Training & Development
Volunteer learning is offered in varied methods to best meet your unique learning styles: written resources, face-to-face learning and interactive online learning.
One of our favorite volunteer development series are IGNITE leadership retreats. These are half-day, full-day, or weekend-long conferences that offer a variety of workshops to enhance your leadership skills. Each IGNITE offers different workshops for new and experienced leaders so that you can keep coming back year after year. Check out our events and activities to see the latest volunteer training opportunities and IGNITE retreats.
gsLearn is an online training platform for troop leaders. Access courses on-the-go, track your progress and more by signing into your MyGS account and clicking on the gsLearn button.
The GSKH Required Training for Troop Leaders Learning Path as well as GSUSA’s Successful Leader Learning Series are available for all active volunteers. In addition, volunteers will be able to upload certifications from external providers such as First Aid/CPR, Lifeguard and others.
All trainings are available to all members and some are designated to be taken by volunteers serving in specific roles in the council. Details are provided in the training descriptions.
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This training for new troop leaders provides all of the information required to get started with a Girl Scout troop. During the course, we’ll talk about forming a leadership team for the troop, planning meetings and field trips and working with the Girl Scout curriculum. You'll watch six videos, review the additional references and complete an assessment. This course is required for all troop leaders.
This course is required for all troop leaders, troop product program managers, service unit treasurers and product sales organizers, any volunteer who will be a signer on a checking account and select service unit LEAD team positions.
To open a new checking account, make changes to a current checking account or request an account closure, complete this form.
This training is encouraged for all volunteers who work directly with youth, including troop support volunteers and event volunteers. It is required for troop leaders, product program managers, event coordinators, and select service unit LEAD team positions.
To ensure the safety and well-being of all youth, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland requires troops to be accompanied by someone currently certified in First Aid and CPR for any activity or trip beyond their regular meeting site, any physically demanding activity and all overnight trips.
If a registered adult with the troop is a nurse (RN/LPN), a certified emergency medical technician, or a doctor, they can serve as the troop’s “First-Aider.” Otherwise, a troop leader or other registered adult will need to become certified through a GSKH course or another certifying organization. If you are certified through another organization, please submit proof of certification and expiration information to your Troop Engagement Specialist. See Volunteer Essentials for a list of approved certifying organizations. First Aid and CPR training that is available entirely online does not satisfy Girl Scouts' requirements.
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland provides several scheduled American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) First Aid and CPR certification courses throughout the year to accommodate our volunteers. The ASHI First Aid and CPR course covers the skills needed to successfully perform First Aid and CPR, and it provides a two-year certification. All ASHI First Aid and CPR courses offered by Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland have a $25 per participant charge to cover material costs. The cost of this training is a valid troop expense.
There are Badge Resource Kits to help Girl Scouts explore new badges, topics or to use just for fun!
Look through this guide and request a kit through our online form for pick-up at your nearest council office. It may take up to 3 weeks to transfer kits between offices. Kits have suggested levels and badges, but feel free to get creative with them! Some kits require a refundable deposit of $100 per kit.
These half-day or full-day adult learning opportunities offer sessions on a variety of topics that enhance your leadership skills and spark ideas for your troop. At IGNITE, you might learn a new team-building game, celebrate a Girl Scout tradition, gain archery skills, try a new outdoor cooking technique, or experiment with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Held annually on the first weekend of June, the IGNITE: Leadership Retreat weekend is a great opportunity for all volunteers to become campers while gaining an abundance of quality Girl Scout knowledge. This retreat is held at the Starwoods Outdoor Center in Clearwater and begins on a Friday evening with workshops and lots of fun throughout the weekend.
Volunteers who register to attend participate in a variety of camp experiences such as waterfront activities, shooting sports, the Adventure Course and workshops covering topics relevant to their roles with Girl Scouts. Each IGNITE session is unique, containing something new to learn and experience so volunteers can keep coming back year after year.
Stay tuned for more information about the 2023 retreat.
This online course is a prerequisite to the Outdoor Camping, Cabin Camping and Backpacking courses. It is also required for a troop leader who wants to take Girl Scouts into nature for hikes, walks in the park and exploring nature without building a fire. For grilling hotdogs, s’mores, etc., you will need to take either Cabin Camping or Outdoor Camping.
Find the Outdoor Basics – Home Study course in the gsLearn environment. An assessment must be completed before eligible for live sessions.
This day-long course is for volunteers planning an overnight stay with girls in a walled facility such as Starwoods, KOA Cabins and State Park Cabins. (If pitching a tent and participating in more in-depth wilderness type activities, you’ll need to take the Outdoor Camping course.)
Cabin Camping will prepare volunteers to introduce youth to outside adventures. At the end of this course, participants will know how to cabin camp, use a propane stove, cook over charcoal and will have gained knowledge of many outdoor skills including health and safety, meal planning, troop and individual packing, Kaper Charts, knot tying, knife safety and protection of the natural world. All of these activities are part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Ambassador Girl Scouts may take this course. Prerequisite to this course is Outdoor Basics.
This overnight course combines the Cabin Camping course curriculum with a deeper knowledge of outdoor camping experiences. This is required for any camping experiences outside of a cabin/walled facility.
After completing this course, volunteers will be able to take their Girl Scouts on a camping trip. You’ll learn about health and safety procedures, how to set up a campsite and the equipment needed, tent pitching, troop and individual packing, Kaper Charts, meal planning and preparation, multiple methods of cooking, dishwashing, starting a woodfire, compass and trail signs, Leave No Trace principles and tying these experiences to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Ambassador Girl Scouts may take this course. Prerequisite to this course is Outdoor Basics.
The Small Craft Safety (canoeing and kayaking) course is offered a couple of times per year. This course will allow you to be able to facilitate a canoeing or kayaking experience course for Girl Scouts.
Check out the events calendar for more information on upcoming Small Craft Safety courses.
Challenge Course (low ropes), Traverse Wall & Telescopes
Starwoods Outdoor Center has much to offer! Training for the Challenge Course (low ropes), Traverse Wall and Telescopes is required before facilitating these activities during a troop campout. These trainings are often included in IGNITE workshops or retreats that take place at Starwoods. Groups of 5-15 volunteers may also request a training date by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course provides graduates the necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety both on and off the archery range and ensures that minimum standards for archery instruction are consistently taught to provide for the safety and enjoyment of the participants, instructors and spectators. Level 1 Instructors are well prepared to teach beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities in a variety of both indoor and outdoor settings in the disciplines of target, field or 3D archery. The Level 1 Instructor will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, equipment and repair, programs and lesson plans. Prerequisites: USA Archery membership and range pass.
Check out the events calendar for upcoming courses hosted by GSKH.
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