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 Parent 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.
What's in the Parent Packet?
- Parent Meeting Tip Sheet: An overview of how to set up and organize a parent meeting.
- Parent 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.
- Parent Involvement Form: Have parents complete this optional form to share their interest and availability for troop support. Spanish version
- Parent Questionnaire: An optional tool leaders can use to get to know the girls in their troop and collect additional information about each individual girl. 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.