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Volunteer Training

Welcome to Tools to Lead. This section describes learning opportunities for adult volunteers.

 You must be pre-registered for all in-person training courses, must be a current member of GSNNJ, and have completed the criminal background check online.

Troop Camper Certification

Who should take Troop Camper Certification?

One adult per troop participating in:

  • Outdoor campfires or activities using indoor fireplace.
  • Camping when meals are not provided.
  • Camping when meals are cooked using propane, butane, charcoal, solar cooking, wood fires, or hibachi.
  • Camping at campgrounds on your own, not part of a community encampment. 
  • Although Troop Camper 1 is not required to camp in a building, it is highly recommended. The online videos are full of useful information. 

Registration Pre-requisite: Overnight Orientation Self Study. Find the self-study on our website at>Volunteer>Volunteer Training>Overnight Orientation. Overnight Orientation Self-Study must be completed two weeks before taking this course. 

Troop Camper Certification is a two-part course. Both parts must be completed in order to be certified.

Part 1 is a 2.5-hour planning session that covers skills, planning, safety, and outdoor cooking materials.

Troop Camper Part 1 OPTIONS:

IN-PERSON: Attend a session at one of our Service Centers as noted below.  "Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting" book is a valuable resource in our Council Shops.

ONLINE OPTION: This option is a self-study, utilizing videos and completing the self-study test. See below to access the videos and test to complete this option. Please answer the quiz online. 

Troop Camper Part 2: Everyone MUST sign up for one of the Troop Camper Part 2 sessions below. Please sign up for the Part 2 class before finishing the Part 1 test or attending the Part 1 session. 

Part 2 is a 7-hour outdoor experience that covers propane stoves, fire building, outdoor cooking, camping skills, and hiking. 

Please note: There is a $9 per person fee for Part 2 of this course to cover the cost of food and supplies.

When you arrive at Troop Camper Certification Part 2, you will be assigned a patrol. The patrol will work together learning and trying new things. 

TROOP CAMPER ONLINE OPTION: (Be sure to register for a Part 2 date)

  • Watch several videos on visiting the outdoors and camping. Use the following Link to access the VIDEOS, OR VIEW THEM  BELOW
  • Answer the questions online at the end of each video or at the end of all the videos. You can also stop and start when it is convenient for you.  
  • Complete the Troop Camper Part 1 Self-Study
  • All completed tests must be submitted at least two weeks before the Part 2 class.

TROOP CAMPER IN-PERSON OPTION FOR TROOP CAMPER PART 1: Use the link below to register for one of the classes.(Be sure to register for a Part 1 date & a Part 2 date.

TROOP CAMPER FOR PART 2- Use the link below to register for one of the classes. (Everyone MUST sign up for Part 2.)


Space is limited for the Part 2 dates, so please register promptly. 

An e-mail will be sent with directions and more information before your training. 

Extended Trips

Who should take Extended Trips?

-       One adult per troop planning a trip of three or more nights.


-       The Overnight Orientation Self-Study completed 2 weeks before this course.

Course Description:

This is a 2 ½ hour course that covers trip planning, money earning, insurance, and safety issues. One adult volunteer from a troop, group or Service Unit planning a trip of three or more nights is required to take this course.

The Overnight Orientation Self Study is a prerequisite for Extended Trips and must be completed two weeks prior to taking the training.  The volunteer taking this course must either be (1) a trained leader or (2) if not a leader of a troop/group, the volunteer will be required to have two leaders who have completed basic and age level trainings accompany them on all extended trips.


This course must be taken at least six months prior to the trip if the destination is within the US, twelve months if trip destination is outside the US. However, if you are traveling internationally, it is recommended that you consider taking this training 2 years in advance (so that you have sufficient time to plan and complete money earning activities).

Include schedule/chart for Extended Trips.

The following Extended Trip Trainings are planned

Mon., Oct. 22, 2017        6:30 pm to 8:30 pm      Riverdale Service Center

Tues., Jan. 15, 2019        5:00 pm to 7:00 pm        Riverdale Service Center

Wed., Feb. 20, 2019       7:00 pm to 9:00 pm         Randolph Service Center

Sun., April 28, 2019         7:00 pm to 9:00 pm         Randolph Service Center

Tues., May 7, 2019           2:00 pm to 4:00 pm         Paramus Service Center

Sat., June 22, 2019         7:00 pm to 9:00 pm         Riverdale Service Center

To register for Extended Trips training, please email Gigi Mauder at 

Water Watcher Self-Study

Who should take Water Watcher Self-Study?

-       Adults taking their troops or Girl Scouts to any water activity in water above the knee.

Course Description:

This is an online self study course that will prepare volunteers to be Water Watchers. It is mandatory that Water Watchers be in attendance for any swimming/boating activity under the direction of a certified lifeguard.  

Please complete the Water Watcher Self-Study two weeks prior to your water activity. Questions? Email Carole Burke at

Materials: Water Watch Self-Study Booklet (available below)

                       Safety Actvity Checkpoints


      »  Download and read the Water Watcher Self Study Booklet below and refer to the Safety Activity Checkpoints.

      »  Find the Water Watcher ONLINE quiz HERE.

      »  Questions? Please email Carole Burke  at



Overnight Orientation

Overnight Orientation Self-Study must be completed for any overnight trip with your Girl Scout troop.  This includes motels, camping, resorts, etc.

Please use the link below to access the online self-study. All information and materials needed to complete the self-study is noted in the quiz and available on the GSNNJ website. All quizzes must be answered online. 



With a grant from the The Provident Bank Foundation, Girl Scouts of New Jersey Councils hosted the 2018 New Jersey Statewide Girl Scout Volunteer Symposium and several online webinars that addressed the unique challenges Girl Scout Volunteers encounter with regard to Inclusivity, Conflict Management, and Addressing Children with Special Needs.

To learn more about these topics, view the recordings of those events:

Addressing Children with Special Needs at Girl Scouts
In this webinar, Brooke A. Donald, PsyD, Coordinator for Behavioral Medicine Services at Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health System, discusses the issues Girl Scout Leaders face when addressing children with special needs at Girl Scouts.