Girl Invite Slip - A customizable slip to invite prospective girls and share troop information.
New Leader Training
In order to build our girls into great leaders, we have to start with ourselves! We offer free online training to empower you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to deliver fun, safe, and meaningful Girl Scout experiences to the girls in your troop.
Learn how to get your troop started on the How to Start a Troop page. While your troop is forming, get familiar with the New Leader's Guide to Success and choose a New Troop Leader Training option below.
Troop Leader Learning Path
New Troop Leader Training Options
Recruit Girl Members & Adult Volunteers
It’s never too early to start spreading the word about your new Girl Scout troop. Even while you wait to complete your onboarding and get a troop number, you can talk to your girl’s friends, your neighbors, and other families in the community to make sure that your girl will have a lively troop. As a bonus, more girls usually means more adults who will be happy to help you lead! Before you host your first official meeting, you should aim to recruit at least 8 girls and 1 or more additional adult volunteers (who are not related to you) to create a thriving Girl Scout troop.
The girl and adult recruitment process should take about 4-6 weeks and, in addition to your word of mouth efforts, our Community Managers will support you with recruiting girls, hosting parent information nights at your girl’s school, and providing customized resources to help you spread the word.
We’ve created a few downloadable tools to get you started:
Join My Troop Facebook Cover Image - Update your Facebook Cover Photo to let your friends know your troop has open spots available.
Join My Troop Fillable Flyer - A customizable flyer to add a description of what makes your troop special!
Connect With Your Service Unit
Your Service Unit is made up of a team of local volunteers in your area who will help you as you get your new troop started and will connect you with other troop leaders in your area! Service Units hold regular meetings to keep troop leaders up-to-date with local happenings and will help you stay connected with other troop leaders like you!
Get Ready for Your First Meetings
Hosting Your Parent Meeting
After you've completed Part 2 of the New Troop Leader Learning Path, First Troop Meetings, and before your first troop meeting, invite your troop families to their first parent meeting, where you'll set the tone for the year, recruit troop volunteers, collect safety forms (everyone needs an Annual Permission and Girl Health History to get started), and talk details about troop dues, Girl Scouts, and the awesome activities you'll do this year.
Psst—If you're not comfortable hosting your own parent meeting, our Community Managers can help!
Parent Meeting Resources:
- Parent/Caregiver Meeting Agenda | PDF
- In-person parent meeting Example | Video
- Virtual parent meeting Example | Video
Planning Your First Girl Only Troop Meeting
Your first few troop meetings will be all about getting to know one another, learning about Girl Scouts, and establishing a routine and rhythm for your troop meetings.
First Troop Meeting Resources:
Open Your Troop Bank Account
All troops will need to open and maintain a troop bank account to manage troop income and expenses. Complete Part 3 of the New Troop Leader Learning Path, Troop Finance Basics, for more information. You will need two adult signers on your troop bank account (troop leader and troop treasurer). All signers must be registered members with an approved background check on file. When you have your two signers in place, you'll want to complete the Bank Account Creation Packet to open your bank account. Learn more about the how to complete the packet by viewing the Troop Bank Account Creation Packet video.
Essential Girl Scout Experience
To get the full Girl Scout experience, we encourage all troops to:
- Plan the year together, remember: Girl Scout troops can do anything, from camping and high adventure to arts and crafts, to science and engineering activities! It’s important to put your girls’ and their needs and interests first, but having a well-rounded Girl Scout experience will not only introduce your girls to a wide variety of skills and experiences, it will encourage healthy risk-taking, open minds, and strengthen sisterhood.
- Meet at least once per month during the school year to form a tight-knit troop
- Choose badges or activities from a variety of skill-building areas
- Hone their entrepreneurial skills by starting a troop cookie biz through the Girl Scout Cookie Program
- Explore the great outdoors through an age-appropriate outdoor experience
- Attend or hold an end-of-year celebration or event to celebrate what they’ve accomplished
- Learn resilience, risk-taking, confidence, and other crucial life skills at summer camp
Explore Our Resources and Join Our Community
Whatever you want to learn, we’ve got a resource for that.
- Ready to learn about what leading a troop looks like? Our Leader's Guide to Success got you covered!
- Looking for program information? Check out Events Calendar for a variety of programs for girls of all ages, and camp.gsnorcal.org for outdoor program opportunities.
Excited to connect with your new
Girl Scout community? Like
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and follow us on Instagram
to learn about council events
and find other awesome volunteers.
- Stoked about even more tips, tricks, and resources? Check out the Troop Leader Blueprint to kick off your troop plans, subscribe to The Trailhead, our troop leader blog, bookmark the Volunteer Learning Portal (and dive into those trainings!), explore the Volunteer Toolkit, and get to know the Volunteer Essentials and Forms Index for details on Girl Scout policies.
Join our Online Communities!