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Troop Leader Central

Welcome troop leaders! Here you'll find links to commonly used resources and important information to help you lead your troop.


Frequently Used Forms
Managing Your Troop
Staying Safe

Safety Activity Checkpoints
You can view all Safety Activity Checkpoints on the Forms & Resources page.

First Aid/CPR Requirements:
Emergencies require prompt action and quick judgment. For many activities, Girl Scouts recommends that at least one adult volunteer be first aid/CPR certified. It is required for any overnight trips, camping or high risk activities.
Learn more and view upcoming first aid/CPR training opportunities.

Troop Money Earning

Is your troop ready for a money earning activity?

Money earning refers to activities organized and carried out by girls (in partnership with adults) that earn money for troop activities. Brownie–Ambassador troops can FUND the FUN by following these five steps to money earning:

Five Steps to Money Earning

  1. Follow good money management practices. Read chapter 5 in Volunteer Essentials and determine your need for money earning. If you are considering a money earning activity to fund a trip, be sure you have submitted your Activity & Trip Application and it has been approved.

  2. Participate in Cookie Program and Candy, Nuts & Magazines program.

  3. Submit your Troop Money Earning application at least 4 weeks prior to your proposed activity.

  4. Await approval. You will be contacted within 5 business days of submission with a response to your application: approved, pending with additional information needed or denied. If you receive a pending or denied response, your membership manager will provide guidance on other activities you might consider.

  5. Once you are approved, your troop can plan and carry out the money earning activity

Examples of Money Earning Activities

Common/traditional activities:

  • ​Bake sale
  • Mother/Daughter event (tea, etc.)
  • Dinners (chili, spaghetti, etc.)
  • Garage sale (see guidelines)
  • Savers-Recycling & Clothing Drive
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Face painting
  • Car wash
  • Craft booth at church or local fair ​​ ​

Unique/specialized activities:

  • Daisy Petal Catch Up (for new girls joining a Daisy troop to earn petals)
  • Water booth at town festival
  • Pink flamingo flocking (special recognition for the adult in service unit)
  • Make rain barrels to sell at area markets
  • Babysitting (see guidelines)​
  • Cake decorating workshop
  • Gift wrapping
  • Create a cookbook
  • Photo booth at special event
  • Corsages for father/daughter dance
  • Swap making shop
Babysitting Guidelines

Babysitting can be a great money earning or service activity. Below are guidelines troop must follow when planning a babysitting event.

General Requirements:

  1. This money earning project can only be done by Cadettes and above. Girls must be at least 2 years older than the oldest child they are watching.
  2. Must take place in a public facility like church or school.
  3. No children less than 2 years old.
  4. Event cannot be longer than 4 hours.
Guidelines:
  • If the activity is a money earning activity, request council permission at least 4 weeks prior to the event.
  • Ensure proper adult ratios. The minimum age requirement for children participating in babysitting events is 2 years old.
  Two unrelated adults (at least one of whom is female) for up to this number of children: Plus one additional adult for each additional number of up to this many children:
Children between 2 years old and Kindergarten 6 4
Daisies (grades K–1) 12 6
Brownies (grades 2–3)
20 8
Juniors (grades 4–5) 25 10
Cadettes (grades 6–8) 25 12
Seniors (grades 9–10) 30 15
Ambassadors (grades 11–12) 30 15

Please note that older girls who will be watching the younger children count as girls in the ratios. For example if you have 10 children under Kindergarten and 5 Cadettes you will need a minimum of 4 adults.

  • Ensure all adults have background checks and volunteer applications on file.
  • Purchase additional insurance for all non-members (adults and children) at least 2 weeks prior to the event.
  • If parents are not on the premise, collect health histories and permission slips for each child.
  • An adult who is first aid/CPR certified is required to be at the event. This adult must also have a background check and volunteer application on file.
  • Establish check-in/check-out process.
Garage Sale Guidelines
  1. Request council permission at least 4 weeks prior to the event.
  2. Ensure proper adult ratios (see table below).
  3. Ensure all adult volunteers who will be working with girls or handling money have background checks and volunteer applications on file.
  4. Purchase additional insurance for all non-members (adults) at least 2 weeks prior to the event. Insurance only needs to be purchased for adults volunteering to work at the garage sale. It does not need to be purchased to cover the general public attending.
  5. During the event keep pets away from girls and the general public.     
  Two unrelated adults (at least one of whom is female) for this number of girls:  

Plus one additional adult for each additional number of this many girls:

Brownies (grades 2–3)

 

12

 

6

Juniors (grades 4–5)

16

8

Cadettes (grades 6–8)  

20

10

Seniors (grades 9–10)  

24

12

Ambassadors (grades 11–12)  

 

24

 

12

Restaurant Fundraiser Guidelines

General Requirements:

  • Girls must be present and helping in some way during the event. This could include welcoming guests, busing tables, opening the door or delivering food. Note: Not all restaurants allow this so carefully select your restaurant. The money earning request will not be approved unless the girls are working.
  • National guidelines prohibit girls asking for tips but they can accept them if offered.
  • The troop will do any requested marketing and promotion of the event.

Steps:

  1. Review the general requirements with the restaurant to ensure that the girls can be present during the money earning activity.
  2. If the activity is a money earning activity, request council permission at least 4 weeks prior to the event.
  3. Ensure proper adult ratios. (see table below)
  4. Ensure all adult volunteers who will be working with girls or handling money have background checks and volunteer applications on file.
  5. Purchase additional insurance for all non-members (adults) at least 2 weeks prior to the event. Insurance only needs to be purchased for adults volunteering to work at the restaurant. It does not need to be purchased to cover the general public attending.
  6. Market the event to friends and family. If you want to promote within your service unit, please contact your service unit team and/or your staff liaison.
  Two unrelated adults (at least one of whom is female) for this number of girls:

Plus one additional adult for each additional number of this many girls:

Brownies (grades 2–3)  

 

12

 

6

Juniors (grades 4–5)

16

8

Cadettes (grades 6–8)

20

10

Seniors (grades 9–10)

24

12

Ambassadors (grades 11–12)

 

24

 

12


Quesitons about troop money earning?
Email us!

Program on Demand (POD)

We piloted Program On Demands in the 2018-19 membership year. We learned a lot and listened to feedback from troops that participated in the program offerings. We are re-vamping this programming to make it even more valuable for the girls and volunteers. Stay tuned for information coming later in 2020!

Petals, Badges & Journeys by Focus Area

There are a plethora of petals, badges and Journeys you can earn as a Girl Scout! See all the options available to you and where they align in our Entrepreneurship, STEAM, Civic Engagement and Outdoor focus areas!

>>Your Girl Scout Programming

Other Resources


Supplemental Training

Summer Leader Workshops

Are you looking for some additional resources to help you better lead your troop? Have questions or want to learn more about Girl Scout programming at your new or returning level? Wondering how you can better empower your troop to be girl-led? Join us for a Summer Leader Training session! In this two-hour workshop you'll network with other leaders, share ideas, learn skills and leave with tools from our trained Troop Experience Managers to make your 2019-2020 Girl Scout year the best one yet!  

Daisy 102 Workshop: Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Branch
7/18/2019; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Brownie 101 Workshop: Overland Park, KS
6/11/2019; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Brownie 101 Workshop: Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Branch
7/25/2019; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Junior 101 Workshop: Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Branch
6/13/2019; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Junior 101 Workshop: Overland Park, KS
7/23/2019; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cadette 101 Workshop: Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Branch
6/20/2019; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cadette 101 Workshop: Overland Park, KS
7/16/2019; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Live and Recorded Webinars
Short 'N Snappy Videos

Short 'N Snappy videos provide support on a variety of topics for troop leaders! Learn more on how to manage your troop and work with girls. All videos are between 15-30 minutes in length.  

COOKIE PROGRAM:

 Cookie Booth Best Practices

BANKING/FINANCE:

 New Troop Banking: Bank of America Accounts

 New Troop Banking: NON-Bank of America Account 

  Creating a Troop Budget

TROOP MANAGEMENT:

 Troop Helper

  Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) 101

 Running a Parent/Caregiver Meeting

 Parent/Caregiver Involvement  (Involucramiento de los padres con subtitulos en español)  

 Renewing Your Girl Scout Membership

 Troop Travel - What to do before you go!

 Working with Spanish Speaking Families

MULTI-LEVEL TROOPS

 Managing Your Multi-Level Troop

  Using the VTK as a Multi-Level Troop

THE GIRL SCOUT EXPERIENCE:

 Bridging Ceremonies

 Why STEM?

  Establishing a Girl-Led DAISY Troop

 Establishing a Girl-Led BROWNIE Troop

 Establishing a Girl-Led JUNIOR Troop

  Establishing a Girl-Led CADETTE Troop

 Building Sisterhood

 Cooperative Learning

  Girl Scout Ceremonies

 Girl Scout Ceremony - Court of Awards

  Outdoor Progression: Daisies to Juniors

 Understanding Council Community Partners

BADGES + JOURNEYS + AWARDS:

 Daisy Petals, Leaves & Journeys

 Cookie Business Badges

 Girl Scout Leadership Awards

 Understanding the Girl Scout Bronze Award

 Understanding the Girl Scout Silver Award

 Program Aide Pin

 Financial Literacy Badges

Stay tuned! More Short 'N Snappy videos on the way!


MORE VIDEO RESOURCES:

The 3 Processes for Girl Scout Volunteers

Leadership and the GSLE

Outdoor Skill Building Videos from GSUSA

Venture Out Training
Learn practical tips and tricks, read other volunteers’ stories, and explore the joys of taking girls outside with Venture Out!, a fun, interactive “outdoor” adventure made possible by GSUSA’s Elliott Wildlife Values Project.

 

For New Troop Leaders

Troop Meeting Outlines

To help new leaders get started, meeting outlines have been created for Daisy, Brownie and Junior Troop Leaders. The guides help troops start with Petals/Badges or a Journey.

Each outline includes a list of supplies, opening/closing, activities related to the petal/badge or Journey listed, and sample emails that can be sent to parents after each meeting. Download the PDFs below to get started. Leaders are encouraged to continue using a similar format to lead future meetings.

New Troops
Introduction to Girl Scouts: The Promise and The Law

Daisies

Brownies

Juniors

Parent/Caregiver Meeting Resources

Managing a Girl Scout troop can be a big job, so it’s a great opportunity to call on your village. Schedule a mandatory parent/caregiver meeting early in the year to set expectations and recruit other adults to help. You will want to identify an assistant troop leader, troop cookie manager, treasurer, drivers for field trips, and parents who can share special skills or career interests with girls.

Your troop may want to go a step further and set up a caregiver troop committee to share leadership responsibilities. If you want to shift troop leadership throughout the year, make sure adults who will be responsible for the troop have attended New Leader Express training.

The materials in the packet will help you plan your parent/caregiver meeting. If you need additional support, your service unit team, new leader consultant, or membership manager are all great resources.

  View/download the Parent/Caregiver Packet


What's in the Parent/Caregiver Packet?

  • Parent/Caregiver Meeting Tip Sheet:  An overview of how to set up and organize a parent/caregiver meeting.
  • Parent/Caregiver Meeting Agenda:  Use this form to organize your meeting.
  • Parent/Caregiver Letter from GSKSMO: Use this letter to share with your parents/caregivers outlining the important role they play in their Girl Scout’s experience.
  • GSUSA Parent/Caregiver Cheat Sheet for Volunteering - This is the ultimate cheat sheet for all-star Girl Scout parents/caregivers—no matter how busy theymay be!
  • Parent/Caregiver Volunteer Form: This sheet helps parents/caregivers understand all the ways they can help and share their interests and availability. Spanish version
  • Girl Info Sheet:  Gives parents/caregivers an opportunity to share more about their girl's interests. Spanish version
  • Becoming a Troop Volunteer:  A printable document you can hand to parents that explains the screening requirements for participation in Girl Scout activities.
  • Parent/Caregiver Meeting Sign-In Form
  • Navigating the VTK: Gives an overview for parent/caregivers on how to login to the VTK and see troop meeting plans for the year, see upcoming events and how she/he can engage and communicate with you.
New Leader Express Tipsheets

Welcome new leaders! The tip sheets below will guide you through common processes and practices.


Has your troop earned their Bronze or Silver award? Let us know!