Girl Scouts River Valleys offers a variety of training opportunities for you to prepare for a safe and fun outdoor experience with your Girl Scouts. Before venturing outdoors, volunteers are required to have the knowledge and experience to lead a safe and positive camping experience.
Online Introductory Camp and Outdoor Training
We require volunteers to take the following online training before leading outdoor activities.
Campfire Fun: Fire Safety and Tips
Campfire Fun is a simple online training focused on fire safety, and is a great precursor to the required Girls Cook Out and Sleep Out training. It’s perfect for volunteers who are ready to have an adventure where girls spend the evening sitting around a fire and telling stories with their Girl Scout sisters.
S’mores & More: Intro to Outdoor Cooking
S’mores & More is the follow-up training to Campfire Fun. This online training will provide you with the basics to lead your girls in their first simple cookout. You can roast marshmallows, make pie iron pizza, or cook hot dogs! You’ll learn safety guidelines, group management techniques, and tips for stick/fork cooking as well as pie iron cooking.
*The above trainings are hosted on Training.GirlScoutsRV.org, which will prompt you to create a username and password. If you have previously completed any training on Training.GirlScoutsRV.org, you may log in using the same username and password. If you can’t remember your password, please contact us.
In-Person Camp and Outdoor Training
We recommend volunteers take the following training as they relate your outdoor activity.
Girls Cook Out
The Girls Cook Out training is for volunteers whose troops are planning on preparing food using outdoor cooking methods and for troops who are reserving our outdoor cooking equipment. It’s best to complete this training while still in the planning stages of your outdoor activity.
In this training, you’ll learn essential outdoor cooking skills including fire building methods, charcoal and camp stove cooking, outdoor dishwashing and sanitation methods, Leave No Trace Principles, basic knots, and jackknife safety. Once complete, you’ll be able to enjoy cooking meals using different fuel sources and equipment safely.
Prerequisite: Girls Cook In Training
Scheduled Training: Check back for training at River Valleys’ camps during April and May. Your service unit’s outdoor champion or manager may also be offering this training at other times.
Girls Sleep Out
The Girls Sleep Out training is for volunteers whose troops are planning an outdoor overnight activity lasting two to three nights, for troops who are reserving one of our campsites, or for troops using tents. It’s best to complete this training while still in the planning stages of your outdoor activity.
In this training, you’ll learn how to guide girls in planning an overnight adventure of up to two nights and three days sleeping in tents. You will build on the skills from the Girls Sleep In training and gain skills related to program ideas, planning, safety, and addressing environmental concerns related to outdoor tenting. After this training, you will understand what gear is needed for a trip and how to care for and use tents.
Prerequisite: Girls Sleep In Training
Scheduled Training: Check back for training at River Valleys camps during April and May. Your service unit’s outdoor champion or manager may also be offering this training at other times.