Volunteer Essentials – This is a resource document answering the many questions that you may have about Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. It covers topics such as programs, badges, meetings, awards, and cookies. It will educate you on council procedures and how they work. Along with the Safety Activity Checkpoints it will help you plan trips, understand your girls and get the most out of your leadership role.
Volunteer Essentials Quick Start Guide PDF
Volunteer Essentials PDF
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Girl Scouting 101 – This class is required of all adults that are working with girls. It teaches them the importance of all the components of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience including the three keys to learning (Discovering, Connecting, and Taking Action.) It also teaches them about the importance of girl led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning. It teaches them that we are looking for girls to achieve the values, knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors that are valued in Girl Scouting, and how these create girls with courage, confidence and character that make the world a better place. We show them how to utilize the Journey books and their lesson plans and how to plan addition activities that go along with the outcomes Girl Scouts are looking for.
Online Girl Scouting 101 (Password is aboutGS101)
Field Trip Basics – This resource document will familiarize you with how to take your girls on field trips while educating them, making sure they are safe, and the paperwork that is necessary.
Field Trip Basics PDF
Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning - This course will teach volunteers how to facilitate learning courses. By the end of this course, the participants will be able to: 1) identify three ways that adults learn, 2) use four different ways to engage audience members, 3) understand the importance of questioning, and 4) be able to see and understand the cycle of learning.
GSLE: From Here to There – This course will enable participants to work with their girls to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). By the end of this course, participants will learn to reflect on how Journeys and badges work together to help girls gain leadership skills and experience and express the value and impact to the girls’ lives by offering them a full Girl Scout experience. Use your leaders’ resources to demonstrate a link between a Journey theme, a badge, and another type of program event that all tie together. Propose three ways to make Journeys more enjoyable and girl-led. Demonstrate how the three processes will be used during all activities. Practice Reflecting on the information to help the girls process the knowledge they obtain. Plan Take Action Projects versus Community Service Projects.
Three Processes – When you volunteer to help girls, it’s not just what you do—it’s how you do it. The Three Processes -Girl Led, Learning by Doing, and Cooperative Learning—define how we do Girl Scouting. They help make Girl Scouting unique and the Girl Leadership Experience powerful. And they are what make Girl Scouting fun for girls! By the end of this course the participants will be able to understand exactly what the processes are and how they benefit girls, transfer what they’ve learned about the processes by doing the National Leadership Journeys to all other Girl Scout activities, implement the processes in age-appropriate ways, become more confident partnering with girls.
T.A.P. 101 (Take Action Projects Training) – Learn the difference between a community service project and a Take Action project in this training. You will also learn how Take Action Projects fit into your girls’ Journey and get some tools and resources for making this a true-girl-led experience.
Service Team Position Training – Service Units are groups of volunteers within a geographical area who provide a critical layer of management and support needed to provide Girl Scout services throughout our council. The service team is the primary support for the service unit. A solid support system and shared responsibilities make any service unit function more smoothly—and make the service unit manager's position easier! Service team positions are supported directly by dedicated staff members and will provide ongoing educational opportunities and support to ensure you have the tools and resources needed to help fulfill our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
Volunteering for Girl Scout Series & Events – This class is required of all adult volunteers who are working with girls on a Girl Scout series or on Girl Scout events. It teaches the importance of all components of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, including the three keys to leadership (Discovering, Connecting, and Taking Action). It will prepare you to keep girls safe and understand the program portfolio.
Online Volunteering for Girl Scout Series & Events (Password is volunteer)
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Crate Stacking – How difficult can climbing milk crates really be? Come find out when we challenge you to climb 17 crates high. Learn climbing safety and the technique of belaying
Low Ropes – The Adventure Walk Low Ropes Program is a team building activity to help build teamwork within a group. This is done through a series of activities to help girls learn more about themselves, each other, work together as a group and to create a trust bond with one another. This program is designed in four steps and girls must satisfactorily complete one step by demonstrating they can work together before progressing to the next step. The steps are: get-acquainted games; cooperative games; trust activities; and the low ropes course. The Low Ropes Course is for registered girls in fourth grade and up.
Day/Twilight Camp Committee Training – Are you new to a day/twilight camp committee? Are you interested in learning what makes a council-sponsored day/twilight camp successful? At this training you will receive you Day/Twilight Camp Manual, helpful resources, and other information as you begin to develop your camp. Indoor Overnights – This class is required of all adults wanting to take their girls on an overnight with modern facilities (e.g., staying overnight indoors at one of the council-owned camps, hotel with pool, leader’s home, Health World, or a museum). This class teaches adults how to progression needed to ready girls for an overnight trip, when girls are emotionally and physically ready to spend the night away from home, planning the trip, paperwork and safety, and many ideas on things that they can do in the outdoors to educate the girls.
Basic Outdoor Skills – This class is required for all adults who have already taken Indoor Overnights for cooking and building fires outdoors. It explains progression in outdoor cooking, demonstrate procedures for cooking outdoors, explain care and use of a latrine, how to do outdoor activities with minimal environmental damage, what supplies are needed for an outdoor trip, proper fire building safety and precautions. It also addresses use of a propane stove and lantern, how to tie at least 3 simple knots, knife safety, and outdoor cleanup.
Basic Outdoor Skills/Outdoor Overnights
Basic Outdoor Skills
Outdoor Overnights – This class is required for all adults who have already taken Indoor Overnights for spending the night in an area without modern facilities. It explains how to prepare a delicious, nutritious meal outdoors, safe dishwashing methods, review of fire building and safety and different types of cooking fires and methods. It teaches how to pitch a tent and put up mosquito netting. It also teaches activities for camping, review of latrine care, and cleaning up with minimal impact to the environment. Participants are required to spend the night at one of Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois facilities (Camps).
Archery – This class is the National Archery Association class that teaches adults how to facilitate basic archery skills for girls. It covers the equipment, safety procedures, and coaching of girls for successful archery achievement and is required for adults to teach their girls archery. There are currently no Archery trainings available.
Enrichment Training – these classes are made for educating adults how to do activities with their girls that they may not be familiar with. Some of these include team building, songs, scrapbooking, candle making, crafts and Field Trips.