Troop Leader Training
With us, the fun of learning never stops! Developing new skills and insights are all part of the Girl Scout program, and not just for youth. As your go-to resource for all things Girl Scouts, we’ve outlined essential and advanced training for troop leaders, and additional training courses to support you every step of the way.
gsLearn is a digital platform that empowers learners to complete training when and where it works best for them. New and experienced leaders have access to council and national training within the platform.
To get started, registered members can login to MyGS.
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What training should I complete first?
578 Welcome to gsLearn: This course provides a short overview of the training 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.
What training courses should I take in gsLearn?
Troop leaders and troop volunteer roles have designated course paths to follow that guarantee you receive the most important information as part of your role.
Troop leaders will follow the path called 578 Essential Troop Leader Training.
Troop volunteers can serve in a variety of roles, and will follow paths specific to their role, whether that be troop treasurer or Fall Product coordinator.
Required training that is specific to your role will be pre-assigned in gsLearn to your dashboard.
What training courses are included in the 578 Essential Troop Leader Training learning path?
GSCTX Orientation: This course provides new volunteers with an overview of Girl Scouts of Central Texas—often referred to as GSCTX.
GSUSA Volunteer Toolkit – Troop Leader View: The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is your official source for delivering easy, fun troop meetings year-round! With this step-by-step guide, you can start your troop year strong and spend more time adventuring with your Girl Scouts.
578 Let’s Go! 1 – Out & About: This training course is required for any activity or day trip outside of a regular troop meeting. This course prepares volunteers to lead Girl Scouts 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 additional Let's Go! Training Courses.
GSUSA Brand Ambassador 101 for Volunteers: Girl Scouts is evolving to meet today’s youths’ needs. We’ve designed this onboarding video to bring you up to speed with our brand.
GSUSA Managing My Troops from My Account: This course demonstrates how troop leaders can manage troop and troop member information from My Account. It also demonstrates how leaders can complete registration activities for troop members.
578 Money Manager: 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.
578 VTK Finance Tab Volunteer Training: This course covers what you need to know to use the VTK Finance tab to prepare your year-end financial report.
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Don’t stop with just the basics! Prepare yourself and your troop for safe adventures with additional troop leader training courses, get involved with council leadership or prepare Girl Scouts with their highest award projects.
Let’s Go! 2
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 one-hour online course which can be found in gsLearn and an in-person course. In-person courses can be found on the Events calendar.
Let’s Go! 3
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. In-person courses can be found on the Events calendar.
Let’s Go! Extra Mile
This online course is required for troops traveling for more than two nights/three days, as well as nationally or internationally. It prepares Girl Scouts and their advisors to explore beyond their local region. The course provides more information about budgeting for larger trips, how to plan accommodation and travel, and other pertinent information.
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 meetings and troop activities must have at least one adult volunteer in attendance that is first-aid/CPR-certified.
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.
What if I'm a healthcare provider with medical training?
The following healthcare providers may serve as Girl Scout First-Aiders if they hold current CPR certification:
licensed practical nurse
emergency medical technician
Chaperone Course is a brief 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.
Girl Scouts is devoted to the well-being of children through safe, positive camp experiences. GSCTX complies with Texas State Law by providing Youth Protection Training that focuses on the prevention of sexual abuse and child molestation for persons who work at youth camps in the State of Texas. We 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 but is strongly encouraged.
This is a 30-minute course that can be taken through gsLearn for anyone planning to work directly with the Girl Scouts pursuing the Silver Award. Silver Award consultants work with members in their service unit, and Silver Award managers work directly with their troops. The training is the same for both volunteer titles.