GSUSA requires that adults receive training from their council before troops participate in outdoor program. These trainings are a part of the council’s risk management plan and help leaders provide a safe environment for the girls.
In Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, there are three levels of outdoor training, and each course is the pre-requisite to the next. It is recommended that leaders experience camping with their troop at each level of the program before progressing to the next level. Approval for each level is valid for five years.
Camp In (7 hours total) To take the troop to camp for the day or stay the night at a winterized building:
- Camp In A will help adults prepare girls for day activities in the out of doors and is available as a home study (also see Resource Packet) or as a face-to-face class. You may go to camp for the day after completing this part.
- Camp In B will prepare adults prepare their girls for overnights in winterized buildings and is only available as a face-to-face class.
- Both parts are required to reserve winterized buildings for either day or overnight use.
Camp Out (8 hours total): To help adults prepare girls for troop camping, including camping in tents and other shelters in established campsites, while travel camping or pitching a tent on any site.
Outdoor Training Update (4 hours total): To review and update skills and renew training credentials for adults who have taken previous GS Kentuckiana Outdoor Trainings. Successful completion of Outdoor Update renews training credentials/authorization for five years at the same level as the previous training credentials. Outdoor update does not renew credentials for Wilderness Travel.
This course includes new practices and reviews other information in areas such as the following:
- Updates on GSUSA and council policies/practices regarding group camping, hiking, cooking and other common outdoor practices.
- Review of critical information and skills, especially those related to safety and care of GSK equipment and properties. (Note: some portions of this outline come from other outdoor trainings.)
- Property updates
Wilderness Travel (24-30 hours)
- Prepares adults to take girls trip camping in a wilderness environment with as little impact on the environment as possible. See ‘Group Camping’ and Trip/Travel Camping’ in Safety Activity Checkpoints for detailed information about preparing for emergencies as well as Chapter 4 “Safety-Wise” for the type of First Aid/CPR requiring a Level 2 first aider.