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Learning Opportunities

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways offers support to adults working directly with girls, and those working with each other to bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls. We offer Adult Learning courses on a variety of topics. Some courses are required for particular positions; others are for enrichment purposes. Descriptions of the various courses and schedules are available below.  You can find schedule courses listed in our Events/Calendar Listing and look for the grey icon “Volunteers” for the next scheduled events!

If you are interested in a particular training but no session is listed on that page, please contact our Director of Membership Support to request one.

Registration for courses needs to be made at least one week in advance of the session. A minimum number of participants must be reached to conduct a course. Low registration could result in cancellation of a session. Only those who have registered will be notified of cancellations.


Required Volunteer Training

Volunteer Orientation: After completing the application and background check, newly welcomed volunteers participate in an orientation prior to beginning in their new role. The orientation, typically in-person, is required for Co-leaders, BFF Facilitators and other leadership roles.  Orientations are coordinated by a council representative and take care of teaching new volunteers all of the “essential details,” like building a Girl Scout troop.

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Outdoor Skills

  • Simply Successful Overnights: A three-hour session that prepares participants for planning and facilitating a safe group overnight Girl Scout experience, such as a sleepover, lock-in, or hotel/motel overnight.  Also address cooking with girls using standard household kitchen appliances.

  • Simply Successful Camping: Overnight session where participants learn to plan and facilitate a safe group Girl Scout camping experience in a lodge, cabin or tent. Topics include meal prep and fire building. Prerequisite: Simply Successful Overnights or comparable legacy outdoor education course.

  • Simply Successful Camping Extended:  Includes SSC and more in-depth compass skills, small craft/waterfront orientation, hiking around the camp, and your choice of one of: floating lunch, expansion of instruction, and more outdoor cooking. Prerequisite: Simply Successful Overnights or comparable legacy outdoor education course.

Role Specific Training

  • Volunteer for Girl Scouts Series and Events: A streamlined version of Girl Scouting 101 created specifically for those who commit to short-term volunteering (such as series or events).

  • Facilitating Adult Learning: Learn how to adapt your facilitation style to accommodate ways that an adult can learn. This course gives you the skills necessary to conduct Girl Scout adult learning courses and well as create course that are adaptable by other facilitators.

  • Service Unit Encampment Director Training


Workshops and Enrichment

  • Girl Scouting 101: Girl Scouting 101 is a 45-minute, self-paced online orientation to Girl Scouting

  • Extended Trips Webinar: This one-hour course is for volunteers planning trips with their troops lasting three or more nights.

  • Leader Learning Events: Fall FUNdamentals and Spring Flings offer a variety of workshops and hands-on FUN! Choose from a variety of sessions like troop management, leadership essentials, ceremonies & traditions, songs, and more.   Check the Event Listing/Calendar.

  • Volunteer Recognition Webinars: Participate in these webinars to learn the nomination process for adult recognitions that are awarded each year at our Volunteer Recognition Celebrations.  Nominations are typically due the end of February.

  • Girl Scout University: Find enrichment courses here for volunteers

Volunteer Essentials

This is the basic handbook for all volunteers in GSNYPENN, regardless of your role.