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LEADING A TROOP

Volunteers can be a troop leader, co-leader, cookie or sales manager, or parent helper for a troop. Troops can meet in schools, churches, community centers, etc. Leaders have the choice of how often they'd like to meet. Find out more about the Troop Volunteer Position and find answers to New Leader FAQs. You can even view our Daisy Starter Kit to get a feeling for how a troop operates and what resources are available to our troop leaders.

Becoming a troop leader is easy. Just follow these simple steps.

New Leader FAQ

The rewards of becoming a Girl Scout volunteer are many. In addition to helping girls develop leadership skills and self-esteem, volunteers improve their own confidence and career skills. As a Girl Scout leader, you are part of a large network of volunteers. You will meet people, make friendships and share in meaningful projects in your community. 

No. We welcome all interested adults, ages 18 and older, to apply as Girl Scout volunteers. Girl Scouts is volunteer-driven, and we need everyone's help. We currently have Girl Scout leaders who are community leaders, senior citizens, college students and others who don't currently have daughters who are Girl Scouts.

The troop leader decides how often meetings take place, as well as when meetings take place. Troops can meet weekly, bi-monthly or monthly; after school, in the evenings or on weekends. 

A leader is appointed for one year. We encourage leaders to extend that year if they desire.

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana serves as a resource of information and materials. Training is provided to help all new leaders understand the Girl Scout philosophy, policies and procedures. Training covers materials and information needed to begin troop meeting and activities.

In addition, our Pinterest page offers many suggestions for activities, crafts and Girl Scout traditions. A council e-newsletter keeps volunteers up-to-date; the "What's New" blog features program opportunities and updates; S'More Support links volunteers to opportunities in our council; and we're sharing ideas and fun on Twitter and Facebook

The reason Girl Scouts has remained a vital and valuable program for over 100 years is because it is designed to address the specific and ever-changing needs of girls. While it is fun to hear about adults' own Girl Scout experiences, it is essential that the girls have a say in what they do with their troop. The core values embodied in the Girl Scout program, Law and mission will always remain the same, however the activities used to instill those values are as varied and changing as the girls themselves.

Yes! Web-based, self-study and face-to-face trainings are available throughout the calendar year and council geography.

As a volunteer, you can count on help from a variety of people. Staff, most often a membership specialist from your area, will be available to answer questions, help recruit girls and assist with finding a meeting place, if needed. Local volunteers from your community, organized into a service unit are also key to getting your troop off the ground. These local volunteers are often great examples of the good things that Girl Scouts accomplish. Regular service unit meetings are held throughout the school year, so there are many opportunities to meet other Girl Scout volunteers in your area, as well as interface with your membership specialist.

The annual membership fee for Girl Scouts is $15/person. The membership fee goes directly to Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) at our national headquarters, where it is used for program development, activity insurance and management to support councils.

The annual fall product program and Girl Scout Cookie program support troop finances, and all troops are strongly encouraged to participate in these programs to generate troop funds.

Troop size is often determined by the size of the meeting space and the number of adults working with a troop. The recommended size a troop at each age level is as follows: 5-15 Daisies, 10-25 Brownies, 10-30 Juniors, 5-30 Cadettes, and 5-30 Seniors and Ambassadors. 

Visit our website to complete the volunteer application process. All volunteers must complete the application, submit references and complete a background check.

Yes. Protecting the girls and young women in our care is top priority, and screenings and background checks are integral parts of our due diligence process and procedure. Self background checks are even available! Potential volunteers can log on to a secure, third-party website to conduct their own background check free of charge, without sharing any personal information with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

Yes, adults who work with girls as troop leaders or co-leaders must register as Girl Scout members. Registration is easy with our new online system. Financial assistance is available. 

Girl planning makes Girl Scouts unique. Girls are empowered to choose their own activities and programs with the guidance of their adult leaders. GSUSA publishes nationally consistent materials for troops to use. These materials help troop leaders direct troop activities, while also ensuring that girls get the full benefit of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Local Girl Scout Gathering Places have shops, which sell the national materials and supporting items.

There are many roles that parents can play in assisting troop leaders. Parents can help with regular meetings, organize the fall product or cookie sales, drive girls to and from field trips, serve as First Aid/CPR trained adults on trips, manage the troop treasury, etc. If you can ask, parents can do it!