Becoming a new leader doesn’t have to be an intimidating process. Get started on your new journey with our New Troop Leader Guide (PDF) and reference our checklist below.
All Girl Scout troops are required to have two registered leaders who are unrelated before you decide on a meeting place and time. This requirement is for the safety for all Girl Scout members.
Leaders and co-leaders are required to have a current membership and be approved through our volunteer background check process.
After you and your co-leader have completed your volunteer background checks, you're ready to start your training.
Your Membership Support Specialist (MSS) is here to help! They can set you up with resources from the council and connect you with your service unit team.
The council is divided into service units based on geographic location. Each service unit is comprised of Girl Scouts, volunteers, and caregivers. Service unit volunteers organize informational meetings for leaders to network with each other, share best practices, offer support, and provide valuable training. They also plan local events and activities for the girls.
Contact Customer Care to get in touch with your MSS.
Healthy troops have at least 10-12 girls. You may have girls in your community ready to join the troop, or we may have girls waiting to join! If you need help recruiting girls for your troop, contact your Membership Support Specialist (MSS) for suggestions and ideas. If you don’t know your MSS, contact Customer Care.
Once you've met your MSS, it's time to set up a family/caregiver meeting, an important step to sustaining a healthy and successful troop.
Caregivers need to know how to help, and a meeting sets their expectations for the troop keeps them informed of troop matters. Start with important troop information:
Encourage each family to register at least one adult as aTroop Supporter to ensure families are engaged in the success of the troop and will provide leaders with the support they need.
After the meeting, send a recap to families and add your meeting day, time, and location to myGS. Consider how you’ll include families that join the troop later and ensure a smooth, welcoming transition.
Complete the forms for your Wells Fargo bank account and submit them to Girl Scouts of Utah’s 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.
The Volunteer Toolkit, or VTK, is a place to keep your records, maintain your troop roster, make your yearly and meeting plans, and locate other resources for troop leaders. There are templates available for earning badges as well as a finance tab for keeping on top of your troop finances.
The VTK also has information on how adults can help the troop, located under the "Meeting Overview."
Check out the tutorials available in gsLearn or contact your MSS for assistance. Access VTK from myGS.