Results tagged “Adult Learning Opportunities” from GSSA Leader Blog: The Virtual Volunteer

Want to avoid delays in the processing of your event and training registrations?  See below for a few helpful hints.


Event Registrations: When registering for council events, the Event Registration form should be sent to the appropriate person or the Service Center indicated in the event announcement. If you're not sure who that is, you can always e-mail it to


Late Registrations: To avoid further delays when registering after the deadline has passed, include the late fee (10%).


Adult Training: Use the Adult Learning Registration form when registering for the adult training courses, sending those to the appropriate person or Service Center indicated in the announcement.


If you have questions, contact Volunteer Services Liaison, Cheryl Miller, ext. 2302

Archery and Life Guard Training Events at Camp Windhover (Crystal Springs , MS)


Camp Windhover, an accredited American Camp Association camp, is offering archery and lifeguard training.  Camp Windhover is located in Crystal Springs, MS, about thirty miles south of Jackson, MS.  Trainees are welcome to stay at camp in one of the cabins during the lifeguard training or following the archery training.


For a Registration Form and Driving Instructions, contact Camp Windhover Director Celia Wood at (601) 892-3282


Training: Basic Archery Instructor (National Alliance for the Development of Archery - NADA)

When: 2 - 10 p.m. Sunday, June 6

Recommended for: Camp Directors, Program Directors, counselors, and any who will be teaching archery.

No prerequisites

Cost: $50 includes manuals, materials, testing, certification cards and evening meal. Also includes one night stay for June 6.


Training: American Red Cross Lifeguard Training       

When: 9 a.m. Thursday, June 3 through 5 p.m. Sunday, June 6

Recommended for: Camp Directors, Program Directors, counselors, and any who will be teaching swimming, supervising a waterfront area, or lifeguarding.

Prerequisites: Candidates who are at least sixteen years of age  will have to swim 300 yards of a mixture of breast stroke and freestyle, continuously, and retrieve a ten pound brick from a depth of seven to ten feet.         

Cost: $180; Does not include room and board, which are available upon request.

Did you ever wish that all the answers to the most common questions about Girl Scouting in southern Alabama could be found in one place?  Here it is:

????         the whats: programs, badges, meetings, awards, cookies and more;

????         the whys: council policies, how they work, when to use them; and

????         the hows: taking trips, understanding your girls, and getting the most out of your leadership role.


Volunteer Essentials is your guidebook to the world of Girl Scouting!  Volunteer Essentials can be found here, or on our Forms and Resources page under Publications.


In addition to Volunteer Essentials, you will also find many more forms for girls and adults, and training and volunteer materials on our Web site. Please check the site regularly for updates and also subscribe to The Virtual Volunteer for even more of the news you need to know.

This new enrichment course is offered for people interested in:

????         Street Games to get Kids Outdoors and Active

????         Strengthening the Mutual Relationship Between Families and Nature Through Water Resource Activities

????         Using STAR GPS to Promote Outdoor Play

????         Native Songbird Population Recovery Efforts

????         STAR Disaster Preparedness: Practical Information for Young People


When: Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

Where: Camp Sid

Who: Adults and girls 14+

Cost: $5 per person


Get all the information you need on our Events and Programs Calendar!

This year, fall product sale chairs and troop leaders have three options for fall product sale training.  You can either complete a special online training that will be offered, or you can attend an in-person training - or both!  The online training will be available soon, and the "in-person" trainings will be Saturday, August 15, at the Montgomery Volunteer Center from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (lunch served), and Sunday, August 16, at the Mobile Volunteer Center from 2:30-4:30 p.m. (snack served).


If you plan to attend either "in-person" training, please contact Teri Eversole (ext. 1302) for the Mobile Volunteer Center training and Cheryl Miller (ext. 2302) for the Montgomery Volunteer Center training.  Fall product sale chairs, service unit managers, troop leaders and troop cookie chairs all are invited to attend the training of their choice.  There's also Fall Product information up on our website - check it out!

Basic Water Rescue/Small Craft Safety Canoe - Auburn/Opelika

Program: Volunteers

When: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., June 6

Volunteers: Canoe Training

Location: Auburn/Opelika
Cost: $30
Registration/Cancellation Deadline: May 29
Prerequisite: Basic Canoe Skills
Who: Registered Girl Scout age 14 +
Alt rain date: June 20
Bring: sack lunch and drinks
The purpose of this course is to provide the information and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to small craft and aquatic emergencies using non-swimming rescues. This training is required to take Girl Scouts canoeing on lakes.

Skill requirements: Be able to swim 25 yards, tread water for one minute without a life jacket, and demonstrate basic canoeing skills including: launching, boarding, paddling forward and backward, stopping, turning and straight line solo paddling. Participants will also be capsizing and re-entering a canoe from deep water.

Adults must be approved in order to:

???????        Transport Girl Scouts in a vehicle

???????        Serve as a Chaperone

???????        Attend an overnight event (this includes camping) with the girls

???????        Handle troop or service area money


 To be approved, an adult must:

????         REGISTER to be a member of Girl Scouts and complete the GSUSA membership form and submits the $10 annual membership fee to the council.

(The fee goes up to $12 in 2009-2010)


????         COMPLETE the Adult Volunteer Application, which includes the:

???????        Authorization to Release Information Form

???????        Adult Volunteer Application

???????        Driving Record Request form


These forms must be returned at least four weeks prior to an event for the council to complete the approval process. The Driving Record Request form is needed only if you will be transporting girls.

sid_lake.jpgIt's getting to be Canoeing and Camping Season -- time to ensure that you are up-to-date on all you need to know to have a fun and safe outdoor experience with your Girl Scouts.

Check our Adult Learning Opportunities page for upcoming Camping Adventures: the next Basic Troop Camping Skills will be held on March 28 with a registration deadline of March 16. 

Please use the Adult Learning Registration Form to register for these and all other Adult Learning Opportunities. 

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