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Welcome to the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Training Page!
GSNMT is a Service Unit Centric council – to learn about what this means and how we’re structured, make sure that you’ve completed our online Orientation videos (Part I & Part II). These videos were created for ALL volunteers, regardless of the way you volunteer with us.
Most trainings in our council are done locally, through your Service Unit. Please visit the GSNMT Support Page for a full list of areas, and the contact information for the team that supports you!
Taking Advantage of Training Opportunities
Girl Scouts strives to provide you with the necessary information to successfully manage your group of girls, and to let you know how and where you can get additional information on certain topics when you want to learn more. Volunteer training is offered in a variety of ways to best meet your unique learning styles: written resources, face-to-face learning, interactive online learning—and additional methods are being developed and tested all the time.
Learn About Girl Scouts Online
There is a good chance you’ve already logged on to http://training.girlscouts.org to watch Girl Scouting 101 or Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events, our self-paced, online orientations to Girl Scouting. If you haven’t, feel free to log in today. Those online sessions and Volunteer Essentials are designed to give you all of the information you need to start working with girls. They’re always available; think of them as references you can use whenever you need them.
Girl Scouting 101password: aboutGS101
Girl Scout Series and Events password: volunteer
Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails has its own Orientation video to supplement Girl Scouting 101 with council-specific information. You can find Part I and Part II of this video on our GSNMT YouTube Training Channel at www.youtube.com/user/GSNMTraining. Both GSUSA’s Girl Scouting 101 and our GSNMT Orientation video (Part I and Part II) are a requirement for all volunteers with the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, regardless of your position.
Grade Level Trainings
Watch this video to learn about the Three Processes and how to use them while guiding girls.
GSNMT Adult Training Courses 2013-2014
Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails adult training courses are offered through your Service Unit Trainer throughout the year. Most offerings are based on request, so make sure that you let your Service Unit Team know when you are in need of training. The following courses are being offered for the 2013-2014 Girl Scout Calendar year.
- Events – learn how to plan and execute a basic event, complete the paperwork, and order insurance.
- Travel – get acquainted with basic travel rules and paperwork; learn some tips and tricks for traveling far and wide with girls (this course does not fulfill CAMPING requirements).
- Troop Essentials – everything you need to know to begin your journey down the classic Troop Pathway. This class is a requirement to become a Troop Leader.
- Journeys 101 – dive into the Girl Scout curriculum; learn how to customize Journeys around your girls and their choices.
- Train the Trainer – Are you interested in becoming a trainer so that you can teach these courses to others? Apply today!
Emergency Preparedness Training Courses 2013-2014
Girl Scouts of the USA and the American Red Cross have a national agreement with allows our Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails members 20% off of all American Red Cross courses. Likewise, we have a handful of volunteers who have completed American Red Cross Instructor Certification in order to teach emergency preparedness courses for us at an even lower cost in house. These instructors schedule courses on a volunteer basis. All posted courses can be found on the training page of our website. The following courses are the most commonly offered courses through GSNMT:
- First Aid/CPR – LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Provided by a certified instructor with the Red Cross, American Heart Association, or other GSNMT approved entity.
- Wilderness First Aid – LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Provided by a certified instructor with the Red Cross, American Heart Association, or other GSNMT approved entity.
Outdoor Progression Classes for Adults and Girls
Going out into the wilderness requires specialized skills. Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails has a specialized and progressive outdoor curriculum to provide you with those skills as your comfort level in the out of doors increases. Already an outdoor expert? These classes will help you transfer your skills into girl-friendly terms, and teach you the “Girl Scout way” of doing things outside.
Our outdoor philosophy is deeply rooted in tradition, girl-led opportunity, and Leave No Trace principles.
- Hiking 101 – Learn the basics of taking a group out hiking. In this afternoon training you will go on a short hike, learning along the way about hiking safety, selecting where to go, and fun and interesting activities to do while on your hike.
- Outdoor Core – Are you ready to take girls camping? This course is designed to prepare you to take your troop on an overnight outdoor adventure. You will learn how to safely take girls on camping trips to developed campgrounds, with a focus on strategies to allow girls to learn and practice basic hiking and camping skills. Outdoor Core is a great way to spend time with outdoors and become certified to lead an overnight camping trip.
- Advanced Outdoor Skills – (Prerequisite: Outdoor Core) Move beyond the basics of car camping with our Advanced Outdoor Skills class. In this training, you will spend the night learning how to camp in more primitive conditions, new cooking techniques, wilderness first aid survival skills, and more! Take this course to get more out of your camping experience, or as a step towards backpacking.
- Backpacking 101 – (Prerequisite: Advanced Outdoor Skills) Explore the wonderful wilderness of New Mexico with Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails’ Backpacking 101! During this course, you will go backpacking for two nights while learning to be safe and self-sufficient in the backcountry. Topics covered will include cooking, group management, wilderness safety, first-aid, and much more!
GSNMT Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Courses 2013-2014
Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails offers several courses to our Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts who are working to become Teen Mentors and take on leadership roles within our organization. Most offerings are based on request, so make sure that you let your Service Unit Team know when you are in need of training. The following courses are being offered for the 2013-2014 Girl Scout Calendar year.
- Teen Mentor Leadership Course– Whether you are a Cadette Girl Scout ready to become a Program Aide, or a Senior/Ambassador Girl Scout working as a Volunteer-In-Training, this is your basic training course. This course only needs to be taken once (If you move into VIT from the PA program, you do not need to retake the course).
- Babysitting– LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Provided by a certified instructor with the Red Cross, American Heart Association, or other GSNMT approved entity.
- Outdoor Core PA (Program Aide)/VIT (Volunteer-in-Training) – Take your outdoor expertise to the next level and learn how to teach younger girls basic outdoor skills.
Registering for a Training
Almost all trainings are offered through your local Service Unit, and will most likely come with specific local instructions. When in doubt about how to register, contact the person listed as the course trainer or call our front desk at 505-343-1040 so that we can assist you.
To register for a council-level training, please use the Basic Event & Training Registration Form, which can be found on the forms section of our website: www.nmgirlscouts.org/Council_forms.aspx. This includes our monthly First Aid/CPR courses.
Remember: Our trainers are volunteers. They’re giving their time and energy to this organization free of charge to bring you great education and enrichment. Make sure to respect their investment in our organization by registering before their deadlines, arriving on time, staying for the entire course, and respecting that most classroom environments are required to be child-free. This allows for all adults to focus solely on the curriculum at hand.
All trainers reserve the right to require individuals re-take a course that is incomplete and/or attended by children without explicit permission.
Adult Events: Conferences & Expos
Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails provides numerous enrichment opportunities throughout the Girl Scout calendar year. These events and conferences will be advertised in our e-newsletter, Traveling the Trails, as well as on the training section of our website: www.nmgirlscouts.org/Training.aspx.
Registration is required - low or no registrants result in cancelled events.
Current Flyers/Registration Forms for COUNCIL-WIDE courses:
2014 American Red Cross First Aid/CPR Course Dates – All of the courses on this flyer are taught in the Albuquerque Service Center from 8am-1pm on Saturdays. Registration is $27.00/person. Minimum age requirement for this course is 12 years old. To register, download our Basic Event & Training Registration Form.