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Leader Training Plan

So you want to volunteer? We’re so excited to have you! Here’s what you need to know about getting started and trained in your new Girl Scout role.

Before you start changing the world with your girls, you need to:


Available Trainings

  Register for the trainings below through eBiz.  

 Find tip sheets and other great resources for troop leaders on our Troop Leader Resources page.

Girl Scouting 101

Girl Scouting 101 is a basic volunteer orientation class, available online, that familiarizes the new volunteer with the Girl Scout program including the mission, the Promise and the Law, and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Visit this link and enter password: aboutGS101

GSCTX Orientation

This course provides new volunteers with an overview of Girl Scouts of Central Texas.

To complete this training:


Jumpstart is an orientation that gives the new troop volunteer the opportunity to meet with the Service Team volunteers that support the neighborhood/area that she/he is volunteering in. Jumpstart gives practical information about getting your troop started and the resources available to each volunteer. Contact your Service Unit Director or MDE for more information.

Class materials:

CPR/AED & First Aid

CPR/AED and First Aid: A first-aider is an adult volunteer who has taken Girl Scout-approved first-aid and CPR training that includes specific instructions for child CPR. All troop meeting and troop activities must have at least one adult volunteer in attendance that is first-aid/CPR-certified. 

The following health care providers may serve as Girl Scout First-Aiders if they hold current CPR certification: physician, physician's assistant, dentist, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, or emergency medical technician.  Note: First Aid/CPR classes completed entirely online do not satisfy Girl Scout requirements for certification and do not offer enough opportunity to practice and receive feedback on technique.

Leader Guide

The Leader Guide is a quick-start guide for new troop leaders.

Be sure to check out Volunteer Essentials, a document that offers a more comprehensive overview of the Girl Scout program, policies and standards for safety, money handling, events, and activities.

Leadership Essentials

Leadership Essentials teaches leaders how to create a program that is girl-led, hands-on, and cooperative. Leadership Essentials includes discussion of program goals and delves into the Girl Scout core program curriculum including Journeys and the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.

Grade level training is also included in this class and some classes cover specific grade levels such as Daisy/Brownie while others will cover all grade levels. Please choose the class that best suits your grade level needs. Additional grade level information can be found on the GSUSA website.

The class can either be completed:

Class materials:

Let's Go 1, 2, 3

There’s nothing like great adventures! Are you ready to go on your first ever adventure outside your troop meeting place? Take advantage of these training options:

Let's GO! 1 – Out and About

Let's GO! 1 – Out and About: This course trains volunteers to lead girls on adventures including field trips, basic day hikes, and simple overnights in buildings with their own heat source, electricity, and running water. The four-hour course is the foundation for the other outdoor courses and the pre-requisite to Let's GO! 2, Let's GO! 3 and Let's GO!: The Extra Mile.

The class can be completed:

  • in person (Check eBiz for upcoming trainings.) 
  • or online    

Class materials: Let's Go 1 Participant Handbook

You must complete this knowledge check afterward to be counted as having completed the course.

Let's GO! 2 – Fire Food and Fun

Let's GO! 2 – Fire Food and Fun: This course trains volunteers to build fires, cook a simple one-pot meal, and make s'mores. The two-hour course is the second step on the path to camping adventures with the girls.

Let's GO! 3 – Outdoor Skills

Let's GO! 3 – Outdoor Skills: This class trains volunteers to expand their horizons and move out of buildings and into the outdoors. Participants will learn the eight basic camping skills, how to include the girls in planning, budgeting, packing for an overnight trip, safety, fire-building, cooking, sanitation, and many other activities. This course lasts seven hours.

Let's GO! 1, 2, 3

Let's GO! 1, 2, 3: This class combines all the Let's GO! courses into one convenient, comprehensive, overnight training. When the participant takes this course there is no need to take the other courses individually.

Let's Go: Extra Mile

      Taking girls to camp or on an excursion? Let’s take a moment to talk about safety…

Let's GO! - The Extra Mile: This online course prepares the girls and their advisors to explore beyond their local region and plan for trips that are national and even international. The course provides more information about budgeting for larger trips, how to plan accommodations and travel, and other pertinent information. This is a recertification course for the Let's Go trainings to be taken every three years.

Let's GO! 1 – Out and About is a pre-requisite for this course. Download the Let's Go the Extra Mile Self Study Packet and the Let's Go The Extra Mile - Girl Prep Toolkit.

Once you have completed this training, take the Let's Go! - The Extra Mile Knowledge Check.

Let's Go: Recertification Course

This is a recertification course for the Let's Go! 1 - Out and About training, recommended to be taken every three years.


Chaperone Training

Chaperone Course is an online mini course that covers safety, roles, and responsibilities for adults traveling with the troop. This course is not required unless stipulated by the troop leader or Service Unit.

Youth Protection Training

Girl Scouts is devoted to the well-being of children through safe, positive camp experiences. GSCTX complies with Texas State Law by providing curriculum that focuses on prevention of sexual abuse and child molestation for persons who work at youth camps in the State of Texas. 

We also want to provide this training as a resource to our volunteers who regularly interact with children through Girl Scouting.

This training is not required for GSCTX volunteers at this time. It is an additional resource to our volunteers.

GSCTX Youth Protection Training

Train the Trainer

With our new STEM badges and journeys, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to guide your troop, you only have to show them how science, technology, engineering, and math is woven throughout their everyday lives. As you help your girls discover the way STEM connects to their own interests and passions, you can show them the first step to becoming an engineer, a scientist, or a programmer, is simply to think like one.

Click on an image below to begin the training.

Money Manager

Money Manager Training is a short, online video that is not mandatory but highly recommended for anyone planning to be a signer or co-signer on a troop or service unit bank account bank account. There is also a Money Manager resource page for your reference below the video link.

Click here to see the video

Money Manager Resource Page


VTK Finance Tab Training

The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) Finance Tab is the NEW on-line tool for Troops to submit their Annual Troop Financial Report to the GSCTX Council. This 17 minute training video will take you step by step on how to complete the on-line form and provide you with key instructions. This form is the same as the Troop Report of Banking Activity.

You can follow along with the slides and speaker notes. Or turn on the Closed Captioning option on the video to see captions.

GSCTX Delegate Training

Regional Chairs, Council and National Council Delegate and Proposing Changes to GSCTX Policy are essential training guides for new and experienced delegates. These two resources provide an overview of GSCTX council governance and the process for submitting proposed policy changes. 

To complete this training, read both training guides and complete the GSCTX Delegate Training (parts 1 & 2) survey.

Silver Award Consultant/Manager Training

Silver Award Consultant/Manager Training is a one-hour course taken in person or online for anyone planning  to work directly with girls pursuing the Silver Award. The training is the same for both titles. SACs want to work with girls in the SU and SAMs want to work directly with their troop.

The class can be completed:

  • in person (Check the event calendar for upcoming trainings.) 
  • or online   

If you are unable to find the training that you need in your area on the GSCTX Event Calendar, please use the Training on Demand form to request training. Once your request is submitted we will work with your Service Unit and the Volunteer Facilitators to schedule the requested training.