Certifications qualify participants to engage in, lead or teach the activity for which they are certified.

​Some of the certifications offered regularly by Girl Scouts of Western Washington are listed below, but other upcoming certifications may be available in the calendar.

First Aid/CPR

Most communities have local First Aid/CPR classes that are appropriate to meet the first aid requirements in the Safety Activity Checkpoints. Check your local fire station, community hospital, parks and recreation department, or community college for classes near you. At this point in time there are no online-only First Aid/CPR classes that are considered approved.  For an explanation of first aid in Girl Scouts, read chapter four in Volunteer Essentials.

There are also a variety of courses available through the volunteer learning department. We offer Red Cross courses and all First Aid certifications and CPR certifications are good for two years.  

​​Note: To determine if a First Aider is needed for a group activity, refer to the Safety Activity Checkpoint for your planned activity. "Be Prepared" is the Girl Scout Motto - if unsure, it is best to have a First Aider present.

Preparing for your workshop: You’ll want to wear comfortable clothes. Bring something to kneel on  or sit upon, like a blanket. Bring a your lunch and any snacks and beverages you prefer.

For the classes below, fees vary and courses are often only offered once a year.

Wilderness First Aid 
First Aid focused on injuries and emergencies related to backpacking, canoe trekking and other trips into remote areas. An adult with this certification is required for all activities that are 30 minutes or more away from emergency medical services. A minimum of a 16 hours workshop provided by a variety of National Certifying agencies.

Quantity Cooking 

Learn to prepare quality meals for large group events while working effectively in a commercial kitchen. This course qualifies adults to use council commercial kitchen facilities. Be prepared to be cooking and on your feet most of the weekend. Offered twice a year. PREREQUISTE: Current Food Handlers Permit.


Qualifies participants as Level I Archery Instructors by the National Archery Association (NAA). Must be 14 years or older.

Preparing for your Workshop: Activities and instruction will take place outside- rain or shine, so bring appropriate rain or sun gear and dress in layers. Archery equipment will be provided, but if you have equipment you know you will be working with in the future, bring a sample bow and some arrows. Also bring a highlighter and a pen.

Leave No Trace Trainer Course

Want to know more about teaching Leave No Trace ethics to your troops for trips to local parks, or for high adventure activities like backpacking and canoeing? This is the course for you!

Fundamentals Of Canoeing 

Learn to paddle and enjoy safe boating on the waterfront. This American Red Cross course will teach the strokes necessary for solo and tandem paddling, rescue, safety and boat handling. This is a very physical course that will help develop the paddling skills needed for small craft safety. Must be 16 or older, pass a swim test and use a personal floatation devise. 20 hours.

Small Craft Safety 

Learn to prevent, recognize and respond to small craft emergencies. The course addresses trip planning and supervision, self-rescue, aquatic emergency response, spinal injury management and specific non-swimming rescue skills. This is a physical course; you will be in the water for a fair amount and will be capsizing and rescuing boats.

Provides an adult with certification to provide secondary leadership for canoeing activities. While this course does not allow an adult to lead canoe programs, they can serve as the second adult in a safety position when all participants are wearing a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device. Must be 13 or older; have swimming skills including treading water for one minute and swimming 25 yards with or without a personal flotation device; have strong paddling skills including paddling straight forwards and backwards; turning skills in both directions and solo paddling; and be able to properly board and debark a canoe. Eight hours.

Fundamentals of Canoeing and Small Craft Safety Instructor Certification 

Trains volunteers in Waterfront Supervision. Must be 18 or older; have taken Small Craft Safety and Fundamentals of Canoeing, or have equivalent skills; have strong swimming skills including treading water for ten minutes, swimming 25 yards with or without PFD, and towing a victim 25 yards; and must complete Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT) within the year. All three days of the course is required.