- What does a facilitator do? A council Trainer-facilitator has the responsibility for facilitating adult learning for adult Girl Scout volunteers to enable participants to carry out their specific Girl Scout volunteer responsibilities.
- What types of courses does a Trainer-facilitator teach? There are several types of course areas: Such as- Leadership Essentials, First Aid/CPR,Outdoor Courses., Level Roundtables, Ceremonies, SWAPS, etc. Training-facilitators decide what areas they would like to train.
- What time commitment is required? Council Trainer-facilitators are asked to complete an agreed upon number of classes for the year.
- What does it cost? The Trainer-Facilitating Adult Learning course is FREE!
- What is the certification process? The council Trainer-facilitator certification process for Trainer-facilitators consists of four parts. The first is attending the Trainer- Facilitating Adult Learning course. Second- new Trainer-facilitators co-teach with other experienced trainers over a period of at least one year. Third, facilitators are also invited to attend a weekend Trainer's conference,which is held in May. Fourth- Trainer-facilitator's are encouraged to train at any of the four Volunteer Conference's and or Girl Scout Academies.
Either way, you'll make new friends and learn more activities to teachto your girls.
Conferences do include a small fee ($35.00) which covers your supplies and meals. Older girls (6th - 12th grades) are always welcome at most of the conferences. Watch the web site or check with your Membership Executive for registration packets in September. Dates are listed below. For more information, call Terry or Caroline at the numbers listed below.
Remember that Troop Camp Training, First Aid - CPR and Ceremony courses are always taught at these conferences, just to name a few. You are welcome to attend one conference, or all of them.
From Your Volunteer Services Department
Introduction to Adult Learning
Welcome to Adult Learning,
When attending Girl Scout Learning Opportunities, participants will need to bring paper, pens and any Journey or Girl Guide you may already have. You must register at least one week prior to taking the course. If registration minimums are not met at this time, the class may cancel.
Prior to attending Leadership Essentials, you will need to go to the web site www.gsgst.org, and under the Volunteer tab, you will see the Adult Learning Opportunities. Open that site and at the top you will see the ON-line Girl Scouting 101. This class is a pre-requisition to the face-to-face Leadership Essentials you will need before starting troop meetings. You may have Mother-daughter meetings before that, to schedule troop meetings, get to know each other and divide up jobs. This is also a good time to let the other parents in the troop know about Adult Learning Opportunities. All adults are welcome to attend these classes.
Adult Learning Opportunities
The council provides quality sessions delivered by skilled and enthusiastic volunteer trainer-facilitators. Courses are offered throughout the council from August to May. Please take advantage of as many as you can. The classes you take as an adult volunteer will assist you in providing the best experiences for the girls. You will also make new friends by attending these classes with other volunteers.
To register for the class of your choice, please use the “Registration Form – Adult Learning Opportunities”. This form can be found on the Volunteer site, and on the Forms site.
Mail, fax or e-mail the form to: Terry Blevins, Director of Volunteer Services, 104 West River, Victoria, Tx. 77901. Most training classes are free of charge, however if fees are required, the form does accommodate a credit card, or you are welcome to visit any of the Girl Scout Service Centers to take care of payment. Registrations are required 1 week in advance, and late registrations will be taken if space permits.
Refunds are given only in the following instances:
The course is full and cannot accept your registration.
The course is cancelled by the Director of Volunteer Services (minimum number not met, etc)
Getting the most out of your Learning Opportunity
Arrive on time
Limit you phone calls to break time
No children please
View your on-line classes
Arrive with an open mind, ready to learn and have fun
What classes do I need to take?
Each troop or group will need to have at least one adult trained in the face-to-face Leadership Essentials class. That person will need to be at all troop meetings and attend all troop trips. So having several adults in your troop-group with this certification will help.
Each troop will also need a First Aid-CPR certified person. This could already be a parent in the troop who is a nurse, doctor, EMT etc. This person must also be at all troop meetings and troop trips.
Level Roundtables are held for volunteers who work with the same age level, such as Daisy, Brownie, Junior or Older Girls. This class will teach you more about the awards which girls earn and how a troop meeting is conducted.
Journey-Girl Guide workshops will help you dig deeper into these program resources.
Troop Camp Training is required if you wish to take your troop camping, on a cook-out, or a sleep-out. Troop Dads are usually interested in this class. The cost of this class is usually $25 - $35 depending on where it is located. Troop Camp Training is offered at all Volunteer Conferences.
The council also offers First Aid-CPR classes throughout the year in various locations. However if you are already certified or took your class somewhere else, please call the Director of Volunteer Services to see if your class meets our criteria.
The council also provides Volunteer Conferences in the following locations: Camp Bayview, Corpus Christi, Bishop, Laredo & Victoria. The conferences always offer Troop Camp Training, First Aid-CPR and a variety of Enrichment classes such as Ceremonies, SWAPS & Outdoor Fun. Older girls (Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors are also welcome to attend Volunteer Conferences.)
The Girl Scout Academy (Laredo or Harlingen) is a great place to pick up additional Enrichment classes, or those needed classes for the ne Service Delivery Positions such as: Recruiter, Events Series Coordinator, Travel coach, etc. Check our council website for additional positions, classses and information. There is not a fee to attend the Academy but registration is required.
No Walk-ins Please
Unregistered participants put a burden on the location, trainers and other participants. Sometimes there are not enough materials for the walk-ins. Please let us know that you are attending. If you are not registered, and the class is cancelled, we cannot let you know.
Children may not attend
Childcare facilities are not available at any training location. Learning opportunities are available to all registered adult members and some classes are available to older girls. (Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors)
Troop Camp Trainining $35.00
First Aid-CPR $35.00-$45.00 (depending on the agency teaching)
Volunteer Conferences $35.00
American Red Cross Babysitting $35.00
Safe Sitter Classes $45.00
The Training Calendar is located on the Volunteer-Training site. This is a working calendar and changes weekly. New classes are added and some may cancel. Please check this site often if you need Learning Opportunities.
Volunteer Services Manager
202 E. Madison
Harlingen, Texas 78550
Trainer-Facilitator Interest Form
National Program Portfolio
The National Program Portfolio are the program resources we use to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girls start by choosing a journey, and then add in fun badges, trips, camping, product sales activities and more.
Click on your level below to see what girls do at that grade level:
The Girl Scout Journeys
Each Journey offers girls a new adventure, allowing them to Discover, Connect and Take Action with fun activities, discussions, projects and more! Currently, Girl Scouts offers three unique Journey series - all covering a wide variety of topics.
Journeys are the core framework to the GSLE, and they're available for each Girl Scout grade level. And, they can be customized for each girl! Each Journey comes as a set, providing the adult leaders with a handbook full of fun ideas, useful activities, discussion topics and more. At the end of each Journey, girls will also have the chance to earn their Journey awards and patches to display on their uniforms.
The journeys offer girls all the leadership benefits that we’ve promised them and the badges offer them the chance to build specific skills. When a girl goes on a journey, she gets to explore leadership from all different angles. How does a leader identify a problem that needs to be solved? How does she dig deeper to find the root causes of that issue? How does she research solutions that go beyond the surface level of the problem? And how does she team with others on all of the above, multiplying efforts to make the world a better place? That’s what the journeys are all about! The journeys aim at all three keys to leadership: Discover, Connect and Take Action.
To learn about how to use journeys, take the Leadership Essentials course, and the Journey – Guide Workshop.
Be a Volunteer Council Trainer- Facilitator
Frequently-Asked Questions about Becoming a Council Trainer- Facilitator
- Who can be a trainer-faciliatator? Any adult interested in being apprentice facilitators must have two years of Girl Scout experience.
- Who can become a teen trainer-facilitator? Ambassador Girl Scouts
For more information, please contact:
Director of Volunteer Services
104 W. River St..
Victoria, Texas 77901
(361) 573-6451 or 800-865-3069
Fax: (361) 579-0988
Volunteer Services Manager
202 E. Madison
Harlingen, Texas 78550
These procedures apply to all leaders and volunteers with responsibility for girls and participants at official Girl Scout activities. It is very important that these steps are followed consistently in any emergency situation. NOTE: The following procedures are provided to Girl Scout volunteers on postcard-size cards. Remember to keep your card with you, readily available for quick reference in case of emergency.
- Always have someone in the group as the designee to call 911.
- Remain calm.
- Give priority attention to providing all possible care for the injured.
- Secure emergency medical services and law enforcement as appropriate.
- Report the emergency immediately by calling GSGST 956-495-6142
- In the event of a serious accident or fatality, always notify law enforcement. Do not leave the scene of the accident until law enforcement arrives. If you must leave, retain a responsible person at the scene. Ensure that the victim and the surroundings are not disturbed until law enforcement has assumed authority.
- Record in writing:Submit completed insurance forms and a copy of the above record of the incident to GSGST within four (4) days.
- Conditions existing at time of incident.
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of witnesses.
- Order of events leading up to and following the incident.
- Any medical attention, opinions, or instructions received from parents.
- Submit completed insurance forms and a copy of the above record of the incident to GSGST within four (4) days.
- MAKE NO STATEMENTS TO THE MEDIA. Take a message and inform them that someone will return their call. Refer all media inquiries (press, radio, television) to GSGST. If a GSGST staff member is not readily available, then report the media request by calling GSGST 956-495-6142.
- Do not discuss the incident, place blame, or accept liability.