To start a troop, you’ll need at least two unrelated adults to volunteer—yourself and one other—to serve as troop co-leaders, plus five girls. If needed, our Council can help you connect with another volunteer or place girls into your troop.
After becoming a member of Girl Scouts, you can choose your troop leader volunteer role through your Girl Scout account in MyGS. You’ll complete some trainings to help you succeed, as well as undergo a background check before meeting with your Girl Scouts.
Teaming up with your co-leader or troop volunteers, you’ll decide where and when troop meetings take place, and then you’ll set up a meeting with your troop families to talk about things like meeting logistics and the roles they can play in troop life.
Girl Scout leaders are supported every step of the way. The GSHNC staff is always available, as well as fellow volunteers in your community, to help you throughout your troop leader experience. And there are lots of resources available, including advice for working with your troop and how-to’s for leading badge activities.