As a troop mentor, you help orient new troop leaders and Juliette mentors to their role. You are their local contact and, sometimes, the first Girl Scout volunteer they speak with. By being a new troop leader’s go-to person throughout the year, you make it easier for them to provide an amazing Girl Scout experience to girls.
Your Year at a Glance
Upon Registration: Role On-Boarding
Once you register as a troop mentor, we have an online service unit orientation to help you understand your role. Then, each service unit volunteer must complete the position agreement every year, which includes a full position description.
Ongoing: Welcome Call to New Troop Leaders
Your service unit manager should let you know who the new leaders in your service unit are. Then, it is your job to call those new leaders and let them know about the amazing support you, your service unit, and the council has to offer. Encourage them to ask for help! Be sure to invite new leaders to any upcoming service unit leader meetings and new leader orientations.
Be prepared to answer questions about troop meetings, troop-start up, registrations, etc.—you can look over the troop leader position checklist to understand more about their role.
September–November: Facilitate a New Leader Orientation
We encourage you to facilitate a new leader orientation for new troop leaders in your area.
September–October: Snacks & Magazines Check-In
Check in with new leaders to see if they have questions or concerns about the Snacks & Magazines program. Let them know that this is a great opportunity for troops to earn start-up money.
December–January: Cookie Program Check-In
Check-in with new leaders to see if they have questions or concerns about the upcoming Cookie Program and refer them to the appropriate resources if needed, such as your service unit cookie manager and council staff.
March–May: Spring Check-In
Encourage and remind new troops to register early! If you don’t hear back by July, follow up with new troops to see if they will be returning. If not, make sure they know the troop disband process.
Be prepared to answer questions related to bridging and Court of Awards. Our article Ceremonies, Traditions, and Celebrations is a great resource to point leaders to.
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