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Required Licenses and Certifications

Licenses and Certifications are completed as needed for an activity. Please view the licenses below for more information.

Once you complete a license, don’t stop learning! There are also other non-license courses that are beneficial for everyone! You can find lots of great ideas and enrichment learning by going to Quick and Easy Courses found in the green box to the upper left.

Find out more about the NEW camp license changes by watching this video!


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Leader License

Our council offers hands-on, independent studies and online learning experiences to help volunteers gain skills to strengthen their leadership abilities. Troop leaders are given a one-month window to earn a required Leader License. The Leader License consists of completing:

  •  Girl Scouting 101 (make sure to choose our council, Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont) and
  •  Volunteer Essentials online and in person. A short face-to-face follow up session will be scheduled after you submit your online work. 

First Aider Certification

The Safety Activity Checkpoints always tell you when a first aider is required. A first aider is defined as someone with current first aid certification, current adult CPR certification and CPR certification appropriate to the grade level of the girls (for instance, a first aider for Girl Scout Daisies should have child CPR).

First aid and CPR certification is accepted from several organizations. Doctors, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, paramedics, military medics or EMTs may also serve as first aiders. Copies of current certification should be submitted for inclusion in the volunteer’s personal record.

Volunteers may attend classes offered by their local American Red Cross, fire departments, rescue squads, hospitals, work places or other agencies. Online classes MUST have a skills demonstration session; a class that is completely online is not acceptable by Girl Scouts of the USA. The council also schedules first aid and CPR classes for volunteers. Classes may be requested for groups of six or more adults.

For more information, contact the adult learning staff in your area or closest service center. To find upcoming dates, click on the online calendar to find a course and register or view the Six Month Overview of Courses or hot sheets for a printable version. 

Overnight License

The Overnight License is required for all overnight events. There are two courses for this: 

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These courses cover safety and procedures, how to incorporate girls of any grade level into the planning process, what to take and what to wear, and more. NOTE: you will not be able to build fires, make s’mores, or cook over a campfire with the Overnight License.

Cook Out License

To build a campfire, make s’mores and/or cook on the fire, either in your backyard or at camp, the Cook Out License is required. To complete this, you will need to take:

  • Overnight License
  • Fire Building (approximately three hours) and
  • Outdoor Cooking (approximately three and a half hours) 

This license allows the girls you train to build fires and cook over a campfire. The license is valid for five years. To find upcoming dates, click on the online calendar to find a course and register or view the Six Month Overview of Courses or hot sheets for a printable version. 

Camp License

To enjoy a back-to-nature camping experience, complete with tent pitching, fires and outdoor cooking and/or to camp out in your backyard or at a non-council site, you will need to complete the Camp License.  The Camp License consists of three pieces:

  • Overnight License
  • Cook Out License and
  • Tenting (approximately three hours)

This course is valuable for volunteers who work with troops and want to help them build independence by learning many useful outdoor skills.  It covers tarps, tents, and knots. The license is valid for five years. To find upcoming dates, click on the online calendar to find a course and register or view the Six Month Overview of Courses or hot sheets for a printable version.

Feel like you want a little extra? Try Advanced Camping Skills. Do your girls want to be camping All-Stars, adept with saws, hatchets, lanterns, water purification, and building camp furniture from just rope and sticks? You will need to complete:

  • Overnight License
  • Camp License
  • Advanced Camping Skills 

Camp License Test Out 

 A Camp License Test Out is available for experienced campers and is especially appropriate for volunteers with a Girl Scout camping background. Volunteers complete an application which documents their experience and a written test of 81 questions. Upon successful completion, a skills demonstration will be scheduled and the volunteer will be asked to build a fire, use both a charcoal and propane stove, tie required knots, pitch a tent and tarp and demonstrate knife use.

Successfully completing the Test Out skills demonstration earns the volunteer a Camp License, which will be updated every five years. Submit an application to begin the test-out process.

Backpacking

Do your girls want to backpack, testing their strength and skill and ability to care for themselves? Complete:

  • Camp License
  • Backpacking (Four Hour pre-trip session followed by a two-day backpacking trip)

To find upcoming dates, click on the online calendar to find a course and register or view the Six Month Overview of Courses or hot sheets for a printable version. 

Camp License Update

To stay current, camp licenses need to be updated every five years. To find the three hour Camp License Update courses, click on the online calendar to find a course and register or view the Six Month Overview of Courses or hot sheets for a printable version.

NOTE: Because of revisions to the Be Safe, Be Ready courses, Be Safe, Be Ready: Outings and Overnights and Be Safe, Be Ready: Girl Planning need to have been taken after 4/15/2014 in order to take the Camp License Update.

Travel License

Along with the Overnight License, Extended Troop Trip Training is required for “hotel-camping” or any trips of more than two nights. This training can be used to help girls learn to plan their trips, and the volunteer gets credit for being trained.

Silver and Gold Awards Online Adult Learning Opportunity (ALO)

Want to learn more about the Silver and Gold Awards? Can’t make it to an in-person training? This course allows you to meet the requirement for attending a Silver or Gold Adult Learning Opportunity without having to leave your home. Find the three steps to meet this requirement by viewing the Silver and Gold Awards Online ALO