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Outdoor Training

You live in a world of screens—smartphone! laptop! TV! tablet!—and sometimes you just want to get away from it all. We get it. Help girls develop the kind of outdoor skills it’s hard to get anywhere else. Skills like building a campfire, pitching a tent, or canoeing across a lake.

Many outdoor activities require additional certification training. We offer a wide variety of outdoor certification courses, so you can safely get your girls into the great outdoors!

2018 Spring Training Guide
Webform to submit Activity Specialist General Recertification

 

Archery Activity Specialist
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Learn the basics of archery, how to instruct students and find out about the Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints related to this sport.  Participant’s skills will be evaluated as to whether they are ready to instruct youth in archery after taking this course.

April 28th Camp Giscowheco, Triadelphia, WV
May 20th Camp Creek State Park, Camp Creek, WV
June 17th Boy Scout Camp Mountaineer, Morgantown, WV
Backpacking Activity Specialist
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During this course, you will learn what to take along, what to leave behind and how to pack it, the importance of proper footwear, and the mechanics involved in backpacking. This workshop will teach you how to backpack safely with respect for the environment. The class will incorporate a hike where you will be able to make use of your newly acquired skills. This course is required to take a troop/group on a lengthy backpacking hike which often involves camping overnight. This is an in-person course.

Camping In
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This course is required in order to hold overnight activities with a troop. It is also a prerequisite to Camping Out. Camping In is available as a self-study online or paper copy. To receive certification in Camping In, the Camping In Activity Specialist Certification Request must be completed and submitted.

 

Camping Out
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Do you want to take girls camping in the great outdoors? This course gives you the knowledge and skills to camp in a tent, cook meals over an open fire, and practice Leave No Trace camping techniques. You will learn to appreciate the outdoors and pass the love of nature on to the girls. Camping In is a prerequisite for Camping Out. This course is required to take a troop on an overnight camping trip which involves sleeping in tents. Certification in Outdoor Cooking and Fire Building is also included in this course.

Cost of Camping Out - $30

Camping Out Certification – Overnight
Camping Out Training certifies you to take youth camping. Camping In Self-Study is a pre-requisite.

April 27th & 28th Camp Giscowheco, Triadelphia, WV
April 28th & 29th Lake Snowden, Albany, OH
May 5th & 6th Camp Rocky Ledges, Milton, WV (Part of OWLS Weekend)

Note: This course is part of the OWLS (Outdoor Weekend Learning Spectacular) Training Weekend. If you want to take Camping Out Training, as well as take advantage of other courses offered this weekend, then register for the OWLS Training Weekend and sign up for all the courses that you wish to take by April 6th. If you only, want Camping Out Activity Specialist training, then use this registration link.

May 19th & 20th Camp Creek State Park, Camp Creek, WV
June 9th & 10th Cedar Creek State Park, Glenville, WV
June 16th & 17th Big Bear Lake, Bruceton Mills, WV
Canoeing Activity Specialist
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This is the basic course for entry-level adults who would like to be qualified to take girls canoeing on non-moving or slow moving waters (small lakes, ponds and slow moving sections of creeks and rivers). This course is required to take a troop/group canoeing. This is an in-person course.

Fire Building Safety
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By completing the self-study below, you will be certified to build a simple camp fire that does not involve outdoor cooking with your troop/group. Download the self-study PDF, watch Introduction to Fire Building, then complete and submit the Fire building Activity Specialist Certification form.You will receive an activity specialist card in the mail within four weeks.

First Aid/CPR

Join us for a fun, educational First Aid/CPR training session provided by a certified American Hear Association instructor. The training provides certification in both First Aid and Adult/Child CPR/ It's important to be prepared in case of a health related emergency.

May 4th - 6pm-9pm Camp Rocky Ledges/OWLS Weekend
May 6th - 8:30am-11:30am Camp Rocky Ledges/OWLS Weekend
June 2nd - 9am-Noon Girl Zone Urban Camp, Charleston WV
Hiking Activity Specialist
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Learn the basics of taking your group hiking. Find out what gear you will need, how to plan a hiking trip, safety and emergency procedures. This course is a must for any troop/group that plans to hike. This course is required to take a troop on a hike which involves more than a simple walk around the neighborhood. This is an in-person course.

April 28th Lake Snowden, Albany, OH
May 19th Camp Creek State Park, Camp Creek, WV
June 9th Ceder Creek State Park, Glenville, WV
June 16th Big Bear Lake, Bruceton Mills, WV
Outdoor Cooking Activity Specialist
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From making a box oven to cooking bacon and eggs in a paper bag! Ever make an egg on a stick? Learn some novelty ways of cooking that is cool and fun for all ages. This course is required to cook outdoors with a troop/group. This is an in-person course.

Additional Outdoor Workshops
OWLS Weekend

Register!
Registration Deadline: April 18, 2018

Camping out with your leader friends! Canoeing over a placid lake! Cooking in a box oven! Do you want to learn these skills so you can share the joys of the being in the outdoors with your girls? The upcoming O.W.L.S. (Outdoor Weekend Learning Spectacular) training event provides all of these learning opportunities and more! This outdoor training conference will be held at Camp Rocky Ledges near Milton, WV, over the weekend beginning May 4th and ending May 6th. There's a diverse lineup of workshops to choose from. Come for a weekend getaway to bone up on outdoor skills, make new friends and rejuvenate!

Topics include:
Activity Specialist Certification Courses

  • Archery
  • Canoeing 
  • Camping Out 
  • First Aid/CPR (Additional $38 Fee)
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor Cooking

Ceremonies
Geocaching
Knots and Lashing
Nature Education Programming
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