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Leadership Courses

Leadership Essentials

For all volunteer positions working directly with girls.

Leadership Essentials provides you with the tools and techniques to provide the Girl Scout program in the troop setting. You will learn troop management including using the VTK for meeting plans, dive into the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and understand how to incorporate the Girl Scout processes into your troop. Required training for all volunteers serving on the leadership team. 


1) Completion of GSUSA’s Girl Scouting 101 Online introduction to Girl Scouting.

2) Volunteer Orientation - face-to-face orientation with a volunteer (Coach or Service Unit Administrator) or staff member (Troop Support Specialist), focusing on getting your new troop started. This session is scheduled by the volunteer or staff member once your registration and background check are completed. If you need orientation and have not been contacted, contact Customer Care at 1-800-644-7571 or use the Contact button on the top of the website.

Bring:  Volunteer Essentials and tech gadget of your choice to access internet (phone, tablet, laptop).  Optional: Journey Adult Guide(s) or The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for your age level.
Fee: $10 which includes 1 Journey set of your choice upon completion of the course.
Capacity: Minimum 5/Maximum 24
Staff Contact: Debbie McDowell-Tate at

Girl Scouting 201/301
New volunteers should complete this session within 90 days of starting the troop/group meetings. Experienced volunteers should complete this course every three (3) years.

This is a face-to-face group session for reviewing the latest GSUSA program resources: Leadership Journeys and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and reinforcing all aspects of girl led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning into your troop/group’s experience. This course will focus on general program aspects for a portion of the class then split into grade-level specific groups for the remainder of the course. This is a great course to help you learn how to utilize the Girl Scout program resources more effectively.

1) Complete GSUSA’s Girl Scouting 101 Online introduction to Girl Scouting.
2) Complete Girl Scouts Louisiana East Orientation
3) Complete Leadership Essentials course

Fee: $5 which includes one (1) Badge Set of your choice upon completion of the course.
Capacity: Minimum 5/Maximum 25
Staff Contact: 
Debbie McDowell-Tate at

Darkness to Light® Stewards of Children™ Online Training

Required for at least ONE volunteer per troop and should be completed once every three (3) years.

A revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program believes and teaches that child safety is an adult’s job. The program is designed for organizations that serve children and youth and offers training on the 7 Steps for Protecting Children from sexual abuse.

This training is not produced by Girl Scouts of the USA or GSLE.  It is required by all volunteers working with children by the State of Louisiana.

Volunteers should go the Darkness to Light website to complete the training.  There is a cost of $10 that must be paid via credit card.  Once finished, print a copy of their certificate and submit to the Community Administrator, Troop Support Specialist or directly to GSLE Headquarters or Regional Office.  The training can be done at your pace and on your schedule.  Fee is fully reimbursable from troop funds.