Be a Volunteer Council Facilitator
To become a council facilitator you will participate in an eight-hour Facilitating Adult Learning course, and then have the opportunity to teach several times with an experienced facilitator. After six months, all new facilitators have the opportunity to attend an additonal skill development in-service, Facilitating Adult Learning II. Council facilitators teach at least 10 hours of courses each year, maintain skills through practice and facilitator enrichment activities, and represent GSSWT in adult learning courses throughout the council.
Frequently-Asked Questions about Becoming a Council Facilitator
- What does a facilitator do? A council facilitator has the responsibility for facilitating adult learning for adult Girl Scout volunteers to enable participants to carry out their specific Girl Scout volunteer responsibilities.
- What types of courses does a facilitator teach? There are three types of course areas: Leadership, First Aid/CPR, and Outdoor Education. Facilitators may teach in one or all three areas depending on their interest. First Aid/CPR requires the completion of the American Red Cross Instructor course (also offered by GSSWT).
- What time commitment is required? Council facilitators are asked to conduct a minimum of 10 hours of sessions per year and attend at least one facilitator event (such as a 3-hour rally) per year.
- What does it cost? The Facilitating Adult Learning course is FREE! The American Red Cross First Aid/CPR Instructor has a cost for materials and includes ARC certification.
- What is the certification process? The council facilitator certification process for facilitators consists of three parts. The first is attending the Facilitating Adult Learning course. Next, new facilitators co-teach with other experienced facilitators over a period of at least six months. Third, facilitators attend an Adult Learning enrichment day (also an 8-hour course), within 6-18 months of attending the first course.
- Do I have to facilitate by myself? Girl Scouts is committed to team teaching. Particularly as a new facilitator, you will work with other experienced facilitators to gain experience and familiarity with the session design manuals.
- Who can be a teen faciliatator? Girls interested in being apprentice facilitators must have successfully completed the Leader-In-Training course and apprenticeship.