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Adult Learning

Our Volunteer Learning Department offers many opportunities to expand your knowledge of Girl Scouting and learn new skills that you can pass along to the girls.

Volunteer Learning opportunities in Girl Scouting help volunteers gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to successfully facilitate a meaningful and safe Girl Scout experience.  Learning opportunities come in many forms: face to face classes, online resources, discussions, conferences and more!  Opportunities are offered throughout the year.  The online class calendar contains courses for leaders, assistant leaders, service team members, first-aiders, outdoor enthusiasts and more.   Parents are also encouraged to take courses on behalf of their troop.  All courses are designed to enhance and develop your knowledge, skills, abilities, and enthusiasm for Girl Scouting.

Adult learning opportunities and resources can be found on this page.  There are online courses as well as face to face classes; registration for classes is available online.

View Courses | Orientation | Volunteer Resources

  • Conferences + Enrichment

    Conferences

    GSNENY offers volunteer conferences and other enrichment opportunities on a regular basis.

    Lake Clear Conference: August 15 – 17, 2014– Lake Clear Camp – NEED A WEEKEND AWAY? Come escape to the Lake Clear Conference and reflect with alumnae as we move forward together into the second century of Girl Scouting.  Enjoy a relaxing weekend in our comfortable cabins in the beautiful Adirondack Mts. You will experience the wonderful outdoors by boating, swimming, playing games, singing by a campfire, and making friendships that will last forever. Start the next century refreshed with the knowledge of where we’ve been and where we are going!  Come laugh, learn and live it up… because girls aren’t the ONLY ones who get to have fun!

    The Discovery ConferenceNovember TBA 2014  This day-long, professional development conference for volunteers is held each year at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs.

    Outdoor Education DayMay 3, 2014– Hidden Lake Camp – Come and enjoy adult workshops to enhance outdoor activities with girls, as well as get Outdoor Skills certification.

  • General Volunteer Learning Information

    • It is necessary to register for courses ahead of time. Please register online or you may also mail/fax the registration form to the Albany Service Center. Registering ahead of time allows adequate preparation for materials and Adult Learning Facilitators/Trainers.
    • Most classes require a minimum of five participants. Cancellation will be determined 72 hours before the class. You will be contacted if a class for which you have registered is cancelled.
    • If you have already registered for a class and know in advance that you will not be able to attend, please call or email the GSNENY Adult Learning Department at 489-8110 ext. 122 to change your registration. We will be happy to transfer you to another date.
    • For courses requiring a fee (First Aid, CPR, Medic First Aid, Outdoor Skills, Tent Camping and Small Craft Safety), payment is expected when you register.
    • All outdoor classes are held rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
    • Participants are welcome to bring a bag meal and/or beverage to classes.
    • Child care is not available.
    • Please arrive on time.
    • In case of inclement weather, contact your local Service Center for an update on scheduled courses.


Adult Learning FAQs

  • I am a new leader. What are the steps I need to follow?

    New Leader Checklist:
    (for other positions, check with your Service Team Member)

  • Why should I register ahead of time for classes?

    • Some of our classes have size limits based on available space, or in the instance of First Aid/CPR, based on an instructor to student ratio.
    • In order to ensure that we have enough materials for all participants, we need a count of how many will be attending.
    • If we need to cancel or move a class, we need contact information so we can inform all participants.
  • How will I know if a class is canceled?

    If we need to cancel a class, we will contact all registrants. For classes canceled with 24 hours or more notice, we will contact registrants via the email provided on the registration form. If we are canceling a class with less than 24 hours notice, or if there is no email provided on the registration form, we will call the registrants.

  • What if we are expecting inclement weather?

    • In case of inclement weather, contact your local Service Center for an update on scheduled classes.
    • All outdoor classes are held rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
  • What if I am unable to attend a class that I am registered for?

    If you have already registered for a class and know in advance that you will not be able to attend, please call or email to let us know. We will be happy to transfer you to another date.

  • What are the fees for classes?

    • Girl Scouting 101 and Site Orientations do not have a fee.
    • Medic First Aid, Outdoor Skills, Tent Camping and Small Craft Safety do have an associated fee. Please check the class description in the online registration portal for the fee for these classes.  You will pay when you register.
  • What should I bring for Outdoor Classes?

    For Outdoor Skills:

    • Feel free to bring a beverage and/or a water bottle.
    • Bring a plate, cup and eating utensils; you will eat what you cook.
    • You can bring a folding chair or a camp chair.
    • You will be outdoors for most of the day…bring raingear, sunscreen or bug repellent as appropriate.

    For Tent Camping:

    • Bring the items required for Outdoor Skills (see above)
    • You will be staying overnight, so bring a sleeping bag, pillow, flashlight (with fresh batteries) toiletries, any medications, and comfortable clothes for sleeping.
    • You may also bring a personal tent if you would like.

    For Site Orientation:

    • You will be walking the entire camp. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
  • Is there anything else I should know?

    • Please arrive a few minutes before your class is to start in order to allow time to sign in and get your materials.
    • Please silence your cell phone before class starts.
    • For classes at GSNENY properties, please back your car into the parking space.