Online Training Sessions

Before you start your training, the first step to volunteering at GSVSC is to register as a member!  After entering some basic information, you’ll be able to search for volunteer opportunities.  Click here to start getting involved today!

Get your Girl Scout training online.
New Leader Orientation,  GS103, GS201, and GS301a Outdoor Education Planning Session are now online learning opportunities!

In-person Training Sessions

Check our online calendar for in-person training sessions. GS301b Outdoor Education Overnight are in-person only learning opportunities.
Find it in print in our program & training guide The Sky’s the Limit.
To register for in-person training and find upcoming dates, times, and locations for our in-person training sessions go to the GSVSC calendar.

Which training do I need to take?

I want to be a Troop Co-Leader. How do I get started?

Before you start your training, the first step to volunteering at GSVSC is to register as a member!  After entering some basic information, you’ll be able to search for volunteer opportunities.  Click here to start getting involved today!

New Troop Co-Leaders are required to take New Leader Orientation and GS102 online.  We also recommend you take GS103 trainings online or in-person. Access online training at onlinetraining.gsvsc.org. Find upcoming dates, times, and locations for our in-person training sessions at the GSVSC calendar.

I am the troop's cookie parent. What do I need to do?

Before you start your training, the first step to volunteering at GSVSC is to register as a member!  After entering some basic information, you’ll be able to search for volunteer opportunities.  Click here to start getting involved today!

Then, complete GS105 – Orientation for Troop Product Sale Managers. This 20-minute online course will give you a bird’s eye view of the product sale program. Then, you’ll be given instructions to complete the in-person training specific to that year’s product sale. These in-person sessions are scheduled locally in your county. Contact your info@gsvsc.org or Customer Care at 540-777-5100 for more information on your county’s training.

I want to chaperone my Girl Scout's next troop activity. What do I need to do?

Before you start your training, the first step to volunteering at GSVSC is to register as a member!  After entering some basic information, you’ll be able to search for volunteer opportunities.  Click here to start getting involved today!

Then, complete GS104 – Orientation for Support Volunteers. This 20-minute online course will review policies and procedures that we expect you to know and follow in order to keep our Girl Scouts safe.

I am the troop's nut/candy parent. What do I need to do?

Before you start your training, the first step to volunteering at GSVSC is to register as a member!  After entering some basic information, you’ll be able to search for volunteer opportunities.  Click here to start getting involved today!

Then, complete GS105 – Orientation for Troop Product Sale Managers. This 20-minute online course will give you a bird’s eye view of the product sale program. Then, you’ll be given instructions to complete the in-person training specific to that year’s product sale. These in-person sessions are scheduled locally in your county. Contact your info@gsvsc.org or contact Customer Care at 540-777-5100 for more information your county’s training.

I want to be a driver for my Girl Scout’s next troop activity. What do I need to do?

Before you start your training, the first step to volunteering at GSVSC is to register as a member!  After entering some basic information, you’ll be able to search for volunteer opportunities.  Click here to start getting involved today!

Then, complete GS104 – Orientation for Support Volunteers . This 20-minute online course will review policies and procedures that we expect you to know and follow in order to keep our Girl Scouts safe.

I want to assist at my Girl Scout's troop meetings. What do I need to do?

Before you start your training, the first step to volunteering at GSVSC is to register as a member!  After entering some basic information, you’ll be able to search for volunteer opportunities.  Click here to start getting involved today!

Then, complete GS104 – Orientation for Support Volunteers. This 20-minute online course will review policies and procedures that we expect you to know and follow in order to keep our Girl Scouts safe. Depending on how often you want to assist, you might like to take the next steps to become a Troop Co-Leader by completing New Leader Orientation,  GS102 and GS103  training.    Access online training at onlinetraining.gsvsc.org. You must register and complete and background check before becoming a Troop Co-Leader. Go to the “How do I…?” section of the FAQ for more information.

I want to chaperone my Girl Scout's next Cookie Booth. What do I need to do?

Before you start your training, the first step to volunteering at GSVSC is to register as a member!  After entering some basic information, you’ll be able to search for volunteer opportunities.  Click here to start getting involved today!

Then, complete GS104 – Orientation for Support Volunteers. This 20-minute online course will review policies and procedures that we expect you to know and follow in order to keep our Girl Scouts safe. Additionally, you may also want to complete GS105 – Orientation for Troop Product Sale for more detailed information about the GS Product sales, This 20-minute online course will give you a bird’s eye view of the product sale program.

I want to chaperone my Girl Scout's next Nut/Candy Booth. What do I need to do?

Before you start your training, the first step to volunteering at GSVSC is to register as a member!  After entering some basic information, you’ll be able to search for volunteer opportunities.  Click here to start getting involved today!

Then, complete GS104 – Orientation for Support Volunteers. This 20-minute online course will review policies and procedures that we expect you to know and follow in order to keep our Girl Scouts safe. Additionally, you may also want to complete GS105 – Orientation for Troop Product Sale for more detailed information about the GS Product sales, This 20-minute online course will give you a bird’s eye view of the product sale program.

My Girl Scouts want to go camping. What do we need to do?

Before you start your training, the first step to volunteering at GSVSC is to register as a member!  After entering some basic information, you’ll be able to search for volunteer opportunities.  Click here to start getting involved today!

At least one adult volunteer with the troop or group will need to complete the entire Outdoor Education (OE) course. To be OE-certified, an adult volunteer must complete 301a Outdoor Ed Planning Session and 301b Outdoor Ed Overnight Session. The 301a Outdoor Ed Planning Session is available online and in-person at various locations throughout our council. The 301b Outdoor Ed Overnight Session is only offered as an in-person course, which you will need to register. You can find in-person session registration, dates, times, and locations at www.gsvsc.org/calendar.  After completing his/her training, your OE-certified adult needs to review camping skills and safety information before going camping with all girls and adults in the troop. It usually takes six troop meetings or group sessions to cover the necessary information. The OE-certified adult does not have to be one of the trained Leaders/Co-leaders. However, the OE-certified adult must be a registered Girl Scout member and completed a criminal background check.  Click here to start getting involved today!

Do I need Outdoor Education Training if we are only going to camp for the day?

Outdoor Education training is required for those volunteers who want to participate in any camping activities with their troop or group including backyard camping, packing gear, pitching tents, platform tents, planning menus, fire building, cooking over a fire/portable stove/grill for any daytime outdoor camping experience or staying overnight at camp. For details regarding training requirements, please refer question – My Girl Scouts want to go Camping. What do we need to do?

My troop wants to participate in the GS Community Camporee, but I cannot complete my OE training before that date. What should I do?

Your troop may follow the Buddy-up Camping guidelines.

Buddy-up Camping Guidelines for Troops without a Girl Scout Outdoor Education trained adult:

If a Girl Scout troop does not have a Girl Scout Outdoor Education (OE) trained adult, they may “Buddy-up” with another troop experienced in Girl Scout camping for their initial troop camping experience.

 

“Buddy-up” means that the OE trained adult with one troop (or an OE trained Community Team Member) may agree to be the OE trained adult for one additional troop.  The OE trained adult agrees to work with all girls and adults in the inexperienced troop in addition to their own troop prior to preparing for the camping trip.  Both troops will camp together as one troop with the OE trained adult in charge.  The OE trained adult must be at the camp the entire time while both troops are there. Girl-to-adult ratios must be met for the youngest age camping – this includes tag-a-longs.

The OE trained adult does not have to be a troop leader, but can be any registered adult (male or female) involved with the troop who agrees to:

(1) Take all required OE training.

(2) Work with girls and adults to cover all required materials for the six troop meetings or group sessions prior to the camping trip.

(3) Attend camp the entire time while both troops are there.

(4) Only two troops can “Buddy-up” per one OE trained adult.

 

An adult certified in First Aid/CPR must accompany each Troop.  The First Aid/CPR certified adult may be the OE trained adult, the troop leader, or another registered adult.

 

Once an inexperienced troop has paired with another experienced troop in this manner, the inexperienced troop must acquire their own OE trained adult in order to participate in future Girl Scout camping events or activities.

When does my Outdoor Education certification expire?

Outdoor Education certification remains current as long as the certified person continuously camps with girls/troop.  Volunteers will need to be re-certified in Girl Scout Outdoor Education if they have not taken the girls/troop camping within one year of their initial training date or have not continued to camp with their troop/girls every other membership year to practice their OE skills.  A lapse of 3 years in camping with girls/troop negates the certification.  Once this lapse occurs, the adult will be required to retake both parts (Planning and Overnight) of Outdoor Education.

However, on occasion council camping policies and procedures may change. It is the OE-certified adult’s responsibility to stay current with these updates to the outdoor education curricula, which are located on the online training website under GS 303 Updates to Outdoor Education Curricula.

For what types of events do I need GS106 - Event Planning Training?

If your troop is planning an event that will involve 3 or more troops, a Leader/Co-leader must complete “GS106 – Event Planning Training.” GS106 – Event Planning Training is currently available as an in-person training and will be online soon. If you have previously completed  “Event Planning,” you do not need to retake GS106 – Event Planning Training.

I moved here from another Council. What training do I need to take?

Please contact us at info@gsvsc.org or call Customer Care at 540-777-5100 so that we may obtain your previous training record and to discuss what courses you may need to take with Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline.

I have additional questions, who do I contact?

 A staff member with Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council eager to assist you with all your Girl Scout needs.  Contact us at info@gsvsc.org or call Customer Care at 540-777-5100.

 

Can you help me start my new troop?

I am a Troop Co-leader of a new troop. How do I open our troop bank account?

The Troop Co-Leaders are eligible to open the new troop’s bank account after they have both registered members, have a cleared background check, completed New Leader Orientation and GS102 training.  Next, one Troop Co-Leader will need to complete the GS Bank Account Application Form. The GSVSC Finance Department will process the application and draft a bank resolution letter to the council-approved bank, permitting the Troop Co-Leaders to open a troop account under the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council Tax ID number. The Finance Department will email the bank resolution letter to the Troop Co-Leaders; print out the letter and take to the local council-approved bank to open the account. Questions? Contact us at info@gsvsc.org or call Customer Care at 540-777-5100 for assistance.

 

I am a Leader/Co-leader of a new troop. Can someone help me host my Parent/Guardian Meeting?

Congratulations on starting a new troop! We would love to support you by helping you host your Parent/Guardian Meeting. A staff member with Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council eager to assist you with all your Girl Scout needs.  Contact us at info@gsvsc.org or call Customer Care at 540-777-5100.

 

I need a place to hold my troop meetings. Can you help me?

We hope you can find a free meeting place! Many of our troops meet at local churches, schools, community agencies – such as the fire department, rotary building, VFW, etc. Contact info@gsvsc.org or call Customer Care at 540-777-5100 for additional assistance.

How do I get a Co-leader?

First, think about your friends – would anyone like to co-lead with you? Think about your girl’s friends who will be joining your troop; would any of their parents/guardians be interested in leading. You can recruit a Co-leader at your Parent/Guardian Meeting! You are eligible to have a Parent/Guardian Meeting after you have completed your New Leader Orientation. We would love to support you by helping you host your Parent/Guardian Meeting. Please contact info@gsvsc.org to make arrangements.

How many girls can be in our troop?

A troop is defined by 5 or more girls from more than one family, led by 2 or more Troop Co-Leaders that are not related.  But, of course, you want more than 5 girls in your troop! Girl Scouts of the United States of America outlines the following recommended sizes for each age-level:

Daisies (K, 1st): 10-12 girls
Brownies (2nd, 3rd): 10-20 girls
Juniors (4th, 5th): 10-25 girls
Cadettes (6th, 7th, 8th): 10-25 girls
Seniors (9th, 10th): 10-30 girls
Ambassadors (11th, 12th): 10-30 girls

 

How do I get registered as an adult Girl Scout member?

It is easy! Click here to start getting involved today!

 

I need Financial Assistance in order to be registered as an adult Girl Scout member. How do I apply?

To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the membership registration online and select financial assistance at checkout.  Click here to get started today! A council staff member will be in touch for additional instructions.

 

I completed my online leader training. What is next?

After you complete your online leader training, you volunteer specialist will be providing ongoing troop support through emails and phone calls.  You should have received a welcome email from council staff. If you do not receive this email, please contact us at info@gsvsc.org or call Customer Care at 540-777-5100.

Where can I find all the forms referenced in these trainings?

Most GSVSC forms can be found at www.gsvsc.org/forms. If you cannot find the form you are looking for, contact info@gsvsc.org or call Customer Care at 540-777-5100 for additional assistance.