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Welcome to GSK University

The success of Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana depends on the quality and strength of the volunteers that deliver meaningful programs to the girls. The ability of volunteers to deliver program is strengthened by quality training provided by our training team here at GSK University (GSKU). Our commitment to you is to provide the tools and trainings you need to be a confident and successful volunteer.

GSKU volunteer trainers strive to provide high quality training that inspires the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

GSKU provides trainings for you in a variety of ways to include online, webinar, in person, or in a weekend format. We encourage every volunteer to take the time to attend a training session or training weekend. We are confident that you will walk away with new skills and ideas, as well as some new and renewed passion for Girl Scouts. The training schedule along with registration for each session can be found on our activities tab.

Thank you for your dedication to building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place!

GSK University Training Team

 

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New Volunteers

Get started with Essentials Training at
gsk.digitalchalk.com
 

Training Delivery Options

eLearning Online Session
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DigitalChalk

DigitalChalk is an online training platform that allows us to track a volunteers paticipation in both online and in-person training sessions.

New volunteers will receive an email invitation to join DigitalChalk once they have registered and their background check has been approved.

Log on to gsk.digitalchalk.com to start training today!

Why Online Training?

Today’s learners desire 24/7 access to learning resources that they can review at their own pace and convenience.

By providing more online options for volunteers we can:

  • Offer an improved, positive volunteer experience.
  • Provide a broader delivery of our Girl Scout programming.
    Offer volunteers the resources they may not seek out on their own or even know to look for.
  • Utilize content which may be produced by other Girl Scout councils around the country.
  • Create meaningful connections between educators and volunteers.
  • “Use our resources wisely” by delivering more content with less financial cost.
  • Increase the number of volunteers accessing required training and enrichment resources.
  • Create more dynamic content that can be updated quickly and easily.

The most significant benefit is that, by offering information via online learning resources, volunteers will be able to use their in-person training time more efficiently.  Rather than spent most of our in-person time on information sharing, we can spend that time on higher-level thinking and discussion.

Virtual Classroom
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GSK uses GoTo Training and Zoom to broadcast our virtual training sessions.

Virtual trainings are done online with a computer where the participant and instructor are in separate locations. They are designed to simulate a traditional learning experience while providing flexibility for the participant and instructor. During a virtual session, the participants and instructor are able to have open conversation, ask and answer questions, and share ideas and tips. Networking is possible during virtual training sessions!

Log on to MY GS to find an virtual training that works for you.

Training Weekends
Training Weekends 

Training Weekends offer everything you need to have a successful and fun troop year!

You can drop by for just one class, stay all day, or enjoy the whole weekend at camp. You can customize your weekend with training opportunities that fit your needs. Along with leader to leader networking, you can also take workshops for troop camping, archery, badge work, grade level, enrichment courses and more.

2020-21 Training Weekends

Spring Training Weekend
Camp Shantituck
April 16-18, 2021

Outdoor Training Weekend
Camp Shantituck
May 14-16, 2021

Log on to MY GS to register for training weekends.

In Person Sessions
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GSK Volunteer Trainers offer in-person training sessions outside of training weekends and events. Classes are added on a regular basis. The training schedule along with registration for each session can be found on our activities calendar.

Log on to MY GS to find a training session near you.

      

Training FAQs

Who can attend adult education courses?

Adult education courses are open to all registered adults. Girl Scout Ambassadors are also welcome to attend appropriate courses.

I’m a new volunteer. What courses do I need to take?

There are recommended and required courses for new volunteers (see below list). Required courses in bold.

Safeguard From Abuse
Succeed Like A Girl Scout
Grade Level Courses
Camp In A and B

How do I register for a course?

Click on MYGS, Member Profile.

Once you are loged on click the Activities tab.

You can scroll through the list of activites, or search for the course by name.

Click on the activity name to see the details.

Click Register Now to register for the course.

How much does it cost to take a course?

Most courses are provided without charge as a service of the council. When a fee is charged, it will be listed on the course description, and is due at the time of registration.

Is financial assistance available?

Financial assistance is available for adult education courses. Submit a completed Financial Assistance Application.

Will my course registration be confirmed?

Yes. Course registration confirmations appear under your MyGS My Activities tab.

What should I bring to class?

Always bring note-taking materials and your adult education training card. Some courses require additional materials; please check the course description and registration confirmation for details. Please do not bring children to workshops unless childcare is specially noted. This is for your child’s safety and the consideration of those in attendance.

How do I cancel my course registration?

Please email training@gskentuckiana.org at least seven business days prior to the training to cancel your registration for a full refund. If an emergency situation arises, and you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible. Please see our Cancellation Policy for information on refunds.

Will I be notified if my course is canceled or full?

Yes, if the course is full, canceled, or changed in any way, you will be notified by phone or email.

I canceled my registration. Can I get a refund?

Activity registrations may be canceled up to seven days from the beginning date of the activity for a full refund.  No additional notification will be given for this date.

For Activity registrations that are canceled within seven days of the beginning date of the activity, no refund or rescheduling is available.

Does GSK keep track of training records?

Yes, your training records are recorded at the GSK Council office. It is recommended that you also keep track of the courses you have taken on the Record of Adult Education wallet card.

Are training patches available?

Yes, train car patches are available for most adult education courses. These patches are free while supplies last.

I don’t see the training I need. How do I schedule training?

Training and Troop Support will do their best to make a training available for your group. Please complete our Interest Form.

How can I access online resources if I have limited internet access?

All of GSK’s learning resources are available from any internet connection, and they are all smartphone compatible. Volunteers with limited connection at home can access our resources through other free internet access points including local libraries, coffee shops, churches, neighbors’ or families’ homes, schools, and schools.

Be a GSK Council Trainer!

GSKU Trainers play a vital role in the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. By showing adults who work with girls how to deliver the program, you empower them to provide girls an exceptional experience while also impacting your own experience. Make a valuable impact today!

How to Become a Trainer
Steps to becoming a volunteer trainer:
  1. Attend a class that you would like to train.
  2. Fill out a Trainer Application.
  3. Complete interview with Manager of Volunteer Development.
  4. A Mentor Trainer will reach out to you.
  5. Shadow your Mentor Trainer.
  6. Co-train (Observed by Mentor and/or Lead Trainer).
  7. Attend Train the Trainer. (can be done any time after step 3 and before step 8)
  8. Train as lead trainer. (Observed by Mentor)
  9. Manager of Volunteer Development will contact you with next steps.

*Train the Trainer is required before you can be a Lead Trainer. Train the Trainer is offered twice a year: Autumn Adventure Training Weekend and Spring Training Weekend. A new trainer is encouraged to continue to co-train until they can attend Train the Trainer.

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*If you have trouble logging on to MY GS contact Volunteer Care through the Contact Page or call 1-888-771-5170.