Online Training Sessions

Get your Girl Scout training online.
GS102, GS103, and GS301a Outdoor Education Planning Session are now online learning opportunities!
Need additional help with online training? Click here: Steps to take GS101, GS102, and GS103 GSVSC Online Training Learning Opportunities

In-person Training Sessions

Check our online calendar for in-person training sessions. New Leader Orientation and 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: visit the training portion of the eBiz site.

Which training do I need to take?

I want to be a Troop Leader/Coleader. How do I get started?

First, complete our Volunteer Application, which includes a criminal background check. Then, complete GS101, GS102 and GS103 training. GS101 is online and takes approximately 45 minutes.GS102 and GS103 are each approximately 2 hours. You can choose to complete these 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.  When you complete your GS101, GS102GS103 training online, you will need to attend an in-person New Leader Orientation.  Lastly, register yourself as an adult Girl Scout member in eBiz.Need help getting registered? Go to the “How do I…?” section of the FAQ for more information.

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

First, complete our Volunteer Application, which includes a criminal background check. 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 Volunteer Services Manager for more information on your county’s training.  Lastly, register yourself as an adult Girl Scout member in eBiz. Need help getting registered? Go to the “How do I…?” section of the FAQ.

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

First, complete our Volunteer Application, which includes a criminal background check. 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. Lastly, register yourself as an adult Girl Scout member in eBiz. Need help getting registered? Go to the “How do I…?” section of the FAQ.

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

First, complete our Volunteer Application, which includes a criminal background check. 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 Volunteer Services Manager for more information your county’s training. Lastly, register yourself as an adult Girl Scout member in eBiz. Need help getting registered? Go to the “How do I…?” section of the FAQ.

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

First, complete our Volunteer Application, which includes a criminal background check. 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. Lastly, register yourself as an adult Girl Scout member in eBiz. Need help getting registered? Go to the “How do I…?” section of this FAQ for more information.

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

First, complete our Volunteer Application, which includes a criminal background check. 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 an assistant Co-Leader by completing GS101, GS102 and GS103  training. GS101 is online and takes approximately 45 minutes. GS102 and GS103  are each approximately 2 hours. You can choose to complete these trainings online or in-person. Access online training at onlinetraining.gsvsc.org. When you complete your GS101 , GS102GS103 t training online, you will also need to attend an in-person New Leader Orientation. Lastly, register yourself as an adult Girl Scout member in eBiz. Need help getting registered? 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?

First, complete our Volunteer Application, which includes a criminal background check. 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 Lastly, register yourself as an adult Girl Scout member in eBiz. Need help getting registered?  Go to the “How do I…?” section of the FAQ for more information.

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

First, complete our Volunteer Application, which includes a criminal background check. 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. Lastly, register yourself as an adult Girl Scout member in eBiz. Need help getting registered? Go to the “How do I…?” section of the FAQ for more information.

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

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 for in eBiz, You can find in-person session 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 complete our Volunteer Application, which includes a criminal background check and be a registered Girl Scout member in eBiz. Need help getting registered? Go to the “How do I …?” section of the FAQ

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 your Volunteer Services Manager to discuss your previous training record and to discuss what courses you may need to take with Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline.

Who is my Volunteer Services Manager?

Your Volunteer Services Manager is a staff member with Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council eager to assist you with all your Girl Scout needs.  Find your city/county below to find your Volunteer Services Manager’s contact information.

Albemarle County
Megan Cheresnowsky – mcheresnowsky@gsvsc.org | 540-885-5080

Alleghany County
Megan Cheresnowsky – mcheresnowsky@gsvsc.org | 540-885-5080

Amherst County
Stephanie Collis –  scollis@gsvsc.org | 434-987-6480

Appomattox County
Stephanie Collis –  scollis@gsvsc.org | 434-987-6480

Augusta County
Megan Cheresnowsky – mcheresnowsky@gsvsc.org | 540-885-5080

Bath County
Megan Cheresnowsky – mcheresnowsky@gsvsc.org | 540-885-5080

Bedford
Jessie Brockman – jbrockman@gsvsc.org | 540-525-9695

Botetourt County
Kathleen Fort – kfort@gsvsc.org | 540-777-5101

Buckingham County
Stephanie Collis –  scollis@gsvsc.org | 434-987-6480

Buena Vista City
Megan Cheresnowsky – mcheresnowsky@gsvsc.org | 540-885-5080

Campbell County
Jessie Brockman – jbrockman@gsvsc.org | 540-525-9695

Carroll County
Kathleen Fort – kfort@gsvsc.org | 540-777-5101

Charlotte County
Jessie Brockman – jbrockman@gsvsc.org | 540-525-9695

Charlottesville City
Stephanie Collis –  scollis@gsvsc.org | 434-987-6480

Covington City
Megan Cheresnowsky – mcheresnowsky@gsvsc.org | 540-885-5080

Craig County
Kathleen Fort – kfort@gsvsc.org | 540-777-5101

Culpeper County
Stephanie Collis –  scollis@gsvsc.org | 434-987-6480

Floyd County
Kathleen Fort – kfort@gsvsc.org | 540-777-5101

Fluvanna County
Stephanie Collis –  scollis@gsvsc.org | 434-987-6480

Franklin County
Jessie Brockman – jbrockman@gsvsc.org | 540-525-9695

Galax City
Kathleen Fort – kfort@gsvsc.org | 540-777-5101

Giles County
Kathleen Fort – kfort@gsvsc.org | 540-777-5101

Grayson County
Kathleen Fort – kfort@gsvsc.org | 540-777-5101

Greene County
Stephanie Collis –  scollis@gsvsc.org | 434-987-6480

Halifax County
Jessie Brockman – jbrockman@gsvsc.org | 540-525-9695

Harrisonburg City
Megan Cheresnowsky – mcheresnowsky@gsvsc.org | 540-885-5080

Henry County
Jessie Brockman – jbrockman@gsvsc.org | 540-525-9695

Highland County
Megan Cheresnowsky – mcheresnowsky@gsvsc.org | 540-885-5080

Lexington City
Megan Cheresnowsky – mcheresnowsky@gsvsc.org | 540-885-5080

Louisa County
Stephanie Collis –  scollis@gsvsc.org | 434-987-6480

Lynchburg City
Jessie Brockman – jbrockman@gsvsc.org | 540-525-9695

Madison County
Stephanie Collis –  scollis@gsvsc.org | 434-987-6480

Martinsville City
Jessie Brockman – jbrockman@gsvsc.org | 540-525-9695

Montgomery County
Kathleen Fort – kfort@gsvsc.org | 540-777-5101

Nelson County
Stephanie Collis –  scollis@gsvsc.org | 434-987-6480

Orange County
Stephanie Collis –  scollis@gsvsc.org | 434-987-6480

Patrick County
Jessie Brockman – jbrockman@gsvsc.org | 540-525-9695

Pittsylvania County
Jessie Brockman – jbrockman@gsvsc.org | 540-525-9695

Pulaski County
Kathleen Fort – kfort@gsvsc.org | 540-777-5101

Radford City
Kathleen Fort – kfort@gsvsc.org | 540-777-5101

Rappahannock County
Stephanie Collis –  scollis@gsvsc.org | 434-987-6480

Roanoke City/County
Kathleen Fort – kfort@gsvsc.org | 540-777-5101

Rockbridge County
Megan Cheresnowsky – mcheresnowsky@gsvsc.org | 540-885-5080

Rockingham County
Megan Cheresnowsky – mcheresnowsky@gsvsc.org | 540-885-5080

Salem City
Kathleen Fort – kfort@gsvsc.org | 540-777-5101

Staunton
Megan Cheresnowsky – mcheresnowsky@gsvsc.org | 540-885-5080

Waynesboro City
Megan Cheresnowsky – mcheresnowsky@gsvsc.org | 540-885-5080

Wythe County
Kathleen Fort – kfort@gsvsc.org | 540-777-51011

Can you help me start my new troop?

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

You are eligible to open your new troop’s bank account after you have completed GS102 training. Complete the GS Bank Account Application Form and submit to the GSVSC Finance Department at volunteerfinance@gsvsc.org. The GSVSC Finance Department will process your application and draft a letter to your local bank, permitting you to open a troop account under the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council Tax ID number. The Finance Department will e-mail you this letter; you will print out the letter and take to your local bank to open the account. Questions? Contact your Volunteer Services Manager.

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. Please contact your Volunteer Services Manager to make arrangements.

Elisabeth Buckley
Membership/Recruitment Manager-NW
(counties of Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta and Rockingham)
540-910-0240
ebuckley@gsvsc.org

Deirdre Kellner
Membership/Recruitment Manager-NE
(counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Nelson, Buckingham, Amherst, Appomattox, Rappahannock, Madison, Culpeper, Greene, Orange and Louisa)
434-382-8013
dkellner@gsvsc.org

Amanda Baumgardner
Membership/Recruitment Manager-SW
(counties of Grayson, Wythe, Carroll, Pulaski, Giles, Montgomery, Floyd, Craig, Roanoke and Botetourt)
HQ: 540-777-5120 or 1-800-542-5905, ext. 120
Cell: 540-520-6948
abaumgardner@gsvsc.org

Stephanie Micklem
Membership/Recruitment Manager-SE
(counties of Bedford, Campbell, Charlotte, Halifax, Pittsylvania, Franklin, Henry and Patrick)
434-382-8055
smicklem@gsvsc.org

My troop needs a number. How do I get that?

Congratulations on starting a new troop! You will receive your new troop number after you have completed your online training and  New Leader Orientation. Questions? Contact your Volunteer Services Manager.

Can I make my own fliers to recruit girls to join our troop

We have fliers for you! Check out our Marketing in Motion page. Questions? Contact your GSVSC Membership Manager:

Elisabeth Buckley
Membership/Recruitment Manager-NW
(counties of Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta and Rockingham)
540-910-0240
ebuckley@gsvsc.org

Deirdre Kellner
Membership/Recruitment Manager-NE
(counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Nelson, Buckingham, Amherst, Appomattox, Rappahannock, Madison, Culpeper, Greene, Orange and Louisa)
434-382-8013
dkellner@gsvsc.org

Amanda Baumgardner
Membership/Recruitment Manager-SW
(counties of Grayson, Wythe, Carroll, Pulaski, Giles, Montgomery, Floyd, Craig, Roanoke and Botetourt)
HQ: 540-777-5120 or 1-800-542-5905, ext. 120
Cell: 540-520-6948
abaumgardner@gsvsc.org

Stephanie Micklem
Membership/Recruitment Manager-SE
(counties of Bedford, Campbell, Charlotte, Halifax, Pittsylvania, Franklin, Henry and Patrick)
434-382-8055
smicklem@gsvsc.org

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 your Volunteer Services Manager, if you need more help.

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 your Volunteer Services Manager to make arrangements.

How do we get more girls to join our troop

First, contact the Membership Placement & Registration Facilitator for your GS Community/county. This local volunteer maintains the waiting list; she/he will be able to tell you about girls currently on the waiting list who could join your troop! If you still have room in your troop, make a list of your Girl Scout’s friends from school, soccer, dance, church, and more. Ask if they would be interested in joining your troop. If you still have room in your troop, contact the Membership & Marketing Facilitator for your GS Community/county. This local volunteer will help you set up a recruitment event to invite more girls to join your troop. You will receive contact information for these local volunteers after your New Leader Orientation (if you complete GS102 Training online). Questions? Contact your GSVSC Membership Manager.

Elisabeth Buckley
Membership/Recruitment Manager-NW
(counties of Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta and Rockingham)
540-910-0240
ebuckley@gsvsc.org

Deirdre Kellner
Membership/Recruitment Manager-NE
(counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Nelson, Buckingham, Amherst, Appomattox, Rappahannock, Madison, Culpeper, Greene, Orange and Louisa)
434-382-8013
dkellner@gsvsc.org

Amanda Baumgardner
Membership/Recruitment Manager-SW
(counties of Grayson, Wythe, Carroll, Pulaski, Giles, Montgomery, Floyd, Craig, Roanoke and Botetourt)
HQ: 540-777-5120 or 1-800-542-5905, ext. 120
Cell: 540-520-6948
abaumgardner@gsvsc.org

Stephanie Micklem
Membership/Recruitment Manager-SE
(counties of Bedford, Campbell, Charlotte, Halifax, Pittsylvania, Franklin, Henry and Patrick)
434-382-8055
smicklem@gsvsc.org

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 Leaders/Co-leaders who 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

First, contact the Membership Placement & Registration Facilitator for your GS Community/county. This local volunteer maintains the waiting list; she/he will be able to tell you about girls currently on the waiting list who could join your troop! If you still have room in your troop, make a list of your Girl Scout’s friends from school, soccer, dance, church, and more. Ask if they would be interested in joining your troop. If you still have room in your troop, contact the Membership & Marketing Facilitator for your GS Community/county. This local volunteer will help you set up a recruitment event to invite more girls to join your troop. You will receive contact information for these local volunteers after your New Leader Orientation (if you complete GS102 Training online). Questions? Contact your GSVSC Membership Manager.

Elisabeth Buckley
Membership/Recruitment Manager-NW
(counties of Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta and Rockingham)
540-910-0240
ebuckley@gsvsc.org

Deirdre Kellner
Membership/Recruitment Manager-NE
(counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Nelson, Buckingham, Amherst, Appomattox, Rappahannock, Madison, Culpeper, Greene, Orange and Louisa)
434-382-8013
dkellner@gsvsc.org

Amanda Baumgardner
Membership/Recruitment Manager-SW
(counties of Grayson, Wythe, Carroll, Pulaski, Giles, Montgomery, Floyd, Craig, Roanoke and Botetourt)
HQ: 540-777-5120 or 1-800-542-5905, ext. 120
Cell: 540-520-6948
abaumgardner@gsvsc.org

Stephanie Micklem
Membership/Recruitment Manager-SE
(counties of Bedford, Campbell, Charlotte, Halifax, Pittsylvania, Franklin, Henry and Patrick)
434-382-8055
smicklem@gsvsc.org

How do I....?

How do I submit my Volunteer Application?

You can submit your Volunteer Application online at www.gsvsc.org.

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

There are two ways to register yourself as an adult Girl Scout member.

Option 1: Log on to www.gsvsc.org/ebiz and register online. Follow these instructions.

Option 2: Complete the Membership Registration Form (link) and mail with payment to:

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council

3663 Peters Creek Road NW

Roanoke, VA 24019

Be sure to make a copy of your membership registration form in the event the mail is lost.

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 Form  and the Financial Assistance Application. Mail to:

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council

3663 Peters Creek Road NW

Roanoke, VA 24019

Be sure to make a copy of your membership registration form in the event the mail is lost.

I completed my online leader training. How do I coordinate my New Leader Orientation? Is this when I get my copy of the Troop Notebook and Volunteer Essentials?

Yes! After you complete your online leader training, you should receive a welcome email from council staff. If you do not receive this email, please contact your Volunteer Services Manager who will help coordinate your New Leader Orientation.

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 your Volunteer Services Manager.