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Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest offers courses throughout our jurisdiction to provide leaders and volunteers with the necessary skills to provide the best program opportunities for girls.  

See a list of required volunteer trainings and check our online event calendar for trainings scheduled near you. 



As a Girl Scout volunteer and/or leader trainings are required at different points of the troop experience to ensure that we offer the safest quality program to our Girl Scouts.

All required council trainings must be taken every 3 years.  (First Aid & CPR Certification training must be retaken every 2 years.) 

Girl Scouting 101

Required for ALL volunteers.  This 45 minute webinar provides you with a general overview of Girl Scouting.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW GIRL SCOUTING 101.

Let's Lead! New Leader 201

Required for any volunteer leading girls. This 3 hour in-person class will begin your journey as a new leader with all the right tools before you meet with your troop.  This training is FREE.  Please see our online event calendar for a session near you. 

Let's Lead! New Leader 201 REPEAT

For any volunteers working directly with girls that need to renew.  This onilne webinar has no audio and is self-paced.   BEGIN WEBINAR HERE.   Make sure to complete the  KNOWLEDGE CHECK  at the end to receive credit.

Let's Go! Basic Trips 301

Prepare yourself and your Girl Scout troop to go beyond your regular meeting space including short day trips, overnight trips of up to 2 nights away.  This FREE training is approximately 45 minutes long and available online.  

BEGIN LET'S GO! BASIC TRIPS 301 WEBINAR HERE. You must complete the KNOWLEDGE CHECK to receive credit.

Let's Go Farther! Extended Trips 302

Required for troops going on trips 3 nights or longer in duration.  This session is about 45 minutes long and available online.  

BEGIN THE LET'S GO! FARTHER! EXTENDED 302 WEBINAR HERE.  You must complete the KNOWLEDGE CHECK to receive credit.  

Let's Camp! Outdoor Camping 401

Required for troops going camping.  This course is a full 8 hour day and in person.  Price per person is $35.  Please refer to our online event calendar for a session near you.

Click here for more resources on the outdoor experience for Girl Scouts (optional).  

First Aid & CPR Certification

Troops are required to have at least one First Aid & CPR certified volunteer present at any and all troop trips.  Certifications must be offered by chapters of the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, EMP America or the American Heart Association.  Council will regularly offer these trainings for your convenience.  Please refer to the online event calendar for future listings near you. 


Tips for Troop Leaders

No one said the rewarding journey of being a Troop Leader would be easy, but with Tips for Troop Leaders, you'll be ready to meet any challenge that comes your way. 

Group Management Videos

Controlling the room

Leader-Daughter Dynamic

Parent Meeting

Positive Troop Environment

Start-up Activities

Troop Safety

Welcoming New Girls

Conflict Management 

Purposeful Leadership

Song-leading Workshops

The Story of Juliette Gordon Low

Click here to access even more Tips for Troop Leaders.

Raising Awesome Girls

Raising girls to be happy, healthy, and successful is simpler than ever with help from Girl Scouts. As the largest leadership development organization for girls in the United States, we're proud to be a thought leader for all parents raising up the next generation of girls and young women. From knowing how much to help with her homework to navigating sensitive issues in the news with your family, we've got everything you need to raise girls with confidence.

Click here to access a library of topics on Raising Awesome Girls. 


Now it’s even easier for Girl Scout volunteers to introduce girls to the wonders of the outdoors. 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.

Click here for Outdoor Resources including videos.


Event Planning

Whether planning a troop or service unit event, there are details involved. To make it easier for our volunteers, Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest has created the following resources.

Event Planning Guide

Style Guide for Volunteers

Sample Event Budget

Sample Event Flyer

Sample Event Evaluation

VIDEO tutorial explaining the Event Planning Guide


Online Workshops for Learning (O.W.L's)

About once a month, Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, hosts an online webinar for learning on a different topic.  All the recordings are then uploaded to our council youtube account. For future O.W.L.'s please refer to our  online event calendar .

Click here to access our list of recorded O.W.L.'s.

For Service Units

Mission Connections is a webinar series provided by GSUSA for volunteers who support other volunteers with the goal to connect with our lead volunteers across the Girl Scout Movement to enhance our ability to deliver the best female leadership development program in the world. Below are the recordings of these webinars.

Welcome to Mission Connections!

World Thinking Day 2019

National Bridging Week 2019

New Badges & Journeys for 2019 - a Guide for Volunteers Who Support Troop Leaders (July 9, 2019)


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