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a Girl Scout leader!

As a troop leader, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences and show them they’re capable of more than they’ve ever imagined. Let’s get started!

Review the 10 Easy Steps to start a Girl Scout troop.


Now what?

Here are some ways to create a transformational troop.

1. Show Girls They Belong to a Big Sisterhood:

Girls love being part of something big and having an impact on the world—and Girl Scouting is huge! The movement includes millions of girls who share an important mission—making the world a better place. To share the excitement of the network they’ve joined, show girls the Girl Scout World map, Girl Scout Council maps and the list of USA Girl Scouts Overseas.


2. Guide Girls to Develop as Leaders:

Girl Scouting wants every girl to know how to be a leader in her life and in the world around her. When you guide girls on a National Leadership Journey, they’ll experience the three keys to leadership: Discovering Themselves, Connecting with Others, and Taking Action in the world.


3. Empower Girls to Take Action in Their Communities:

Girls want to know they can make a difference in the world—which is what you’ll help them do as you guide them on the Take Action project they’ll complete with every Journey. Girl Scouts also complete community service projects and Take Action projects to help the community.


4. Support Girls to Build Skills through Proficiency Badges:

Girls are proud to say, “See what I can do now!” when they learn something new and Girl Scout badges focus on building new skills.


5. Expand Girls’ View of the World:

As girls explore new ideas, go to new places, and meet new people, their understanding of the world—and of what is possible for them—grows.


6. Celebrate with Ceremonies and Traditions:

Girl Scouts enjoy taking part in time-honored traditions and ceremonies. They also like to create ceremonies that are meaningful to them (in fact, creating ceremonies is a Girl Scout tradition!).Be sure to celebrate all of the important milestones with your troop.


7. Use a Girl-Friendly Approach:

In Girl Scouting, it’s not what you do, but how you do it that makes the experience fun and meaningful. Girls have fun when they shape their experiences, do hands-on activities and work together. You can make this happen by using Girl Scouts’ Three Processes: Girl Led, Learning by Doing, and Cooperative Learning.


8. Encourage Girls to Earn and Learn through the Cookie Program:

When girls take part in the largest girl-led business in the world (aka the Cookie Program), they earn funds for Girl Scout activities. More importantly, they learn 5 Skills to help them in business and in life—Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics.


9. Inspire Girls to Continue Growing through Girl Scouts:

Girls are more likely to stay involved in Girl Scouts when they know about the incredible opportunities ahead. Make sure to show them what they will gain from the fun, transformational experiences of Girl Scouts.