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Girl Scout Basics

All of your absolutely-need-to-knows in one easy place!

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Volunteer Essentials

Volunteers are required to become familiar with the council's policies, procedures and standards. Possibly the number one tool for volunteers, the Volunteer Essentials handbook provides information about council procedures, standards, policies and volunteer personnel policies. It also provides general information about grade levels, troop program, risk management, etc. Download a copy or ask for one at the council office. You will have post-it notes all over this one.

Safety Activity Checkpoints
Outdoor Resources

Outdoor Resources

Whether you’re a camping pro or just starting out, you can help girls of all ages have a positive experience in the great outdoors and develop a passion for nature. 

Thanks to a grant from the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, we’ve created eight outdoor skill-building videos especially for new Girl Scout volunteers and older Girl Scouts as they take younger girls outside. You’ll learn how to give girls a sense of empowerment in the outdoors, use natural resources wisely and respect wildlife, and help them become lifelong stewards of the land and our natural resources.

Step by Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls
At Girl Scouts, we work to build girls’ outdoor skills and inspire girls to care for the environment as they grow.

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Taking the Journeys Outside
It’s easy to take a Girl Scout Journey outside. Each Journey is full of fun, interactive activities that can easily go outdoors and inspire girls to love and protect the planet. Watch this video to find out how!

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Planning Your Troop’s First Campout 
In order to have a great campout, you need to plan ahead—and be prepared. This video will give you plenty to think about as you plan your next outdoor adventure with Girl Scouts.

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Introduction to Campsite Set-Up 
A safe, efficient campsite is important when camping. Watch and learn how to set up a proper camp!

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Introduction to Cooking Outdoors
Propane, charcoal, box ovens—there are so many choices when cooking outside. This video shares ideas about the delicious possibilities. Tasty!

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How to Leave No Trace Outdoors
A Girl Scout always leaves an area better than she found it. Throughout this video, girls will learn the importance of caring for the land, and how to easily “Leave No Trace” when exploring and enjoying the outdoors.

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Introduction to Fire Building
To ensure a fun campfire experience and help minimize impact on the environment, this video provides basic skills on Leave No Trace ethics, wood gathering, types of fire building methods, and how to start and extinguish a campfire.

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Outdoors Songs and Games
This video provides fun tips on how to teach songs and games to girls to do in the outdoors, and resources available to learn more about Girl Scout songs and games. 

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The Dos and Don’ts of Backpacking
This video features some great tips to help you start planning your next backpacking trip this troop year!

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As with all Girl Scout activities, review the Safety Activity Checkpoints guidelines and take appropriate outdoor training before starting your next adventure! 

Girl Scout Traditions
Health and Safety
Managing Finances
MyGS & Rallyhood
Troop Resources
STEM
Travel & Field Trips