Start Your Troop In 7 Easy Steps!
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 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!
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
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.
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
up your new troop.
out the New Troop Request form to notify us about your
interest in starting a new troop.