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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, 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.





General Information

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

  Listen attentively

 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, Camp Green Hill, 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 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 $25.00 (unless it is held within a Conference)

First Aid-CPR $35.00-$45.00 (depending on the agency teaching)

Volunteer Conferences $25.00-$35.00 (depending on the site)

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. 

Terry Blevins Director of Volunteer Services This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 104 W. River St.. Victoria, Texas 77901 (361) 573-6451 or 800-865-3069 Fax: (361) 579-0988

Caroline Roel 
Volunteer Services Executive
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202 E. Madison
Harlingen, Texas 78550
Fax: 956-425-9602

Click here for the training calendar

Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Essentials (Spanish)

Blue Bookof Basic Documents

Registration Form - Adult Learning Opportunities

Trainer-Facilitator  Interest Form

Footsteps to Follow


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 here for more information about Leadership Journeys   
Click here for more information about The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting



 Click on your level below to see what girls do at that grade level:







The Girl Scout Journeys

Jump to Journey Patch

Jump to Journeys

Jump to Journeys is designed to give you, as the leader/advisor of a troop/group, a taste of the activities offered in the journeys for the grade level you are working with.  By doing the activities with your troop/group you and the girls will have the information you need to decide which journey to dive into.

Click here
 to download the Jump to Journeys requirements.

Click here
 for Daisy Taster Activities
Click here
 for Brownie Taster Activities
Click here
 for Junior Taster Activities
Click here
 for Cadette Taster Activities
Click here
 for Senior Taster Activities
Click here
 for Ambassador Taster Activities


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


GSGST Trainer-Facilitator Interest Form

Would you like to share your enthusiasm for Girl Scouting with others? Would you be willing to conduct leadership courses, outdoor education courses, or specialty courses? If so, just complete the form above or send an email to be considered for a council facilitator position. 

 Frequently-Asked Questions about Becoming a Council Trainer- Facilitator

  1. 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.
  2. What types of courses does a Trainer-facilitator teach? There are several types of course areas: Such as-  Leadership, First Aid/CPR, and Outdoor Courses. Training-facilitators decide what areas they would like to train.  
  3. What time commitment is required? Council Trainer-facilitators are asked to complete an agreed upon number of classes for the year.
  4. What does it cost? The Trainer-Facilitating Adult Learning course is FREE!
  5. 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. Next, new Trainer-facilitators co-teach with other experienced facilitators 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.  Fourt- Trainer-facilitator's are encouraged to train at any of the four Volunteer Conference's and or Girl Scout Academies.
  1. Who can be a trainer-faciliatator? Any adult interested in being apprentice facilitators must have two years of Girl Scout  experience.
  2. Who can become a teen trainer-facilitator?  Ambassador Girl Scouts

For more information, please contact:


Terry Blevins

Director of Volunteer Services

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104 W. River St..

Victoria, Texas 77901

(361) 573-6451 or 800-865-3069

Fax: (361) 579-0988














Isabel Palacios 

Volunteer Services Executive

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711 N. Carancahua, Suite 146

Corpus Christi, Texas 78475  

Fax: 361-883-5038

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.


  1. Always have someone in the group as the designee to call 911.
  2. Remain calm.
  3. Give priority attention to providing all possible care for the injured.
  4. Secure emergency medical services and law enforcement as appropriate.
  5. Report the emergency immediately by calling GSGST 956-495-6142
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Submit completed insurance forms and a copy of the above record of the incident to GSGST within four (4) days.
  9. 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.
  10. Do not discuss the incident, place blame, or accept liability.



When preparing for a Girl Scout activity, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints to see the nationally required standards and guidelines. 

Download Safety Activity Checkpoints or find your activity below:

  1. Archery 
  2. Arts and Crafts 
  3. Backpacking 
  4. Bicycling 
  5. Canoeing 
  6. Caving 
  7. Challenge Courses 
  8. Climbing and Rappelling 
  9. Computer/Online Use 
  10. Cross-Country Skiing 
  11. Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding 
  12. Fencing 
  13. Fishing 
  14. Geocaching 
  15. Girl Scout Cookies/Council-Sponsored Product Sale 
  16. Group Camping 
  17. Hayrides 
  18. Hiking 
  19. Horseback Riding 
  20. Ice Fishing 
  21. Ice Skating 
  22. In-Line Skating and Roller Skating 
  23. Kayaking 
  24. Orienteering 
  25. Other Land Sports 
  26. Outdoor Cooking 
  27. Parades and Other Large Group Gatherings 
  28. Rowboating 
  29. Sailing 
  30. Scuba Diving 
  31. Segway 
  32. Skateboarding 
  33. Sledding, Tobogganing, and Snow Tubing 
  34. Snorkeling 
  35. Snowshoeing 
  36. STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) 
  37. Surfing 
  38. Swimming 
  39. Theme Parks 
  40. Trip/Travel Camping 
  41. Tubing 
  42. Waterskiing and Wakeboarding 
  43. White-Water Rafting 
  44. Windsurfing 


Activities by CATEGORY:


Water Sports

  1. Canoeing
  2. Fishing 
  3. Ice Fishing
  4. Kayaking 
  5. Rowboating
  6. Sailing 
  7. Scuba Diving 
  8. Snorkeling 
  9. Surfing
  10. Swimming 
  11. Tubing 
  12. Waterskiing and Wakeboarding 
  13. White-Water Rafting 
  14. Windsurfing 


Land Sports

  1. Archery 
  2. Bicycling 
  3. Caving
  4. Challenge Courses 
  5. Climbing and Rappelling 
  6. Cross-Country Skiing 
  7. Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding 
  8. Fencing 
  9. Geocaching 
  10. Horseback Riding 
  11. Ice Skating 
  12. In-Line Skating and Roller Skating 
  13. Other Land Sports
  14. Segway 
  15. Skateboarding 
  16. Sledding, Tobogganing, and Snow Tubing
  17. Snowshoeing 


Camping Activities

  1. Backpacking 
  2. Group Camping 
  3. Hiking 
  4. Orienteering 
  5. Outdoor Cooking 
  6. Trip/Travel Camping


Other Activities

  1. Arts and Crafts
  2. Computer/Online Use 
  3. Girl Scout Cookies/Council-Sponsored Product Sale 
  4. Hayrides 
  5. Parades and Other Large Group Gatherings 
  6. STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) 
  7. Theme Parks
The following forms & resources are used by Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas and are currently available for printing. Girl Scout council's create their own forms to meet the needs of their volunteers. For most forms, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to print the form or view it on your screen. If you don't have it, you can download it for free here. Simply click on the Acrobat Reader icon below:



Frequently Used Forms


2015 Girl Membership Form


2015 Adult Membership Form


2015 Girl Membership Form Spanish


2015 Adult Membership Spanish





Camp Forms





Troop Trip and Travel Application Procedure  

Application for Trips and Tours (out of town activities)

Application for Trips and Tours (day activities)  
Troop Trip Report  
 Service Unit Event Activity Report  




Finance Forms 


Troop Bank Account Request Form

Semi-Annual Troop Finance Report 

Request for Troop Money Raising Project Form

Semi Annual Troop Finance Report Excel


 Sevice Unit Financial Excel


 2015 Forms

2015 Girl Membership Form

2015 Adult Membership Form

2015 Girl Membership Form Spanish

2015 Adult Membership Spanish


The Resource Center has been developed for YOU, the Girl Scout volunteer. It is located at the Girl Scout Leadership Center Texas. The purpose of the Resource Center is to help make the volunteer's job a little easier. The Resource Center loans items such as flags, ceremony and program supplies, camping and sports equipment, books, song cassettes, badge kits, and more to assist adults in providing Girl Scout program to girls. Qualified consultants staff the Resource Center and are available in person or by phone to assist you.


Resource Center Hours

School Year Hours (September 1-May 31) Summer Hours (June 1-August 31)

Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
2nd Saturday each month, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  2nd Saturday each month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday Open Dates:
September 14  |  October 12  |  November 9  |  December 14


Earn $10 in Resource Rebates!

Please help us improve the Resource Center by taking a few minutes to complete a Customer Satisfaction Survey. Your input is vital to the center’s continued growth, improvement and direction! All information is confidential. For additional information or questions, call the Resource Center (phone #5555/phone #5555). Thank you for your time and commitment to girls.


Resource Rebates

Resource Center equipment sometimes requires a use fee and/or deposit. A special program called Resource Rebates has been created specifically to make the Resource Center available to all girls and troops, regardless of financial status.

Resource Rebates are paper money awarded to volunteers upon completion of activities that promote building the skills and knowledge needed to operate a Girl Scout troop or group effectively. Volunteers can earn Resource Rebates by attending their service unit meetings, taking training, serving on or attending council committees and/or meetings, planning service projects with your troop, and other ways.

Resource Rebates can be used to pay any use fee charged by the Resource Center including laminating costs, copy expenses, certificates, Resource Center publications, equipment fees, etc. Resource Rebates cannot be used in lieu of deposits, damage fees, or replacement costs.

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