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
Start Your Troop In 7 Easy Steps!
Decide to be a role model by joining Girl Scouts as a troop leader!
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
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.
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:
Places of worship
centers and buildings
Set up your new troop.
Fill out the New
Troop Request to notify us about your interest in starting a new troop.
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!