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Troop Resources

You're doing something amazing by volunteering as a Co-Leader with Girl Scouts, where you'll introduce girls to new experiences and watch their confidence and skills grow!

We've compiled resources here to help you lead a successful troop. 

New Troop Co-Leaders

Welcome to Girl Scouts! Thank you for becoming a Girl Scout Troop Co-Leader! We’re so excited to have you join the Girl Scout Movement.

We know there’s a lot to learn as a new troop co-leader. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered! You will receive support through communications and dedicated staff members to guide you through your first year. Once you’re registered as an adult member, chosen the troop co-leader role, and completed your background check, please complete the New Co-Leader Confirmation Form to begin your customized onboarding and first year support. We are excited to meet you!

Check out the resources available to guide you in planning adventures for your troop! 

New Leader's Guide to Success

The New Leader's Guide to Success is a go-to guide with information to get your troop started.

Volunteer Trainings in gsLearn

gsLearn is Girl Scouts’ official online training platform. You can access trainings on demand when it fits into your schedule. gsLearn is accessed through your MYGS account. The first courses to complete in gsLearn are:

  • New Leader Orientation
    This course provides the basics for getting started as a troop co-leader. Please complete this training before meeting with girls for the first time.
  • GSUSA Daisy/ Brownie/ Junior Grade Level Essentials
    This course covers the key topics related to running a successful and engaging Daisy/Brownie/ Junior troop.
Troop Meetings

The Volunteer Toolkit is your official source for delivering easy, fun troop meetings year-round! This fully customizable digital planning tool is accessible on any computer, tablet, or mobile device and provides you with ready to go meeting plans and the resources you need to run your troop. Learn more with the Volunteer Toolkit Troop Co-Leader User Guide.

Caregiver-Family Meeting

Kick the year off right with a caregiver-family meeting! When families are involved, leaders have support, and when the troop has a plan, girls benefit! Use the Parent-Family Meeting Sample Agenda and the forms below to engage the families in your troop. 

New Troop Bank Account

New troops will need to set up a bank account to collect dues, pay for troop supplies and activities, and collect product sales revenue. Refer to the How to Open a New Troop/Service Unit Bank Account for details on opening the troop’s new bank account. Please also refer to our Authorized Account Signer Responsibilities and Financial Best Practices for more details on managing the troop's bank account.

Just in Time Guides

Check out the Just in Time Guides below for a snapshot of important topics you will want to know about.

We know you’ll have questions along the way and we are here for you! Contact Member Services at 800.666.2141 or email help@gsdakotahorizons.org.

Fall: Back to Troop

Fall is typically the time for Back to Troop for another year of fun and friendship! Here you can find resources to help get your troop’s year off to a spectacular start!

BACK TO TROOP REFERENCE GUIDE

Successful Troop Experience
Membership Renewal Guide for Troops
Troop Intent Form
Parent-Family Meeting Guide (Start of the Troop Year)
Badge and Award Explorer
Additional Awards
Bridging Guide
Volunteer Toolkit Troop Co-Leader User Guide
gsLearn - Find the courses listed below and more in gsLearn!
• Grade Level Essentials (Daisy/Brownie/Junior)
• GSUSA 2021 Program Update and Toolkit
• Brand Ambassador 101 for Volunteers
• Girl Scouts in the Outdoors

Fall Programs & Events
Fall Product Program
Event List

Finance
Bank Account Confirmation/ACH Form
Bank Account Authorization Form
2021-2022 Check Register Workbook

Support Resources
Girl Scout Shop
Member Services

GSDH Health Updates
Girl Scouts at Home

Return to In Person Decision Guide for Volunteers
Zoom Licenses for Volunteers

Spring: Troop Wrap-Up

It's time to reflect on the troop's accomplishments from the year and start planning for the next year.

Spring Troop Wrap-Up Guide

Resources
Spring Family Meeting Agenda
Bridging Guide
Troop Renewal Guide
Troop Finance
Bridging Kits
Event Listing
Girl Scouts at Home
Shop
 

Troop Intent Form

Complete the Troop Intent Form every spring to let us know how many spots your troop has for new girls to join the fun!

Troop Information

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First and Last Name of Troop Leader Completing Form
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Use numerals only.
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School girls attend. Please do not abbreviate. Enter multiple if necessary.

 

Membership Year 2022

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 Return
 Disband
 Merge
 Unsure
 
If you selected Merge, please provide the troop number you would like to merge with.
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 Weekly
 Bi-Weekly
 Monthly
 Other
 Does Not Apply
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 Yes
 No
 Unsure
 Does Not Apply
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Enter 0 if troop is disbanding. Should enter total number of girls (current and new) the troop is willing to have. These openings will be available in the Participation Catalog for new girls to join the fun! If you would prefer these openings are not displayed please contact Member Services.
 
 
Troop Leader Blueprint

Keep your troop going strong with these specially adapted badges, Journeys, and activities in the Troop Leader Blueprint. We’re here to support you as you help your troop thrive.