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How to Start a Troop

Parents and community members make a key difference in the lives of girls by guiding them through the Girl Scout experience!

At GSSJC, we will support you with getting started as a troop leader volunteer and with starting your troop! We offer support every step of the way. 

Here’s how:

  • We offer convenient, online trainings that give you everything you need to know to get started on your schedule.
  • We offer guidance from our volunteer support staff team.
  • We connect you with an experienced volunteer mentor in your community that can offer support locally.
  • We have troop activity plans to help you quickly and easily prepare for troop meetings.
  • And flexibility—leaders set the troop meeting times, locations and frequency for their troop! 

We know you may have more questions so here are a few of the most frequent questions we hear:

How much time will I need?

Troop leaders choose the meeting day, time and frequency for their troop. We know you have a lot of things to juggle, so being a troop leader fits into a variety of schedules.

We recommend that troops meet twice per month but once a month is also great. 

How do I get my troop number?

There are a few steps to complete in order to get your new troop number.

  1. Complete your volunteer registration with Girl Scouts for now you can select the “Unsure” participation option.
  2. A member of our Placement team will then reach out to you to talk through any questions you have. They will assign you a troop number and assign you the troop leader so that you can complete your online background check.
  3. Complete and pass a free online background check.

You can also set up an appointment directly with a Placement Specialist to talk through getting a new troop number issued or completing your registration. 

What happens once I'm assigned a troop number?

Once you are assigned your troop number and pass the free online background check you must:

  1. Complete online training.
  2. Add and recruit girls into your troop. Our troops need a minimum of five girls to get started – if you need help with adding girls, please reach out to your placement specialist.
  3. Secure a second leader (our troops need at least two leaders to get started).
  4. Decide when and where to meet. If your troop is meeting in person, your meeting space needs to be a safe, clean and secure environment that allows all girls to participate. See these guidelines for meeting during COVID-19.
  5. Open a bank account for troop money-earning activities such as Fall Product and Cookie Programs.
  6. Hold a parent meeting to get parents' support as troop helpers and volunteers.
  7. Hold meetings and have fun!