Online and Enrichment Opportunities

SKY's the Limit Adult Retreat Oct. 3-5, 2014:  Registration Open!

SKY is a fun-filled weekend at the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs just for you - the adult volunteer.  Join us as we explore camp, reconnect with old friends, make new friends, learn some new ideas and activities to take back to your girls, and relax!  Download the registration packet for full details.  Don't delay - Early Bird registration and pricing ends July 23!

Online Opportunities

Girl Scouting 101 - For Troop Leaders/Co-Leaders/Assistant Leaders
The new, national online volunteer orientation is an exciting, educational presentation that welcomes all new volunteers to our organization. Created by Girl Scouts of the USA, this learning opportunity is in use by councils and volunteers across the country.  Girl Scouting 101 includes information on the history of our movement, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, program resources, cookies and safety tips.  It takes approximately 45 minutes to complete, but can be stopped at any point and resumed later.  The password for Girl Scouting 101 is aboutGS101.

Important Notes:
  • To receive credit for the course, you must select Hornets' Nest from the council drop down menu when entering your contact information. We will not receive your information unless you select Hornets' Nest.
  • The video files in this course are large; this online course is not recommended for volunteers using a dial-up connection to the internet.
  • This course is designed to take about 45 minutes.
  • The password for both the English and Spanish versions is aboutGS101.

To access Girl Scouting 101, click hereNOTE:  The password is aboutGS101.  When prompted, be sure to select Hornets' Nest.

After completing Girl Scouting 101, new leaders must also complete the face-to-face Leader 101 class before meeting with their troop.  Leader 101 covers the specifics of a Girl Scout leader's position, including organizing and registering a troop, working with parents/guardians, troop finances and council policies.  See the FYI for a list of upcoming sessions, or contact your Membership Specialist.

Volunteering for Girl Scouts Series and Events - For Series Advisors

This national online orientation introduces volunteers to our organization and includes information on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, program resources, cookies and safety tips.  This course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. 

Important Notes:

  • To receive credit for the course, you must select Hornets' Nest from the council drop down menu when entering your contact information. We will not receive your information unless you select Hornets' Nest.
  • The video files in this course are large; this online course is not recommended for volunteers using a dial-up connection to the internet.
  • This course is designed to take about 30minutes.
  • The password for both the English and Spanish versions is volunteer.

To access Volunteering for Girl Scouts Series & Events, click hereNOTE:  The password is volunteer.  When prompted, be sure to select Hornets' Nest.


Outdoor Education Level 1:  Be Safe, Be Ready
Be Safe, Be Ready was developed in 2009 by volunteer outdoor facilitators from Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council and the new Girl Scouts, Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Council, and is now utilized by volunteers across western and central NC and York County, SC.

There are two sections of this course – Outings & Overnights and Girl Planning. Both must be completed by an adult before taking a troop overnight at a site where all girls sleep together in an enclosed facility containing flush toilets, such as a POD, campsite lodge, sponsorship or leader’s home. No fire building or outdoor cooking (fire or camp stove).

After submitting your test results for each section, you will be prompted to enter your name, e-mail address and select a service unit. Select Hornets’ Nest as your service unit. You must complete both sections of this course in order to receive credit.  

You will need a SafetyWise book to complete the sections. New leaders receive this book at the Leader 101 course.

Click here to complete Be Safe, Be Ready Section 1: Outings & Overnights
Click here to complete Be Safe, Be Ready Section 2: Girl Planning

Enrichment Opportunities

Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council offers a variety of adult learning enrichment opportunities each year. In addition to providing new knowledge and skills that you can apply to your own troop/group, these opportunities also apply to award requirements such as the ToGetHerThere Troop Award, and the Adult Development Patch.   

Using the Journeys - Downloadable Mini-Training
What are the journey books really all about?  What activities do girls complete in a journey?  How can I tell if my girls are really learning something?  Find out by completing this independent study mini-training about Using the Journeys!

  • You'll need a journey adult "how to" guide and accompanying girl's book (any journey, any grade level will work) and the Using the Journeys worksheet to complete this course. 
  • Once you complete and return the worksheet, you'll receive credit for a 1-hour enrichment course, which you can apply towards the ToGetHerThere Troop Award and the Adult Development Patch. 
  • Plus, you'll have a whole new understanding of these great program resources!

Additional Enrichment Opportunities

  • If you have a love of the outdoors and adventure, consider becoming a facilitator in Archery, Challenge Courses (Bouldering Wall, Low Challenge or High Challenge), Canoeing or Kayaking, or becoming certified in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Complete or update your First Aid & CPR certifications at GSHNC.
  • Get away for the weekend at our Sky’s the Limit Adult Retreat in the fall. Designed just for adult volunteers, the weekend includes classes for personal development and ways to improve skills for working with girls of all grade levels, from the precious Daisies to the exuberant Ambassadors!  
  • See the FYI for more details on these and other enrichment opportunities.