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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 open to girls and leaders; we invite whole troops to participate. 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.

No trainings currently scheduled.


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.

*May 20, 2015 & June 3, 2015 - classroom sessions at GSSNE Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Overnight is June 6-7, 2015 at Arcadia Management Area, Exeter, RI.

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.

*Monday, January 26, 2015 @ GSSNE Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

*Wednesday, February 25, 2015 @ GSSNE 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.

*Wednesday, February 11, 2015 @ GSSNE Office (Board Room), 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

*Sunday, March 15, 2015 @ Anderson Scout House, 15 4th Street, Attleboro, MA from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.


GSSNE Museum Docent Training
Interested in Girl Scout history? Then why not volunteer to become a docent for the Sarah Hazard Nomer Girl Scout Museum at Camp Hoffman? You'll teach girls and adults about GSSNE history and the memorabilia housed at the museum. This is an "occasional" volunteer position, usually requiring about 1 1/2 hours of your time, 3-5 times a year, at council events and open house weekends. Trained docents can help troops with the new Museum Patch and provide tours during service unit community camping weekends. Training is open to troop adults, Rangers, Camping Consultants, and Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts accompanied by an adult.

*Saturday, February 21, 2015 @ Camp Hoffman (House by the Side of the Road), 2850 Ministerial Road, West Kingston, RI from 12:00noon - 2:00pm.

*Saturday, March 21, 2015 @ Camp Hoffman (House by the Side of the Road), 2850 Ministerial Road, West Kingston, RI from 10:00noon - 12:00noon.


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:

* Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ GSSNE Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick RI from 6:30pm-9:30pm.

* Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ GSSNE Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI from 10:00am - 1:00pm.

* Tuesday, February 24, 2015 @ GSSNE Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick RI from 6:30pm - 9:30pm.

* Mondays, March 16 & 23, 2015 @ GSSNE Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick RI from 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Please note this is a new format: each session is 1.5 hours long, leaders need to attend both sessions to get credit for the training.


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).

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: $20. 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 sessions are Tuesdays, February 10 and 24, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at GSSNE Council Office, Warwick RI. Overnight weekend session is 8am Saturday, February 28 - 2pm Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Camp Hoffman, 2850 Ministerial Road, West Kingston, RI. Outdoor training is a pre-requisite for this training.

* Classroom session is Saturday , March 21, 2015 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at GSSNE Council Office, Warwick, RI. Overnight weekend session is 8am Saturday, April 18 to 2pm Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Camp Hoffman, 2850 Ministerial Road, West Kingston, RI. Outdoor training is a pre-requisite for this training.


Troop Camp Training and Outdoor Day Combination Training

* Classroom sessions are Mondays, March 2 and 9, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the Pond Home, 289 East Street (Rt. 140) in Wrentham, MA. (Please note, the training will be held in the "Board Room", on the left as you enter the front door). The overnight weekend session is from 9am on Saturday, March 14 to 2pm on Sunday, March 15 at Camp Cookie, 116 Long Entry Road, Chepachet, RI. This course combines the Outdoor Day training with the Troop Camp Training.


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.

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.

* Tuesday, January 27, 2015 @ GSSNE Council Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

* Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ North Kingstown United Methodist Church, 450 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown, RI from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

*Thursday, February 19, 2015 @ Richards Memorial Library, 118 North Main Street, North Attleboro, MA from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

* Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ Barrington Methodist Church, 230 Washington Road, Barrington, RI from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

* Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ Camp Hoffman, Longhouse, 2850 Ministerial Road, West Kingston, RI from 5:30pm - 7:00pm.

* Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ GSSNE Council Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

*Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ in the "Board Room" at the Pond Home, 289 East Street (Route 140), Wrentham, MA from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.