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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. We want leading a troop to be a great time, and we’ll support you all the way. We provide our leaders with:

  • Online trainings that give you everything you need to fit your schedule.
  • The Volunteer Toolkit, an online resource, is a fantastic way to manage troop communication and membership. New leaders will also appreciate learning how to work with girls in their troop who are exploring Journeys, Daisy Petals, or legacy badges, as well as ideas for how to get girls outside.
  • Flexibility—leaders set the troop meeting times and locations, and each troop is assigned two leaders to allow for flexibility and continuity.

Here's how to get started:

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Identify your group.

Think about what your troop will look like! What grade(s) would you like to work with? Would you like to have girls from your school, community, or neighborhood? What kind of activities are you prepared to do with the girls?

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Pick a day, time, and location for troop meetings.

It’s a great idea to start thinking about how your troop will get together. 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 building, or local businesses.

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Request a troop number.

Fill out the Troop Number Request Form to receive your new troop’s number! 

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Once you receive your troop number, register as a Volunteer and complete your background check.

Become a Member of Girl Scouts of the USA. National adult membership dues are $15.

Click here to register as a volunteer. Fill out some basic contact information and then select I want to join as a Volunteer. This will take you to our troop catalog where you can enter your troop number and select the role of Troop Leader. Click continue and provide a few more membership details and complete your registration payment.

Complete your required background check by using the link in your email invitation from Verified Volunteers. Your personal invitation will be sent by email once registration is complete. The electronic background check cost can be approximately $11.50, however financial assistance for this fee is available.

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Complete your online leader training.

With our online Volunteer Learning Portal, you will create a login to access and track your progress. Select the leadership training for your program level (Daisy, Brownie, Junior) and complete the modules marked as required. At the end of your leadership training you’ll earn your own virtual badges.

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Spread the word about your troop!

It’s never too early to start spreading the word about your new Girl Scout troop. You can talk to your daughter’s friends, your neighbors, and other families in the community to make sure that you will have a lively troop. As a bonus, more girls usually means more adults who will be happy to help you facilitate this troop. 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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Start looking for other adults to help.

A troop needs just one volunteer to get started, but we've seen great success with troops that have one adult volunteer for each registered girl. Troops can have more than two leaders, and they typically have additional volunteers to help with the Cookie Program, Fall Product Sale (Snacks + Magazines), as well as other adults to pitch in with chaperoning 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. You’ll find out more about volunteer roles in the leader training.