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Troop Leader Resources

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Troop Leader Blueprint

Keep your troop going strong with these specially adapted badges, Journeys, and activities for virtual and safe in-person meetings, as well as current COVID-19 guidelines and resources. We’re here to support you as you help your troop thrive.

Troop Leader Guide
Troop Leader Guide

This resource assists adult volunteers in navigating the Volunteer Toolkit, an online volunteer support tool.

2021 Safety Activity Checkpoints (4.1.21)
Safety Activity Checkpoints

When preparing for any activity with girls, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints (SACs) written specifically for that particular activity.

GS Family Connection - GSCSNJ Final
Girl Scout Family Connection

This is your family's go-to, super-fun guide to getting the most out of this year in Girl Scouts!

Troop Dues - FINAL (BU - Aug 2021)
Troop Dues

This resource assists adult volunteers in understanding troop dues collection.

VTK User Manual
Volunteer Toolkit User Manual

This resource assists adult volunteers in navigating the Volunteer Toolkit, an online volunteer support tool.

Volunteer Videos

Volunteer Tool Kit (VTK)

Volunteer Tool Kit (VTK)

This is a 25-minute video for leaders walking you through the VTK, and how to use it for your troop.

Controlling the Room

Controlling the Room

Tips for troop leaders on the best way to get the attention of the girls in their troop.

Leader-daughter Dynamic

Leader-daughter Dynamic

Tips for how to manage when troop leaders have their daughter in their troop.

Parent Meeting

Parent Meeting

Tips for engaging parents in troop meetings and activities.

Positive Troop Environment

Positive Troop Environment

Tips for creating and maintaining a sage and positive troop environment.

Start-up Activities

Start-up Activities

Examples of successful activities for the girls to do at the beginning of the troop meeting.

Troop Safety

Troop Safety

Tips for troop leaders to ensure they are following safety guidelines with their troop.

Welcoming New Girls

Welcoming New Girls

Tips for troop leaders to ensure new girls feel welcome as a new troop member.

2019 & 2020 NJ Girl Scout Leadership Webinars

2020 Webinars

NJ Statewide Girl Scout Leadership Webinar Series

Thank you to Provident Bank for the Grant given to the 4 NJ Girl Scout Councils to create this 3 part series.

Excellence in Communication (Video 1 of 4)

Designed for all volunteers, the focus of this session is to provide skills and tools that will allow for effective communication and understanding amongst peers, troop leaders, girls, parents/guardians, and the community at large, resulting in the optimal Girl Scouting experience. 

Dialogue, Not Debate (Video 2 of 4)

In a world of increasing polarization, it’s easy to stop listening to “the other side”. This webinar acknowledges a highly-charged election year as well as the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Topics tie in with GSUSA Citizen badges and Journeys, and include: ethical decision making, civil discourse, and dialogue versus debate. Facilitator: Ariel Sykes, Assistant Director of the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ.

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Teamwork and Teamplay (Video 3 of 4)

Explore teambuilding exercises on communication, innovation, creativity, leadership styles, time management, priority management, and goal setting in this webinar. Learn about each other - how each person thinks, works, solves problems, and has fun. This program is being run in conjunction with the 4 New Jersey Councils and sponsored by the Provident Bank Foundation.

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Sensitivity Training for Girl Scouts Volunteers ( Video 4 of 4)

Sensitive topic training specific to Girl Scout volunteers. Looking at current concerns and trends that may exist in our troops; what to look for, and what to do. Learn how to support your girls and their families. Potential topics: vaping, cutting, sexual orientation, etc. Registration deadline is Saturday, June 13. Webinar link will be emailed on Sunday, June 14.

2019 Webinars

NJ Statewide Girl Scout Leadership Webinar Series

Thank you to Provident Bank for the Grant given to the 4 NJ Girl Scout Councils to create this 3 part series.

Celebrating Inclusivity (Video 1 of 3)

Presented and created by Amy Hassa, MSW, Young Advocate/MHFA & VMHFA Instructor. Part of our NJ Statewide Girl Scout Leadership webinar series. This webinar focuses on the inclusivity needed in every part of Girl Scouting from the Service Unit to the troop.

Addressing Children with Special Needs at Girl Scouts (Video 2 of 3)

Part of our NJ Statewide Girl Scout Leadership webinar series. This webinar hosted by Girl Scouts of Northern NJ, Brooke A. Donald, PsyD, Coordinator for Behavioral Medicine Services at Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health System, discusses the challenges Girl Scout Leaders face when addressing children with special needs at Girl Scouts.

Conflict Management (Video 3 of 3)

Part of our NJ Statewide Girl Scout Leadership webinar series. This webinar focuses on the skills needed to handle conflicts in every part of Girl Scouting from the service Unit to the troop.

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Program Level Resources &

National Proficiency Badge Logs/Charts

The Level Resource Guides are full of information and will introduce you to the grade level you will be working with including: the developmental characteristics of girls, an overview of the Journey and Girls Guide to Girl Scouting materials.  You will also learn to choose, plan and implement a Journey with the girls using the Volunteer Toolkit.

Girl Scout badges are a great way for a girl to explore her interests and learn new skills—and to remember every adventure and show the world what she’s accomplished. 

daisy

Daisies (K-1) 
Log | Chart
Resource Guide


cadette

Cadettes (6-8)
Log | Chart  
Resource Guide

brownie

Brownies (2-3) 
Log | Chart 
Resource Guide


senior

Seniors (9-10)
Log | Chart 
Resource Guide

junior

Juniors (4-5) 
Log | Chart 
Resource Guide


ambassador

Ambassadors (11-12) 
Log | Chart 
Resource Guide

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