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Training

Welcome to our Girl Scouts of Central Texas Training page. Here you'll find everything you need to get trained:

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About gsLearn

gsLearn is a digital platform that empowers learners to complete training when and where works best for them. Both Girl Scouts of Central Texas training courses as well as GSUSA courses are available online covering a variety of topics. Girl Scouts councils who have migrated their online learning to gsLearn gain access to nationally consistent training content (with more trainings be offered all the time!) and can also host their own training resources on the same site.

How to access gsLearn

In most cases, every registered adult member with a COMPLETED membership registration for the current membership year can access gsLearn. 

  1. From the GSCTX Homepage, click on "MY GS" on the green navigational bar at the top right of the page
  2. Login to myGS using the same username and password used to register or renew Girl Scout memberships for yourself, your family members, and/or your troop members
  3. If you're not already there, go to "My Account" by clicking the gold button at the top of the screen
  4. Select “gsLearn” along the lefthand navigational bar
  5. After agreeing to the terms and conditions in the pop-up window, you will have access to gsLearn
Welcome to gsLearn! Training Course - Take this first

Brief Description: Approximately 10 minutes long, this course provides a short overview of gsLearn, the Girl Scouts online learning platform, and includes navigational tips. First time gsLearn users will be directed to take this course before beginning any other course, but it will be available in the Content Library to re-take at any time.  Disponible en Español

Welcome to gsLearn! Training Information
How is this training accessed? gsLearn
Who is providing this training? GSCTX
What is the official gsLearn course name? 578 Welcome to gsLearn!
Is this on the New Troop Leader Learning Path, is it required/optional? Yes, required
Does this training expire? No
What training courses should I take in gsLearn?

gsLearn will eventually be the one-stop shop for almost all online training courses for Girl Scout volunteers! 

  • New Troop Leaders: We have built a "Learning Path" in gsLearn as part of the New Troop Leader Learning Plan composed of a set of training courses specifically for for new troop leaders called "578 New Troop Leader Training." New troop leaders should take these training courses as part of onboarding into their new volunteer role.
  • Experienced Troop Volunteers : Feel free to take the training courses  for new leaders as a refresher. You are also welcome to explore the gsLearn "Content Library" for other courses available from GSUSA relevant to your volunteer role.
  • Service Unit Volunteers: Service unit volunteers will find many new courses developed by GSUSA, feel free to check them out! There are a couple of learning paths comprised of some service unit courses that may be of interest to you:
    • 578 Service Unit Core Training - This Learning Path includes courses such as Developing & Growing the Service Unit Team, Effective Meetings, and Leading Effective Digital Meetings
    • GSUSA 2020 National Recruiter Learning Series - Courses in this learning path provide information and training on how to effectively recruit new members to Girl Scouts using the "You're Invited" Animal Dance and Robot Building Party assets.
    • Coming soon! - Delegate training as well as leadership position trainings (e.g. Service Unit Registrar training) will be added in the coming membership year - stay tuned
  • Girl Members : While no training is available now, eventually relevant online training for girl leadership positions (e.g. Cookie Captain training) may be on gsLearn!
If you have questiosn about what training you should take for your role at GSCTX, please don't hesitate to ask us !

 

 

How do I find out more about gsLearn or get assistance?

If you have additional questions about gsLearn, some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be found on our council FAQ page.

If you need further assistance, please reach out to us, we are happy to help!

 

      
 

New Troop Leader Training Plan

So you want to volunteer as a troop leader? 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  complete the registration process , including getting a criminal background check.

New troop leaders should then complete the "578 New Troop Leader Learning Path" via gsLearn. The learning path consists of a curated set of courses new troop leaders should take to be considered "trained" in their new volunteer role. 

To access the "578 New Troop Leader Learning Path" in gsLearn:

  1. Log into myGS and select gsLearn
  2. Click "Content Library" on the left nav bar
  3. Click on "Learning Paths"
  4. Select "578 New Troop Leader Training"
  5. If it's the first time you've logged in, you'll be asked to take the "Welcome to gsLearn" course

Here is more information on each of the training courses listed in the New Troop Leader Learning Path:

GSCTX Orientation

Brief Description: This course provides new volunteers with an overview of Girl Scouts of Central Texas.  Disponible en Español

GSCTX Orientation Training Information
How is this training accessed? gsLearn
Who is providing this training? GSCTX
What is the official gsLearn course name? 578 GSCTX Orientation
Is this on the New Troop Leader Learning Path, is it required/optional? Yes, required
Does this training expire? No
CPR/AED & First Aid

Brief Description:  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 in-person troop meeting and troop activities must have at least one adult volunteer in attendance that is first-aid/CPR-certified.

NOTE about CPR/First Aid training in the gsLearn New Leader Learning Pathway: This training is a placeholder in the learning path to remind new leaders they must take CPR & First Aid to hold in-person troop meetings and activitities and provide informative resources to take care of this requirement. It is NOT a CPR/First Aid course in itself.

CPR/AED & First Aid Training Information
How is this training accessed? Through qualified providers, must contain at least some skills in-person training component
Who is providing this training? Qualified providers, see list of some options below
What is the official gsLearn course name? Varies, depending on provider
Is this on the New Troop Leader Learning Path, is it required/optional? Yes, required
Does this training expire? Yes, generally 2 years from date course is taken

 

Qualified Providers for CPR/AED & First Aid training:
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. Options are being offered during COVID-19 with several of these providers that allow for the majority of training completed virtually, and then an in-person skills section completed in a socially-distanced setting.

What if I'm a health care provider with medical training? 
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
  • emergency medical technician. 
The Successful Leader Learning Series

Brief Description: Comprised of 5 separate courses, these trainings lay the foundation for a troop leader to be successful in helping girls reach their potential.

The Successful Leader Learning Series Training Information
How is this training accessed? gsLearn
Who is providing this training? GSUSA
What are the official gsLearn course names?

Comprised of 5 separate courses:

  • GSUSA Foundation 1: The Girl Scout Way
  • GSUSA Foundation 2: The Girl Scout Leadership Experience
  • GSUSA Foundation 3: Well-Being and Development
  • GSUSA Foundation 4: Understanding Troop Operations
  • GSUSA Girl Scouts in the Outdoors
Is this on the New Troop Leader Learning Path, is it required/optional? Yes, required
Does this training expire? No
Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)

Brief Description: The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is an essential tool for troop leaders to plan their troop meetings, journeys, and badgework. This course demonstrates features and navigational tips in using this indispensable tool.

The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) Training Information
How is this training accessed? gsLearn
Who is providing this training? GSUSA
What is the official gsLearn course name?

GSUSA Volunteer Toolkit Tutorials

Is this on the New Troop Leader Learning Path, is it required/optional? Yes, required
Does this training expire? No
Let's Go! 1: Out and About

Brief Description: This training course is required for any activity or day trip outside of a regular troop meeting. This course prepares 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 course is the pre-requisite to Let's Go! Training Courses for Experienced Leaders, including Let's Go! 2, Let's Go! 3 and Let's Go!: The Extra Mile.  Disponible en Español

Let's Go! 1: Out and About Training Information
How is this training accessed? gsLearn
Who is providing this training? GSCTX
What is the official gsLearn course name?

578 Let's Go! 1 Out and About

Is this on the New Troop Leader Learning Path, is it required/optional? Yes, required
Does this training expire? Yes, must retake course every 3 years

Additional Training Resources for Let's Go! 1 (also found in gsLearn):

Money Manager

Brief Description: This training is highly recommended for anyone planning to be a signer or co-signer on a troop or service unit bank account. Money earning guidelines are also covered in this training.  Disponible en Español

Money Manager Training Information
How is this training accessed? gsLearn
Who is providing this training? GSCTX
What is the official gsLearn course name?

578 Money Manager

Is this on the New Troop Leader Learning Path, is it required/optional? Yes, optional but highly encouraged
Does this training expire? No

Additional Training Resources for Money Manager (also found in gsLearn):


Next Steps after completing training for new troop leaders:

  • "Jumpstart" with your service unit leadership - meet with experienced volunteers in the neighborhood or area you're living in. Service unit volunteers provide practical information about getting your troop started and the local resources available to you.  If you're unsure who to contact, please contact us. If you're a service unit volunteer who handles Jumpstart meetings, check out our "How to Conduct a Jumpstart" training below.
  • Access tip sheets and other great resources for troop leaders - This Troop Leader Resources page. includes ideas on how to successfully run both in-person and virtual troop meetings.
  • Check out  The New Leader's Guide to Success  - a "quick start" handbook for new troop leaders!


      

 

Let's Go! Training Courses for Experienced Leaders

When you're finished with your New Troop Leader training and ready to take your troop on bigger adventures, you need more Let's Go! training! More information can be found below about each of the training options.

Let's Go! 2 - Food, Fire, and Fun

Brief Description: This training course is required for troops that want to build a campfire at any camping activity where the facility has running water and electricity. This course trains volunteers to build fires, cook a simple one-pot meal, and make s'mores. There are two versions available - a new one hour online course which can be found in gsLearn and a  two-hour, in-person course. In-person courses will resume in the Fall. Both versions cover the same material. This course is the second step on the path to camping adventures with the girls.  Let's Go! 1 is a prerequisite for this course.  Guía de autoestudio disponible en español.

Let's Go! 2: Food, Fire Fun
How is this training accessed? Online version accessed through gsLearn. It is a Learning Path. In-person (check our event listings for upcoming trainings)
Who is providing this training? GSCTX
What is the official gsLearn course name?

578 Let’s Go! 2 Fire, Food, & Fun Online

Is this on the New Troop Leader Learning Path, is it required/optional? No
Does this training expire? No

Additional Training Resources for Let's Go! 2 (also found in gsLearn):

Let's Go! 3 - Outdoor Adventures

Brief Description: This training course is required for primitive camping at a facility/location without running water and electricity (e.g. tent camping). 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 in-person course lasts seven hours. Let's Go! 1 and Let's Go! 2 are prerequisites for this course.  Guía de autoestudio disponible en español.

Let's Go! 3: Outdoor Adventures
How is this training accessed? in-person (check our event listings for upcoming trainings)
Who is providing this training? GSCTX
What is the official gsLearn course name?

Not applicable

Is this on the New Troop Leader Learning Path, is it required/optional? No
Does this training expire? No
Let's Go! - The Extra Mile

Brief Description: This online course is required for troops traveling for more than two nights/three days, as well as nationally or internationally. It prepares the girls and their advisors to explore beyond their local region. The course provides more information about budgeting for larger trips, how to plan accommodations and travel, and other pertinent information. 

Let's Go! - The Extra Mile
How is this training accessed? gsLearn
Who is providing this training? GSCTX
What is the official gsLearn course name?

578 Let's Go! The Extra Mile

Is this on the New Troop Leader Learning Path, is it required/optional? No
Does this training expire? No

 

      
 

Service Unit Leadership Training

Service Unit leaders also have training options to help them better serve the troops in their service area. Here are some highlighted training opportunities on gsLearn:

How to Conduct a Jumpstart Training

Brief Description: Jumpstart training is designed to introduce new troop leaders to service unit specific practices, expectations, traditions, and information. This training provides service unit leaders with the resources needed to conduct this training successfully.

 Jumpstart Training Information
How is this training accessed? gsLearn
Who is providing this training? GSCTX
What is the official gsLearn course name?

578 How to Conduct a Jumpstart Training

Does this training expire? No

Additional Training Resources for How to Conduct a Jumpstart Training (also found in gsLearn):

 

      
 

Additional Training Courses

While not an exhaustive list, here are some additional online training options GSCTX has available. Additional courses may be found in gsLearn in the searchable "Content Library."

Volunteer Enrichment Conference
2022 Volunteer Enrichment Conference

What better way to energize yourself than with other fabulous volunteers? We want you to get both the training you need and the fun you deserve!

This conference is typically held the second Saturday in July and open to registered Girl Scout adults (of all genders) who are leaders, co-leaders, or other troop volunteers. 

More information will be shared about this event in spring 2022 - stay tuned!

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.  Guía de autoestudio disponible en español.

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 - Teaching STEM Badges

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.

VTK Finance Tab Training

Brief Description: The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) Finance Tab Training can now be found in gsLearn. It is the 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.

VTK Finance Tab Volunteer Training
How is this training accessed? gsLearn
Who is providing this training? GSCTX
What is the official gsLearn course name? 578 VTK Finance Tab Volunteer Training
Is this on the New Troop Leader Learning Path, is it required/optional? No, Optional
Does this training expire? No
(Experienced leaders only) Does this course replace a previous training course? Yes, VTK Finance Tab Trainings (previous version)
(Experienced leaders only) How was training accessed in the past? YouTube video with Powerpoint and separate knowledge check form
(Experienced leaders only) Will older training records for this course be brought over to gsLearn from Personify/eBiz? No
GSCTX Delegate Training

Please refer to the Delegates page to access GSCTX Delegate and National Council Delegate training.  

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 in-person 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.


      
 

Facilitator Resources

Thank you for being a council training facilitator for in-person training opportunities! Your contribution ultimately makes a big difference in the lives of other Girl Scouts. Here are resources to assist you with your role.