New Troop Leader
As a troop leader you are an active mentor for the next generation of leaders. Whether you are guiding our young Daisies on their first Journey or advising our Ambassadors on their next steps, you are helping each girl develop courage, confidence and character along the way. Below are some helpful steps for all new leaders.
Co-Leader: Do you have a co-leader? All troops are required to have at least two, unrelated co-leaders.
Leader Training: Start with Girl Scouting 101, which you can take anytime online. Then register for our other Girl Scout trainings for your specific level!
Volunteer Manuals: Here are two key resources for volunteers: Volunteer Essentials and Safety Activity Checkpoints.
Journeys: Learn more about the National Program Portfolio of Journeys. There are now three Journeys at each program level. Purchase your books today at Juliette’s Closet.
Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting: Everyone knows that Girl Scouts have badges. But The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting has more than just exciting, new badges for every age level. Purchase your books today at Juliette’s Closet.
Service Unit: A “Service Unit” is a group of volunteers and leaders in a certain geographic area. Most service units meet regularly throughout the year. Ask your Recruitment Specialist about your local Service Unit meeting schedule. It’s a great opportunity to meet other leaders who can help mentor you as you get started! In addition Girl Scouting 102 – Service Unit Orientation will help you get acclimated to your role in a Service Unit.
Troop Number: Your Service Unit Registrar will request a troop number for you!
Bank Account: Your Service Unit Treasuer will assist you with your Bank Account Authorization form which must be signed by at least two, unrelated, approved troop volunteers. Once it is approved you'll bring it to your bank to open your troop account.
Troop Meeting Schedule: Where and when will your troop meet? Will you meet monthly, weekly, or every other week? Decide on a troop meeting schedule and start contacting local schools, churches and community centers to find a place to meet. You can also contact your Service Unit team to assist you with finding a meeting location.
Schedule a Family Involvement Meeting: Your first troop meeting should include parents/guardians. Do you have a volunteer who can do an activity with the girls while you talk with the parents?
Troop Committee: At your Family Involvement Meeting, recruit volunteers for your troop committee such as a Troop Treasurer or Troop Cookie Manager. All troop volunteers need to complete the volunteer application process and register as an adult member of Girl Scouts.
Recruit New Girl Scouts! Need a flyer template to promote your Family Involvement Meeting? Your Recruitment Specialist can supply you with recruitment resources.
Other Forms: There are a couple forms you’ll want to collect when new girls join your troop, including the Annual Parent Permission form, the Girl Health History form, and the Media Release form for photos and videos. All forms are available in the Forms Library.
Girl Registrations: Have each girl who joins your troop register as a member to be sure she is covered by insurance. New members must register using our paper form, returning members can register online.
Collect Troop Dues: Your troop can decide to collect troop dues. Troop dues are deposited in the troop account and used for supplies, activities, badges, etc.
Girl Scout Shop: Visit or contact your local Girl Scout shop or shop online to purchase/order uniforms, Journeys, Girl Guides to Girl Scouting, badges and awards!
Get Connected: There are a lot of ways to stay informed throughout the year. Check out our online calendar, plus our blog, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also find us on Youtube, Flickr and Pinterest! Don’t forget to sign up for our enewsletter, Discover! A printed program preview is available twice a year in September and January.
Enjoy your first year!