Girl Scouts of Manitou Council

Council 101: Online Learning Course

Publications needed for completion of this learning course

·  Volunteer Orientation Handbook

·  Volunteer Essentials

·  Safety Activity Checkpoints 

Instructions for completing the Council 101 Online Learning Course

·   Read each section, including Volunteer Orientation Handbook pages indicated and answer the questions below each section.


·   Be sure to hit the “Send” button when you have completed all of the questions. Your answers will not be saved if you close out the page prior to hitting “Send.”


·   You will receive credit for this learning course once we receive your answers. You will be contacted to confirm your successful completion. If you have any questions please contact the Director of Program Quality.

Introduction to Girl Scouts

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts, assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912 for the first Girl Scout meeting.

Girls were the starting place and girls remain the starting place today.  Developing leaders is what Girl Scouts does best.

To learn more about Juliette Gordon Low visit

o Read Volunteer Orientation Handbook – pages 15-18

Girl Scout Membership and Service Area Support

Any girl from kindergarten through 12th grade can join Girl Scouts. The Girl Scout membership year is from October 1 through September 30. In this section you will learn more about our Girl Scout Council and where to find support throughout your time as a troop advisor.

o Read Volunteer Orientation Handbook pages 1-5

Girl Scouting as a National Experience

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) is the heart and soul of Girl Scouting. As a volunteer you will learn about The Girl Scout program and how to make sure your girls are getting the full Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

In the Girl Scout Leadership Experience you and your girls will be learning the Three Keys to Leadership:

1. Discover

2. Connect

3. Take Action

As a volunteer you will make sure that you are utilizing Girl Scout processes such as:

1. Girl-Led

2. Learning by doing

3. Cooperative learning 

o Read Volunteer Orientation Handbook page 6-10  

Engaging Girls at All Levels

Girl Scouting is open to all girls who want to be members and who agree to accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law. This means that there is a lot of diversity in Girl Scouts. Diversity relates to what makes a person unique or special.

Pluralism is a term we use in Girl Scouting to refer to how we treat people. In other words, what we do to make people feel welcome in Girl Scouting. Listed below are examples of some ways to promote inclusiveness in your group:


Suggestions for being more inclusive. 

Group meetings are on Friday evening.


Survey the girls and their families to find the best meeting times. Meet on days that are free of religious observances.

Girls must pay all troop dues for the year at the first meeting.


Paying total troop dues at one time may be a burden for some families. Have girls pay dues at each meeting.

Crafts are the only type of activities the troop does during the year.


Remember that girls need to be exposed to a wide variety of experiences to develop their leadership skills.

Girls take turns bringing treats to each meeting. Help parents provide healthy treats for all the girls.

Provide a guideline of foods to avoid because of allergies, religious practices, etc.


The troop sponsors “Mom/Dad and Me” events. Some girls may have a significant adult who is not their parent.


Design and name events so girls can bring the adult they choose.


These ideas are basic to the Girl Scout movement. We want everyone to know that Girl Scouting is open to every girl who wants to join and who agrees to make the Promise and live by the Law. No girl is excluded because of her race, ethnicity, religion or ability. Every girl is encouraged to grow and explore, try new things, and develop skills. In an increasingly diverse and complex world, Girl Scouting provides a safe place for girls to develop and practice skills for getting along with others and working through disagreement and conflict.

For more information on physical and emotional disabilities, see Focus on Ability: Serving Girls with Special Needs.  (This book can be checked out at most local libraries.) You may also get more information at

o  Read Volunteer Orientation Handbook pages 19, 20, 27

Safety Activity Checkpoints

Girl Scouting has always been known for its emphasis on high quality and safe activities for girls. When preparing for any activity with girls, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints written specifically for that particular activity. 

Note: Girl Scouts of Manitou Council provides Crisis/Emergency Procedure Cards for volunteers. These can be found in new troop packets or from membership development managers. We also provide Health History Cards for the girls, these should always be on file with the troop advisors and available for any Girl Scout activity. These can also be found in the new troop packet or from membership development managers.

o  Read Volunteer Orientation Handbook pages 24-26

o  Become familiar with Safety Activity Checkpoints

Troop Meetings

Troops are encouraged to meet in public/community buildings. Note: Do not sign any contracts or agreements. Contracts and agreements need to be submitted to your membership development manager for council signature. Before meeting with girls you will need to make sure all the girls are registered. If a girl is not registered then she needs to attend meetings with a parent/guardian.

o  Read Volunteer Orientation Handbook pages 11-14


Parent/Guardian Meeting

Think about why it’s important to have a parent/guardian meeting before the first troop meeting.
a. Write two reasons in the spaces below.
b. For both reasons, describe how the troop will benefit.

Managing Group Finances

Every troop with at least $100 is required to establish a checking account from a council-approved financial institution. In this section you will learn more about how to set this up.

Troop Money Earning

Girl Scout troops are financed by dues, money-earning activities, and a share of money earned through council-sponsored cookie sale activities.

The Girl Scout Cookie Sale activity is open to all registered Girl Scout Daisies through Ambassadors. At your parent meeting recruit a troop cookie sale manager. The troop cookie sale manager needs to be registered as a troop committee person. Because they have monetary responsibilities, all troop cookie sale managers must go through the online application and background check process as well as specific training.

o  Read Volunteer Orientation Handbook pages 21-23

Note: For more information read Chapter 5: Managing Group Finances in Volunteer Essentials online at

Troop Money Earning Overview


It is important to know that a girl and adult are only covered under the Girl Scout Activity Accident Insurance if they are a registered member. This insurance is meant to be secondary medical insurance in the event of an accident or injury. It is important to know that any other non-registered girl or child (the Girl Scout term is Tagalong) at a Girl Scout meeting or activity is not covered under the Girl Scout Activity Accident Insurance. We do not advise having Tagalongs at meetings. Most often a Tagalong is a sibling. We ask parents and troop advisors to please find other accommodations.

o  Read Volunteer Orientation Handbook page 25

Note: For more information read Chapter 4: Safety Wise in Volunteer Essentials online at

Note: The Web can be a great place to find resources, however, please be mindful as you are searching on the Web that some resources and materials can be outdated. Use your best judgment and use your research skills to be sure the information you are finding is relevant.  As we say in the Girl Scout Law - use your resources wisely.

Keep in Mind: You will want to visit often. The Web site is where you will find all current information on girl resources, the Girl Scout Cookie Activity, adult learning opportunities, property rental, and more.

If you have not already done so please complete Girl Scouting 101.  Girl Scouting 101 and Council 101 are required for Girl Scout Advisors.

Thank you for completing Council 101