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Troop of the Most

The purpose of this patch program for Girl Scout “Troop of the Most” is designed to fit comfortably into a troop’s yearly plan of Girl Scout activities such as the cookie program, bridging, April Showers and service projects. All activities are designed to enhance and supplement ongoing troop programs.

First-year patch and age-level segment recognize participation; succeeding years’ participation is recognized with an age-level segment for each year. All activities are designed to enhance and supplement ongoing troop programs. These requirements are the same for each year a troop participates in the Troop of the Most patch program (occasionally updated as the need arises).

The Girl Scout program is based on the principles of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and the Journey program, which engages girls to Discover who they are and what they stand for, Connect with others and Take Action to make the world a better place.

Once you've met the requirements, fill out the Troop of the Most form to qualify!

Leader Responsibilities

A Girl Scout leader helps girls in developing the necessary life skills to become the best they can be. The leader encourages girls to manage tasks, to challenge themselves and cheers their accomplishments. Journey resources, The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and Program standards, found in Volunteer Essentials and established by the national organization, are guides for troops in judging and improving the quality of program for girls. They are intended to help leaders by indicating practices which experience has shown to be effective in achieving a well-rounded troop program; a “Troop of the Most!” Troop program should meet the needs and interests of girls, and include opportunities for:

  • A wide variety of fun activities
  • Individual and group participation
  • Value development and skill building
  • Interaction with troops at the same and different levels.
  • Exploration of potential roles of women
  • Understanding and appreciation of several cultures other than their own
  • Active participation in the community

Some responsibilities and requirements of a troop leader that do not directly touch on program, yet are vital for the troop’s well-being are:

  • Recruits troop volunteers—hold parent meetings at least once a year to keep parents informed about program activities and to gain support for the troop
  • Registers troop during assigned registration time
  • Maintains current troop records
  • Manages troop finances
  • Participates in the annual cookie program
  • Meets membership requirements
  • Abides by national and local Girl Scout policies, standards and procedures
  • Complete the Leader Prep Series—New Troop Leader Training, Grade Level Training and Troop Money Management
  • Maintains knowledge of the troop level program through participation in Girl Scout adult education courses
  • Attends and participates in Service Area meetings

Girls and their leaders should work as partners in planning a balance of activities that are girl-led. All girls should take part in service activities or projects. Such activities or projects should be based on the interest of the girls and the needs of the community. For more ideas, programs and activities within Girl Scouts and GSUSA visit girlscoutssoaz.org.

Troop of the Most Requirements

The troop or group must complete 13 activities. There are 6 activities that are required, plus an additional 7 of the troop’s choice. Do not use the same activity to fulfill more than one requirement. The application form must be filled out and signed by your Service area Manager or designated service team member. Present completed form at the Girl Scout Shop to purchase patch and age-level segment.

Time Frame: October 1 – September 30 of each year; because of the nature of the activities, it will take an entire year to complete the program.

Troop of the Most Required Activities

1 : Girl Registration

  • Registered a new troop OR
  • Retained 90 percent of girls from last year still eligible to be in your troop (Doesn’t include girls who have bridged or moved) OR
  • Added two girls who were not Girl Scouts to last year’s total Activity

2: Adult Registration

  • Troop has at least three registered adult volunteers: Leader, Assistant Leader, Troop Cookie Manager/ Troop Fall Product Manager or Troop Support Volunteers Activity

3: Adult Education

  • Leader and/or Assistant Leader (s) combined attended two adult development courses or Councilsponsored adult enrichment events during the year. (One course each or one person attending two)

4: Service Unit Meetings

  • Leader, Assistant Leader or registered troop volunteer has attended three Neighborhood Association meetings during the year Discover: A key to leadership Activity

5: Cookie Program

  • Troop participated in Cookie Program Activity

6: Badge and Journey Completion

  • 75% of Girl Scout Daisies received more than one Daisy Petal or participated in a Journey activity OR
  • 75% of Girl Scout Brownies earned more than one badge or earned one Journey award during the year OR
  • 75% of Girl Scout Juniors earned more than one badge or earned one Journey award during the year OR
  • 75% of Girl Scout Cadettes completed one badge or earned one Journey award during the year OR
  • 75% of Girl Scout Seniors completed one badge or earned one Journey award during the year OR
  • 75% of Girl Scout Ambassadors completed one badge or earned one Journey award during the year
Troop of the Most Additional Activities

Choose at least seven of the following activities, for a total of 13 completed activities.

Activity 1: Registration

  • Troop registered by October 15 or within three weeks of first troop meeting

Activity 2: Gifts for Girls

  • Troop participated in Gifts for Girls—at least 90 percent of families made a contribution Activities Based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience Discover: A Key to Leadership Activity

Activity 3: Fall Product Program

  • Troop participated in Fall Product Program Activity

Activity 4: Outdoors

  • Two troop meetings during the year have an outdoor theme (hiking, ecology, nature crafts, teaching out-of-door skills, etc.)

Activity 5: Careers

  • One troop meeting during the year has a theme based on careers

Activity 6: STEM

  • One troop meeting during the year has a theme based on science, technology, engineering or math Activity

Activity 7: Healthy Living

  • One troop meeting during the year has a theme based on sports, First Aid, healthy living, safety or nutrition

Activity 8: Look Forward

  • Troop has discussed the activities available to them in the next program level Connect: A Key to Leadership

Activity 9: Bridging

  • Troop participated in a bridging event or activity with another troop. The joint activity can be own bridging or assisting another troop(s)

Activity 10: Events

  • Troop participates in at least one all-school, neighborhood, district or Council-wide event

Activity 11: Travel

  • Troop traveled locally or beyond Activity 12: Summer Activity
  • Troop planned and carried out at least one summer activity

Activity 12: Planning

  • Troop uses a Girl Scout democratic form of government (Brownie ring, Patrol System-Court of Honor, Town Hall) to enhance girl/adult planning

Activity 13: Invite new girls

  • Troop planned and carried out at least one activity to which new girls were invited to attend

Activity 14: International Activity/Juliet Low World Friendship Fund

  • Troop participated in one international activity and donated to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund Take Action: A Key to Leadership

Activity 15: Service

  • Troop participated and reported in Seasons of Giving with a minimum of two service projects AND Council-wide April Showers

Activity 16: Ceremony

  • Troop planned and/or participated in at least three of the following ceremonies.
  • Flag Ceremony
  • Investiture
  • Rededication
  • Court of Awards
  • Scout’s Own
  • Thinking Day/World Association

Activity 17: Troop is Girl-led

  • Troop helped design, vote on and evaluate activities (at least 50% of all troop activities are girl-led)