All new leaders need to take the following: (none of these trainings expire, you only need to take each once)
New Leader Orientation
This is a 2 hour webinar run by GSCSNJ. It is offered several times per week in the fall and less often the rest of the year. Search for available dates here.
Service Unit Orientation
About 2 hours, held locally and led by a Service Team Member of Hopewell Valley GS. This will introduce you to your local support network and goes over local procedures. Email to schedule.
In addition, new leaders and leaders "moving up" should review the online resource guide for their level. These guides can be found on the Council website here. PLEASE take time to review these!
Questions about training should be directed to Heidi W.
To take your girls on Overnight Trips and Camping Trips, you will need the following trainings. These trainings do not expire.
OD102 - Overnight Adventures
This is a 3 hour class led by a GSCSNJ Trainer. After completing this training, you are certified to take your girls on overnight trips held indoors, such as a lock in at a local church or a museum. **UPDATE: THIS CLASS IS NO LONGER REQUIRED BUT IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Email if you are interested.**
This class is offered in Hopewell at least twice per year. You can also check the Events Page of GSCSNJ for other opportunities to take this class. We will be offering this class in Hopewell in September or October 2016.
OD103 - Outdoor Skills Prep & Overnight
This is a two-part course. Part 1 is a 2 hour session during which you will plan your overnight trip. Part 2 is the overnight itself, where you will stay in platform tents at a Girl Scout Campground. You will learn fire safety, cooking outdoors, and practice other hands-on activities. You MUST take the prep course that is paired with your scheduled overnight. If you miss the prep, you cannot go on the training weekend.
There are overnight trainings offered in the fall and spring, which can be found on the Events Calendar of GSCSNJ. Just scroll down the list to find the available dates. We try to offer one with a local prep session once per year, usually in the spring. If you want to take your girls camping, but can't get trained in time, please reach out to the Service Unit, there may be a trained leader who can help you out!
**UPDATE: A TEST-OUT OPTION WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON, AS WILL AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET TRAINED WHILE YOU HAVE A CAMPING EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR GIRLS. REACH OUT TO HEIDI FOR INFO**
Please note that different councils have different policies about renewing Outdoor Training. Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) requires that your camp training is less than 5 years old. If your training was more than 5 years ago, you may renew it via a home study test which GSEP can provide.
Almost all activities (see Safety Activity Checkpoints for exceptions) must have at least one Certified First Aider present. We recommend that your troop has multiple Certified First Aiders, so that if your regular First Aider is not able to attend, someone can fill in. Anyone can take a First Aid/CPR Course to become a Certified First Aider. Hopewell Valley Girl Scouts organizes a couple of local trainings every year thorough the Pennington Rescue Squad. There is a fee involved, usually around $30 - $50 depending on the number of participants. Please contact our First Aid Coordinator, Roxanne Clark to inquire about the next local training.
The following licensed professionals qualify as "Certified First Aiders" without any additional training: Physicians, Physician's Assistants, RNs, LPNs, Dentists, Paramedics, Miltary Medics, and EMTs.
If you will be taking a class from an outside agency, make sure the agency is approved by GSCSNJ. On-line only course are NOT acceptable. Approved agencies include American Heart Association, American Red Cross, American Safety & Heath Institute (ASHI). The course must cover both adult and child First Aid & CPR. Certifications last two years, and you must repeat the training to renew.
Once your training is complete, email a copy of your card (both sides) to HVGSTripApproval@gmail.com. We will keep it on file for all of your trip requests.