A Girl Scout troop, or a group of Girl Scouts and volunteers that meet regularly, is one of many ways to participate in Girl Scouting. Troops set their own schedule for meetings, decide what activities they want to enjoy, and find ways to improve their community.
Caregivers and community members make a key difference in the lives of Girl Scouts by guiding them through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience! At Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX), we want leading a troop to be a great time, which is why we'll support you every step of the way. We provide our leaders with:
Convenient, online training
Individual guidance from council staff and trained volunteers
Online resources to help you quickly and easily prepare for meetings
Flexibility to set the troop meeting times and locations based on their needs
Once you have a processed background check, staff from the membership team will reach out by phone and/or email to introduce themselves and schedule a time to chat. The membership team is your go-to people in Girl Scouts and will get you set with the required training and other steps to get you started in your volunteer role.
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We have lots of resources to engage youth in your community to grow your troop. Customize recruitment resources or use ready-made digital and print assets. Don’t forget to list your troop number to make it easy for them to register!
Before you start planning troop activities, you need to first meet troop members and their families at a family involvement meeting. The troop leadership team should organize a meeting that covers these essential topics:
Determine meeting time, place, and frequency
Collect necessary forms
Communicate expectations of youth and family involvement
Learn about Girl Scouts’ interests
Recruit more leaders! You'll want at least two people on your leadership team, and the more the merrier.
Most importantly, have an amazing Girl Scout year! Don’t forget to follow GSCTX on social media to get real-time updates on happenings in our council.
Where are troop meetings held?
Your meeting space needs to be a safe, clean, and secure environment that allows all Girl Scouts to participate. Good options include:
Virtual troop meetings
Places of worship
Community centers and buildings
How much time will I need to dedicate as a leader?
We value your time! Being a troop leader can be made to fit your schedule. Most leaders spend about three hours preparing for and leading meetings. We recommend meeting twice per month; however, some troops choose to meet more or less frequently. Meetings can be planned ahead of time in the Volunteer Toolkit—our online planning tool full of extensive programs and activities that you can incorporate into your yearly plan.
How do I know what activities to do with Girl Scouts?
The Volunteer Toolkit gives you access to a whole year of Girl Scout fun by age level. Year plans come with pre-populated sets of meetings that give you plenty of ideas for activities and all the resources you need at your fingertips. Your year plan is fully customizable. You can even track Girl Scouts’ attendance and achievements!
What support is available for me as a leader?
Each troop has at least two leaders, so you will have a partner to help lead and to share the fun. We encourage you to invite another caregiver or friend to co-lead with you, or we can work with you and your community to help connect you with a co-leader.
We provide online and in-person training for leaders that you can complete at your convenience, and we provide detailed activity plans that make it easy to get meetings going. You’ll also have access to our dedicated volunteer support team for guidance.
How do I get youth to join my troop?
It’s never too early to start spreading the word about your new Girl Scout troop! Even while you wait to complete your onboarding and get a troop number, you can talk to friends, your neighbors, and other families in the community to make sure that your Girl Scouts will have a lively troop. Before you host your first official meeting, you should aim to recruit at least eight Girl Scouts and one or more additional adult volunteers (who are not related to you) to create a thriving Girl Scout troop.
The youth and adult recruitment process should be about three to four weeks.
In addition to your word-of-mouth efforts, our recruitment team can help you with recruiting Girl Scouts, providing resources to help you spread the word.
Are parents required to volunteer?
While parents are not required to volunteer, we strongly recommend all caregivers and adults be registered and background-checked so they can support the leaders at meetings and events when necessary.
Parents are also vital in the optimization of a troop!
Parents who wish to assist with the Girl Scout Cookie Program, troop finances, transportation, chaperone trips, and other volunteer-related activities, must complete a criminal background check.
Studies show that the most successful troops have the full support and participation of the Girl Scout’s family!