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Leader Training

This Leader Training Resources page has information and hints about being a leader in general, and specifically about training, planning and scheduling your year, and how to survive as a:

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Leader Training

Palo Alto Girl Scout leaders are required to complete five courses (approximately eight hours total) before leading a troop.

Our Council offers all of these throughout the year. 

More Training for Leaders and Other Volunteers

After you've settled in as a leader, you'll probably want to add other training courses. They definitely help! Talk with experienced leaders to learn the types of activities are open to your troop next year, and consider training in advance. It's a great trick for making troop leadership fun. You can also delegate some training to other troop volunteers (i.e. parents). Many troops have a designated troop camper.

The following training courses are highly recommended:

Tip: If you just can't get your training in on time before a troop overnight or camping trip, be sure to ask for help. Another leader or a Service Unit Team member can probably be convinced to serve as your mentor or the "skill certified" person, on a one-time-only basis. But, then get your training done! 

First Aid Training for Leaders

Why does the service unit ask leaders to get First Aid and CPR training?  As a Girl Scout leader, safety of the girls is your utmost consideration. Emergencies can happen and require prompt action and quick, good judgment.   Having an adult present who is First Aid trained is recommended for troops, in fact, the presence of a first aider is required for many group activities.  Our service unit strongly requests that every troop leader be First Aid and CPR trained and remain current with certification.  The first aider does not have to be the troop leader; it could be a troop adult volunteer.  However, most leaders agree that it is much more convenient to become first aid certified than to worry about lining up a First Aid certified adult for every activity.

Girl Scout approved First Aid and CPR training that includes specific instructions for child CPR are:

  • American Red Cross
  • American Heart Association
  • National Safety Council
  • Medic First Aid

Additionally, Girl Scouts mandates that a general first aid kit must be with your group at your meeting place and must accompany girls on any activity including transportation to and from the activity.

Be sure to read the chapter titled “Safety-Wise” in the Council Resource Guide: Volunteer Essentials for details about your responsibilities to ensure safety for the girls and what to do when an incident occurs.



These links will lead you to a wealth of information about how to be a leader:



Daisy Girl Scouts

Welcome Daisy Girl Scout Leaders!

Getting Started

Congratulations and thank you for being a Daisy Girl Scout Leader! We hope you find the resources that you need to to have a great year.

To help ensure a great year for you and the girls be sure you:

  • Take your trainings! Check our Adult Training information here online or contact Winnie or Carmela (see Service Team Roster) if you have questions
  • Ask questions! The Service Team is here to help you. We also occasionally have dinners with other Daisy leaders (check the Calendar) before the Leader's Meetings during the year and roundtables during the meetings so you can talk to others who have been there before or are are there now
  • Attend Leader Meetings! This is the best way to stay on top of what is going on. You will also meet other Leaders and enjoy their support.

Those first few meetings and more!

Here is a collection of meeting starters from all over the country. I have tried to give credit where I know whom to give credit to.

Earned Awards

  • Petals Daisy Girl Scouts earn Petals. They give a girl an opportunity to learn a little about the Girl Scout Promise and Law. We have some resources available to help you help the girls earn the Petals.
  • Other Earned Awards. There are also other awards the girls can earn. Some go on the front of their uniform and some go on the back.

Uniforms and Insignia

Helpful Resources

Bridging

More information to come! Try these links for some ideas:


 
Brownie Girl Scouts

Welcome Brownie Girl Scout Leaders.

Getting Started

Congratulations and thank you for being a Brownie Girl Scout Leader! We hope you find the resources that you need to to have a great year.

To help ensure a great year for you and the girls be sure you:

  • Take your trainings! Check our Adult Training here online or contact Winnie or Carmela (see Service Team Roster) if you have questions
  • Ask questions! The Service Team is here to help you. We also occationally have dinners with other Brownie leaders (check the Calendar) before the Leader's Meeting during the year and roundtables during the meetings so you can talk to others who have been there before or are are there now
  • Attend Leader Meetings! This is the best way to stay on top of what is going on. You will also meet other Leaders and enjoy their support.

Those first few meetings and more!

Here is a collection of meeting starters from all over the country. I have tried to give credit where I know who to give credit to.

  • Download this Jump Start Guide to your first 6 meetings! Take the stress out of your first few meetings with this Jump Start that will walk you through them. (Thanks to Liz Ripke, Girl Scouts Columbia River Council)
  • This Mini Jump Start is for 2 meetings and assumes little or knowledge of Girl Scouts. No books required! (Thanks to Liz Ripke, Girl Scouts Columbia River Council)
  • 1st Four Meetings. This meeting plan depends on having the brownie handbook. It does have a nice ceremony planning sheet and meeting planning sheet at the back.
  • Sample First Four Meetings. There is a nice way to create a Brownie circle in this set of meetings.
  • First Four Meetings. Yet another set of the first four meetings for you to get ideas from.
  • Ideas for the first Four Meetings. In addition to the meetings this one has a one page on the investiture.
  • Brownie Lesson Plans. Here are 10 meetings mapped out including supply lists and instructions. (from Girl Scouts of Sycamore Council)
  • This is a one page list of possible activities for a years worth of meetings.
  • This is a year worth of Brownie meetings in an outline form. Meetings 1-15. Meetings 16-34. These provide a nice overview into an entire year. You will find references to events in another council but you could easily rearrange things to use events in our sevice unit or council. (from Girl Scouts, Tarheel Triad Council, Inc.)
  • Options - Program Guide for Brownie Girl Scout Leaders. This is a year worth of Brownie meetings. Again, there are suggestions for activities for each meeting through out the year with references to a different council/service unit activities which you could substitute with events from our service unit or council. (from Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis)

Earned Awards

  • Try-Its. Brownie Girl Scouts earn Try-Its. They give a girl an opportunity to learn a little about a new subject. We have some resources available to help you help the girls earn the Try-Its.
  • Here is a Try-It Record Sheet to keep track of when each girl completed each activity towards the Try-Its. from Girl Scouts Mid-Columbia Council
  • Other Earned Awards. There are also other awards the girls can earn. Some go on the front of their uniform and some go on the back.

Uniforms and Insignia

Helpful Resources

  • Brownie Leader Supplemental Guide. This a large document that has it all - advice, crafts, sample year schedule, etc. Please just remember this is one person's opinion and there are lots of ways to do things.
  • During Her Year As A Brownie
    A nice outline of what every Brownie should experience during her Brownie Girl Scout years.
  • Brownie Scouts Additional information on lots of Try-Its, activities, Bridging to Junior Girl Scouts

Bridging

More information to come! Try these links for some ideas:

 
Junior Girl Scouts

Welcome Junior Girl Scout Leaders.

Getting Started

Congratulations and thank you for being a Junior Girl Scout Leader! We hope you find the resources that you need to to have a great year.

To help ensure a great year for you and the girls be sure you:

  • Take your trainings! Check our Adult Training here online or contact Winnie or Carmela (see Service Team Roster) if you have questions
  • Ask questions! The Service Team is here to help you. We also occationally have dinners with other Junior leaders (check the Calendar) before the Leader's Meeting during the year and roundtables during the meetings so you can talk to others who have been there before or are are there now
  • Attend Leader Meetings! This is the best way to stay on top of what is going on. You will also meet other Leaders and enjoy their support.

Those first few meetings and more!

Here is a collection of meeting starters from all over the country. I have tried to give credit where I know to whom give it.

Earned Awards

  • Badges Junior Girl Scouts earn Badges. They give a girl an opportunity to learn a about a new subject and gain some hands-on skills. We have some resources available to help you help the girls earn the Badges.
  • Here is a Badge Record Sheet to keep track of when each girl completed each activity towards the Try-Its. from Girl Scouts Mid-Columbia Council
  • Other Earned Awards. There are also other awards the girls can earn. Some go on the front of their uniform and some go on the back.

Uniforms and Insignia

Helpful Resources

Bridging

More information to come! Try these links for some ideas:


Cadette & Senior Girl Scouts

Welcome Cadette and Senior Girl Scout Leaders.

Getting Started

Congratulations and thank you for being a Cadette and/or Senior Girl Scout Leader! We hope you find the resources that you need to to have a great year.

To help ensure a great year for you and the girls be sure you:

  • Take your trainings! Check our Adult Training here online or contact Winnie or Carmela (see Service Team Roster) if you have questions
  • Ask questions! The Service Team is here to help you. We also occationally have dinners with other Cadette and Senior leaders (check the Calendar) before the Leader's Meeting during the year and roundtables during the meetings so you can talk to others who have been there before or are are there now
  • Attend Leader Meetings! This is the best way to stay on top of what is going on. You will also meet other Leaders and enjoy their support.

Earned Awards

  • Interest Patch Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts earn Interest Patch. They give a girl an opportunity to learn in depth about a new subject. We have some resources available to help you help the girls earn the IPPs.
  • Here is an IPP Record Sheet to keep track of when each girl completed each requirement towards the IPP.
  • Other Earned Awards. There are also other awards the girls can earn. Some go on the front of their uniform and some go on the back.

Uniforms and Insignia

Helpful Resources

  • Older Girl Scouts (11 – 18 yr) Great tips about the Silver and Gold Awards - some specifics may not be updated yet, so check with GSUSA and GSSCC for up-to-date requirements