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Adult Learning & Training



gsLearn is an interactive, at-your-own-pace adult learning system.  It includes modules on leading and managing a troop, getting girls outdoors, and the Volunteer Toolkit.  Even more courses will be added in the future. 

This is a great opportunity for new Troop Leaders to learn the foundations of what it means to lead and manage a troop, and it’s a great refresher for experienced leaders, too.

gsLearn can be accessed through the tab on the menu bar labeled "My GS," or here.

Looking for more information about gsLearn? Take a look at these FAQs.

How to Renew Your Troop through myGS
Adult Learning & Training
In-person Training

 In-person Training

In-person training is also available. Please email customer care and provide your name and phone number to register for an in-person training. 

Girl Scouting 101

Girl Scouts University's 45-minute, self-paced orientation to Girl Scouting.

Holding a Virtual Troop Meeting

Tips on how to hold a virtual meeting when you are unable to meet in person:

Background Check FAQs

Q: Help! I didn’t get the email?

Emails come from The Advocates at Sterling Volunteers. Please check your SPAM/Junk Folders. If you don’t see an email there, contact customercare@girlscoutsalaska.org

Q: Why doesn’t the link work?

Links expire after 72 hours. If your link has expired, please contact customercare@girlscoutsalaska.org and we’ll send you a new one.

Q: It says my birthday is wrong?

Contact us at customercare@girlscoutsalaska.org and we’ll fix it for you!

Q: I did my background check and it came back a different name?

Are you sharing your email address with someone? If so, we need to create a separate account for your background check. Contact us at customercare@girlscoutsalaska.org

Q: I’m busy! How long does it take to fill out the background check?

It depends on how many addresses you’ve held in the last seven years. Usually background checks do not take more than 5 minutes to complete.

Q: How long will it take to process?

It depends on your address history, usually background checks are usually processed within 24 hours.

Q: Do I have to pay for it?

You’ll have the option to pay the full cost, split the cost with Girl Scouts of Alaska, or have Girl Scouts of Alaska pay the full amount.

Q: I already have a background check for work, why do I need to complete this one?

Girl Scouts requires all adults over 18 who work with minors to complete background checks specific to us. We take safety seriously and do what we can to ensure that Girl Scouts is a safe and inclusive environment for all girls.

Q: How long is it good for?

Volunteer background checks are good for three years. We’ll let you know when it is about to expire and will send you the link to complete a new one.

Q: Will you let me know when it is processed?

No news is good news! We only contact you if your background check comes back as ineligible or incomplete.

Q: Who needs to complete a background check?

All adults 18 and older who wish to serve as Girl Scout volunteers are required to complete and pass a background check.  If your troop meets in a home, all adults 18 and older who live in that home must also complete and pass a background check regardless of whether they are volunteering with the troop.  

The 2019 Leader Packet contains all forms and an index for leader reference.

 Volunteer Outdoor Resources

Watch these introductory videos to get you thinking about your next girl-led, outdoor adventures! The topics range from setting up a campsite to cleaning up. These six skill-building videos will have girls and volunteers excited about the outdoors!

 Where Can I Receive First Aid/CPR Training?

You can pursue certification through various resources such as local community education, the American Red Cross, the National Safety Council, and the American Heart Association

Troop Finances 101

Check out this webinar from the GSAK Finance Director, Jadee, and learn the basics of troop finances. View training here >>