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Adult Development

With several volunteer opportunities available to community leaders, we strive to offer training opportunities– everything from Girl Scouting 101 to Mental Health First Aid – to make your role easier and more enjoyable! Please check out our calendar, using the volunteer filter, to see everything we have to offer!

Have an idea or connection for a new training? Please email volunteer@hngirlscouts.org.

Required Trainings for New Leaders

Girl Scouting 101 (45 Minutes, Online Course)
Get started and select Hornets’ Nest as your council to receive credit.

Volunteer Essentials (1 Hour, Online Course, Also Available In-Person)
Get started with our online training course. Enroll in the Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest school and Volunteer Essentials course and take the quiz at the end to receive credit.

A small number of in-person trainings have been scheduled for those unable to complete the training online. You are welcome to register for one of these by accessing our council calendar.

Program Cancellation and Refund Policy 
Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council reserves the right to cancel or modify any program or training if insufficient registrations or extenuating circumstances occur. Refunds will only be given if:

1. Program or training is cancelled by GSHNC due to lack of registration or other extenuating circumstances.

2. Request for cancellation is received in writing at least 3 weeks prior to the event; refund will reflect a 25% processing fee unless otherwise noted in the description.*

*Please note: Refunds will not be given if less than 3 weeks of notice is given.

Community Partner Trainings & Other Enrichment Opportunities

Discovery Daze - An Enrichment Training Day for Volunteers (Full day, 1-2 hour In-Person Sessions)
Join fellow volunteers for a day of enrichment training to learn skills for your troop. Check back soon for registration details.

First Aid and CPR (6 hours, In-Person Course)
Complete The American Heart Association Heart Saver First Aid course (view Volunteer offerings) to recognize and treat medical, injury and environmental emergencies in the critical first minutes before EMS arrives. 

Focus on Abilities — Working with Girl Scouts with Disabilities (2 hours, In-Person Course)
Join Disability Rights and Resources (view Volunteer offerings) to learn to work with Girl Scouts who have ADD/ADHD, autism, learning, physical and/or other disabilities.

Understanding Journeys (2 Hours, In-Person Course)
Join us for a deep dive into the National Program Portfolio and walk away with resources and a plan to help your Girl Scouts complete a Journey!

Mental Health First Aid (8 hours, In-Person Course)
Complete this nationwide program to help an individual displaying signs or symptoms of a mental illness by connecting them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self-care.

Program Cancellation and Refund Policy 
Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council reserves the right to cancel or modify any program or training if insufficient registrations or extenuating circumstances occur. Refunds will only be given if:

1. Program or training is cancelled by GSHNC due to lack of registration or other extenuating circumstances.

2. Request for cancellation is received in writing at least 3 weeks prior to the event; refund will reflect a 25% processing fee unless otherwise noted in the description.*

*Please note: Refunds will not be given if less than 3 weeks of notice is given.

Outdoor Trainings for Girl Scout Volunteers

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

Level 1 – Be Safe, Be Ready (2 parts, Online Course)
Leaders must complete both sections to take a troop overnight to a site where girls sleep in enclosed facilities containing flush toilets. No fire building or outdoor cooking is allowed at this training level.

Be Safe, Be Ready –  Girl Planning Self-Study
Study the linked document above, and then take the Quiz!

Be Safe, Be Ready –  Outings & Overnights Self-Study
Study the linked document above, and then take the Quiz!

You must complete both sections of Be Safe, Be Ready in order to be fully trained. Please study both documents above and complete both quizzes in order to receive credit for this course.

*Level 2 – Fire Building & Outdoor Cooking 
Level 2 completion allows participants to lead a troop in campfires and outdoor cooking, and to stay at locations without on-site refrigeration. Sites must still have tested water and established bathroom facilities. 

*Level 3 – The Overnight Camp Experience 
Level 3 is required before taking a troop tent camping at a facility 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. To register for a course, please check our calendar for the next available dates.

Level 4 – Primitive Camping 
Level 4 prepares adults to work with groups at primitive camp-sites without established shelters, bathrooms and/or safe drinking water. This is a 6 hour day class and can be taken with the Backpacking Preplan to make it an overnight experience. This includes a practice backpack for beginners. 

Level 5 – Backpacking Preplan & Overnight
Before leading a group on an overnight backpacking experience, participants must acquire skills including equipment selection and packing, trail selection, backpacking safety, preventing and managing trail-side situations, and more. In addition, this can be taken alongside Primitive Camping. 

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

 

Program Cancellation and Refund Policy 
Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council reserves the right to cancel or modify any program or training if insufficient registrations or extenuating circumstances occur. Refunds will only be given if:

1. Program or training is cancelled by GSHNC due to lack of registration or other extenuating circumstances.

2. Request for cancellation is received in writing at least 3 weeks prior to the event; refund will reflect a 25% processing fee unless otherwise noted in the description.*

*Please note: Refunds will not be given if less than 3 weeks of notice is given.

Other Outdoor Enrichment and Facilitator Trainings

Archery Facilitator Training– Girls 16+, Adults
The Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course provides participants necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety on and off the archery range, and ensures that minimum standards for archery instruction are consistently taught to provide for the safety and enjoyment of participants, instructors and spectators. Level 1 Instructors are prepared to teach beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. Participants will learn about range safety, range set-up, the steps of shooting, equipment and repair, programs and lesson plans. Please check out our calendar for upcoming trainings. 

Small Water Craft Safety Training – Girls 16+, Adults 
This course includes a core lesson of basic water rescue knowledge and skills needed for self-rescue; instructions to assist others; and information on small craft accident prevention, trip planning, supervision and emergency preparation and response. Participants will gain in-water skills needed to respond to a small craft emergency. Please check out our calendar for upcoming trainings. 

Cooperation Course Facilitator Training - Adults 
After completing this course, trained adults can help facilitate groups on the Cooperation Course, a series of connected team-building elements. Groups must solve a variety of challenges while traversing the course. Once trained, participants will be able to lead Cooperation Course programs. Please check out our calendar for upcoming trainings. 

Phoenix Tower Facilitator Training – Adults 
In this course, you will start developing the technical skills needed to run activities on the 55-foot Phoenix Tower at the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs in Statesville. This course is hands-on and you will be required to climb on the tower. Once trained, volunteers will need to commit to apprentice at least 20-hours during the program year before becoming a certified Facilitator. Please check out our calendar for upcoming trainings. 

 

Program Cancellation and Refund Policy 
Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council reserves the right to cancel or modify any program or training if insufficient registrations or extenuating circumstances occur. Refunds will only be given if:

1. Program or training is cancelled by GSHNC due to lack of registration or other extenuating circumstances.

2. Request for cancellation is received in writing at least 3 weeks prior to the event; refund will reflect a 25% processing fee unless otherwise noted in the description.*

*Please note: Refunds will not be given if less than 3 weeks of notice is given.

Adult Learning Facilitator

Do you have a passion for learning? Do you want to help prepare our Hornets' Nest Adult Leaders? If you answered yes, you should become an Adult Learning Facilitator!

An Adult Learning Facilitator (ALF) is a volunteer position across our 8 county footprint and each ALF provides a quality learning experience for leaders by facilitating or building training courses. An ALF will utilize Girl Scout knowledge, the GSLE and our National Program portfolio to engage and expand the knowledge of all leaders through innovative enrichment trainings. 

If you are interested, please apply today. 

*After your application has been received you will be contacted by the Adult Development Specialist for an in-person or phone interview. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.