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Girl Scouting 101 is the online learning resource from GSUSA.  This replaces Online Volunteer Orientation and Online Leadership Essentials.  It is required for new leaders and new assistant leaders and other interested adults.  Girl Scout activities may not happen without a trained adult present, and having at least 2 adults in a troop with Girl Scouting 101 or Leadership Essentials ensures that activities can happen if the leader is not able to attend.  There is not a face to face version of this course; it is only available online.  An offline version of this is available as well for people with limited access to the internet.  Contact your Strategic Partners Team or the Manager of Learning and Development to obtain a copy.

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.

The ‘Need to Know’:

  • Please visit our online registration portal, accessible through the pink button on our website at . Go to the Activities tab and search under Learning & Training for Volunteer Training.  You’ll see Girl Scouting 101 there.  Add it to your cart and check out (it’s free) then you will be emailed a link to Girl Scouting 101.  Since the email is auto-generated, you may need to check your spam filter! When you click on the link in the email, it will take you to a page that contains not only Girl Scouting 101, but also Volunteering for Series & Events.  If you are a troop leader or assistant leader, only Girl Scouting 101 needs to be completed.
  • Be sure to select Northeastern New York from the council drop-down menu.
  • Be sure you have an updated Flash player.

GSUSA introduced a shortened version of Girl Scouting 101, specifically for event and series volunteers.  Here’s the description from GSUSA:

Volunteering for Girl Scouts Series and Events is a condensed version of Girl Scouting 101. If you’re a new series/events volunteer, this 25-minuteonline introduction will give you the essence of Girl Scouts’ inspiring national leadership experience—whenever it’s convenient for you.  The link is When you click on that link, it will take you to a page that contains Girl Scouting 101, Online Volunteer Orientation and Online Leadership Essentials as well. Be sure to click on Volunteering For Girl Scouts Series and Events.

Not all people learn the best from an online module; we will be offering a new face to face  course from GSUSA called Three Processes: One Powerful Program as a way for volunteers to connect with others and reinforce their knowledge of the processes of Girl-Led, Learning by Doing and Cooperative Learning.  We will begin to offer this 2 hour session in the winter; stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Our goal for adult learning in Girl Scouts is to cultivate a culture of learning where volunteers have few required courses but are offered many opportunities to learn: core courses, conferences, enrichment, networking, resources and virtual opportunities!

The password for the English version is “discover” all lower case.

The password for the Spanish version is “descubrir”all lower case