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Volunteer Learning Requirements - Outdoor Requirements For Outdoor Activities: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Troops/groups using GSOFCT Program Centers must have Council approval. When troops go camping, they must be accompanied by adults who have had the appropriate GSOFCT outdoor training or equivalent as well as at least one adult who has completed Core Leadership training. Troops must meet the ratio of adults to campers as defined in Chapter 5, “Being Safety Wise” and/or as defined in specific SafetyActivity Checkpoints. At least one registered adult female must be present at all times. At least one troop/group adult must be a qualified First Aider with current adult/child CPR certification.

To encourage independence in girls and to avoid any appearance of impropriety, it is strongly recommended that girls and adults stay in separate cabins/tents whenever possible. If adults do share sleeping quarters with girls, at least two female adults must be present. Males may participate if separate sleeping quarters and bathrooms are available for their use.


Adult Learning Courses

Out and About

Prerequisite: GS101 This course prepares volunteers to take girls beyond the basic four hour field trip. Topics include health and safety, progression in the outdoors, simple hiking guidelines, and indoor food preparation. Course Length: 3 hours

Ready? Set? Go!

Prerequisite: Out and About This course provides volunteers with the skills they need to teach girls to build fires safely, begin their outdoor cooking adventures and to sleep overnight in established tents, A-Frames, and lean-tos. Course Length: 5 hours

Camping Adventures

Prerequisites: Out and About and Ready? Set? Go! or Food, Fire and Fun This course builds on previously acquired skills preparing volunteers to plan and carry out camping trips with their girls independent from the Service Unit. Volunteers will expand their camping skills to tenting and explore more advanced cooking techniques to include Dutch ovens.

Who Must Take Course At least one adult volunteer for each Troop/Group. • Required to participate in field trips of four hours or more. • Prepares participants to sleep overnight in buildings with an automated heat source, electricity, and running water. At least one adult volunteer for each Troop/Group. • •

Prepares participants to sleep overnight at camporees or like events only. Includes charcoal cooking, propane stoves, S’Mores and more!

At least one adult volunteer for each Troop/Group. • Required to go individual troop/group camping. • Volunteers must attend the planning session assigned to a specific overnight experience. • Recertification needed every 5 years.

How Course is Taken • Classroom setting - Provided by Council Learning Facilitators or • Self-paced written or computer driven

*Fee-None • Offered at program centers around Connecticut - Provided by Council Learning Facilitators.

*Fee- $20 • Offered at program centers around Connecticut - Provided by Council Learning Facilitators.

*Fee-$15 plus cost of food and program supplies (To be determined at course Planning Session).

Course Length: Includes a 3-hour planning session and a 24-hour overnight experience.

Camping Adventures Challenge

Prerequisites: Camping Adventures or equivalent This course will recertify adult volunteers in Camping Adventures. There are several paths to complete the recertification process: • Camping Adventures Update: A comprehensive written worksheet. • Camping Adventures Challenge course: A 5-hour course that reviews safety, outdoor cooking skills, and other pertinent information to ensure safe camping experiences. • Advanced Outdoor courses: Additional learning opportunities that will take volunteers to new heights in camping and outdoor adventures.

At least one adult volunteer for each Troop/Group. • Courses may include backpacking, winter camping, advanced outdoor cooking classes and more. • Will provide a solid review of the skills necessary to renew the Camping Adventures certification.

Depends on the path chosen: • Written worksheet, • Computer driven, or • Offered at program centers around Connecticut -Provided by Council Learning Facilitators.

*Fees Camping Adventures Update: None  Camping Adventures Challenge: $25  Advanced Outdoor Courses: Varies depending on course chosen.

Course Length: Varies


GSOFCT Volunteer Essentials 2014-2015  
GSOFCT Volunteer Essentials 2014-2015  

The essential volunteer reference guide, updated for 2014-2015