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Learning Opportunities

GSUSA and GSSEM provide excellent opportunities for volunteers to get easily and quickly oriented to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Getting Started

Troop Leader/Co-Leader Training*

This training is designed to provide new troop leaders with the basic knowledge you will need to hit the ground running, providing a high-quality Girl Scout leadership experience to girls in a troop setting.

Go to the Troop Leader/Co-Leader online training >>

Girl Scouting 101*

Available through GSUSA, this is a great online introduction to the Girl Scout program.  Composed of a series of eight, short video segments, this 45-minute introduction provides an easy way to jump start your volunteer experience. 

Go to the Girl Scout 101 online training >>

Outdoor 1: Trip and Camp Readiness

Video 1 - Step by Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls

Video 2 -
Taking the Journeys Outside

Video 3 -
How to Leave No Trace Outdoors

Video 4 -
Outdoors Songs and Games

Outdoor 2: Camping Beyond the Cabin

Video 1 - Planning Your Troop's First Campout

Video 2 -
Introduction to Campsite Set-Up

Video 3 -
Introduction to Cooking Outdoors

Video 4 -
Introduction to Fire Building

Outdoor 1 and 2 Survey
Volunteering for Girl Scout Series & Events*

Available through GSUSA, this is a great online introduction to the Girl Scout program.  Composed of a series of eight, short video segments, this 45-minute introduction provides an easy way to jump start your volunteer experience.

Go to the Volunteering for Series & Events online training >>

* Highly recommended

Girl Scout National Program

Journey Take Action

This Short & Snappy covers the basics of identifying and implementing a Journey Take Action project.

Go to the Journey Take Action online training >>

Documents (PDFs)
Bring this knowledge to volunteers in your area by facilitating an in person session at a volunteer meeting.
Journey Take Action: Supplemental Learning Module
Journey Take Action: Facilitator Script
Journey Take Action: PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Journey Take Action Hands-On Learning Activities
Community Mapping (Hands-On Learning Activity)
Mind Mapping (Hands-On Learning Activity)

Six Memorable Girl Scout Ceremonies

Every Girl Scout ceremony helps girls share Girl Scout history and traditions, and create their own special memories. This Short & Snappy takes a look at some important Girl Scout ceremonies, and what they mean.

Go to the Six Memorable Girl Scout Ceremonies online training >>

Volunteer Awards Process

As a volunteer, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside many outstanding volunteers! One way to recognize the contributions of these individuals is through the GSUSA Volunteer National Awards (VNA). The following 15-minute Short & Snappy provides an interactive introduction to the VNA nomination process.

Go to the Volunteer National Awards online training >>

Bring this knowledge to volunteers in your area by facilitating an in-person session at a volunteer meeting.
Volunteer Awards: Supplemental Learning Module (PDF)

Working with Girls

Girl-Led Discussions

This Short & Snappy provides strategies on how to help girls shape their experience through girl-led discussions.

Go to the Girl-Led Discussions online training >>

Quieting a Noisy Room

Sometimes, girls may get caught up in the excitement and you may need to help them settle back down. This Short & Snappy looks at how you can go from a room buzzing with activity to a space where girls are prepared to learn about their next adventure.

Go to the Quieting a Noisy Room online training >>

Four Examples of Team Decision Making

Girls from Daisies through Ambassadors will gain confidence and leadership skills when given the opportunity to lead their activities. This Short & Snappy takes a look at four traditions troops have used for girl-led governance!

Go to the Four Examples of Team Decision Making online training >>

Facilitating Girl-Led Events

This Short & Snappy focuses on facilitating Girl Led events, and how to make sure that girls practice leadership skills that are appropriate for their age level throughout the process of planning an event.

Go to the Facilitating Girl-Led Events online training >>


FIRST teams are an outstanding way to bring hands on STEM activities to girls in grades kindergarten through 5th. In this Short & Snappy, we will cover the details of setting up a FIRST LEGO league or Junior FIRST LEGO league team.

Go to the GSSEM and FIRST online training >>

Four Simple Ways to Grow your Troop

Girl Scouts is an exciting opportunity for girls to meet new friends and expand their horizons! This Short & Snappy takes a look at four simple ways to invite girls from your community to join your troop.

Go to the Four Simple Ways to Expand Your Troop online training >>

Welcoming New Girls to Your Troop

It can be exciting to have new girls join your troop! This Short & Snappy covers thoughtful ways to help new troop members feel welcome.

Go to the Welcoming New Girls online training >>

FIRST LEGO League Timeline

This Short & Snappy covers the year timeline for FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams. This timeline is different than the one followed by Junior FIRST LEGO League.

Go to the Timeline for FLL Teams online training >>

Keeping Up With Cadettes
Bridging Ceremonies

Learn about one of the most time-honored traditions in Girl Scouting and how you can work with your troop to organize a girl-led bridging ceremony that is entirely their own in this Short and Snappy training.

Go to the Bridging Ceremonies online training >>

Group Finances

Opening a Troop Bank Account

All troops at Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan are required to maintain a bank account, and helping girls learn to manage their finances is an important part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience! This Short & Snappy provides you with the tools you need to get your troop bank account up and running.

Go to the Opening a Troop Bank Account online training >>

Managing Troop Finances

This Short & Snappy covers the basics of maintaining healthy troop finances. Before you begin this training, please review the Opening a Troop Bank Account Short & Snappy.

Go to the Managing Troop Finances online training >>

Troop Dues

This Short & Snappy takes a deeper dive into understanding Troop dues and how they can work for your group.

Go to the Troop Dues online training >>

Working with Adults

Difficult Conversations

Why are certain conversations so difficult? What can you do about it?

As a Girl Scout volunteer, you will develop a working relationship with parents, volunteers, and other members of the community. This Short & Snappy gives you the tools you need when friction arises as you establish these relationships. The skills covered in this Short & Snappy will help you minimize tension and even prevent many difficult situations from arising.

Go to the Difficult Conversations online training >>

Worksheets (PDF):

Volunteer Relations℠ Process: Demystified*

As a Volunteer with Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, you will interact with many departments within our organization. Each department has unique processes that build towards offering a high quality leadership experience for girls. The Volunteer Relations℠ department is here to support volunteers who are experiencing conflict in their roles. This module will cover how the Volunteer Relations℠ process can help in difficult situations where relationships are at risk of being damaged.

Go to the Volunteer Relations℠ Process: Demystified online training >>

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Cooperative Troops

In this Short & Snappy, we explore the cooperative troop model. In a cooperative troop, a group of active adults work together to create an exceptional Girl Scout Leadership Experience for the girls in the group with smaller time commitments for each individual.

Go to the Cooperative Troops online training >>

Introduction to Co-Leadership

This Short & Snappy covers skills to help you develop your style of shared leadership and to effectively support your co-leader. We recommend all members of your leadership team complete this training and discuss its contents as part of your year planning process.

Go to the Introduction to Co-Leadership online training >>

Three Steps to Increase Meaningful Family Involvement

Getting families involved in a meaningful way is one of the most rewarding challenges of being part of a Troop Leadership Team. In this Short & Snappy we’ll help you establish a foundation for effectively collaborating with the families of your troop members.

Go to the Three Steps to Increase Family Involvement online training >>


* Highly recommended but not a required course.

Understanding Your Resources

Managing Your My GS Member Profile

The My GS Member Profile is a resource for all members to manage their Household and for Troop Leaders to manage their Troop membership. Become an expert on how to manage your Member Profile!

Go to the Managing Your Member Profile online training >>

Volunteer Toolkit Demo
Volunteer Toolkit Finance Tab

This short training will show you how to easily track troop funds and share troop financial information using the Volunteer Toolkit Finance Tab.

Go to the VTK Finance Tab online training >>

Troop Organizing

Girl Scouts is an exciting opportunity for girls to develop leadership skills; and parent involvement is key. This series of modules helps Troop Organizers develop the skills they need to talk to families about the benefits of the Girl Scout program, and make the Girl Scout Leadership Experience available to more girls.

Easy Troop Organizing
Upfront Agreements

This Short & Snappy covers "Upfront Agreements"—an important skill to help you talk-up Girl Scouts, and to help these conversations go as smoothly as possible.

Go to the Upfront Agreements online training >>

Scouting for Solutions

Girl Scouts can be a solution for families that are concerned about their daughter developing courage, confidence, and character. This Short & Snappy provides information to help Troop Organizers discover concerns families are already experiencing, and talk about how Girl Scouts can alleviate those concerns.

Go to the Scouting for Solutions online training >>

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