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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, and we have lots of detailed resources to help you get started!

Many volunteers have at least a few questions before standing up to lead a 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. Troop leaders choose the meeting day, time, and frequency — and there is no requirement for how often a troop should meet.

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 and troop support volunteers who will bring complementary skills and experience to share.

What support or help is there for leaders?

Each troop has at least two leaders, so you will have a partner to help lead and to share the fun. We encourage you to invite other parents or friends 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 Troop Support team for guidance when you need.


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Ready to get going? Here's how:
 

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Decide to be a role model by joining Girl Scouts as a troop leader!

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Grab coffee with a Membership Specialist. In this one-on-one conversation, you'll learn more about leading a troop, discuss potential co-leaders, and decide on troop details (like meeting schedule and location). This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about becoming a Girl Scout leader — no question is too silly or too small!

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Register as a volunteer, if you haven't already. Once registered, check your email for your background check invitation with a screening link. (Check your Spam folder if you don’t get a link within 24 hours of registration.) You will receive a welcome e-mail when your background check is approved.

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Start recruiting! Our staff will get your troop set up in our membership system, and assign your troop its official number. We'll support you in finding girls and adults interested in joining and supporting your new troop.

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Attend Troop Leader Orientation and begin familiarizing yourself with troop leader resources. Take home a copy of a Girl Scout Journey of your choice, and begin to explore Girl Scout programming and meeting plans through the Volunteer Toolkit

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Get ready for your first troop meeting! Schedule a parent meeting to share troop volunteer opportunities and collect safety forms. (All forms are available on the Volunteer Toolkit under the "Resources" tab.) The Membership Specialist you have been working with will attend, too, to support you and help make sure your first meeting runs smoothly and successfully.

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Stay in touch! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date with council events and opportunities. Connect with your local Area Team to grow your Girl Scout community, and subscribe to our Troop Leader blog: The Low Down.

CONGRATS—you are ready to hold your first Girl Scout meeting!

Questions? Our Membership team is here to support you every step of the way. Just email customercare@girlscoutssoaz.org or call 520-327-2288.

Get Started!