Girl Scouts of Western New York strives to prepare its volunteers through occasional trainings and courses. Please see below for a list of topics that are sometimes covered throughout the year, or visit eBiz by clicking the link below to learn of currently scheduled trainings.

  • Adult Recognition Workshop
  • Continuing The Excellence
  • Songs & Games
  • Ceremonies
  • Enrichment Courses

To view and register for all upcoming courses, click here eBiz


Back to School with GSWNY-U

This premiere adult learning event is designed to help U learn what’s new for this Girl Scout year, grow as a volunteer, and have fun! There are two GSWNY-U sessions scheduled:

  • Saturday, October 25 at Churchville-Chili High School, Monroe County (5786 Buffalo Road, Churchville, 14428)
  • Saturday, November 1 at West Seneca East High School, Erie County (4760 Seneca Street, West Seneca, 14424)

These are two identical sessions. We are running two sessions for the convenience of our volunteers.

Event Schedule:

  • 8:45 to 9:30 Check in
  • 9:30 to 10:10 Opening
  • 10:15 to 12 Workshop Breakouts
  • 12 to 1 Lunch
  • 1 to 3 Workshop Breakouts
  • 3 to 3:15 Closing


More Information

  • The $5 registration fee includes workshops, GSWNY-U materials and lunch.
  • Full and half day options are available.
  • Workshop descriptions are listed below.
  • Registration is first-come, first-served and space is limited!
  • Registration opens: Tuesday, September 2
  • Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 15


How To Register

  • To register online and pay by credit card, click here to go to the "Activities" section of eBiz. It is listed as a featured activity.
  • To register via paper, contact the Adult Development Department at 1-888-837-6410 extension 6086 and a paper registration will be mailed to you.

Note: Online registration is immediate and availability is in real time. Paper registration is subject to delays of postal service and manual processing. We encourage you to register online!



American Red Cross First Aid, AED & CPR – blended learning: The American Red Cross-blended learning class combines a pre-session online portion (approx. 3 hours) with an in-person skills session (approx. 1-and-a-half hours). This class includes adult and child CPR, AED and first aid with two-year certifications. Class size is limited. Note: The online portion requires a computer with speakers and streaming video capabilities. There is an additional cost of $20 per person, which will be brought to the training.

Be a Super SUM: What makes a great SUM? Designed for round table sharing, new and veteran SUMs can share obstacles, triumphs, and what works and what doesn’t.

Ceremonies 1 and Ceremonies 2: Ceremonies 1 is perfect for newer leaders. This class covers Girl Scout ceremony basics: investiture, flag ceremonies, court of awards, and bridging. Ceremonies 2 covers leader appreciation, Bronze or Silver presentations, Thinking and Founders days, flag retirement, and other unique ceremonies.

Building Smart Cookies from Scratch: Learn about all the new and exciting GSLE program ties to the Girl Scout cookie program, including discovering the world of the digital cookie, connecting with customers through revolutionary selling techniques, and Taking Action in your community with community drive thrus.

Facilitating Adult Learners: Are you interested in being a Girl Scout facilitator? Training adults takes a special set of skills – learn more about teaching and engaging other volunteers.

Getting Started with Daisy or Brownie Girl Scouts: Get tips and tricks from veteran leaders. Everything from working with parents to service project ideas to behavior management to craft ideas.

Going For the Gold! Girls not sure if they want to take on the Gold Award? Confused about how to help them?  Designed for troop leaders, this class will give you an overview of the Gold Award and its requirements. This is not the Gold Award training for girls, but one where you can learn how to encourage your girls to reach for the Gold. Great for volunteers who happen to be parents of Senior and Ambassador girls, too!

GSLE Coach: Do you like mentoring new volunteers? Have you helped other volunteers navigate the Journeys? Then you might be a perfect GSLE Coach! GSLE Coaches work within the service unit to support leaders. No expertise required – we’ll teach you everything you need to know.

Leave No Trace:  Learn how to enjoy the outdoors with minimal impact. Fun activities to teach your girls environmental ethics with badge/Journey tie-ins.

New Leader 101: You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Designed to help calm any new leader jitters, this Q&A-focused class will answer your most burning questions.

Planning SU Events: This class is designed with SUMs and SU Event Planners in mind. Designed for round table sharing, this is a chance to collect new ideas AND share your success stories.

Ready-to-Go Program: Did you know GSWNY has a number of ready-to-go program boxes for rental? This class will provide an overview of all the options, plus give you a chance to try out what’s in them.

Songs: Girl Scouts isn’t complete without songs! Learn old favorites and new songs to mark occasions, spice up meetings, and make everything more fun.

Teambuilding 1 & 2: Games to teach groups of girls or adults how to work together. Teambuilding 1 is the same class as 2013; Teambuilding 2 contains all new games and no overlap. This class features facilitators from our ropes courses.

Travel Pathway: Learn how to plan an extended trip with your troop utilizing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Selecting a destination, budgeting, money-earning, working with a travel vendor, and more.