Appendix 7.0: for Troop Volunteers
Girls and adults participating in troopscan meet once a week, once a month, or twice a month for several months—how often is up to you and the girls. Troops can meet just about anywhere, as long as the location is safe, easily accessible to girls and adults, and within a reasonable commute (“reasonable” having different definitions in different areas: In rural areas, a two-hour drive may be acceptable; in an urban area, a 30-minute subway ride may be too long). In each meeting, girls participate in fun activitiesthat engage them in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE).
Troops provide a flexible way for girls to meet. Some ideas include:
- Fourteen Girl Scout Brownieswho meet twice a month from November through March at a local community center
- Seven girls who are homeschooled and meet weekly as a Girl Scout Cadettetroop
- Girls who meet together once a week at their juvenile detention center to participate in Girl Scout activities
Forming a Troop Committee
You’ll want to involve other adults in the troop—there’s no need to go it alone or depend on too few adults! Many hands make light work, and the role is more fun when it’s shared. Think about the people you know whom you admire, who can connect with girls, who are dependable and responsible, and who realistically have time to spend volunteering. (Remember that these adults will need to register as Girl Scout members, fill out volunteer application forms, take online learning sessions, and review written resources.) Consider business associates, neighbors, former classmates, friends, and so on. If you have trouble finding reliable, quality volunteers to assist, talk to your volunteer support teamfor advice and support. And feel free to use the sample welcome letter and friends/family checklist in the Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Leadership Journeys to assist you in expanding your troop’s adult network.
Remember: Be sure every volunteer reviews and follows the 12 Girl Scout Safety Guidelines, available both in the Quick-Start Guide to this handbook and in the “Safety-Wise” chapter.
Your troopcommittee members might help by:
- Filling in for you
- Arranging meeting places
- Locating adults with expertise on a topic of special interest to girls
- Assisting with trips and chaperoning
- Managing trooprecords
A troopcommittee may be made up of general members or may include specific positions, such as:
- Cookie Manager: A volunteer who would manage all aspects of Girl Scout cookie activities
- TransportationCoordinator: The volunteer you’d look to whenever you need to transport girls for any reason; this person would have volunteers available to drive and chaperone
- Record Keeper: A treasurer/secretary rolled into one person—someone to keep track of the money and keep the books
Set up roles that work for you, and draw on other volunteers who possess skill sets that you may lack. When you’re ready to invite parents, neighbors, friends, colleagues, and other respected adults to partner with you, send them a letter and invite them to their first troopcommittee meeting.