Outdoor Trainings

Outdoor Trainings

Once troops are ready to begin camping outdoors, special training from the Girl Scout council office is necessary.  At least one adult must have First Aid and CPR training for all outings beyond the usual meeting location.  If you plan to take your troop camping, please see the requirements listed below.

Outdoor Pathway Volunteer
Are you interested in becoming camp volunteer? Camp Volunteers may be Camp Masters, activity specialists or assist with special events at camp. Outdoor Pathway Volunteers may also serve as facilitators for Troop Camp Basics or other outdoor enrichment classes, assist at summer resident camp or special adventure trips or help us to assess our programs. Please fill out the Outdoor Pathway Volunteer Position Agreement and email to Becky Cavender. Someone will contact you quickly.

Level 1 First Aider
One adult with the troop must have current certification in First Aid (Level 1) and Adult and Child CPR or CPR/AED before any camping trip or before any outing beyond the meeting.  This may be a parent or an adult volunteer.

Level 2 First-Aider
If any part of an activity is located 60 minutes or more from emergency medical services or if a camping event has more than 200 participants ensure the presence of a first-aider (level 2).  First-aiders (level 2) pass the same course as first-aiders (level 1), and also have emergency response/first response, sports safety, wilderness first aid, and/or advanced first aid and CPR training. This includes camping in remote areas, backcountry camping, wilderness hiking, boating trips, etc.

Troop Camp Basics
If you have never completed previous Girl Scout Camp Training, it is required to have an adult in the troop complete Troop Camp Basics in order for your girls to go camping.  Additionally, although it is not required to do so, it is recommended that this course be taken before day hiking as well.  Troop Camp Basics covers the essential subject matter needed by the adults and girls in order to have a fun, safe and enriching camping experience with the girls.  Fire building, safety issues and other necessary outdoor skills will be the focus.  Training is good for five years.  GSCSA hosts several trainings a year at Camp Adahi, Camp Tanasi and Camp Wildwood.  Additional trainings may be requested through the Service Unit Coordinator.

Seniors and Ambassadors may also take Troop Camp Basics and assist their troop or Service Unit while camping. However, they do not count as a responsible adult at a unit with Troop Camp Basics training. An ADULT must serve as the Troop Camp Basics trained designee.

Troop Camp Basics Exam
If a registered adult Girl Scout leader, volunteer, or parent has previous outdoor and camping experience, you are eligible to take the Troop Camp Basics Exam.  This exam can also serve as your re-certification in Troop Camp Basics.  Using the Troop Camp Basics Manual, please print and fill out the exam and return to GSCSA.

Outdoor Enrichment Classes
We currently offer Beginning and Intermediate Backpacking as well as Outdoor Cooking. Classes will be added as instructors are available. You do not need to take these classes in order to participate in the outdoors. These classes are for enrichment purposes only.

Safety Activity Checkpoints
When preparing for any activity with girls, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints written specifically for that particular activity. They include key steps to take in advance of the activity.