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How To Start A Troop

Parents and community members make a key difference in the lives of girls by guiding them through the Girl Scout experience! At GSEWNI, we want leading a troop to be a great time, which is why we'll support you every step of the way. We provide our leaders:

  • Convenient, online trainings that give you everything you need on your schedule.
  • Activity Plans to help you quickly and easily prepare for meetings.
  • Individual guidance from our Volunteer Support team.
  • Flexibility—leaders set the troop meeting times and locations.

Common Questions About Leading Girl Scouts

Many parents have at least a few questions before standing up to lead their daughter’s troop. Here are a few of the most frequent questions we hear:

How Much Time Will I Need?

Being a Troop Leader actually fits into a variety of schedules. We recommend that troops meet twice per month. Current leaders report spending four hours preparing for and leading each meeting. Troop Leaders choose the meeting day, time, and frequency.

We provide our troop leaders with online meeting plans, so they can easily and quickly plan their troop’s activities.

I Don't Know How to Do the Things Girl Scouts Do.

You bring everything that you need to start leading your troop. We think if the girls are smiling and having a good time, the leaders are doing a good job!

We provide online meeting plans to guide you through each step of planning your troop’s activities. We also provide convenient, online training videos and resources to help you learn what you need. Don’t forget that you’ll also have a co-leader who will bring complementary skills and experience to share.

What Support or Help Is There for Leaders?

Each troop has two leaders, so you will have a partner to help lead and to share the fun. We encourage you to invite another parent or friend to serve with you, or we will work with you and your community to help connect you with a co-leader.

We provide online, in person, and on-demand trainings for our leaders that you can take on your schedule, and we provide detailed activity plans that make it easy to get meetings going. You’ll also have access to our dedicated Volunteer Support team for guidance when you need.


Start Your Troop In 7 Easy Steps!
 
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Decide to be a role model by joining Girl Scouts as a troop leader!

You can start reviewing the training resources available to you: Training & Support.


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Start looking for other adults to help!

Together, you'll need to decide on a meeting location, meeting frequency (day and start time), meeting start date (when you plan to start holding meetings), and what grade level (or levels!) your troop will include.

A troop needs at least two un-related, background check adults (one of whom must be female) to get started, and most leaders also look for additional help throughout the year. Troops can have more than two leaders, and they typically have additional volunteers to help with the Cookie Program, Fall Product Sale, as well as other adults to pitch in with snacks, field trips, and other activities.

Parents of other girls in your troop are prime candidates to help out, but adults from the community might love this opportunity too. We can recruit online for your troop, but people tend to have the most fun with adults they know in real life.


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Pick a Day, Time, and Location for Troop Meetings

It’s a great idea to start thinking about how your troop will get together right away. You can start contacting potential venues now as you complete your registration and on-boarding to find a good meeting space. Keep in mind:

  • Most troops meet twice per month, but you can choose a schedule that works best for you.
  • Your meeting space needs to be a safe, clean, and secure environment that allows all girls to participate. Good options include:
    • Schools
    • Libraries
    • Places of worship
    • Community centers and buildings
    • Local businesses

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Set up your new troop.

Fill out the New Troop Request to notify us about your interest in starting a new troop.

New Troop Request
Fill out my online form.

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It's time to start spreading the word about your new troop!

It’s never too early to start spreading the word about your new Girl Scout troop. Even while you wait to complete your on-boarding and get a troop number, you can talk to your daughter’s friends, your neighbors, and other families in the community to make sure that your daughter will have a lively troop. As a bonus, more girls usually means more adults who will be happy to help you lead this troop. We have several Recruitment Resources to help you spread the word.

In addition to your word of mouth efforts, any open girl or volunteer spots will be listed in our online Opportunity Catalog, so you can reach additional girls that way.

Our staff will work closely with you to help support the formation of your new troop!

Troops are required to have a minimum of 5 girls. At GSEWNI we encourage Troops to have 12 girls. However, we understand that every Troop is different and we will work with you to create the best possible experience for both you and the girls in your Troop!


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Get ready for your first troop meeting.

Purchase a copy of the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting for your troop to share. Review lesson plans by visiting the Volunteer Tool Kit.


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Stay in touch.

Like us on Facebook, check us out on Pinterest, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay connected to council events and find other awesome volunteers.

You are ready to hold your first meeting!