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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!

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Archery Activity Specialist

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

Backpacking Activity Specialist

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

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. 


Camping Out

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.

Canoeing Activity Specialist

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

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.

First Aid/CPR

First Aid/CPR training session provided by a certified Red Cross instructor are available depending on location and availablilty. The training provides certification in both First Aid and Adult/Child CPR. If you have a group of 5 or more and would like a training, please email to see if one is availble in your area. 

We accept training certificates from Red Cross, American Heart Association, and other organizations as long as they provide a hands on training.  


Hiking Activity Specialist

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.


Girl Scouts will use several different knots while camping and adventuring in the outdoors. Get started by learning these basic and advanced knots.

  • The Overhand Knot. It's the most simple knot, but also the most essential to understanding the rest of the upcoming series.
  • Round Turn & Two Half Hitches Knot. It's a knot with multiple components, but the components are simple and easy to remember.
  • Clove Hitch. It's a hitch with structure that requires memorization, but the motions are uni-directional and easy to remember.
  • Square or Reef Knot. It's easy enough - two half hitches stacked on top of each other. However, their relationship to each other is tricky and it's easy to accidentally tie a variation of the square/reef knot rather than the knot itself.
  • Sheet Bend. This knot requires more specific memorization than the last.
  • Bowline Knot (pronounced "bowl - in," not "bow-line.") It's essentially the sheet bend, but with a very different application.
  • Bowline On a Bight (Pronounced "Bowl - in," not "Bow - line"). It has the same structure as the Bowline, but with a much more complicated procedure.
  • Taut Line Hitch. It's more difficult due to it's many turns and direction changes.
  • Cleat Hitch. It's easy once you've memorized all the different turns and nit-picky particulars of the knot.
  • Double Figure Eight knot is complicated. It has many turns, direction changes, and requires a lot of memorization. Once mastered, it is a very useful heavy duty knot.


Wilderness First Aid

Prepare for the unexpected with this fun, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine, taught over two days. Attendance both days is required.

If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or just spending time in the outdoors, this course is for you!

This course is great for people of all experience levels and is best suited for those who work and play outdoors where EMS response time can be expected in more than 30 minutes but fewer than 8 hours. This course is strongly recommended for adults who run camps in rural areas (including Rocky Ledges and Camp Gisco!), as well as any Troop Volunteers who take their girls hiking, backpacking or traveling.

You'll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions.

You'll learn both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments!

Prerequisites: Participants must be at least 14 years of age to register. Participants must also have a current adult CPR/AED Certification, as well.

Check out our Council Activities page to see upcoming training dates.