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Beyond Meetings Series

Required for certain trips and overnight events.

Cookie VIP Training
Outings, Short Trips & Overnights
Extended Travel
Troop Camping Certification
Troop Camping Certification PLUS
Backpacking
Event Manager


Cookie VIP Training

This training is required of Troop Cookie Managers and highly recommended for Troop Leaders, and is essential for a troops’ success when participating in the cookie program.  You will learn procedures and best practices for facilitating a successful cookie sale for your troop.  More importantly, you’ll also learn why the cookie program is about so much more than just earning money, and will learn how to maximize the benefits for your girls – they’ll gain financial literacy, leadership and life skills and have a ton of fun, too.  Scroll down for eBudde training.

Online Learning
Click here to take Cookie VIP Training Online!

Upcoming In-Person Classes

Please contact your service unit's Cookie Sale Manager for in-person courses.


Outings, Short Trips & Overnights

You should take Safety-Wise before taking this course.  This course is required for at least one adult who will attend any outing, short trip or overnight (any activity where you will meet at a different location than regular troop meetings) and who is involved in the planning process with the girls.  This course is highly recommended for ALL adults who will attend any outing, short trip or overnight. (Course time- 1 hour)

Online Learning
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This class is not offered in-person


Extended Travel

This course is required if your girls are currently planning a trip for three or more nights and/or international trips. You’ll gain from the experience of seasoned Girl Scout travelers, and receive valuable tips on planning “big” trips with your girls.

Upcoming In-Person Classes

None scheduled at this time...

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Troop Camping Certification

This course is required for at least one adult who will accompany the troop on a camping trip and who will be involved in the planning process with the girls, if your troop will either cook OR sleep outdoors (or in shelters without electricity or indoor plumbing.) Emphasis in this course is on how to teach skills to girls and prepare them for their outdoor experiences, as well as health and safety concerns when camping in a large group. A course fee covers the cost of food and materials. This class may be offered as a one, two, or three part class, and class lengths vary due to the optional overnight experiences. Contact your local office Adult Development Dept. if you have any questions about which class is right for you. If you wish to take this training with your daughter, please see the description for Troop Camping Certification Plus.

Also available for experienced campers who have experience working with girls, who understand the importance of girl-led experiences, and who have experience camping with large groups. Note that the emphasis of the Troop Camping Certification course is on how to prepare girls for their outdoor experiences and in the specific safety and hygiene requirements with large group camping and not simply on camping skills.

The Troop Camping Certification Equivalency:
This equivalency is offered as a challenge to the Troop Camping Certification Course. Certification is granted to individuals who demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills to work with a Girl Scout group in planning, preparing for and carrying out outdoor camping adventures.

Process

The equivalency consists of a self-assessment, written exam, and may include a skills demonstration session.

Below are the steps for completing the equivalency.

1. Self-Assessment

Review the following list of competencies listed here to determine whether or not you should enroll in the equivalency. If you possess the knowledge and skills outlined, proceed to step 2.

  • GS rules and procedures pertaining to troop camping
  • Girl readiness for camping
  • Progression in the outdoors
  • Planning with girls
  • Leave No Trace principles
  • Safety practices for cooking, fires, dish & hand washing, and fuels

2. Written exam

Contact the Director of Volunteer Resources in the office closest to you and request the equivalency exam. The exam can be emailed or mailed to you. Complete the exam within two weeks of receipt and return by email or mail to the Director of Volunteer Resources.

3. Approval Process

  • You must score at least 85% and not miss any serious safety questions.
  • If necessary complete the 1 ½ hour skills demonstration or
  • Be asked to attend the in-person TCC class

East Bay/Solano Area; Oakland Office Mary Holzheimer at mholzheimer@girlscoutsnorcal.org or 510 562-8470 ext.8003

South Bay/Peninsula Area; San Jose Office Janice Stone at jstone@girlscoutsnorcal.org  or 408 287-4170 ext.8007

North Central Area; Chico and Redding Office Sheryl Jucker at sjucker@girlscoutsnorcal.org or (530) 221-6180, ext. 8004

North Coast Area; Santa Rosa Office Joey Riggins at jriggins@girlscoutsnorcal.org or 707 544-5472 ext. 8005

Redwoods Area; Eureka office (Humbolt, Del Norte County) Kathy Johanson at kjohanson@girlscoutsnorcal.org or 800-447-4475 Ext. 3010

Upcoming In-Person Classes

Troop Camping Certification - Novato
Novato
Sat, May. 10, 2014, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Troop Camping Certification - Ukiah
Ukiah
Sat, May. 10, 2014, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Troop Camping Certification - San Jose
San Jose
Sat, May. 17, 2014, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Troop Camping Certification - San Jose
San Jose
Sat, Aug. 9, 2014, 9:00am - 4:00pm

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Troop Camping Certification PLUS

An experience for adults and daughters: The course will include the same adult Troop Camping Certification curriculum, but will also include the adult’s daughter, thus providing a special overnight outdoor experience for both of you. If your troop will either cook OR sleep outdoors (or in shelters without electricity or indoor plumbing), this course is required for at least one troop adult who will accompany the troop on a camping trip and who will be involved in the planning process with the girls.  A non-refundable course fee of $60 covers the cost of food, training materials, and supplies for an adult/daughter pair. (If you have more than one daughter, you need to pay an additional fee of $30 for each girl). Space is limited – sign up early. Please, no repeats. 

To register yourself and your daughter for this training you must first register yourself here then exit the site and log back in to eBiz as your daughter to register her.

Upcoming In-Person Classes

None scheduled at this time...

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Backpacking

Are your Girl Scouts feeling adventurous and wanting to explore the great outdoors? Learn all you need to know to lead your girls on a backpacking experience of a lifetime. Emphasis is on adequately preparing girls for a backpacking experience. This course is offered in 2 parts; part 1 is the pre-trip planning process which includes preparation activities, gear to take on your excursion, first aid and safety. The second is an overnight backpacking trip (date and site will be determined at the part 1 class).  Participants must attend BOTH part 1 and part 2 to certify for council backpacking.  This course is required for at least one troop adult who will go on the backpacking trip with the troop and who will be involved in the planning process with the girls.  A non-refundable course fee of $50.00 covers food, training supplies, and site fees. Minimum 6 participants, maximum 12 participants. Prerequisite: Troop Camping Certification.

 

Upcoming In-Person Classes

None scheduled at this time...

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Event Manager

Are you planning events and activities for your Service Unit or Council?  This class is required for volunteers running events where the person is responsible for the planning and implementation of the event and for the well-being of the participants. Check the council website for more information about which activities are considered events.  Learn the logistics of planning, promoting, delivering and evaluating an event, as well as effective techniques for recruiting and working with a committee.

Online Learning
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Home Study

Home Study is no longer available for this course. 

Upcoming In-Person Classes

None scheduled at this time...

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