Volunteer Trainings & Events

As an adult volunteer member, you receive the benefits that every member receives (publications from both the national office and Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, and supplemental insurance coverage). In addition to that, you also have tremendous opportunity for personal development and career advancement. Girl Scouts is passionate about ensuring that your experience is a good one by offering a comprehensive system of learning and development that translates into new skills and perhaps new opportunities in your workplace. You also have access to a network of nearly a million (that’s right - a million!) other Girl Scout volunteers who care just as passionately about making a difference in girls’ lives, and who are usually happy to assist fellow volunteers in their career and personal pursuits.

Council-Wide Retreats

Fall Leader Getaway

October 24-26
Camp Sacajawea

Click for more information and to register!

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is currently offering the following courses for your leadership enhancement.  We are available to add trainings to our schedule however a minimum of 5 participants are needed for Standard Trainings (New Leader and Grade Level Essentials) and 10 for our First Aid/CPR training.  Please speak to your Girl Services Manager regarding locations and time possibilities. 

By Training

Online Trainings   
Girl Scouting 101
Volunteering for Girl Scout Series & Events

Click here to link to the Girl Scouts of the USA Training Module

Girl Scouting 101 (English/Spanish) REQUIRED

  • Please complete at your convenience within the first month of your assignment term.  There is no password to use this site.
  • Email us once you have completed the training. If you need a non-electronic version, please email us as well. Online Orientation is also required for individuals volunteering for Series and Events.

Volunteering for Girl Scouts Series & Events


New Leader Toolkit  

Prerequisite: GS101 (Online Orientation)
COST: FREE
MIN: 5 people
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: 7 days in advance

This session is required for all new leaders.  Let us help you get started!

This is a session that will give you the tools you need to effectively facilitate the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  Meet other new leaders while learning the basics of:

  • being a Girl Scout in Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
  • using the national Girl Scout Leadership Experience with the Three Keys – Discover, Connect, and Take Action
  • organizing (managing) your troop
  • engaging girls and parents/guardians
  • identifying helpful resources
  • facilitating activities so they are girl-led, cooperative, and learn-by-doing
NEW LEADER TOOLKIT
Council Bluffs Des Moines Fort Dodge Mason City Sioux City

10/28/14
All Grade Levels
6 - 9 p.m.

First United Methodist Church
1202 9th St.
Harlan, IA

None Scheduled

11/3/14
All Grade Levels
6 - 9 p.m.

Algona Public Library
210 N Phillips, Rm B
Algona, IA

11/3/14
All Grade Levels
6 - 9 p.m.

Hampton State Bank
100 1st St NW
Mason City, IA

10/28/14
All Grade Levels
6 - 9 p.m.

Sioux City
Leadership Center
1515 Zenith Dr
Sioux City, IA


Grade Level Essentials  

Prerequisite: GS101 (Online Orientation) and Growing with Girls – New Leader Toolkit
COST: FREE
MIN: 5 people
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: 7 days in advance

This session is required for volunteers who work with the Troop.

Learn about the books and programs for your current Girl Scout Grade Level through group discussion and hands on activities.  If you have them, please bring your grade appropriate copy of The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting and your grade appropriate Journey material (both girl book and adult guide).

Pick your Grade-Level below and the date that best fits your schedule.  You’ll meet other leaders, add more tools to your toolkit, and get ready to have a great year in Girl Scouts!

Explore the excitement of leading girls through the use of age appropriate activities and age-level books.  Discover who girls are and what adventures they are ready to explore. Connect to the resources available for your specific grade level.  Take Action and learn how to facilitate activities that are girl-led, learn how to encourage cooperative learning, and see what learning by doing really means.

In this session you will:

  • gain skills, knowledge and ideas for organizing and planning meetings and activities. 
  • know more about badge requirements and Community Service / Take Action projects
  • be more able to engage girls as well as parents/guardians
  • know how to incorporate hands on materials and Girl Scout Traditions
  • know how to coordinate and welcome older girls to help out as they earn higher awards.

Please bring a sack lunch.

Grade Level Essentials
Council Bluffs Des Moines Fort Dodge Mason City Sioux City

10/14/14
CLOSED
D, B, J
6 - 9 p.m.

St. John's Lutheran Church
633 Willow Ave
Council Bluffs, IA


11/10/14
D, B, J
6 - 9 p.m.

First United Methodist Church
1202 9th St.
Harlan, IA

None Scheduled

None Scheduled

10/13/14
CLOSED
D, B, J

6 - 9 p.m.
Mason City
Leadership Center
601 S. Illinois Ave
Mason City


11/6/14
D, B, J
6 - 9 pm

1st Baptist Church
105 Chapel Lane
Mason City, IA

11/4/14
D, B, J
6 - 9 p.m.

Sioux City
Leadership Center
1515 Zenith Dr
Sioux City, IA


Standard First Aid/CPR Training Classes  

Prerequisite: None
COST: $25
MIN: 10 people
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: 7 days in advance
 

This basic level is for the adult acting as the first aider for most troop activities (See Safety Activity Checkpoints) and is valid for two years through the American Red Cross.  The non-refundable fee of $25 for this course covers materials and supplies.  The fee is required when you register.  If you register and then are unable to attend, we will transfer you to the next available course.

Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to spend some time sitting or lying on the floor.   Participants with a medical condition or disability that would prevent them from taking part in practice sessions should call and discuss it prior to attending.  Questions about the ability to fully participate should be referred to the ALE Director in the Des Moines Leadership Center.

There will be 30 minute break for lunch.  It is suggested you bring a beverage and a lunch or snack.

*Note: Because of the two-year certification, the training programs for first aid and CPR are offered jointly.  Class attendees must attend both programs in order to receive their certification.

Standard First Aid/CPR
Council Bluffs Des Moines Fort Dodge Mason City Sioux City

None Scheduled
 

12/13/14
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Des Moines
Leadership Center
10715 Hickman Rd
Des Moines, IA


None Scheduled

None Scheduled

None Scheduled


Basic Outdoor Awareness (BOA) 

Prerequisite: New Leader Toolkit
COST:  Free
MIN: 5 people
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: 7 days in advance

Basic Outdoor Awareness (BOA) is the prerequisite for several other trainings including all outdoor sessions.  Get the extra tools you need to guide your girls in the directions they wish to go.  You will learn about progressions, connect with other leaders, day trips, and get some ideas for exploring outside your normal meeting place in a safe way.

Please bring your grade level Handbook and Leader’s Guide, and a pen and paper.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring a jacket.  Weather permitting we might be outside for a short portion of the course.  “Be prepared” for fun and the weather!

Basic Outdoor Awareness (BOA)

None Scheduled

 

 


Service Unit Manager Training 

*Watch for these trainings Fall 2015!

Prerequisite: None
COST:  Free
MIN: 5 people
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: 7 days in advance

Service Unit Manager Training is for all current SUMs or those wishing to learn what it takes to be a Service Unit Manager.  Topics will include how to expand your SU team, planning for growth, how to facilitate a meeting and make it fun at the same time.  There will be a time to share best practices from experienced SUMs and gather questions from our newest SUMs.

Service Unit Manager Training
Council Bluffs Des Moines Fort Dodge Mason City Sioux City

None Scheduled

None Scheduled

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