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Become A Volunteer

How Much Time Will I Need?                            

How much of a time commitment would work best with your schedule?  

We recommend that you set your troop schedule and level of investment to match the time you have available.  Some troops meet weekly, some monthly, but most leaders are able to have troops meet bi-weekly. 

We have resources to help you engage other volunteers to help run the troop, allowing you to share the duties with other parents. You’ll also have access to the Volunteer Toolkit where meeting details can be planned out ahead of time.

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

Making the decision to take the lead means you can already to one of the things girl scouts do!  Becoming a mentor and leader for girls is just as important as learning all about what Girl Scouts do.

Each new leader will receive an extensive set of resources and is required to take a Welcome to Girl Scouts training, taught by our council staff or designated volunteer facilitators.  Our program materials are exciting and easy to teach from, the Volunteer Toolkit is an online platform with resources and organizational tools.  And most important…you’ll become a part of our sisterhood of girl scouts where fellow, more experienced, leaders provide you with support and guidance as they are invested in your success and the success of the girls in the community.

What Support or Help Is There for Leaders?

Troops are led by two or more co-leaders. We encourage you to invite another parent or friend to support you because you know what kind of partner you need the most AND its going to be so much fun! We can work with you and your community to help connect you with a co-leader.

You will have one on one support from council to start you off successfully as you form your new Girl Scout troop.  Once you have gotten a start, you and your co-leader will be connected with the council’s Troop Support Staff in your area.  Troop Support is there for just that…and you can easily reach out to them as need via phone, email, or in person. The Council provides Customer Care team for many of your basic needs and answers.

The best support you never knew you needed will be the local Service Unit for the area or town your troop is located. Each service unit meets monthly and you’ll be connected to a network of volunteers that in the know when it comes to girl scouts and supporting you as a volunteer and successful new leader.

Start your new 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:

  • Initial and ongoing support from Council Staff and trained volunteers.
  • Activity Plans and online resources to help you quickly and easily prepare for meetings.
  • Initial and ongoing training opportunities to learn about girl scouts, first aid and handling emergencies, etc. 
  • Flexibility—leaders set the troop meeting times and locations.
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Let us know you if you have questions or concerns about starting a new troop.  You might not have enough time or maybe you want to make sure you’re a good fit for leading a troop.  These things are important to us, too.  Set up a time to talk with the membership staff in your area by calling or emailing our Customer Care at 509-747-8091 or customercare@gsewni.org

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If you think you might be ready to get started or you’ve already talked with our membership staff fill out the form below. This will allow us to direct our support for you and take the next steps together. NEW TROOP REQUEST FORM

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Start looking for other adults to help!

You are going to be the best person to find your co-leader and recruit parents who want to start a girl scout troop with you.  Share your excitement and let your friends know they are welcome to join this journey.

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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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

CERTIFICATE OF LIABILITY INSURANCE

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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.  Your own social network wants to know, so share your news on your personal social media pages.

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!

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Once you have met with your area’s membership staff and have become the leader of your new troop, you’ll want to host a parent/caregivers meeting and your first troop meeting.  Start thinking of a date and place for this first meeting.  Invite council membership staff or a local leader to attend and support you in providing your new troop parents/caregivers with accurate expectations and information about everyone’s first year in girl scouts.

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Stay in touch. Like us on Facebook, check us out on Pinterest, and follow us on InstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn to stay connected to council events and find other awesome volunteers.