Adult Education Guide

Register for all GSCCS trainings and events at 



•  Complete Training Registration Form (Being Updated)(PDF).

•  Registration for training must be received one week prior to the scheduled training date.

•  Registration forms may be submitted in one of the following ways:

-In Person or by mail to: GSCCS, 1377 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93711.

-In Person or by mail to: GSCCS, 1831 Brundage Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93304.

-Fax your completed registration to: (559) 291-5079.
(INCLUDE Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express information requested on registration form.)

For more information call: (661) 327-1409, Ext. 200

Procedures and time lines for training:


GSUSA Online Orientation – Recommended prior to New Leader Orientation,


•  Password: aboutGS101 (case sensitive)

The easy-to-use Girl Scouting 101 introduces new volunteers to Girl Scouts’ inspiring national leadership experience, from Journey resources and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting to cookie sales, safety guidelines, and much more. Spend about 45-50 minutes learning online-whenever you can fit it into your day.

New Leader Orientation – Required prior to first Troop meeting, this face to face meeting with a Council representative (volunteer or staff member) focuses on your volunteer position, reviews Volunteer Essentials, Girl Scouts of Central California South’s Policy and Procedures and information for starting a troop. All adults serving in leadership positions in Troops must complete orientation prior to their first meeting with the girls. Contact your Membership Development Specialist at (800) 490-8653 for more information on scheduling Orientation. Cost: Free

Girl Scouting 101 (English or Spanish) – This course provides an overview to the Girl Scout organization, including Girl Scout pathways (various ways that girl and adult members participate), resources and support available to volunteers, the Girl Scout Mission, Promise and Law, the benefits to girls of participating in the Cookie program (builds financial literacy skills), some basic safety requirements, and an overview of the Girl Scout program for girls. Spend about 45-50 minutes learning online-whenever you can fit it into your day. Go to *required of all volunteers. Cost: Free

Basic Leadership Training (BLT) – This session will give adult volunteers who work directly with girls the tools to manage a group of girls while providing a safe experience, understand the Promise and the Law, plan a typical meeting and describe the importance of all of the components of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This training is required for all new Leaders, co-Leaders and assistant Leaders within three (3) months of appointment. Volunteers MUST attend New Leader Orientation prior to attending this class.
Cost: $5.00

Programs, Badges, and Journeys Training (PB&J) Journey Training! This session provides information to help your girls develop leadership skills, and will teach you how to work with Journeys. This course includes an overview of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and teaches how to effectively partner with your girls to make their plans & goals a reality. You’ll also learn how to be able to see the impact you have on girls’ lives by thinking about outcomes. This training is required by all new Leaders, co-Leaders and assistant Leaders within six (6) months of appointment and current Leaders bridging to next age level.
Cost: $5.00

Trip Planning –  This class is required prior to taking your Troop on any overnight experience. Learn how to work with girls and adults to plan, carry out and evaluate day trips, overnight sleepovers at a home, school, church or hotel. This class is offered face to face or as a home study course and covers budgeting, safety requirements, emergency procedures, transportation, equipment, insurance and other essential information needed for overnight trips. Contact Shelly Rodriguez, Operations Administrative Assistant at or (800) 490-8653 ext. 121 to request the home study course.

First Aid/CPR – 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 Medic First Aid. This training consists of hands-on, lecture and visual information on administering CPR and first aid to adults and children. Notes: Each Troop should have at least one adult Level I First-Aider. Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors cannot serve as First Aiders for a Troop. If you are a medical professional serving as a Level I First Aider for a Troop or Service Unit you are exempt from taking the course by showing proof of certification. If you have First Aid/CPR certification from another organization you must provide proof of certification and expiration. Online certifications are not accepted.
Cost: $25.00 

Outdoor Training A & B – This training covers girl/adult partnership and progression in the outdoors, food preparation and safety basics, clothing and equipment, Leave No Trace techniques as they apply to outdoor activities and camping, and the many resources available to adults when planning outdoor activities with girls. You will learn about and practice budgeting, meal and equipment planning, outdoor cooking, equipment selection and set up, outdoor activity ideas, outdoor ceremonies, and troop government in an outdoor setting.
This class consists of two parts: a pre-plan session (part A) where you will work with other participants to plan meals and equipment, and a full day of outdoor fun! Equipment lists and a map to the overnight session will be provided at the Part A session. Outdoor Training is mandatory for Troops taking an overnight outdoor trip and/or cooking outdoors with girls.
Cost: $20.00

Additional Trainings Offered:

Extended Trip Planning – This is a required course for Leaders taking their Troops on trips over 72 hours and/or international trips. You will learn the requirements for extended trip travel, insurance, finances and forms. You’ll gain from the experience of seasoned Girl Scout travelers, and receive valuable tips on planning “big” trips with your girls. Each course is held upon request; Contact Michelle Loyd, Program Leadership Manager at or (800) 490-8653 ext. 200 for more information.
Cost: $5.00

Facilitating Adult Learning – Facilitators are vital to our Girl Scouts of Central California South volunteers. They provide the necessary learning sessions and support to our adults by offering basic and enrichment courses throughout the Council jurisdiction. Volunteers attending one of these sessions will gain an understanding of how adults learn and the opportunity to practice facilitation techniques, as well as the basics of delivering and evaluating learning opportunities for adults. Hands-on activities and instruction guides are provided. Participants will be asked to complete an interview with the Leadership Development Supervisor and complete a pre-course needs assessment before attending their selected session.
Fee: None
Capacity: Minimum 5/Maximum 20

Event Planning Are you planning events and activities for your Service Unit or Council? This class is required for volunteers running events where the person is responsible for the planning and implementation of the event and for the well-being of the participants. Learn the logistics of planning, promoting, delivering and evaluating an event, as well as effective techniques for recruiting and working with a committee. It is STRONGLY recommended that more than one person from each Service Unit be trained. This course replaces Safety Management and Day Camp Director Training.
Cost: $10.00

Enrichment Trainings – Girl Scouts of Central California South offers a variety of adult learning enrichment opportunities to provide new knowledge and skills that you can apply to your own Troop/group. We encourage Troop Leaders to participate in as much of this extra type of training as possible, and go back to your Troops and share the fun. Sign-up to not only enhance your experience but increase the quality of the program for the girls you serve.
Cost: $5.00

Training Locations:

Fresno Area
Fresno Council Office:    1377 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93711
Heald College:    255 W. Bullard Ave., Fresno, CA 93711
Letterman Park:    908 Villa Ave, Clovis, CA 93612 (North of W. Barstow)
First Baptist Church:    2025 Grant Street, Selma, CA 93662

Kern Area
Bakersfield Council Office:    1831 Brundage Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93611

Hanford Area
St. Brigid’s Youth Center:    319 N. Harris Hanford, CA 93230
Hanford Scout House:    506 N. Dauty Hanford, CA 93230

Visalia Area
Visalia Boy Scout Office:    230 NW 3rd , Visalia, CA 93291
Visalia Friendship House:    921 W. School Ave, Visalia, CA 93291

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