As a troop leader (traditional, co-op, or Juliette mentor), you’ll introduce girls to new experiences and help them unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™ to take the lead and change the world.
You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop crucial skills and confidence to launch them into a lifetime of leadership.
Interested in joining and becoming a leader?
Your Year at a Glance
Upon Registration: Role On-boarding
Once you register as a troop leader, we have an optional online troop orientation for you to get familiar with Girl Scouts and your troop’s program level. New leaders are also encouraged to complete an in-person training either through your troop mentor or the council.
Upon On-boarding: Troop Start-Up
Start by confirming a regular location, day, and time for your troop meetings. Next, use the Troop Catalog Update form to share troop details (maybe even increase your troop’s capacity) so that prospective girls and adults see your troop as an option when they join. Then, hold your first family meeting to set expectations and encourage participation!
If your troop doesn’t already have a troop bank account, be sure to open one using the instructions in our Opening a Troop Bank Account article.
September–October: Prepare for and Participate in Snacks & Magazines
The Snacks & Magazines sale is an optional yet easy way for your troop to raise start-up funds. If you plan to participate, recruit a troop fall product manager or familiarize yourself with the role’s responsibilities. The sale begins October 1.
December–March: Prepare for and Participate in the Cookie Program
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the primary way for troops to earn money. If you plan to participate, recruit a troop cookie manager or familiarize yourself with the role responsibilities. It’s also a good idea to hold a cookie family meeting to get everyone on the same page. If this is your first cookie sale, refer to our handy Cookie Rookie Guide—it has all the information you need to get you started on your cookie journey. The 2019 sale begins February 9.
Throughout the Year: Help Girls Earn Badges, Journeys, and Awards
Completing badges or activities from a variety of skill-building areas is a core part of Girl Scouts. Help your girls complete at least one leadership Journey as well. We have several resources to guide you through earning badges, Journeys, and awards. For troops with girls at the Junior level and above, encourage girls to earn their Highest Award.
Throughout the Year: Connect with Your Service Unit
Stay connected with your local Girl Scout community by attending leader meetings and reaching out to your service unit volunteers when you have questions. Many service units hold events throughout the year (think cookie rallies, encampments, and more!) so your girls can meet and have fun with other Girl Scouts in your area. See our service unit directory if your not sure which service unit you belong to.
May–June: Wrap-Up the Year
Celebrate your troop by holding an end-of-year ceremony or Court of Awards! To wrap-up your year, be sure to register your troop for the upcoming year during Early Bird registration and submit your Girl Scout Finance Report.
The fun doesn’t have to end when summer begins! Hold an end-of-year family meeting to decide if your troop will participate in any summer activities together—we recommend participating in at least one.
Popular Articles This Month
- Troop Fall Product Manager Resources
- Troop Cookie Manager Resources
- Earning and Managing Troop Money
- Transitioning to a New Grade Level
- Ceremonies, Traditions, and Celebrations
- How to Renew Your Troop
- Prevent and Handle Troop Conflict