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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. See the Troop Finances section of 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. The best way for your troop to begin their money earning is to participate in our nationally approved Product Programs. Your troop can do other money earning projects by submitting an application and gaining approval. Cookie Program participation is required as one step in your Troop Money Earning application process.

  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?
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Parent/Caregiver Meeting Resources
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

 

For New Troop Leaders

New Troop Leader Steps to Success

First Four Meeting Plans
New Leader Express Tipsheets

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


Supplemental Training

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.


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