Are you excited to work directly with Girl Scouts in a troop where they'll discover new skills, make lifelong friends, and have a blast changing the world? If you answered "Yes!", then you'll absolutely love being part of your troop's leadership team!
One of the perks of volunteering as a troop leader is the freedom to choose when, where, and how often your group gets together! And guess what? Troop leaders receive ongoing resources, training, and support from council staff and local volunteers. Every troop needs incredible role models, just like you! If you want more information before jumping in, be sure to check out our New Leader's Guide to Success/Guía al éxito para nuevos líderes.
New leader drop-in sessions are an opportunity to connect with a GSEMA staff member virtually and ask your questions in real-time. Register for this free online event to ask questions, connect with your peers, and get to know your Volunteer Support Specialist.
Getting Started Checklist
Step-by-step satisfaction for getting started as a new troop leader in Girl Scouts.
Getting Started in Leadership trainings
Log into MyGS and click gsLearn to follow this learning path that guides you through the basics of troop leadership on your own schedule.
Girl Scout Family Connection Guide
Share this overview of what a year in Girl Scouts is like with troop families as you welcome them to Girl Scouts and your troop.
Troop Volunteer Roles Worksheet
Many volunteer skills, interests, and abilities are needed for a troop to be successful – use this worksheet to help you start a conversation with other adults about how they can get involved!
Host a Parent/Caregiver Meeting
Outlining clear expectations, building a team, and engaging families in the Girl Scout experience is a great way to start off on the right foot.
Troop Year Plans
Our age-appropriate troop year plans are the best tool for first-year troop leaders to get started with Girl Scouts without getting overwhelmed.
When you’re ready to start planning your year, log into the online Volunteer Toolkit, your official source for delivering easy, fun troop meetings year-round, through your MyGS Account. Check out the VTK Troop Volunteer Guide for extra help.
Here are some strategies and resources for inviting others to join in the fun with your troop!
Talk About It
Get others in your community excited about Girl Scouts by sharing what you’re doing and inviting them to join you.
Online Registration Instructions
Step by step instructions for how to register as a new Girl Scout.
Printable Fillable “Join My Troop” Flyers
Distribute and post flyers at schools and in the community (with permission).
Share on Social
Share troop openings on social media using the images above. Here’s some sample messaging you can customize:
I am starting up a new Daisy Girl Scout troop for future Girl Scouts in K-1 in the [COMMUNITY NAME] area, and I would love to have your family join us! Our troop will do all sorts of exciting things, from earning badges to exploring nature, going on field trips, participating in the Cookie Program, and more! To find out more, just ask for additional information at gsema.org/moreinfo.