New Troop Leader

As a volunteer, you'll introduce girls to new experiences that show them they're capable of more than they ever imagined.


You'll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence that will last long after the meeting is over. Imagine the smiles, the excitement, the memories made--those are the moments you'll share at Girl Scouts.

Volunteers can be a troop leader, co-leader, 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. 

It's easy to lead a troop just follow these steps: 

  1. Complete and submit a Volunteer Application and Criminal Background Check Form
  2. Register your Troop 
    • We encourage parents to register themselves and their daughters on-line.
    • All adults who interact with the girls must be registered.
  3. Get trained
  4. Hold a parents’ meeting 
    • Decide when and where troop meetings will be held.
    • Distribute the Troop Committee form to parents and ask parents to sign up and invest time in their daughter’s troop. (Girl Scout troops should have an active committee of registered adult members to provide support and continuity to the troop.)
    • Contact your area office if you want an experienced volunteer or staff member to attend your parent’s meeting. 
  5. Apply for a Troop Bank Account 
  6. Have fun with your troop!


Need more? Check out the New Leader FAQs!

Important!  Before doing anything with your troop outside your regular meeting place, check Safety Activity Checkpoints and Volunteer Essentials for guidance.   Failure to do so may invalidate the accident coverage provided with Girl Scout membership.