Training events can be found on the event calendar
First Aid Training
Red Cross Training
Orientation to Guiding
Training and Enrichment for Adult members (TEAM) was developed by Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) to provide adult members with skills to help them work with girls and other adult members.
Becoming a GGC Trainer
Who are Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) trainers?
GGC trainers are active adult members that have completed the trainer candidate process. These individuals bring both Guiding and personal experiences to the trainings they provide.
Who can be a GGC trainer?
An active member in good standing may apply to become a trainer candidate. Upon application approval by the Learning and Development Adviser the successful candidate can begin the trainer candidate process.
How do I get information on becoming a GGC trainer?
members interested in finding out more information on the trainer candidate process and the time commitment required, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Types of trainings available through TEAM
The TEAM training program is divided into various streams with corresponding modules.
An outline of the training steams and modules is available.
How do I find out what trainings are being offered within my community?
To find out what trainings are being offered within your community or surrounding communities, please visit the Event Calendar.
What training do I need for my role as a Unit Guider?
Safe Guide is GGC’s risk management training that provides members working with girls the tools and resources to keep girl members safe. Safe Guide training is mandatory and must be completed within the first six months of joining the organization or if you are a current member, newly working with girls.
What trainings are recommended for my role as Unit Guider?
The following trainings are recommended for all Unit Guiders:
- New Unit Guider - Before beginning your role as a Unit Guider or within three months of being in a unit.
- Unit Guider Foundation - Recommended to those Unit Guiders changing branches.
- Outdoor Activity Leadership (OAL) - Recommended for those Unit Guiders interested in taking girl members camping.
- TEAM Enrichment - Recommended to enhance unit programming and develop personal skills.
- Ontario Finance Training - Recommended that all Unit Treasurers complete prior to the start of the Guiding year (September).
- First Aid - Recommended, but not mandatory.
How do I earn Training and Enrichment for Adult members (TEAM) pins?
There are several TEAM pins that can be earned by completing various training modules.
The following is a breakdown of the pins and the streams that need to be completed to earn the pin:
- New Unit Guider/Guiders Changing Branches - Red Pin
- OAL Residential - Green Pin
- OAL Tenting - Yellow Pin
- Let’s Go Camping - Gold OAL Compass Pin
- OAL Adventure - Dark Green Pin
- Trainer - Purple Pin
- Administrator - Blue Pin
- ACL - Orange Pin
What does the TEAM pin look like?
The TEAM pin is a circular pin with with a coloured background and a gold lamp in the centre
New Unit Guider/Guiders Changing Branches
How do I get my TEAM pin?
Upon completion of the necessary TEAM modules, you can request your pin through the Learning and Development section at email@example.com. Pins are not automatically sent out.
When I complete TEAM training, is it recorded in my iMIS profile?
Yes, each TEAM training module you complete is recorded in your iMIS profile. Updating is done in various ways:
- In person trainings: The trainer keeps a participatant list that is submitted to the provincial office upon completion of the training.
- e-Learning: This is done twice a month automatically by the national office. If you wish to have your iMIS profile updated immediately upon completing the training you must send a copy (or link to) of your certificate of completion to firstname.lastname@example.org and your profile will be updated.
First Aid Training
Who can be a First Aider?
In accordance with Safe Guide, a first aider is an individual who has attained the provincial/territorial age of majority and who has current first aid certification from a recognized agency such as (but not limited to) Canadian Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Canadian Ski Patrol or is a health care professional.
What type of first aid training do I need?
The Safe Guide manual states the following with regards to first aid training requirements for events:
It is recommended (but not mandatory) that at least one adult supervisor has a current Emergency First Aid certificate.
Note: It is strongly recommended that for cooking activities a supervisor has first aid training.
For most Yellow level activities it is recommended (but not mandatory) that at least one adult supervisor has a current Emergency First Aid certificate. However, activities that include the following factors must have a first aider who is currently certified in Emergency First Aid or is a health care professional licensed and insured to practice in the province/territory where the activity is taking place:
- EMS response 30 minutes up to 1 hour
- Girls cooking on a camp stove, campfire or BBQ
- Transportation arranged by unit
- Specialized equipment
- Sleepover or camping
For Yellow level activities requiring first aiders, the ratio of first aiders and/or health care professionals to girl participants is 1:25. However, when travelling by bus or coach chartered for GGC members, only one first aider is required per bus or coach.
All Red level activities must have at least one adult supervisor with a current Standard First Aid certificate, or who is a health care professional licensed and insured to practice in the province/territory where the activity is taking place. In addition, in situations where EMS response time is more than four hours, the Responsible Guider must verify that at least one adult supervisor is certified in Wilderness First Aid , even if they are a health care professional. (Definition of Wilderness First Aid on page 13)
For Red level activities, the ratio of first aiders and/or health care professionals to participants is 1:25 and applies to all participants (adults and girls). NOTE: It is recommended that health care professionals consult with their employer with regards to their professional insurance before taking on the role of first aider.
For more information on first aid training and Safe Guide requirements for events, please reference the Safe Guide manual, pages 32-33.
Adding first aid qualifications to your iMIS record
Submit a copy of your certificate to your Unit Administrator and she will add the information to your profile.
Note: If you are applying for first aid training subsidy, your first aid qualifications will be added to your profile at that time, if it has not been done already.
The Red Cross (CRC) partnership
Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada only recognizes first aid training organizations that are approved by WSIB.
The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) is the provider of choice for GGC, Ontario Council and in some circumstances, preferred rates are available to GGC members. Guiders are encouraged to complete their first aid training with the CRC, but it is not mandatory.
There are several first aid training courses offered by the CRC, such as Standard First Aid*, Emergency First Aid*, Babysitter and PeopleSaver!
Also, why not check out their First Aid App?
Benefits of completing first aid training with the CRC are:
GGC, Ontario Council has a preferred training rate with CRC branch offices.
- $77.00 (Standard first aid and CPR level C)*
- $51.50 (Standard first aid and CPR level C re-certification)*
- $51.50 (Emergency first aid & CPR level C)*
- $42.00 (Babysitter)
- $7.30 (PeopleSaver)
The applicant must identify herself as a GGC member before registering, and the preferred rates are not available in all circumstances.
*Ontario Council provides fee subsidy to offset the costs of training for these eligible CRC trainings (through CRC branch offices or authorized providers).
How to find CRC first aid training:
- Visit the CRC website
- Follow the steps outlined and hit the search button. This will take you to a listing of local CRC branches and authorized providers based on the information you provided.
- Select the date/time/location that works best for you and either call or email the branch directly in order to access the preferred training rates (you must identify yourself as a member of GGC, Ontario Council).
- The preferred training rates above only apply to trainings taken through a CRC branch; they do not apply to authorized providers of the CRC.
Note: You cannot access the preferred rates by booking your training using the online registration function. If you choose to register online or complete training through a CRC authorized provider, you will not be eligible for the preferred rate.
Subsidy for CRC training program
Ontario Council provides a subsidy to offset the costs of Canadian Red Cross (CRC) Emergency and Standard first aid training and re-certification. The subsidy amount is 50% of the course cost to a maximum of $40.00.
A scanned copy of the certificate and the course receipt must be attached to the application in order for the subsidy request to be processed.
To be approved for the subsidy, you must:
- be an active adult member of GGC, Ontario Council.
- have completed training through the Canadian Red Cross (either local branch or authorized provider of the CRC).
- submit a copy of your first aid certificate and course fee receipt with the online application.
Subsidy is not provided if:
- the first aid training has been provided at a reduced rate by a first aid instructor supported by Ontario Council.
- a copy of the receipt and/or certificate is not provided.
- if another form of subsidy has already been provided by Ontario Council for a training event offered.
- first aid training is offered as a course within an event.
Ontario Council First Aid Subsidy Application Form
e-Learning is an online training method provided by Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada to our members. This method of training has been developed for Guiders who find it more convenient or are unable to attend face-to-face training.
Currently, the following Training and Enrichment for Adult members (TEAM) modules are offered through e-Learning:
- Safe Guide
- This is mandatory training for all adult members working with girl members and must be completed within six months of your membership join date.
- Unit Foundation Modules
- About the Girl
- Programming for the Girl
- Quick Start
- Putting the Pieces Together
- Building Unit Guider Skills
- Select Enrichment Modules
- Bias Awareness/Equity Training
- Girls United
There is a fee to complete the online training modules, however currently Ontario Council provides subsidy to its Guiders. In order to complete e-Learning at no cost, a PIN is required.
To request an e-Learning PIN from Ontario Council - Complete the online PIN request form
Orientation to Guiding
One of the steps in adult screening is to read Orientation to Guiding.
The Accessible Customer Service section of the document includes training content required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It describes GGC's commitment to serving its members, non-member volunteers, parents/guardians, employees and customers with disabilities, and GGC's expectations of you as an adult member.
As part of the legislation, GGC is required to report that our volunteers have received and read the Accessible Customer Service section.
There are 2 parts to completing this step of your screening:
If you have any questions about Orientation to Guiding, please contact the Screening Coordinator or phone 1-877-323-4545 ext 2476.