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Enrichment Courses

  • Songs & Games
    April 11, 2015
  • Ceremonies
    April 11, 2015
  • ARC Small Craft Safety
    April 25, 2015
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course
    May 16, 2015 – May 17, 2015
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    Girl Scouts Louisiana East offers a variety of adult learning enrichment opportunities to provide new knowledge and skills that you can apply to your own troop/group.

    Advanced Outdoor Cooking

    Participants will experience cooking in a hole, a vagabond stove, using a buddy burner and in a Dutch oven.  You will practice a few of the many recipes from “Pocket Stew!”
    Prerequisite: Camping Skills
    Capacity:  Minimum 1/ Maximum 15

    American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course

    For registered Girl Scout adults
    The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over.

    To participate in the course, you must be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation that includes the following:
    1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
    2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. You should place your hands under your armpits.
    3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Your face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object while keeping your face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath. You should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

    The prerequisite skills evaluation will occur on the first day of the course. Please bring a swimsuit and towel for the skills evaluation and for every class.

    To successfully complete the course, you must attend the entire course, participate in all skill sessions/drills, activities and scenarios, demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios, and pass the final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent.

    The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your health care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in the activities, or there are questions about fully participating in the Lifeguarding course, please contact Kari Volz to discuss this before the course begins.

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/ First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.

    Fee: $100 per person; includes training materials, whistle, fanny pack, four meals and two snacks
    Capacity:Minimum 5/Maximum 10

    Course No: LG5101
     Saturday, May 16 – Sunday, May 17, 2015
    Time: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day
    Where: GSLE Camp Marydale, St. Francisville, LA (participants will stay overnight at camp during this course)
    Registration Instructions: Complete the Adult Learning Registration form and fax/email to: Girl Scouts Louisiana East, Regional Service Center, 545 Colonial Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806/Fax: 225-927-8402/Email:
    Registration Deadline: May 1, 2015
    Staff Contact: Director of Volunteerism Kari Volz at or 225-927-8946, ext. 1224.

    American Red Cross Small Craft Safety

    For: Registered Girl Scout adult volunteers 

    Perfect your canoeing skills while learning rescue and teaching skills for water activities.  This three-year certification allows you to oversee canoeing activities without the need for a lifeguard.

    Prerequisite: Intermediate canoeing skills.  Pre-course reading assignment.
    Bring: Swimsuit, water shoes, hat, sunscreen, change of clothes, towel
    Fee: $40
    Note: Participants will receive a link to the videos and assessments to be completed prior to attending the skills class.
    Capacity: Minimum 8/Maximum 15.

    New! American Red Cross Small Craft Safety Instructors Course

    For: Registered Girl Scout adult volunteers currently holding a valid Small Craft Safety certification

    This course will certify those currently holding a valid Small Craft Safety certification to become instructors for the course.  At the completion of this course, you will be able to facilitate the Small Craft Safety course.

    Course No: SCINST
    When: 6 p.m. Friday, April 11  to 12 p.m. Sunday, April 13
    Where: Camp Whispering Pines
    Fee: $150 per adult, and includes meals, materials and lodging in a camp environment.
    Capacity: Minimum 2/Maximum 10
    Registration Instructions: Complete the online registration form.
    Registration Deadline: April 7, 2014
    Staff Contact: Director of Volunteerism Kari Volz at or 225-927-8946, ext. 1224.


    Required For: All leaders, interested registered adults, and girls (age 14+) working with Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors.

    This training covers archery safety, equipment, and techniques.  Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to teach archery to the girls and check out the necessary equipment at Camp.
    Learning objectives: 1. to increase the participant’s archery ability and knowledge; 2. to develop an increased joy in one’s physical self and in being with others; 3. to develop an increased level of agility and physical coordination.
    Bring: Comfortable clothes and Adult Learning/Training Card.
    Fee:  $5
    Capacity:  Minimum 3/ Maximum 14


    Ceremonies are an important part of the Girl Scout Program. We open and close meetings and events with ceremonies. Come learn the many ceremonies we share in Girl Scouting.

    Fee:  None
    Capacity:  Minimum 5/ Maximum 20


    Geocaching mixes the fun of scavenger hunting with satellite technology to create an exciting outdoor adventure. Today’s version of the treasure hunt – only instead of using a dilapidated map where “X” marks the spot, participants use Global Position Systems (GPS) units to navigate. Activity possibilities are endless from hunting for published caches in a region to looking for caches hidden on location during a campout or Girl Scout meeting.

    Capacity:  Minimum 5/ Maximum 20

    Low-Ropes Challenge Course

    The low ropes elements are structured activities that are literally low-to-the-ground. They are purposefully geared toward team building. Project Adventure is element-based activities in which participants either get to know one another better and/or learn how to work together to accomplish a challenge. After this session Adult Volunteers will be able to facilitate a troop or group of Girl Scouts on the Low Ropes Challenge Course at Camp Marydale.   We recommend two or more participants from each troop or Service Unit attend this class together.  Please note this is not training for the high ropes challenge course.

    Fee: None
    Capacity:  Minimum 10/ Maximum 16

    Project Adventure

    Project Adventure is element-based activities in which participants either to get to know one another better and/or learn how to work together to accomplish a challenge. Project Adventure activities and elements are designed to help develops an individual’s physical skills and teamwork ability.  

    Capacity: Minimum 5/ Maximum 20

    Songs & Games

    Learn a few games to help them get to know each other better and work as a team. This workshop will include traditional Girl Scout songs used in ceremonies along with fun ones to sing on a hike or in the car heading to an outing. (You might want to bring a tape recorder.)

    Fee: None
    Capacity: Minimum 5/ Maximum 25


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