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Thank you for joining the millions of Girl Scout volunteers nationwide who are building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

In order to become a Girl Scout Leader/Volunteer, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast requires completion of the Successful Leader Learning Series in gsLearn, New Leader Orientation webinar, and a face-to-face meeting with council staff.

Please see our Adult Trainings in the Activities Calendar if you need CPR/First Aid, Outdoor Training, Toolkit trainings or Stepping Out. NOTE: You don’t need to complete the Stepping Out in person – it is primarily comleted online. See the dropdown section below for more details. Additionally, it is not common for there to be an in-person option on the activities calendar.


This system will give volunteers more just-in-time training, both online and in-person learning opportunities, and the ability to track all your accomplishments! Learn at your own pace, access additional resources, and repeat info when you need it!

Stepping Out

Most individuals study the Stepping Out Manual and take the Stepping Out Test online. Click on the training, and follow the step-by-step directions. Download the manual and study it before attempting the test. The Stepping Out Test is available at any time if you don’t have the time to finish it in one sitting, you are able to save your progress and continue at your own leisure.

Council’s Training Specialist will be the one who grades the submitted tests. Those who need corrections will be told to correct their mistakes. Once all the answers are correct, we will send you a confirmation of your completed status, and we will put this completion on your gsLearn profile for you.

You will need to complete the Stepping Out Home Study Test (renewal) on your gsLearn every three years.

Stepping Out Manual

Stepping Out Test

To view the upcoming training opportunities, please visit our Adult Trainings in the Activities Calendar.

For any questions or concerns please contact us.

Adult Outdoor Training

Outdoor Training enables you to learn skills needed for camping and outdoor cooking over an open flame.  You will learn how to implement a girl-led camping trip, how to cook in the outdoors, tie-knots, and much more. 

PREREQUISITE: Registered, Completed Background Check and Stepping Out Training. 

Outdoor Training is a two-part training. Part A is a classroom based training where you will learn the basics of planning a girl-led camping trip.  You will be put into patrols and challenged to go through the process of planning a council approved trip. You will be meal planning during part A. At the completion of part A, you will need to gather/shop for supplies for part B.  Part B Outdoor Training is a practical application of the preparation you did during part A and will be located outdoors. You will be required to bring various camping supplies and/or food.

CPR/First Aid

Emergencies require prompt action and quick judgment. For many activities, Girl Scouts recommends that at least one adult volunteer be first-aid/CPR-certified. For that reason, if you have the opportunity to get trained in council-approved first-aid/CPR, do it! You can take advantage of first-aid/CPR training offered by chapters of the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, EMP America, American Heart Association or other sponsoring organizations approved by your council.

Caution: First-aid/CPR training that is available entirely online does not satisfy Girl Scouts’ requirements. Such courses do not offer enough opportunities to practice and receive feedback on your technique. If you’re taking a course not offered by one of the organizations listed in the previous paragraph, or any course that has online components, get approval from your support team or council prior to enrolling in the course.

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