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Fall: Back to Troop

Fall is typically the time for Back to Troop for another year of fun and friendship! Here you can find resources to help get your troop’s year off to a SPECTACULAR start!

GSLPG Back to Troop Checklist

Virtual Meetings
GSLPG Orientation
Beyond Your Troop Meeting
Troop Leader's Guide to Success
Keep Girl Scouts Going - A Guide for Troop Parents & Caregivers

This Guide for Troop Parents & Caregivers will help you in supporting Girl Scout experiences at home and helping her shine outside of her regular troop setting.

Outdoor Videos

Step by Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls
At Girl Scouts, we work to build girls' outdoor skills and inspire girls to care for the environment as they grow. The Girl Scout Outdoor Progression Chart (PDF) is a tool you can use as you advance girls' skills in an age-appropriate way. 

Taking the Journeys Outside
It's easy to take a Girl Scout Journey outside. Each Journey is full of fun, interactive activities that can easily go outdoors and inspire girls to love and protect the planet. Watch this video to find out how! 

Planning Your Troop's First Campout
In order to have a great campout, you need to plan ahead- and be prepared. This video will give you plenty to think about as you plan your next outdoor adventure with Girl Scouts. 

Introduction to Campsite Set-Up
A safe, efficient campsite is important when camping. Watch and learn how to set up a proper camp!

Introduction to Cooking Outdoors
Propane, charcoal, box ovens- there are so many choices when cooking outside. This video shares ideas about the delicious possibilities. Tasty!

How to Leave No Trace Outdoors
A Girl Scout always leaves an area better than she found it.
Throughout this video, girls will learn the importance of caring for the land, and how to easily "Leave No Trace' when exploring and enjoying the outdoors. 

Outdoor Songs and Games
This video provides fun tips on how to teach songs and games to girls to do in the outdoors, and resources available to learn more about Girl Scout songs and games.

Introduction to Fire Building
To ensure a fun campfire experience and help minimize impact on the environment, this video provides basic skills on Leave No Trace ethics, wood gathering, types of fire building methods, and how to start and extinguish a campfire.

Tips for Volunteers

Parent Meetings
Tips for engaging parents in troop meetings and activities.

Controlling the Room
Tips for troop leaders on the best way to get the attention of the girls in their troop.

Positive Troop Environment
Tips for creating and maintaining a safe and positive troop environment.

Start-Up Activities
Examples of successful activities for the girls to do at the beginning of the troop meeting.

Troop Safety
Tips for troop leaders to ensure they are following safety guidelines with their troop.

Welcoming New Girls
Tips for troop leaders to ensure new girls feel welcome as a new troop member.

Leader-Daughter Dynamic
Tips for how to manage when troop leaders have their daughters in their troop.

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Volunteer Training

Intro to Troop Leadership

Leaders are introduced to our Girl Scout Promise and Law, the Volunteer Toolkit, Volunteer Essentials, and Safety Activity Checkpoints. Leaders will learn various ways to run troop meetings, how to plan their Girl Scout year and more! Event Calendar

Additionally, this course is available in gsLearn in the GSLPG Introduction to Troop Leadership Pathway.

 

 

Continuing Leadership Training

Now that you've learned the basics, it's time to really explore the different parts of successful troop leadership! In this learning pathway, you will how to create a safe environment for girls, how to create an inclusive troop, form a troop committee, how troop funds work, and more!

Additionally, this course is available in gsLearn in the GSLPG Continuing Your Leadership Training Pathway.

CPR & First Aid Training

This course is a Girl Scout approved first-aid CPR training that teaches rescuers how to recognize and treat medical injury and environmental emergencies in the critical first minutes until EMS arrives. CPR is basic life support course that includes one rescuer. Registered Adults Only. Event Calendar

GSLPG will schedule CPR/First Aid classes only when there is enough interest to meet a 5 person minimum for a class and we encourage scheduling through the Group Training Request Form.

To help accommodate the needs of our volunteers, we have identified the following CPR/First Aid instructors who can be contacted directly to set up classes in your area. GSLPG may be able to provide suggestions on locations in areas where there is no office.

Lafayette & Lake Charles

Nicole Johnson
CPR2Geaux (American Heart Association)
www.cpr2geaux.com
337-680-9982

Minimum participants required: 3 in Lafayette & 5 when traveling outside of Lafayette
Maximum participants allowed: 10 as location allows

Location:
Lafayette
537 Cajundome Blvd, Suite 111
Lafayette, LA 70506

Lake Charles
Volunteer will need to contact instructor to discuss locating an adequate space in the area.


Shreveport, Monroe, & Alexandria

Tierney Washington
LOVE CPR & First Aid, LLC (American Heart Association)
love.cprfirstaide@gmail.com
318-519-1927

Minimum participants required: Will do individual training for 1 person.
Maximum participants allowed: 10 as location allows.
*Also provides student CPR/First Aid Training at a rate of $20 per student/youth.

Location:
Shreveport
Instructor has an office in Shreveport that will allow up to 8 participants. Volunteer can contact instructor to discuss locating an adequate space if they wish to accommodate up to 10 participants.

Monroe & Alexandria
Volunteer can contact instructor to discuss locating an adequate space.


Cost:
Cost of classes are set by the instructor and will vary, please contact them for the most up to date pricing. GSLPG currently provides financial assistance to registered and approved adult volunteers who wish to get CPR/First Aid certified. Please fill out the Adult CPR/First Aid Financial Assistance Request Form to inquire about financial assistance availability.

As a Reminder:  CPR/First Aid training that is available entirely online does not satisfy Girl Scouts' requirements.

Outdoor Education

This class will certify you take your troop lodge or tent camping. You will learn fire building, outdoor cooking, knots, knife skills and general outdoor safety.
Registered Adults Only. No Tag-A-Longs. Event Calendar

Must be renewed every three years. The course can be found in gsLearn in the GSLPG Troop Leaders 103 Outdoor Leadership Training Pathway.

 

Still Water Canoe Training

-Adults Only- Pack own lunch, bring water bottle, hat with brim, sunscreen, bug spray, swimsuit on under clothes, water shoes or old tennis shoes, towels, and change of clothes. Volunteers will tip into water.

In order to qualify for this course, you should have a current First Aid/CPR certification plus successfully complete the videos with knowledge check. First Aid/CPR cards must be submitted to info@gslpg.org. This course will qualify you to take your girls canoeing in still water (Camp Bon Temps, Wawbansee or approved waters).

An email will be sent with videos and knowledge checks once deadline has passed for registration—check your junk mail if you cannot find it. It is required to complete the day before training by noon. If you do not, then you will not be allowed to participate in the training. CPR/First Aid cards should be sent in at time of registration. No Tag-A-Longs. NOTE: Still Water Canoe Training is only offered during late Spring, Summer, and early Fall due to weather.

Must be renewed every three years. The course can be found in gsLearn in the GSLPG Troop Leaders 103 Outdoor Leadership Training Pathway.

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River Canoe Training

- Adults Only - Pack own lunch, bring water bottle, hat with brim, sunscreen, bug spray, swimsuit on under clothes, water shoes or old tennis shoes, towels, and change of clothes.

In order to qualify for this course, you should have a current First Aid/CPR certification plus successfully completed Still Water Canoe Training as well as the videos with knowledge check. First Aid/CPR cards must be submitted to info@gslpg.org. This course will qualify you to take your girls canoeing in approved moving river waters.

An email will be sent with videos and knowledge checks once deadline has passed for registration—check your junk mail if you cannot find it. It is required to complete the day before training by noon. If you do not, then you will not be allowed to participate in the training. CPR/First Aid cards should be sent in at time of registration. No Tag-A-Longs. NOTE: River Canoe Training will only take place in Spring/Summer.

Must be renewed every three years. The course can be found in gsLearn in the GSLPG Troop Leaders 103 Outdoor Leadership Training Pathway.

Have you already taken a River Canoe Trip in or out of state? We'd love your feedback to better help us serve our members with this activity. Please fill out the River Canoe Trip Questionnaire.

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Archery Training

This course will certify you to utilize Girl Scout property to teach archery to girls. No Tag-A-Longs.

Must be renewed every three years. The course can be found in gsLearn in the GSLPG Troop Leaders 103 Outdoor Leadership Training Pathway.

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Volunteer Toolkit/Money Management/P-500

Learn all about one of your most powerful resources, the Volunteer Toolkit! We'll show you how easy it is to access meeting plans, choose badges, add activities, create a year plan, communicate with your troop and more! Check out the VTK User Guide for Parents/Caregivers and Troop Volunteers! In addition, we'll cover best practices and policies for money management and review the process for properly submitting a P-500 Application for Trips and Activities so that your troop stays safe while having fun on their adventures!

Training videos on these topics can be found in gsLearn under the GSLPG Intro to Troop Leadership and GSLPG Continuing Troop Leader Training Pathways. 

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Higher Awards & Travel

Higher Awards & Travel - Learn more about Girl Scout Destinations. GS Destinations are travel opportunities designed just for Girl Scouts! From catching waves and saving sea turtles in Costa Rica to exploring outer space at a NASA Space Camp, there is a trip fit just for you! Choose from over 40 special trips! You'll also learn all about Higher Awards, what are they, who qualifies, what needs to be done, where to start, and what are the benefits of earning a Higher Award? Join us to learn all about it!  

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Girl Scout Ceremonies

Girl Scouts love ceremonies! What are Girl Scout ceremonies, how do you plan one, what does it entail, when do you hold them? Let us help you by providing valuable resources and answering any questions you have relating to Bridging, Investiture, Re-dedication, & Flag Ceremonies!

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Group Training By Request

Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines to the Gulf schedules a variety of training dates and locations throughout the year, but we know that volunteers may need other options. That is why we are pleased to offer you Group Training By Request! This opportunity allows service units, troop leaders or parents who are looking to become skilled in a specific training to schedule one that fits with their busy schedules.

There is a 5 person minimum for a group training to occur, and the ability to fulfill the request depends on availability of a council facilitator.

Please submit an online Request a Training at least 6 weeks prior to requested day, based on the training being requested. Duration of certain trainings will vary based on number of and engagement level of participants.

Request Your Group Training Today!
 
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