Council Trainer

GSCSNJ serves more than 22,000 girls and 11,000 adults. To do this we need energetic and dedicated volunteers to become Council Trainers. Council trainers work with our Adult Learning Services department to implement and deliver required trainings and enrichment workshops to volunteers and older Girl Scouts.

Who can be a Council Trainer?
Anyone! Many times, Council Trainers are volunteers who have served the council in other roles such as leaders, service team members, troop camping certified adults, first aiders or troop helpers. Other times Council Trainers have nor Girl Scout experience at all but recognize the value of the Girl Scout program and give their time to help others make the most out of their commitment in becoming a Girl Scout volunteer.

What do Council Trainers do?
Specialize in one or more areas, such as leadership, outdoor, safety, enrichment, events, or travel. Teach two or more sessions yearly and attend monthly Trainer meetings to learn about new course content, training resources and updates.

How do you become a Council Trainer?
To become a Council Trainer, you need to complete an application, undergo a brief interview, become a Girl Scout member and attend a one-day “Facilitating Adult Learning” course. The course is free of charge to Girl Scout members.

Why become a Council Trainer?

  • Learn new skills
  • Increase Girls Scout knowledge
  • Sharpen your facilitation skills
  • Teach fellow volunteers
  • Improve lives of young girls
  • Have a huge impact on the upcoming generation of women
  • Spend time with like-minded volunteers
  • Share with a multidisciplinary and multifaceted group of adult trainers
  • BBQ and Trainer Retreat
  • It's fun!

View the Council Trainer Position Description. For more information or to become a volunteer Council Trainer, please contact at Stephanie Fowle at or 609-849-0741.

GSCSNJ has created a council NING site for our trainers to communicate and work together. This is a private site.

Our NING site includes:

  • E-mail group members
  • Events
  • Meeting minutes and webinar recordings
  • Course materials
  • Forms
  • Information
  • Group discussions
  • Online posts and chat

Council Trainer Awards
Our Council Trainers do amazing things and deserve to be recognized! Here are the Council Trainer Awards presented June 2013 at the Annual Council Trainer BBQ:

Lifesaver Award: Kathleen Pearce and Heather Curley
Most GSCSNJ standard trainings scheduled: Dana Fantini
Most likely to be found in the woods: Linda Palmquist
Most Outdoor 103- Overnight Adventures trainings: Debbie Furmanski
Most Leadership trainings: Jean Ward
Attended the most trainers meetings: Tamika Garrett
Attended to most NING Chats: Rhonda Wieder
Trained the most volunteers in one training: Sumiko Young and Kollasch
Traveled the furthest to facilitate training: Dana Fantini