These trainings and resources will help you have a safe and fun experience when planning overnights, camp-outs, and travel with your Girl Scouts.
Training and Resources for Trips and Travel
- Girls Cook In: For indoor food prep
- Campfire Fun: Fire Safety and Tips
- S’mores & More: Intro to Outdoor Cooking
- Girls Cook Out: For outdoor food prep
- Girls Sleep In: For sleepovers
- Girls Sleep Out: For campouts
- Planning for Troop Travel
- Want information on Girl Scouts USA organized travel opportunities for Troops and individuals? Visit the Girl Scouts Travel page to see awesome Destinations and Getaways adventures.
Girls Cook In
Lead your troop through the process of safely preparing food using no-cook or indoor cooking methods. Gain tips and techniques on how to teach girls the steps of budgeting, menu planing, following safety guidelines, and making healthy food choices. Develop strategies for grocery shopping and for effective management of food preparation with the troop.
Campfire Fun: Fire Safety and Tips
Ready to have a campfire, but not quite ready for the full Girls Cook Out and Sleep Out training experience? Get started by taking this simple online enrichment training. Campfire Fun is perfect for Girl Scout volunteers who are ready to have an adventure where girls cook indoors, but spend the evening sitting around a fire. Stay tuned for more outdoor-related online training opportunities!
Campfire Fun is hosted by Mindflash, so you will be prompted to create a username and password. If you have completed online cookie or fall product sales training, you may login using the same username and password.
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S’mores & More: Intro to Outdoor Cooking
Finished Campfire Fun and looking for the next step? The S’mores & More online enrichment training will provide you with the basics to lead your girls in their first simple cookout. You’ll learn safety guidelines, group management techniques, and tips for stick/fork and pie iron cooking. Stay tuned for more outdoor-related online training opportunities!
S’mores & More is hosted by Mindflash, so you will be prompted to create a username and password. If you have completed Campfire Fun or online cookie/fall product sales training, you may login using the same username and password.
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Girls Cook Out
Learn essential outdoor cooking skills including fire building methods, charcoal and camp stove cooking, outdoor dish-washing and sanitation methods, Leave No Trace Principles, basic knots and jackknife safety. Enjoy the hands-on experience of cooking a meal using different fuel sources and equipment such as one pot, box oven, and pie irons.
This training is required for volunteers whose troops are planning on preparing food using outdoor cooking methods and troops who are reserving River Valleys’ outdoor cooking equipment. This training should be completed as soon as girls are ready to begin planning the outdoor cooking activity and before reserving River Valleys’ outdoor cooking equipment. Volunteers should have previously completed “Girls Cook In”.
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Girls Sleep In
Learn to walk your troop through the process of planning and preparing for an indoor overnight adventure of up to two nights and three days. Understand what procedures and forms are required and how to use girl planning in preparing for an overnight.
Topics include girl readiness, progression, group living skills and safety guidelines for fireplace fires. You will also become familiar with River Valleys’ properties and policies, safety activity checkpoints, and Leave No Trace principles.
Girls Sleep Out
Guide girls in planning an overnight adventure of up to two nights and three days sleeping in tents. Build on the skills you learned in Girls Sleep In and gain valuable information and skills related to program ideas, planning, safety, and addressing environmental concerns related to outdoor tenting. Understand what gear is needed for a trip as well as the care and use of tents.
This training is required for volunteers whose troops are planning an outdoor overnight activity lasting 1–2 nights and troops reserving a River Valleys’ campsite and using tents. This training should be completed as soon as girls are ready to begin planning the outdoor overnight activity and before reserving a River Valleys outdoor facility or tents. Volunteers should have previously completed “Girls Sleep In”.
Planning Troop Travel?
Watch this video for tips and inspiration working with your girls to plan a Girl Scout adventure.
Troop Travel Resources
- Girl Scout Trip – Request to Plan Form
- Girl Scout Trip Planning Worksheet
- Planning for Trip Safety
- River Valleys Travel
- Sample Budget Worksheet and Financial Agreement
- Sample Participant Behavior Contract
- Sleeping Arrangements for Troop and Service Unit
- Trip Progression Chart
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These trainings were formerly known as “beyond the troop”.