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Start a Troop

Parents and community members make a key difference in the lives of girls by guiding them through the Girl Scout experience. We want leading a troop to be a great time, and we’ll support you all 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, and each troop is assigned two leaders to allow for flexibility and continuity.

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. We even have a troop leader blog, which covers basics like planning your first meeting and things to teach new Girl Scouts.

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 can 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.

Do you have other questions? Ask us anything!

How to Start a New Girl Scout Troop

How exciting—you’re starting a new Girl Scout Troop! We’re here to make the process easy, so you can get to the fun parts as quickly as possible.

Step 1: Register + Complete On-boarding Online

  1. Visit our registration site to begin the volunteering process.
  2. On the next page, select “I want to lead her troop.”
  3. Become a Member of Girl Scouts of the USA. National membership dues are $25, and financial assistance is available.
  4. Follow-up emails will guide you through completing your required background check and orientation.

Step 2: Start Looking for Other Adults to Help

A troop needs at least two un-related adults 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, Snacks + Magazines, as well as other adults to pitch in with 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.

Step 3: 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

Step 4: Spread the Word About Your 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’ve created the resources below to help you spread the word.

In addition to your word of mouth efforts, your troop will be listed in our online catalog, so you may have additional girls signing up that way.

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Girl Invite Slip

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A slip to invite prospective girls and share troop information.

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Join Troop Flyer

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A customizable flier to share more information about your troop or share information more widely.

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Facebook Cover Image

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A “Be Yourself and Join My Troop” cover image to use on Facebook.

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Facebook Post Image

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A “Be Yourself and Join My Troop” post image to use on Facebook.