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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.

Click the icon below to access an online calendar that lists all programs, training and council events. There's a separate tab for each category.

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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 registration@gssne.org 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.

*Tuesday, June 24, 2014 @Attleboro Enterprises, 284 John Dietsch Blvd, North Attleboro, MA from 6:00-7:30pm.

 

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

 

Backpacking 201
A hands-on training to teach you how to take a Girl Scout troop tent camping and hiking. 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 only. The $50 fee covers classroom sessions, manual and site rental and food for the overnight.

Pre-requisites: Physically fit to carry a 25-35 lb backpack for two miles. Training: GSRI Outdoor Day, GSRI Troop Camp Training, Hiking series or equivalent. Recommended: GSRI Cooking and Tents workshop, GSRI Orienteering workshop and First Aid/CPR. If you have questions, contact Beth Dorich at ne64ncjht@aol.com or Bill Howard at willy201@verizon.net.

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 GSRI 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. 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.

No trainings currently scheduled.

 

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, August 13, 2014 @ GSSNE Office, 500 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, RI from 6:30-8:30pm

*Sunday, October 19, 2014 @ Camp Hoffman (French Dining Hall), 2850 Ministerial Road, West Kingston, RI from 2:30-4:30pm

 

GSRI 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 GSRI history and the memorabilia housed at the museum. This is an "occasional" volunteer position, usually requiring about an hour of your time, 3-5 times a year. Training is open to troop adults, Rangers, Camping Consultants, and Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts accompanied by an adult.

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 Rhode Island. To receive instructions about how to access and report these trainings, please contact the GSRI 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:

* Wednesday, July 23, 2014 @ GSRI Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI from 6:30-9:30pm.

* Thursday, August 14, 2014 @ Camp Hoffman (Longhouse), 2850 Ministerial Rd, West Kingston, RI from 6:30-9:30pm.

* Thursday, August 26, 2014 @ GSRI Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI from 6:30-9:30pm.

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 GSRI camp and shows you how to prepare girls for a daytime outing at one of the GSRI 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, June 14, 2014 @ Camp Promising Acres, 580 Dillon Rd, Swansea, MA from 9am to 2:30pm. This training session has been canceled.


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 Sundy 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 session is Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 5pm to 10pm at GSRI Office, 500 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. Overnight session is from 8am Saturday, September 13 to 2pm Sunday, September 14 at Camp Hoffman, W. Kingston, RI (platform tent unit).

 

Troop Camp Training and Outdoor Day Combination Training

* Classroom sessions are Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 9am to noon and 1-4pm, GSRI Office, 500 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick. Overnight session is from 8am Saturday, May 24 to 2pm Sunday, May 25 at Camp Cookie (Wayfarer hard top unit), 116 Long Entry Road, Chepachet, RI. This training session has been canceled.

* Classroom sessions are Wednesdays, October 8 and 15, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Paintbox Pre-School, 321 High St, Cumberland, RI. Overnight session is from 8am on Saturday, October 18 to 2pm on Sunday, October 19 at Camp Promising Acres, 580 Dillon Rd, Swansea, MA.

 

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 Laurie Pansa at 800.331.0149 or 401.331.4500 x 1400 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.

No trainings currently scheduled.


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 GSRI camps because leaders receive a full training at the Troop/Group Camp Training session.

No trainings currently scheduled.