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Outdoor Trainings for Girl Scout Volunteers

Please use the Trip Training Requirements Chart to determine which trainings are required. Outdoor courses must be taken in order.


Level 1 – Be Safe Be Ready (2 parts, Online Course)

To take a troop overnight to a site where girls sleep in enclosed facilities containing flush toilets; such as a POD, campsite lodge, sponsorship or leader’s home, leaders must complete both sections. No fire building or outdoor cooking.

Be Safe Be Ready – Girl Planning

Be Safe Be Ready – Outings & Overnights

After submitting your section results, enter your name, email address and select a Service Unit (Hornets’ Nest). You must complete both sections of this course to receive credit.


*Level 2 – Fire Building & Outdoor Cooking 

Level 2 completion allows participants to lead a troop in a campfire and outdoor cooking at an enclosed facility.


*Level 3 – The Overnight Camp Experience 

Level 3 is required before taking a troop camping where girls sleep in smaller groups in tents and cabins with tested water and established bathroom facilities.

*Levels 2 and 3 are typically offered together. If you only need one, please register separately. Courses are offered March-May, and September-October.


Level 4 – Primitive Camping (No Fee)

Level 4 prepares adults to work with groups at primitive campsites without established shelters, bathrooms and/or safe drinking water. This course is typically offered in October and April.


Level 5 – Backpacking Preplan & Overnight

To lead a group on an overnight backpacking experience, participants must acquire skills including equipment selection and packing, weight management, trail selection, backpacking safety information, repairs, preventing and managing trail-side situations, and more. This course is typically offered in October and April.

To become a Backpacking Trip Leader, adults and Ambassador Girl Scouts must complete Levels 1-4. 

Cadette, Senior and Ambassador girls who complete this training as part of the backpacking interest group, or in preparation of a trip led by a trained backpacking leader, are not required to complete Outdoor Levels 1-4.