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Adult Learning Course Descriptions

Our Council provides quality courses conducted by skilled and enthusiastic volunteer facilitators. Our volunteer facilitators are eager to assist you. Take advantage of as many courses as you can. The courses you take as an adult volunteer will assist you in providing the best growth experiences for girls. Join other volunteers for fun and learning! The volunteer application process, including criminal background check and training, must be completed before meeting with girls.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains reserves the right to cancel courses if the facilitator is ill or unable to make the course (remember, our facilitators are volunteers, too) or in the event of inclement weather.

Check our Calendar to find when a course will be offered. Click the listing on the date to register.

Troop Leader Basics

To learn more about any of these courses or to register, click on the course title in the menu at the left.

Girl Scouting 101 for all volunteers (required)
After returning a volunteer application and criminal background check, all volunteers must take this on-line course. It is an orientation to the Girl Scout basics, ways to participate, what Girl Scouts do, and more.  This is available online at any time HERE.

Volunteer Essentials
Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101
For adult volunteers, a welcome to your community.  This course is done locally in your community by the Community Learning Coordinator.  The course covers information about your community, as well as Council policies, guidelines, resources & contacts. Click HERE to download the guide and HERE for a copy of the Council Policies and Procedures for Volunteers.

CPR/First Aid
These courses provide lifesaving skills. For upcoming training, click our Calendar or contact

Outdoor Skills

Outdoor Adventure Workshop (OAW)
This workshop is the first level of training. This 1.5 hour, free online training reviews basic outdoor skills using GSUSA outdoor resources. With OAW training, volunteers can lead a simple fire, cook a one-pot meal or cook over a fire using sticks (think s’mores!), and sleep overnight in lodges on our GSGWM properties. This training is live and available any time you are ready to take it.

This is NOT a prerequisite for the other outdoor courses.


Basic Outdoor Living Skills (BOLS)
Prerequisite: none
Fee: Optional book, Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting, may be purchased at the training or The Mountain Top Shop for $9.50.

This workshop is an overnight training that includes outdoor cooking, camping, orienteering, whittling, fire-building, and skills needed to camp in Adirondacks, platform tents, or big family-style tents. This training is offered by volunteer trainers in local communities, and by the outdoor program team, mostly in spring and fall. New trainings are posted on our website as soon as they are available

Advanced Outdoor Living Skills (AOLS)
This workshop covers backpacking, winter camping, and canoe/boating camping. Outdoor Program staff offer this three day, two-night overnight training, which covers safe use of stoves, backcountry trip planning, advanced navigation skills, and advanced shelters skills (tarps, hammocks, snow shelters). AOLS is offered every fall, alternating between a backpacking and canoe training, and every other winter as a winter training. 

Not sure where to begin with your girls? The GSUSA outdoor progression chart outlines the steps our Girl Scouts take from exploring the outdoors to multi-day backcountry trips

Facilitating Adult Learning
This course prepares adults to offer council specific course offerings, focusing on “how” to deliver a learning session to a group of adult learners.  This course is part of the process to become a GSGWM Facilitator. This course is taught in 2–3 hour sessions with an opportunity for participants to practice teach at the second session.