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Volunteer Development

girl_volunteerGirl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont offers its volunteers ongoing adult learning sessions to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to offer the highest quality programming to our girls. Remember – learning and developing new skills is a part of Girl Scouting! Adult learning sessions are an investment and will build you into a knowledgeable and skilled volunteer who will be confident and competent to lead girls, while still having fun! 

Learning Session Opportunities

Offered in various locations across our 40 counties, face-to-face learning sessions offer you the opportunity to ask questions and interact with others. You may search for sessions on the online calendar. 

Visit our Volunteer Learning website where we offer a variety of courses online or as independent studies. There are even learning opportunity kits designed to be actively used with the girls in your troop. A group of six or more volunteers may request a course be offered in their area by contacting the adult learning logistics manager in your area. 

Leadership License Requirements

Troop leaders are given a four-month window to earn a Leader License by following these two steps:

  • Complete Girl Scouting 101. The online course is available in both English and Spanish. The password is: aboutgs101
  • Volunteer Essentials. Take the Volunteer Essentials Prep Course online. A short face-to-face follow up session will be scheduled after you submit your online work and will complete the Volunteer Essentials course. 

Outdoor Learning Requirements

Earning a camping license consists of two steps.

1. Earn the overnight license by completing the following online or independent study courses:


2. Attend three skill sessions to earn a camp license.

  • Firebuilding (three hours) $10
  • Outdoor Cooking (3-4 hours) $10
  • The Overnight Experience (7 p.m.-11 a.m.) $10

Search the online calendar for a course near you! Please remember: A camp license is required of a volunteer before taking girls camping overnight in tents or cabins.

Camp License Update

To stay current, camp licenses need to be updated every five year. Find the three hour Camp License Update courses on the online calendar.

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 95 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. 

Completing the Test Out earns the volunteer a Camp License, which will be updated every five years. E-mail Tana Poole or call her at 704-864-3245 for more information on taking the test out.

First Aid & CPR

The Safety-Wise chapter in Volunteer Essentials requires the presence of a trained first aider for challenging or high-risk activities. 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 also be requested for groups of six or more adults.

For more information, contact the adult learning logistics manager in your area or check the online calendar for upcoming dates.

Trip & Travel

Use this Trip Handbook for Troops to train both adults and girls on the ins-and-outs of planning a Girl Scout trip. Fun activities, current information from Girl Scouts of the USA and our council and a self-paced learning environment is what this course offers. 

Learning Events

Spend a volunteer-planned weekend, or just a day, meeting, sharing with and learning from other Girl Scout volunteers in a casual and relaxed setting. Choose from a variety of classes that may include crafts, games, leadership skills, ceremonies, health and wellness and songs. Pick the event below that best meets your needs or attend them all!

Click here for the 2014 Leaderee brochure!

  • Leaderee: May 10, 2014, Girl Scout Learning Center, Colfax
  • Trainfest: October 17-19, 2014, Camp Pisgah, Brevard, NC 
  • Leaderfest: January 10, 2015, Camp Ginger Cascades, Lenoir 

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Ed Whitmire Scholarship

The Ed Whitmire Training Scholarship Fund, supported entirely by volunteer donations, is available to assist volunteers with the cost of learning sessions and events. Learn more about “Ed Fund” and an application form in Word of PDF.