Camp & Outdoor Training for Adults

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Girl Scouts of Northern California offers a variety of training opportunities for you to prepare for a safe and fun outdoor experience with your Girl Scouts. Before venturing outdoors, volunteers are required to have the knowledge and experience to lead a safe and positive camping experience. Our adult training offerings correspond with the progression of outdoor experiences you’ll be having with your troops. Our volunteers come to GSNorCal with various levels of camping experience; no matter what your camping comfort-level is, we have training offerings to meet your needs.

If you have interest in getting your troop outdoors, at least one registered adult must take the required modules on the Volunteer Learning Portal (VLP). Please refer to the Trip and Outdoor Learning Matrix to see what modules are required for your outdoor activity. Stay up-to-date with adult enrichment opportunities offered through the Outdoor Program team at GSNorCal using our Events Calendar.

Minimum Training Requirements:

In order to take your troop camping, you must complete the appropriate online modules:

  • For camping trips where your group will sleep and eat indoors (ex. in a lodge), at least one adult must complete the Trip & Outdoor Basics, Sleep-In, and Cook In modules.
  • For any outing where your group will make a campfire, at least one adult must complete the Trip & Outdoor Basics, Campfire, and Cook-in modules.
  • For camping trips where your group will sleep and eat outdoors, (ex. at a GSNorCal or State Park campsite) at least one adult must complete the Trip & Outdoor Basics, Campfire, Sleep Out, and Cook Out modules and the Camp Out Training Assessment.

For more details on these modules, you can review the descriptions below. Be sure to check out the

the Trip and Outdoor Learning Matrix too.

Optional Supplemental Trainings

To find and register for optional trainings, visit GSNorCal’s Events Calendar.

  • In-Person Camp-Out Trainings will continue to be offered by our Camp-Out Trainers. We recommend taking this training if you have little or no camping experience. You will still need to take the online modules; this course only takes the place of the Camp Out Training Assessment.
  • In-Person Outdoor Enrichment Programs will be offered on a monthly basis. These programs are recommend for adults who have taken the online courses, but would like some additional practice and hands-on training. Enrichment Programs do not take the place of any of the modules or the Camp Out Training Assessment, and they are not required. They are offered to increase your comfort level when leading your girls in the outdoors.

Training Module Details

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