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Adult Training

Adult volunteers bring important knowledge and life skills with them. We provide training programs that enable adult volunteers to apply their experience to their role in Girl Scouting, learn the methods and materials special to Girl Scouting, and expand their own abilities in ways personally useful in the job market. You must register before you can attend a training session.

Click here for a Training Registration Form. Click here for Training Registration Instructions.

Are you training to become a brand new leader? Click here for the "skinny" on new leader training! We have a special page just for you!

Some helpful hints:

  • Deadline for registration is generally two weeks prior to the session or as noted.
  • Register early to avoid disappointment
  • Minimum course size is ten unless otherwise noted. If minimum is not reached by registration deadline, course may be canceled and you will be notified by telephone or email. Every effort will be made to place registrants in another course.
  • Registrations received less than two weeks before an event are not eligible for refunds.
  • Please do not bring children to training sessions unless child care arrangements are specifically mentioned for that course. We encourage you to ask other parents to baby-sit as a service to the troop.
  • Check the website or call the council office at the numbers below for cancellations due to weather.

Have questions? Please don't hesitate to call us at 401.331.4500 or 800.331.0149 or at should you have any questions.

Course Descriptions and dates

Advanced Trips
For troops planning to take big trips (more than three nights) which require long-term planning and, in most cases, extra troop fundraising events. GSUSA has prepared a four-part kit called the Global Travel Tool Kit which covers all the topics and provides worksheets, timelines and a travel journal. We'll review the tool kit and also present a panel of leaders who have taken successful trips in the US and abroad. This workshop is required for trips of three or more nights and the training date is required on the Intent-to-Travel form. Formerly open to both leaders and girls, this year's workshop is for ADULTS ONLY. If leaders cannot make this once-a-year workshop, please contact Martha Frutchey at 401.331.4500 or 800.331.0149 x 1408.

No trainings currently scheduled.

Age Level Change - Daisy to Brownie
For Daisy troop leaders who are moving to Brownies. This course provides an introduction to the Journey books and other program activities. Participants will go over requirements, program and troop/group governance. Prerequisite: New Leader Training, Parts A & B. Please bring the Brownie Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting to the training.

*Monday, September 14, 2015 @ Camp Rocky Farm, 160 Carroll Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 FROM 6:30pm - 9:30pm.

*Monday, September 22, 2015 @ GSSNE Council Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI from 6:30pm - 9:30pm.

*Wednesday, September 30, 2015 @ GSSNE Council Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.


Age Level Change for All Other Leaders
Leaders moving up to Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador levels should look for online training on the GSSNE website in August 2013.

No trainings currently scheduled.


Backpacking 201
This hands-on training is to teach backpacking (hiking to a backpacking location with all your gear on your back and then camp out). Volunteers will learn about "leave no trace" camping principles, how to cook on a backpacking stove, water purification techniques, food safety and storage, sanitation basics, selection of a three-point camp site and experience carrying a 25-35 pound pack on a two-mile hike. Training is for adults and Ambassadors with accompanying adult. The $50.00 fee covers classroom sessions, manual and site rental and food for the overnight.

Pre-requisites: Physically fit to carry a 25-35 pound pack for two miles. Training: GSSNE Outdoor Day, GSSNE Troop Camp Training, GSSNE CIT 1, VIT 1, Hiking series or equivalent.
Recommended: GSSNE Cooking on the Fly workshop and First Aid/CPR.
If you have questions, contact Charlotte Markey, Outdoor Program Specialist at 401-331-4500 x1419.

No trainings currently scheduled.

First Aid/CPR

Certification in First Aid/CPR is required for at least one adult accompanying troops/groups on trips or overnight outings; it is recommended for all other troop activities. The GSSNE course offers a two-year certification from the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI). ASHI training has two parts:  online training and a practicum session. Registration closes two full weeks before the scheduled course date to allow enough time for volunteers to complete the online portion of the training. After registration, volunteers will be sent an email by ASHI with a link to the online training segment. The online training is comprehensive; be sure and allow enough time to complete it. You must complete the online training and print off a “Certificate of Completion” before attending a practicum session.  Practicum sessions will be two-hours long and involve working on manikins. The fee for the course is $45.00; once you have entered the online site, no refunds will be made. To hold the course, GSSNE requires a minimum registration of 4 and a maximum of 10 people.

*Tuesday, August 11, 2015 @ GSSNE Council Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Go for Gold/Strive for Silver
This workshop focuses on the current requirements for the Gold and Silver Awards. Please note that girls, their parents, and adult leaders may register for this workshop. When registering, please indicate whether you are pursuing the Gold Award or Silver Award.

No trainings currently scheduled.


GSSNE Museum Docent Training
Interested in Girl Scout history? Know nothing? Know a lot? Either way, why not volunteer to become a docent for the Girl Scout Museum at Camp Hoffman? You'll pass on local, camp and national Girl Scout history through the memorabilia displayed at the museum. This is an occasional volunteer position, usually requiring about 1 1/2 hours of your time, 1-3 times a year, for your service unit or at council events and open houses. Trained docents can help troops earn the Sarah Hazard Nomber Museum Patch by providing scripted tours during camping weekends or whenever you are available. Training is encouraged for Rangers, Camping and Program Coordinators and SUMs. Troop adults and Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts, when accompanied by a registered adult, may also register for docent training.

No trainings currently scheduled.


Low Ropes Training
Learn games and strategies to become a trained facilitator for the low ropes course at Camp Hoffman. You'll learn about the Whale Watch, Mohawk Walk, Triangle Traverse, and Spider's Web. The training is free and we ask that you donate at least 3 days of your time in the next year to introduce the course to girls, including the ones in your own troop. No experience necessary. This training is the first step to full challenge course certification and must be passed in order to participate in the High Ropes Training. Please contact Laurie Pansa at the council office for more information.

No trainings currently scheduled.


New Leader Training

New Leader Training consists of the following parts:

Part A: The Basics, online training from the websites of Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England. To receive instructions about how to access and report these trainings, please contact the GSSNE office.

Part B
: Organizing Your Troop, a three-hour, face-to-face workshop on how to get started as a Girl Scout volunteer and how to organize troop activities.

Please register to attend one of the following sessions:

*Tuesday, August 4, 2015 @ GSSNE Council Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm.

*Monday, August 10, 2015 @ Trinity Episcopal Church, 47 East Street, Wrentham, MA 02093 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm.

*Wednesday, August 26, 2015 @ GSSNE Council Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm.

*Saturday, September 24, 2015 @ Rochambeau Library, Conference Room, 708 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.

*Wednesday, October 21, 2015 @ Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Parish House, 2nd Floor, 1956 Main Road, Tiverton, RI 02878 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

*Wednesday, November 18, 2015 @ Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Parish House, 2nd Floor, 1956 Main Road, Tiverton, RI 02878 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

Once Parts A and B are completed, leaders may start troop meetings.

Part C: Outdoor Day
Training is a six-hour course that introduces new leaders to a GSSNE camp and shows you how to prepare girls for a daytime outing at one of the GSSNE camps. Sessions are scheduled from April to October. Please dress for camp - wear sneakers and outdoor clothing. This is a rain or shine event; wear rain gear if required. In addition, please bring the following:

  • Lunch, water or drinks and a can of chicken-based soup to make Friendship Soup
  • A mess kit (or plastic dishes) and a mesh "dunk" bag
  • Bug spray and sunscreen
  • $1.50 to cover the cost of s'mores

Note: Outdoor Day Training is a pre-requisite for Troop Camp Training, which prepares volunteers to take a troop overnight camping. Leaders may sometimes combine Outdoor Day Training and Troop Camp Training (see next entry).

*Saturday, September 19, 2015 @ Camp Cookie, 116 Long Entry Road, Chepachet, RI from 9:00am - 2:30pm.

*Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ Camp Promising Acres, 580 Dillon Lane, Swansea, MA from 9:00am - 2:30pm.

*Saturday, October 24, 2015 @ Camp Hoffman, 2850 Ministerial Road, West Kingston, RI from 9:00am - 2:30pm.


Program Aide for Adults
GSSNE has revised the Program Aide training. To complete the Program Aide Training, girls will participate in the Core Training with an additional specialty training in one of seven topic areas (STEAM, Life Skills, Making a Difference, Travel/Adventure, Camping/Outdoors, Global Citizenship, and Girl Scout History/Tradition). This training prepares girls to work with younger scouts in a troop setting. Seventh and eighth grade Cadette Scouts may take the training which is offered by the council several times a year (check the program brochure), or leaders of Cadette troops may take this course and train their troops at their own pace. This session will prepare you to deliver the general curriculum and we will also review the specialty options. If you have questions, please contact Donna Lewis, Older Girl Program Specialist, 401-331-4500 x1424.

No trainings currently scheduled.


Troop Camp Training
This training provides adults with the basic knowledge, skills, methods and techniques to enable troops to have a successful troop camp experience. Completion of this course will qualify an adult to take a troop lodge, cabin or platform tent camping. Attendance at all sessions (classroom and overnight) of each course is mandatory for completion. The course consists of 5-6 hours of classroom work plus a hands-on training overnight from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. Cost: $25. Prerequisite: New Leader Training, Parts A & B, and/or Outdoor Day.

Note: Trainers have the option of including the Outdoor Day training as part of Troop Camp Training or they may opt to have Outdoor Training be a pre-requisite for the Troop Camp Training session. Please read the titles of the courses carefully in order to determine which type of training it is.

*Classroom session is Wednesday, August 19, 2015 from 5:00pm - 10:00pm at GSSNE Council Office, Warwick, RI. Overnight weekend session is 9am Saturday, August 29 - 2PM Sunday, August 29, 2015 in the Wayfarer Unit at Camp Cookie, 116 Long Entry Road, Chepachet, RI. Outdoor training is a pre-requisite for this training.

*Classroom session is Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 9am - 4pm at GSSNE Council Office, Warwick, RI. Overnight weekend session is 8am Saturday, April 2 - 2pm Sunday, April 3 in Wellville at Camp Hoffman, 2850 Ministerial Road, West Kingston, RI 02892. Outdoor training is a pre-requisite for this training.

*Classroom sessions are Tuesdays May 3 & 17, 2016 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm at GSSNE Council Office, Warwick, RI. Overnight weekend session is 8am Saturday, May 21 - 12 noon Sunday, May 22 in platform tents at Camp Hoffman, 2850 Ministerial Road, West Kingston, RI 02892.


Troop Camp Training and Outdoor Day Combination Training

*Classroom sessions are Tuesdays, October 20 and 27, 2015 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm at Paintbox Pre-School, 321 High Street, Cumberland, RI. The overnight weekend is 9am Saturday, November 7 - 2pm Sunday, November 8 at Camp Promising Acres, 580 Dillon Lane, Swansea, MA.

Classroom Sessions - two choices for locations:

A. Thursdays January 21 & 28, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 47 East Street, Wrentham, MA 02093

B. Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9 am - 12 noon and 1 pm - 4 pm at Barrington Methodist Church, 230 Washington Road, Barrington, RI 02806.

Please sign up for the class in the regular way – there is no need to select a training site at this time. One week before the classroom sessions begin the Training Specialist will email you with the location of your training. You will be placed by you home address, but you can attend either one. You must attend all six hours of the classroom sessions in order to participate in the overnight week-end. The two training groups will meet at Camp Cookie for the overnight week-end.


9am Saturday, February 6 - 3pm Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Camp Cookie, 116 Long Entry Road, Chepachet, RI 02814.


Ranger Training
Volunteers who complete this training will be eligible to spend weekends at Camp Hoffman as Rangers, people who are on-call to answer questions and help troops and groups using the facilities. This training is limited to adults who have completed Troop Camp Training.

Contact Charlotte Markey at 800.331.0149 or 401.331.4500 x 1419 for details.


Train the Trainer
This course is for experienced leaders who would like to train other leaders in New Leader Training, Troop Trips II and outdoor trainings. To be eligible, you must be recommended by your local SUM and approved by the council staff. Council trainers commit to a minimum of one training a year and attendance at the twice yearly Trainer's Conference. If you have questions, please contact Martha Frutchey, GSSNE Training Specialist at 401-331-4500 / 800-331-0149, ext. 1408.

No trainings currently scheduled.

Troop Refresher Course
This course is for leaders who completed Troop Camp Training prior to 2005 or for leaders who were certified by another Girl Scout council. It covers the policies and procedures of GSRI and contains updates on training fundamentals. This course consists of one classroom session; there is no outdoor practicum. Once completed, leaders may take girls troop camping.

Contact Martha Frutchey at 800.331.0149 or 401.331.4500 x 1408 to schedule the refresher course.


Troop Trips II
This training is required for all leaders planning trips of more than 100 miles from their communities and/or overnight trips (including museum overnights). This course is not required for overnight camping trips at GSSNE camps because leaders receive a full training at the Troop/Group Camp Training session.

*Thursday, September 17, 2015 @ GSSNE Council Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI from 6:30pm -8:30pm.

*Monday, October 19, 2015 @ GSSNE Council Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI from 6:30pm -8:30pm.


Wilderness First Aid
To take a troop on a hike, a backpacking trip or to an off-trail camping site which is more than 30 minutes from 911, GSUSA requires one adult on the trip must be Wilderness First Aid trained. ASHI (the American Health and Safety Institute is the certifying organization) has a 16 hour comprehensive course which covers a wide range of rescue scenarios. The course will be taught over a weekend at a GSSNE campl the fee covers meals, training materials and manuals. Certification is for two years. Pre-requisite: current certification in First Aid/CPR. The fee for the course is $100.00. To hold the course, GSSNE requires a minimum registration of 4.

*9:00am Saturday, August 29 - 4:00pm Sunday, August 30, 2015 @ Camp Cookie, 116 Long Entry Road, Chepachet, RI.