301a Outdoor Education Planning Session

301a Outdoor Education Planning Session

GS 301a Outdoor Education Online Planning Session

GS 301a Outdoor Education Planning Session is part A of the GSVSC Outdoor Education course. The GSVSC Outdoor Education course teaches volunteers how to progress their troop’s or group’s activities into the outdoors and develop skills to be used and taught to girls, ensuring a positive, fun, and safe outdoor experience. Both GS 301a and GS 301b trainings are required before troops or groups cook outdoors, campout, and adventure out which includes: packing gear, platform/tent camping, campfires, menu planning and cooking meals outdoors over a campfire, portable stove or grill for any daytime or overnight outdoor camping activity.

To be Outdoor Education trained, volunteers must complete the entire Outdoor Education course which includes:

  • GS 301a Outdoor Education Planning Session (online or in-person)
  • Online Group meal planning assignment using Google Docs (by email invitation from lead trainer)
  • Homework assignments provided by lead trainer (complete and return to your lead trainer via email)
  • GS 301b Outdoor Education Overnight Session weekend camping trip

After the registration close date of the GS 301b Overnight Session training, council will confirm all participants completed GS 301a Planning Session online or in person.  Once confirmation has been received, each participant will be divided into patrols and receive emailed instructions regarding next steps from the lead trainer. These instructions will include patrol and homework assignments as well as link to the online group meal planning Google Doc.  Click here for additional information regarding GS 301b Outdoor Overnight Session expectations, resources, assignments, and needed equipment.

Both GS 301a and GS 301b must be taken in the same training season (fall or spring).

The GS 301a OE Planning session is available as an in-person or online training; 301b OE Overnight session is an in-person only training. To attend in-person training sessions, go to the GSVSC event calendar to select a training that works best for you or contact customer care at info@gsvsc.org for assistance.

Please be sure to register for your overnight session as soon as you begin your planning session, as there are limited spaces available.


The GS 301a online training is broken down into 9 lessons, each between 3 mins and 20 mins in length. GS 301a takes a total of 1 hr 25 mins to complete.

You must complete all 9 lessons of the GS 301a Online Planning Session by the REGISTRATION CLOSE DATE of the GS 301b Overnight Session you have registered to attend in person.  Please refer to the GSVSC event calendar for registration close dates.


Course Materials

Before you begin the lessons below, you will need to download the following reference materials:

Printed copies of the GSVSC Outdoor Education Manual (3410) and GSVSC Program Centers Manual (2164) will be provided at your GS301 Overnight Session.

This online training requires HIGH SPEED internet access. For optimal experience, please use an internet connection that supports at least 3 megabytes per second; dial-up connections will most likely NOT support this program. Please use Chrome or Safari for best results. This training is best viewed on a computer or tablet.

GS 301a Training includes audio, so your computer speakers or headphones are needed. Some learners will enjoy having a pen and paper with them as they complete training to take notes. We will provide all information, however, after the session for your convenience.  Refer to FAQs for additional information.

GS 301a Training is also offered as an in-person course. Please refer to our calendar for upcoming session information.

Ensure that a green check mark is visible under “status” in the Course Content section below to receive credit for each completed lesson.