Starting a Troop in 8 Easy Steps
- Fill out a Volunteer Application - If you’re
interested in starting a troop, the very first thing you should do is submit a
Volunteer Application/Background Check Authorization to get approved for
- Contact Girl Scouts - Contact your local Membership Manager in your area who
will assist you in getting your troop together.
- Become a Member - Register as a member of the
- Complete the Screening Process- As a potential
volunteer, your application will go through a screening process. During this
process a criminal background check will be conducted and you will be asked to
participate in an interview. The interview should take no longer than 15
minutes, may be conducted in person, over the phone or online, and will assist
us in making sure we’ve found the ideal placement for you in our organization.
Following the screening process, you will receive official notification
announcing that you successfully passed screening and are being appointed to a
particular volunteer position.
- Complete Training Requirements- To be a troop
leader, you will need to complete the following training:
- Girl Scouting 101- This can be completed online at http://training.girlscouts.org
(password is “discover”) or as a home study course. The training is an
introduction of the Girl Scout organization, our program and what it is like to
be a Girl Scout volunteer. This training
requirement should be completed prior to meeting with girls. Password is “aboutGS101”
Essentials - This online resource will be your guide throughout the year, so you
will need to begin to make yourself familiar with it. You will find a Quick
Start Guide in the front with all of the necessary, “need-to-know” information
to get you started. To complete the Volunteer Essentials training requirement,
you can either use the home study found online or attend a face-to-face
training class. This training requirement
should be completed prior to meeting with girls.
- Getting Girls for Your Troop- You may
already have a group of girls ready to start a troop, and that’s great! If not,
talk to your membership manager about your options for recruitment.
- Host a parent meeting - Review the
section in Volunteer Essentials on holding parent meetings for guidance. Let
your membership manager know if you need assistance preparing for the meeting.
your troop - Make
sure all girls and adults participating in the troop are registered as members.
Once that has been completed, you’re an official troop! Have fun!!
If you have any questions please contact Raleigh Walker
, Volunteer Services Manager at 901.334.3462