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Volunteer Training

As a Girl Scout volunteer you play an important role in preparing girls to lead successful lives.

Now you can prepare yourself to be a more successful volunteer!

Check out these online resources and training courses that you can access whenever it’s convenient for you.


Troop Leader Training


New Leader Quick Start Guide

New Troop Leaders are mailed a Quick Start Guide when they are first appointed in their role.  This handy guide equips Troop Leaders in starting-up their troop, establishing their troop bank account, planning their first few troop meetings and learning more about program level and girls they will lead! 

Volunteer Enrichment Webinars

Throughout the year, we offer volunteer enrichment webinars focused on various program topics important to troop leaders and volunteers.  Coming soon, recordings of our webinars will be posted in our Learning Nook and will be able to be viewed on-demand.

Volunteer Toolkit

The  Volunteer Toolkit is a new digital planning tool that provides Troop Leaders with resources and program content to get their year started—and keep it going smoothly! Fully customizable, the toolkit is digitally responsive so Troop Leaders can plan and prepare practically anywhere.

Girls have more fun when they can shape their own experience, do hands-on activities, and work together as teams. With the new toolkit, girls and leaders can explore meeting topics and program activities together, and follow the fun as they plan their Girl Scout year. 

Troop Leaders have access to the Volunteer Tool Kit through the 'MY GS' portal at www.gshpa.orgNeed help getting started or accessing the VTK, contact us at

Discover more resources on our CEI Resource page. 



Outdoor Training

Outdoor Basics is no longer a requirement to reserve a camp property! Volunteers need to be confident in their outdoor skills in order to lead the best safe and fun-filled outdoor experience for their Girl Scouts!

We are here to help you if you’re not feeling confident or even want to brush up on some outdoor knowledge! Check out the opportunities below to enhance and grow your skills!

Outdoor Reservations Quick Start Guide

This Quick Start Guide is a reference for all leaders on how to make a reservation for a GSHPA camp and anything required prior to arriving at camp. Even if you have been camping at GSHPA for years, please use this reference as our processes change from time-to-time.

Outdoor Basics + Outdoor Skill Enrichment (OSE)

Outdoor Basics -NEW-

Outdoor Basics Webinar is a pre-recorded webinar that will address all the practical information needed when taking your Girl Scouts camping! 

Topics may include:

  • How to plan for your trip
  • What to pack
  • How to plan meals for larger groups
  • Check-In/Check-out Procedures
  • Expectations of rental groups

This webinar will be available here 24/7 so you can watch at your own conveience! GSHPA will host live Q&A sessions to help address anyquestions! Webinar coming in May 2017!!


Outdoor Skill Enrichment (OSE) Days

OSE Days are devoted to teaching outdoor skills commonly used; as well as, methods for enhancing your camping weekends. 

Topics include:

  • Fire Building
  • Basic and Advanced Outdoor Cooking
  • DIY Firestarters
  • Games/Songs
  • Hiking Activities
  • Outdoor Crafts
  • Meal Planning 101
Host an OSE Day!

 We are  encouraging communities and volunteers to organize and operate OSE Days in their own areas in order provide as many opportunities as possible for leaders to improve their skills and ultimately provide more girls with more outdoor experiences!


If you would like to schedule an Outdoor Skill Enrichment Day for your community, please contact Aaron at for additional details.

Archery, Ropes and More!

Other Outdoor Trainings are available throughout the year for any outdoor enthusiast or adventure seeker. You’ll have fun, learn something new and be able to provide your troop with an awesome new experiences like:




High Ropes (Facilitation)


Low Ropes (Facilitation)


Check our event calendar for more training opportunities.


Outdoor Basics Exemption


We are in the process of revamping our Outdoor Basics! If you are interested in spring camping wtih your troop, please contact Aaron Minderman for Outdoor Basics exemption at or 717.233.1656.