Volunteer Training

Volunteer learning is offered in Girl Scouting to support and enable adults to respond effectively to the needs of today’s girls. It also supports the achievement of the Girl Scout Mission and Council Goals. Girl Scouts of Western Ohio has a training policy that affects all appointed volunteers. This policy ensures that volunteers know and understand the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and details of their volunteer role.  

Training Policy 

All appointed volunteers in Girl Scouts of Western Ohio are required to complete two required trainings for the position accepted within six months of appointment to meet eligibility requirements. It is highly recommended that training be completed within the first three months of appointment. The required trainings are:

  • Girl Scout Fundamentals
  • Position Training for the appropriate volunteer position (Grade Level Leadership Essentials for leaders, position training for service team volunteers, etc…)

The council may assume financial obligations as budgeted for the event, when a volunteer(s) is selected to represent the council at training seminars, conferences, or conventions beyond those routinely required.

Recommended Training Sequence
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio recommends the following training sequence to volunteers to best prepare for their work with girls.
  • Girl Scout Fundamentals
  • Position training
  • First Aid & CPR Training

Anytime a troop goes outside its regular meeting place, a troop First-Aider must be in attendance on the trip. Troop First-Aiders must be certified in Adlt/Child First Aid & CPR and this certification must be on record with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. A troop First-Aider can be any registered adult with the troop and troops can have an unlimited number of First Aiders.

Troop Camp Training
Any time a troop goes camping, the troop must be accompanied by an adult who has completed the Troop Camp Training course (for lodge or tent camping) or Lodge Camp Training (for lodge camping only).  The troop camp planning process should also be guided by a camp trained adult.