about so much more than just earning money, and will learn how to maximize the benefits for your girls – they’ll gain financial literacy, leadership and life skills and have a ton of fun, too. Scroll down for eBudde training.
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.
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.
eBudde Training for Troop Cookie Managers
This course is for the Troop Cookie Sale Manager. Please note, your participation in this training will not be recorded here.
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!
2011-2012 New Troop Online Membership Registration
for Service Unit Registrars
This 30 minute webinar recording covers everything a Service Unit Registrar needs to know in order to mentor and support troops with their registration process. Click here for the SU Registrar webinar.