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Enrichment Courses

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.

For scheduling an Enrichment Course, please contact your Internal Recruiting Specialist: Region 1, Mona LaCombe,; Regions 2 & 3, Erin Bonnette,; Region 4, Trixie LeBlanc,


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 Sara Leikin 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.

Capacity:Minimum 5/Maximum 10

American Red Cross Small Craft Safety

A word from ACA:

The American Red Cross will be discontinuing its Small Craft Safety program. The following statement appeared in ARC's July newsletter:

“The American Red Cross Small Craft Safety program will be retired on August 31, 2019. Over the years, we have continued to see a decline in program enrollment and utilization. After August 31, customers will no longer be able to submit course records for any Small Craft Safety course. All current instructor certifications will be updated to reflect that the program has been discontinued. The Red Cross will still recognize any basic-level certification until the expiration date listed on the card. The program materials will continue to be available on Instructor’s Corner for those that wish to download and retain a copy. We would like to encourage any customers that still need training in small craft safety to contact the American Canoe Association or America’s Boating Club.”  

The basic-level certification is valid for two years. We have received several inquiries regarding the future of this certification program and are in communication with various boating organizations.  Updates will be provided as we learn more about the operation of the Small Craft Safety program.

For: Registered Girl Scout adult volunteers 

Perfect your canoeing and kayaking skills while learning rescue and teaching skills for water activities. This three-year certification allows you to oversee waterfront boating activities without the need for a lifeguard.  Please note, you will NOT learn how to canoe and kayak in this course.  You must have this knowledge and skill prior to attending the course.  There is pre-requisite skills test which includes paddling and swimming skills that will be administered upon arrival.

Prerequisite: Intermediate canoeing and kayaking skills. Online content requirement must be completed prior to attending the skills course.
Fee: $50; includes training materials, equipment, certification.
Capacity: Minimum 4/Maximum 10

Archery Facilitator

For all leaders, and interested registered adults 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 5/Maximum 10


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

American Red Cross Small Craft Safety Instructor

For Registered Girl Scout adult volunteers with CURRENT ARC Small Craft Safety Certification

Now that you've proven your canoeing/kayaking rescue and teaching skills for water activities, attend this Instructor Training so you can become a part of the Adult Learning Team for waterfront activities. This certification allows you to facilitate ARC Small Craft Safety for GSLE volunteers. Please note, you will need to be familiar and comfortable with ARC Small Craft Safety information, training materials, and skills. There is pre-requisite written and skills test which will be administered upon arrival.

Prerequisite: CURRENT ARC Small Craft Safety Certification
Fee: $100; includes training materials, equipment, certification, and Saturday breakfast, lunch, snacks.
Capacity: Minimum 1/Maximum 5

Council Facilitator

Council Facilitator Training
Would you like to share your enthusiasm for Girl Scouting with others? Would you be willing to conduct leadership, outdoor education, or specialty courses? If so, Council Facilitator is the role for you!

FAQ about becoming a Council Facilitator:

  • What does a facilitator do? As a facilitator you will have the opportunity to conduct adult learning courses for Girl Scout volunteers in your community and region preparing participants to lead successful troops/groups on their own.
  • What types of courses does a facilitator teach? There are four course areas: Leadership, First Aid, Camping and Enrichment. Facilitators may teach in one or all areas depending on their interest. First Aid/CPR requires the completion of the American Red Cross Instructor course.
  • What time commitment is required? Council facilitators are asked to conduct a minimum of 15 hours per year.
  • Do I have to facilitate by myself? Girl Scouts is committed to team teaching. Particularly as a new facilitator, you will work with other experienced facilitators to gain experience and familiarity with the training design.

Council Facilitator training is comprised of two sessions.  You must sign up for both sessions in order to complete the course. You can take each session at the time and location that best suits your needs.