Start Your Troop In 7 Easy Steps!
Register yourself as a Girl Scout!
You'll need to become a member of Girl Scouts by registering online then successfully completing a background check.
During the registration process, first check for open troop leader positions near you. If you don’t see what you are looking for or would like to start your own troop, click “UNSURE” and indicate that you are interested in starting your own troop in the comments section and see Step 4 below!
The background check process typically takes a few days. While you wait, you can start reviewing the online training resources available to you.
Once you’ve registered as a member and are linked to a troop with a leadership position, you’ll gain access to our online Volunteer Toolkit (VTK), event and program resource listings, and much more!
Ask your friends to help!
When you ask a friend or neighbor to join you, you already have great chemistry. That makes leading a troop more fun. Together, you'll need to decide on a meeting location, meeting frequency (day and start time), start date, and what grade level (or levels!) your troop will include.
A troop needs at least two unrelated, background-checked adults (one of whom must be female) to get started, and most leaders also look for additional volunteers to help throughout the year.
Troops can have more than two leaders, and they typically have additional volunteers to help with the Girl Scout Cookie Program, fall product program, and to assist with snacks, field trips, and other activities.
Parents/guardians of other girls in your troop are great people to ask to help right from the beginning, although adults from the community might love this opportunity, too. We can help you recruit volunteers for your troop, but people tend to have the most fun with adults they already know in real life.
Pick a day, time, and location for troop meetings.
Start thinking right away about where and when your troop will meet. Contact potential venues now as you complete your Girl Scout registration, background check, and onboarding process.
Keep in mind:
Most troops meet twice per month, but you should choose a schedule that works best for you.
Your meeting space needs to be a safe, clean, and secure environment that allows all girls to participate. Good options include:
Places of worship
Set up your new troop.
Fill out the New Troop Request form to notify us about your interest in starting a new troop.