Volunteer Learning


As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences that make every day feel like the best day ever. Because we want our girls to try everything they’ve ever dreamed, we give you the opportunity to take a variety of trainings to help them, from troop leadership to understanding the GSLE. Chose a category below to learn more about the volunteer learning opportunities available for adult volunteers.

Please be sure to check the Event & Training calendar and fill out a registration form before attending any training. Additional dates and locations outside Reno/Sparks may be offered. Please contact the Volunteer Specialist via e-mail, volunteer@gssn.org, to inquire about this option.

Haven’t started the application process to become a volunteer? Take the first step!

  1. Go to GSUSA’s online volunteer development
  2. Click on “Girl Scouting 101”
  3. When asked for your council name, scroll down to Sierra Nevada

Troop Leadership is an in-person or online volunteer learning workshop required for all troop leaders, and highly recommended for other all other volunteers working with girls. Participants learn the basic knowledge needed to get started with their troop, including:

  • Girl Scout foundations and traditions
  • The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE)
  • Introduction to the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and Leadership Journeys
  • Planning and holding troop meetings
  • Troop finances and budgeting
  • Various support options and resources

In Reno/Sparks, Troop Leadership workshops are held at the GSSN Council on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. However, during holidays and special Girl Scout programming/events, the trainings may not be available.

A 90 minute in-person workshop where you will take part in fun activities that will help you become comfortable and confident in using the three processes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE): Girl Led, Learning by Doing and Cooperative Learning.

A key component of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is the Leadership Journey, a coordinated series of activities grouped around a single theme and delivered over a set period of time.GSSN’s online Journeys training offers general tips and tricks to get volunteers started with any Journey. Please plan on approximately 30 minutes to complete the Journeys webinar. View the webinar now!

Domestic travel is a required workshop when planning a domestic trip with a group of Girl Scouts. It includes information on types of trips, budgeting, insurance and risk management. Those taking an international trip with Girl Scouts will supplement this training with a one-on-one with their Membership Specialist. Domestic Travel workshop is offered as an online self-study.

This course is for adults who have not been certified or need recertification in CPR/AED/First-Aid as well as Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors who wish to take the course.
Did you know many troop activities require a First Aider to be present? First aiders are adults who have taken Girl Scout council-approved first aid and CPR training. Any adult volunteer, including parents, may be a first aider for a troop.

GSSN’s training is $40 for is for a two-year certification in adult and child CPR, AED and First-Aid. You must complete the entire course in order to receive your CPR/First Aid/AED certification card.

This Outdoor Basics self-study is required for any volunteer planning to take girls camping as a troop or as part of an encampment. Also, any group hoping to rent Wasiu II must have an individual in attendance who has completed this training. This booklet provides important information on how to prepare the girls for experiencing the outdoors according to their readiness level to ensure a positive experience. Please complete the following steps to fulfill the self-study requirements:

Facilitating Adult Learning is an in-person training designed to prepare new Learning Facilitators. Learning Facilitators are dedicated hardworking volunteers that give their time to train other adult volunteers in Girl Scout subjects that interest them most. If you are interested in learning more about the Learning Facilitator volunteer position please e-mail volunteer@gssn.org.