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.

· If you wish to take a break, complete the section you are on and hit the "Save for later" link at the bottom of the page. You will be e-mailed a link to the place that you last completed. Please be sure to have the following e-mail in your safe sender list in order to receive the e-mail: 

·   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 receive an e-mail from the director of program quality to confirm your successful completion. If you have any questions please contact the Director of Program Quality


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 4-8

Troop Basics

The primary way girls participate in Girl Scouting is through troops--a group of at least five girls, meeting on a regular basis to earn badges, complete fun projects, go on outings, have presenters, earn money and give service to others.

The Girl Scout Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting are two major components of the National Program Portfolio. Please become familiar with these resources as they will be the primary source for Girl Scout Troop activities.

Read Volunteer Orientation Handbook - pages 9-12

Getting Started

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 and support director 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.

Tips for a Successful Girl Scout Troop:

  • Communicate clearly and often with parents--find the best method of communication for everyone so that there is good two-way communication

  • Recruit additional adults volunteers for the troop--extra hands always make work easier and the same goes for Girl Scout troops--be specific and direct when asking for help

  • Show appreciation to all of the adults involved--whether they are only bringing their daughter to and from meetings or they are helping at every meeting--a simple thank you can go a long way

Read Volunteer Orientation Handbook - pages 13-15

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.

Troop Finances

Every troop with at least $100 is required to establish a checking account from a council-approved financial institution. Girl Scout troops are financed by dues, money-earning activities, and a share of money earned through council-sponsored cookie sale activities. Troops are encouraged to share regular finance details with the girls and parents so that everyone knows how much money is being earned, spent, donated and saved.

Read Volunteer Orientation Handbook - pages 16-19

Troop Safety

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 and support directors. 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 and support directors.

o  Read Volunteer Orientation Handbook pages 20-26

Troop Travel

Exploring new things and places is an important part of Girl Scouts. As you will find out in this section there is a progression girls go through as they get older with travel. As girls get older they will go farther away and on longer trips. What a great way for young girls to explore the world around them...with their sister Girl Scouts!

o  Read Volunteer Orientation Handbook page 27-30

Troop Meetings

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.

o  Read Volunteer Orientation Handbook pages 31-38

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 website is where you will find all current information on girl resources, the Girl Scout Cookie Activity, adult learning opportunities, property rental, and more.

Thank you for completing Council 101