You wouldn’t try to build a house without a hammer and nails! The trainings below are the “hammer and nails” you need to build your troop leader skills. The videos are short, fun, and interactive! View them at your own pace in your own space. All of these videos are part of the Troop Leadership Pathway in gsLearn. All trainings are required to complete the learning pathway with the exception of the grade level trainings. You only need to complete the training for the grade level you are leading. If you have a multi-level troop, choose all grade levels you will be leading. You will also be asked to review our council's volunteer policies and sign a volunteer agreement. You need to be logged into myGS before opening the courses below.
These four short, interactive courses provide an introduction to Girl Scouts! Learn why the Girl Scout program is effective in building girls of courage confidence and character. Explore strategies to create an inclusive, girl-led space and the role the troop leader plays in setting this framework. Finally, review troop management and operational guidelines around running a troop, as well as available council and service unit support. All four courses are required.
This essential training helps you spot the signs of possible child abuse, gives you info on how to report any suspicious behavior, and how to keep your girls and yourself safe. This training is required for all volunteers who work directly with girls, and must be repeated every 3 years. The quiz has also been separated out for your convenience. There is a quiz after the video with questions for review. You may want to take notes!
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! Webform to submit Activity Specialist General Recertification
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.
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.
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 is a pre-requisite.
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.
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 fire building guide, then complete and submit the activity specialist form.
First Aid/CPR training session provided by a certified Red Cross instructor are available depending on location and availability. 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 CustomerCare@bdgsc.org to see if one is available 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.
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.
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.
Funded by a grant from the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, we created six outdoor-skill-building videos especially for volunteers newer to Girl Scouts and older girl members taking younger girls outside.
Your girls have worked hard—and had tons of fun—all year; they’ve earned a celebration! Girl Scouts love a good ceremony, so get your troop excited for what lies ahead with a bridging ceremony. Bridging is a beloved Girl Scout tradition that honors girls’ achievements throughout the year and celebrates their “crossing the bridge” to the next Girl Scout level. Learn more here.
Ceremonies help Girl Scouts celebrate special moments and accomplishments throughout the year, such as bridging to another level or earning a National Leadership Journey award. They can plan a ceremony around a theme, such as friendship or nature, and express themselves in words or song. There are all kinds of ceremonies:
Bridging ceremonies mark a girl's move from one level of Girl Scouting to another. Find bridging kits for every level.
Flag ceremonies can be part of any activity that honors the American flag. Be sure to observe flag etiquette during a flag ceremony.
A Fly-Up is a bridging ceremony for Girl Scout Brownies bridging to Girl Scout Juniors. Girls receive the Girl Scout pin along with their Brownie wings.
A Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award ceremony honors Girl Scouts who have earned these special awards and is usually held at the troop/group level or combined with council recognition.
Girl Scouts' Own is a girl-planned program that lets girls explore their feelings around a topic, such as friendship or the Girl Scout Promise and Law, using spoken word, favorite songs, poetry, or other forms of expression. It is never a religious ceremony.
Investiture welcomes new members into the Girl Scout family for the first time. New Girl Scouts receive their membership pin as well as their grade-level pin at this ceremony.
Journey ceremonies honor Girl Scouts who have earned the final award in a Journey. The ceremonies are usually held at the troop/group level and invite Girl Scouts to develop a themed celebration of their Journey, often including friends and family.
A Court of Awards ceremony honors Girl Scouts’ accomplishments. They are presented with their badges, year pins, and other recognitions earned during the year. Volunteers may also be recognized during the ceremony. The Court of Awards can be held anytime during the year, at any location, and as often as the troop wants.
Opening ceremonies can kick off regular Girl Scout meetings and make them feel special!
Pinning ceremonies help celebrate when girls receive grade-level Girl Scout pins.
Throughout the year, Girl Scouts and Girl Scout volunteers celebrate some very special days in Girl Scouting.
Juliette Gordon Low's birthday or Founder's Day, October 31, marks the birth in 1860 of Girl Scouts of the USA founder Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia.
World Thinking Day, February 22, celebrates the birthdays of Girl Guide/Girl Scout founder Lord Baden-Powell (1857–1941) and World Chief Guide Lady Baden-Powell (1889–1977). The day is also a time to donate funds to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.
Girl Scouts’ birthday, March 12, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 members in Savannah, Georgia.
Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes Girl Scouts’ birthday, March 12.
Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith events give Girl Scouts an opportunity to be recognized at their places of worship during Girl Scout Week, share their legacy of service to others, and deepen their connection to their faith and Girl Scouting. Celebration days include Girl Scout Sunday, Girl Scout Jummah, and Girl Scout Sabbath/Shabbat.
Girl Scout Leader's Day, April 22, honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with girls. On this day, Girl Scouts, their families, and their communities find special ways to thank their Girl Scout volunteers.
Learn more here.
SWAPS stands for “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.” They are small tokens of friendship that Girl Scouts exchange with one another, and each SWAP uniquely reflects a fellow Girl Scout, their troop, or a memory of a special event. They’re a great way to share stories and get to know Girl Scouts from across the country and the world.
Tips for SWAPS Givers
Girl Scouts should:
Think about the kind of SWAPS they would like to receive from someone else.
Try not to spend a lot of money. Consider making something from donated or recycled material.
Be creative and take time to make hand-crafted SWAPS. (Include directions for making them if it is a craft project that can be replicated.)
Try to have one for each event participant and staff member.
Plan ahead so there's time to make them.
Make SWAPS that can be worn, used, or displayed.
Ask their group or service unit for help, if needed, in putting SWAPS together.
Make them portable. Remember, they must be carried or shipped ahead to the event, where other Girl Scouts will be carrying them away.
What To Do with SWAPS
Girl Scouts can:
Include them with thank-you letters to sponsors and those who helped with a travel event.
Keep them in a scrapbook, memory box, or shadow box.
Use them to make a quilt or other textile project.
Put pins and patches on a hat or jacket.
Start a council best-of-SWAPS collection.
SWAPS Safety and Etiquette
Girl Scouts should:
Never refuse to swap with another person.
Swap face-to-face, especially if exchanging addresses or email information.
Avoid using glass or sharp objects in SWAPS.
Follow all Safety Activity Checkpoints guidelines.
Avoid using food products, unless they are individually wrapped.
Learn more here.
Whether at a troop meeting, a council-wide event, or meeting Girl Scouts around the world, here are a few traditions that every Girl Scout knows
Girl Scout sign: Girl Scouts make the Girl Scout sign—raising three fingers of the right hand with the thumb holding down the pinky—when they say the Girl Scout Promise. The three fingers represent the three parts of the Promise.
Motto: The Girl Scout motto is "Be prepared." In the 1947 Girl Scout Handbook, the motto was explained this way: "A Girl Scout is ready to help out wherever she is needed. Willingness to serve is not enough; you must know how to do the job well, even in an emergency." The same holds true today.
Slogan: The Girl Scout slogan is "Do a good turn daily." The slogan, which has been used since 1912, is a reminder that Girl Scouts can make a difference in big and small ways.
Greeting: Girl Scouts can greet one another with the Girl Scout handshake, used by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world. The handshake is made by shaking hands with the left hand and making the Girl Scout sign with the right. The left hand is nearer to the heart and signifies friendship.
Friendship Circle: Representing the unbroken chain of friendship among Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world, the Friendship Circle involves Girl Scouts standing in a circle, crossing their right arms over their left, and clasping hands with their friends on both sides. Everyone then makes a silent wish as a friendship squeeze is passed from hand to hand around the circle.
Learn more here.
We want to ensure that we communicate our brand promise. Girl Scouts gives every girl access to life-changing experiences that inspire her to do something big. Thank you for partnering with us to represent the amazing things that our girls are doing to change the world.
If you have questions or need assistance on a communications-related topic, please send an e-mail to Candace Nelson, Director of Marketing.
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Hosting a Girl Scout recruitment event is a great way to help new girls and families join the fun, and we have the tools you need to make your event a success. Whether you’re opening a service unit event up to new girls, increasing visibility at a school or community event, or hosting a Girl Scout Information Meeting we’ve got the materials you need for a successful event.
Volunteers Recruiters can order printed materials through Membership Delivery Managers for their upcoming recruitment events. You can find all of these materials and more here. We request orders be placed at least two weeks in advance of your event.
Any publicly visible materials that use the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council logo, fonts or any other branding must follow Girl Scouts of the USA brand guidelines AND be approved by Marketing and Communications. In general, you can’t use copyrighted designs, text, graphics or trademarked symbols without specific permission from the copyright or trademark holder. The basic principle is: If it is not yours, don’t use it. Using the phrase "no copyright infringement is intended" (or similar wording) on your website does not mean that you can upload copyrighted or trademarked material without permission. All necessary permission must be obtained, or the material cannot be used. Check out our branding guidelines for a quick reference sheet.
The words "Scout", "Scouts" and "scouting" should never appear without the modifier "Girl," and each word should be capitalized. When mentioning our name in copy, use either "Girl Scouts" or "Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council."
Our colors are Black, White and Green (#00AE58 or R0 G174 B88 or PMS 355). Girl Scouts and green go together. To ensure that we continue to claim the color and to solidify our identity, embrace green. Be sure to include at least a bit of green in every piece you produce.
Girls, troops, volunteers, etc. are encouraged to use the Girl Scout font primarily and Palatino font secondarily and its variations for any design materials created.
If the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council's logo or service mark or trefoil is placed on distributed materials, it must have prior approval. Make sure to leave white space around the logo and not crowd it. Girl Scouts of the USA recommends to leave at least the same amount of white space around it as the "g." Do not stretch or modify logos or service marks in any way.
Use of photos or videos requires a Photo/Artwork Release form signed by parents/guardians and any adults pictured. This release only provides permission for use directly related to Girl Scouts and should never be used to promote a business or political campaign. The troop leader should keep this document on file at all times.
When representing Girl Scouts on social media channels make safety a priority.
Do not sell advertising on your site, either in text or graphic format. This includes banner ads and sponsored links. The sale of advertising creates an implied relationship between Girl Scouts and the goods or services advertised, and are NOT permitted.
The first step is to create your own Facebook account, if you have not done so already. If you do not have a Facebook account, you can create one at www.facebook.com. It’s very simple and takes only a few minutes. To create a group, take the following steps:
Things you can do with a closed Facebook group
Managing your closed Facebook group
Before you begin developing a Girl Scout social media account, designate two adults who will be responsible for managing the account—one who is the primary manager, and one who can be a backup. That way, there’s always more than one person who can manage the account!
In a closed group, any member can invite other members to join, as long as they are Facebook friends. Remember to protect everyone’s privacy by only inviting adult members of Girl Scouts.
The creator of the closed group is the administrator by default. For that reason, we encourage the communications liaison to create the closed group. It is a good practice to have more than one administrator so that the responsibility of the account can be shared. If the service unit already has a page and you are taking over the administration, the administrator can add an additional site administrator with ease.
My GS is your Girl Scout home base and how you access other great tools to manage the Girl Scout experience for your family and troop! By logging into My GS in the upper right-hand corner you can:
Zoom is an easy, reliable video conferencing and messaging platform with powerful security, that works across mobile and desktop devices. Safely meet with your Girl Scouts and families through virtual meetings to stay in-touch when meeting in-person is difficult. GsZoom is our unique partnership with Zoom organization to provide this essential product at a vastly reduced price point for our volunteers.
gsLearn is Girl Scouts’ official online and on demand training platform. Confident leaders are prepared leaders, and these online learnings will give you all the info you need to be a great troop leader.
gsLearn isn’t just for volunteers! All members have access to this great tool. Click on myGS in the upper right-hand corner to login and check it out.
PHASE 1: Participate in the 2021-22 Cookie Program.
PHASE 2: Re-register 60% of the girls in your troop and two troop leaders, co-leaders or assistant leaders by June 30, 2022.
PHASE 3: Complete reappointment paperwork and troop leader registration by June 30, 2022. This includes End of the Year Troop paperwork and Troop Finance Report, which includes a current bank statement.
PHASE 4: Participate in the 2022 Fall Product Program. During the Fall Product Program, troops must have the following sales, according to troop size:
• 1 to 9 girls - $50 in sales
• 10 to 19 girls - $100 in sales
• 20 or more girls - $150 in sales
PHASE 5: Reach a 225 per girl average and have 85% of girls participating in the 2023 Cookie Program.
PHASE 6: Complete at least two community service projects as a troop. Projects must be completed by May 1 and reported on the Troop Community Service Report form.
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