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New Troop Leader Support

Guidelines for In-Person Troop Meetings & Activities

GSU is carefully watching revisions to the state of Utah Health Guidelines and updating our meeting guidelines as changes occur. Please review GSU's guidelines for the most recent information on when and how troops can meet for in-person opportunities as well as participate in council programming based on the risk level for your county. 

We ask all volunteers, girls, and parents to exercise extreme caution and stay up-to-date with the latest CDC and local health department guidelines.

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As part of your training, you must complete the New Troop Leader Checklist.

Please download your Troop Leader Manual which will help you accomplish each step. 

New Troop Checklist: 6 Steps

1. Start Required Training

Girl Scouts of USA: Girl Scouting 101

45 minute training about the history and vision of Girl Scouts of the USA.

New Troop Leader Training

This course is required, and will tell you everything you need to know to be a successful Troop Leader!
  1. Sign up for a classroom course. These courses are available at our three Girl Scout offices and are offered multiple times throughout the year. Check out the Activities tab on our website to look for the next New Troop Leader Training classroom course. Click the course title to go to the registration page.
  2. Take the online course. This is an interactive course that takes approximatly 1 hour to complete. This training works best on a laptop or desktop computer.

2. Decide on a Troop Meeting Place and Time
Determine what is the best time for you and your co-leader to meet as a troop.

You need to determine:                                                       

  • Meeting time
  • Meeting day
  • Meeting frequency (every other week)
  • Meeting place.

You will need to report this information to Customer Care at

3. Select your Volunteer Toolkit Year Plan
Pick and customize your Year Plan in the Volunteer Toolkit!
You can always update your plan at any time!


Volunteer Essentials

Safety Activity Checkpoints

Program Opportunities

Sample Parent Meeting

Parent Interest Survey

4. Hold a Parent / Guardian Meeting
Holding a Parent/Guardian Meeting is crucial in sustaining the health and success of the troop.

Parents should be expected to help in some way. They can be a troop treasurer, a troop cookie manager, teach a badge, or help at a cookie booth.

See the resources below for more information about parent meetings.

5. Set Up a Troop Bank Account
Complete required forms for your Wells Fargo bank account and submit them to Girl Scouts of Utah Finance Department by fax or in-person. 

We will set the account up for you - no need to go into the bank! You will receive your troop debit card directly from Wells Fargo.

Download the paperworkDo not complete this step until you and your co-leader have:

  • Completed registration and the criminal background check and 
  • Have at least five girls in your troop
6. Meet or Contact Your Girl Scout Community
Get involved to receive support and opportunities for your girls!  

Girl Scout troops are divided into 33 regional areas called "Service Units." These are organized by local volunteers called the Service Unit Team.

These volunteers organize meetings to network with other troop leaders and to give trainings. They also plan local events and activities with their girls.


After you have completed your trainings (Step 1), you will receive the contact information of your local Service Unit.


Resources for New Troop Leaders

Troop Leader Manual - This manual is the companion to the New Troop Leader Training and contains the basic resources needed for running a troop.

Parent Interest Survey- Use this form to find out the experience, interests and background of your parents. You can modify this document to fit badge requirements that your troop might participate in this year. 

Parent Meeting PowerPoint- Use this PowerPoint when you present to your Parents. It will help everyone learn more about safety, cost, activities and cookies. It will also get parents excited to participate! 

Balancing Your Role - How to balance being a Girl Scout Troop Leader and a parent.