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Thursday, 29 August 2013 20:54
Category: Volunteers
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Volunteers who participate, encourage, and support the Girl Scout Movement are the very foundation of our organization. An attitude of appreciation and encouragement is expressed throughout the council in ways that recognize dedication and contributions of volunteers to the mission of Girl Scouting. Thank You. Showing appreciation is an everyday commitment and Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas greatly appreciates the thousands of volunteers who help make Girl Scouting a reality.


It's easy to say thank you and show your appreciation ... nominate special people here!


Each year Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas hosts a Volunteer Recognition Event to honor volunteers who have been nominated and selected to receive a board-approved award.

Volunteer Services Department

   Terry Blevins                                                                        Caroline Roel

   Director of Volunteer Services                                         Volunteer Services Executive

   800-865-3069                                                                       800-477-2688

   361-573-6451                                                                       956-425-2388

   361-579-0988 fax                                                                 956-425-9602


Thursday, 29 August 2013 20:45
Category: Volunteers
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CPR/First Aid

The American Red Cross (ARC) First Aid course along with the ARC Adult/Child CPR course will fulfill the requirements in Safety-Wise for Girl Scouts for a Level I First Aider. Using the current curriculum from ARC, each course is four hours in length. Certification is required in both first aid and adult/child CPR, but the courses may be taken independently, depending upon the expiration of current certifications. Each course is a combination of video, reading, and skill practice. Participants will be required to pass skills and multiple-choice written tests. Adult/child CPR certification is good for one year and the first aid certification is good for three years. NOTE: Participants wishing to re-certify may wish to register for a Challenge course.


$8.50—Participant’s Manual
$14—CPR (Adult/Child)
$14—First Aid
Financial assistance available!



CPR and First Aid Challenge Courses

CPR certification from American Red Cross (ARC) is valid for one year. To renew your CPR certificate, you may retake the CPR course or take a CPR Challenge. First aid certification from ARC is valid for three years. To renew your first aid certificate, you may retake the first aid course or take a First Aid Challenge.

Note: Participants taking Challenge courses are responsible for demonstrating skills and knowledge from the current American Red Cross workbook, First Aid/CPR/AED for Schools and Community, 2006 edition.
Participants MUST be able to demonstrate, without coaching or practice, all skills and pass a written test on these skills. This is a pass/fail course with no instruction given. No refunds or fee transfers are given if certification cannot be achieved.

Fees: $10/person if participant brings current ARC workbook; $18.50/person if council provides workbook to participant



Infant CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training

MANDATORY Prerequisite: Current GSUSA-accepted certification in adult/child CPR. This course is also available to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.

Participants will learn to prevent and respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in infants and perform infant CPR, as well as use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) device for children and adults. Required course for GSGST Level II First Aiders.

Fees: $10/person if participant brings current ARC manual; $25/person if council provides manual to participant



CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor Course -- American Red Cross Instructor Certification

Prerequisites: Registered Girl Scout member; age 17 or above; knowledge and skills in adult/child CPR and first aid (2006 revisions)

Volunteer CPR/first aid instructors are the key to ensuring Girl Scout safety! Come join this important team and make CPR training more available to your community! GSGST greatly needs more trained instructors. Being an instructor is also a great way to keep up your safety skills—and NEVER pay for another basic CPR course! The $60 course fee includes all sessions, materials and Red Cross instructor certification. This fee is a discount for Girl Scouts—normal Red Cross fee is $225. Girl Scout volunteer instructors have option to obtain reimbursement of course fee by providing courses for Girl Scouts.



Level II (Wilderness) First Aid

MANDATORY Prerequisite: Current GSUSA-accepted certification in adult/child CPR, infant CPR and AED. Girl Scout Seniors, Ambassadors, and adults only

As per Safety-Wise, there are two levels of first aid for Girl Scouts. Level I meets requirements for most activities, such as field trips and troop camping trips on Girl Scout property. However, for events such as service unit campouts with more than 200 people, certain Activity Checkpoints, and backpacking, Level II First Aiders are required. This course meets the GSGST requirements for Level II First Aid. Course includes training in preparation for wilderness trips, preventive measures to reduce injuries, evacuation techniques, and a variety of wilderness first aid skills that are needed when help is delayed. Course provides certification in American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid (good for three years). This is a great opportunity for volunteers and Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors to expand their skills and be prepared for high adventure! Note: girls under 18 may NOT serve as Level I or Level II First Aiders.

Fee: $60/person (cost includes all materials, including American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid textbook)



Training Waivers

Volunteers who have completed training at other Girl Scout councils, as well as USA Girl Scouts-Overseas may be eligible for a training waiver. All adult volunteers are encouraged to participate in the adult training courses, but may not be required to duplicate training already taken elsewhere.


Volunteers requesting a training waiver must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have been active and continue to be active at the troop level within the last two years.
  • Training must be comparable to that offered at this council.
  • Waiver requests must be completed and submitted with documentation (i.e. copy of past training card, etc.) to the Adult Development Department. Complete the Training Waiver Request Form and submit it with your documentation.
  • Volunteers will be notified in writing of the results of their waiver request.


Thursday, 29 August 2013 20:34
Category: Volunteers
Written by Hits: 534

Adult Education


Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Essentials (Spanish)

Blue Bookof Basic Documents

Safety Activity Checkpoints

Safety Activity Checkpoints (Spanish)

Adult Learning Opportunities August 2013 - July 2014

Registration Form - Adult Learning Opportunities

Footsteps to Follow

Learning Opportunities                
August 2013 – July 2014

Each troop must have at least 1 person trained in Leadership Essentials & FA-CPR, in order to hold meetings, participate in product sales and go on trips.  Outdoor Fun is needed for a one pot cook-out, Troop Camp Training if your troop wants to go Camping, sleep out or cook out.
Series & Events if you are planning to Chair events or series. See below for Progression.

Leadership Progression:
Leadership Essentials – On line class
Leadership Essentials – Face to Face class
Level Roundtable (register for one of the following:  Daisy, Brownie, Junior or
                                                                                                Older Girls
Journey-Guide Workshop

Outdoor Progression:
Outdoor Fun  ($10.00 fee)
Troop Camp Training ($25.00 fee)
Backpack Training -  no fee

First Aid-CPR
A First Aider must be present any time girls are present.   ($35.00 fee)
First Aid – CPR Review (must show a current card which is expiring)
                        Bring your book to the class  ($25.00 fee)
Red Cross Babysitting Class  ($35.00)

Series & Events
Series & Events - on line class
Series & Events – Face to Face Class



Girl Scout Journey

Participants need to bring paper, pencil, Leader/Facilitator Guide and Handbook/Journey for your Grade Level. You must register one week prior to the Training course. If registration minimums are not met, the Training will be cancelled.

For more Information concerning training classes please see Introduction to Adult Learning.

If you have any questions regarding training, 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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2410 Bevecrest
Corpus Christi, Texas 78415
Fax: 361-883-5038

Thursday, 29 August 2013 20:11
Category: Volunteers
Written by Hits: 2051

Volunteers Make It Possible

Two-thirds of the women who are today's leaders in government, business, education, medicine, science, and in their communities were once Girl Scouts. But two-thirds of too few is not enough.

An investment in Girl Scouts is broader than a cause or a cure. It's a commitment to a generation. Our volunteers are changing the world by supporting the young women who will change it.

If you have the time, join our more than 8,000 volunteers. You'll be amazed at what girls can achieve for themselves and for your community. If you have a passion, share it with a group of Girl Scouts. Girls are more inspired by role models than school subjects.


Today's Girl Scouts are the children of a new century. With your help, it will be their century.
What is the change you want to see in the world? 

Imagine what an entire generation of girls will do, given the confidence, the skills, and the experience they need to lead.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities with Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, complete the online interest form and start your rewarding experience today.

Feel inspired to volunteer?

Everyone who volunteers with Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas must fill out a Volunteer Application-Background Check.

Complete the application, print, then mail or deliver it to (or email your completed form to croelThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">): GSGST, Attn: Adult Development, 202 E. Madison, Harlingen, Texas 78550 or fax to  956-425-9602 Attn: Adult Development, after the completion of Girl Scouting 101 (current assigned password is: aboutGS101) and complete your Leadership Essentials Class- See Adult Learning Opportunites or Council  Calendar for dates and times.



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