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Adult Learning (training)

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GS Nor Cal has a commitment to its volunteers to provide an ongoing adult education program. Learning and developing new skills and insights are all part of the Girl Scout program, and not just for girls! Knowledgeable and skilled volunteers have the ability to offer the highest quality programming for girls while staying safe and having fun at the same time.

New Troop Leaders

Click here to learn about starting a troop and the adult learning courses you should take.

Learning Facilitator Training

Becoming a Learning Facilitator

Learning Facilitators (Trainers) are a group of dedicated hardworking volunteers who recognize the value of the Girl Scout program and give their time to help others make the most out of their commitment in becoming a Girl Scout volunteer.

Who can be a Learning Facilitator:

Anyone!  Many times, learning facilitators are volunteers who have served the council in other role as leaders, service team members, troop camping certified adults, first aiders or troop helpers. 

What do Learning Facilitators do?

Specialize in one or more areas, such as leadership, outdoor, safety, enrichment, events, or travel.  Teach two or more session yearly and attend learning facilitator meetings to learn about new course content and training resources.  

How do you become a Learning Facilitator?

To become a certified Learning Facilitator, you need to complete an application and pre-course self assessment assignment, undergo a brief interview, and attend a one-day “Facilitating Adult Learning” course. The course is free of charge to Girl Scouts of Northern California participants.  New classes will be offered in Winter/Spring 2014. 

Click here to download the Girl Scout Learning Facilitators Position Description!
(currently in revision)

The course is free of charge to Girl Scouts of Northern California participants. For information, contact the Volunteer Resources Director for your area:

South Bay/Peninsula Area (San Francisco, Santa Clara & San Mateo): Janice Stone at or (800) 447-4475 ext. 8007

North Coast Area (Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Lake & Mendocino Counties):Deborah Holden at or (800) 447-4475 ext. 1104

Greater Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa,  & Solano): Mary Holzheimer at or (800) 447-4475 ext. 8003

North Central Area (Butte, Glenn, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama & West Trinity): Sheryl Jucker at or (800) 447-4475 ext. 8004

About Adult Learning Courses:

Course Requirements Table
Core Leadership Series
Beyond Meetings Series
Health & Safety Series
Enrichment Series

In Person Courses

Search the Master Calendar below for in-person adult learning courses.

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Beyond Meetings Series


Event Director

Extended Travel

Troop Camping Certification

Troop Camping Certification PLUS

Core Leadership Series

Getting Started

GSUSA Orientation

Leadership Essentials

Staying Safe

Three Processes, One Powerful Program

Welcome Session

Enrichment Series
Grade Level Courses

Girl Scout Brownie Leadership

Girl Scout Daisy Leadership

Girl Scout Junior Leadership

Teen Advisor

Health and Safety Series

CPR & First Aid Level 1

First Aid Level 2

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How to register for In-Person Courses

First, decide what training you need to take. Use the Adult Learning Series pages and the Course Requirement Table to find required and recommended courses. New leaders can view the “How to Start a Troop” page for information about starting a troop and the courses that are required.

    • You may register online by searching for in-person trainings using the search function (Master Calendar) above.
  • Note that we do not accept registration by phone.

Online Courses

Use our new online learning courses and you can save your place, come back later, and track your progress while you complete the course! We have a number of courses to choose from starting with our core leadership series, product sales, girl awards, adult recognition, delegate training and many more.

Click here for our online learning courses.

Home Study Courses

Complete your courses while reading in bed, waiting for an appointment, waiting in the car, or whenever you want to put your “downtime” to good use!

Click here for our home study courses

The Adult Learning Course Series

Core Leadership Series

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There must be at least one adult in attendance at every troop/group meeting or outing who has completed Girl Scouting 101, Staying Safe, and Girl Scout Program). These courses must be taken prior to meeting with girls. We recommend that as many adults as possible take all core leadership series courses, as this will really enhance the effectiveness of the group. Three Processes One Powerful Program and Leadership Essentials are also highly recommended for your adult leadership team.

Grade Level Courses

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Grade Level Courses are highly recommended for at least one volunteer who will be present at every troop/group meeting or outing.

Beyond Meetings Series

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Required for certain trips and overnight events.

Health and Safety Series

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Refer to the Safety Activity Checkpoints for activities that require the presence of a trained first aider, as well as information on equivalent courses recognized as Level 1 or 2 courses. Qualifying professionals: A Level 1 or 2 First Aider may also be a physician, a registered nurse, physician’s assistant, paramedic, or emergency medical technician 18 years of age or older do not have to take additional training if they are comfortable with their emergency medical skills and their license/certification is current.

Enrichment Series

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Other adult learning courses.