Nope! Any adult, male or female, age 18 and older may volunteer as a troop leader.
How to Start a Girl Scout Troop
Are you interested in starting a Girl Scout troop but don’t know where to start, what to do, or if it’s even workable for your lifestyle? Keep reading!
We want you to feel as prepared as possible and super excited about giving your time and talents to directly transform the lives of girls near you by guiding them through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Yes, you are the secret sauce to Girl Scouts!
At Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, we want your troop’s experience to be nothing less than awesome, so we'll support you every step of the way.
- Convenient, online trainings that give you everything you need on your schedule.
- Resources to help you quickly and easily prepare for meetings.
- Individual guidance from our volunteer support team.
Leading a Girl Scout Troop FAQ
Most people have questions about leading a troop of Girl Scouts! You are absolutely not alone. Here are a few of the most frequent questions we hear.
Do I have to have a daughter in Girl Scouts to be a troop leader?
How much time will it take?
Do I have to do it alone?
How will I know what to do at a meeting?
Ready to Get Started?
Follow the steps below to start your Girl Scout Troop:
Sign up to be a volunteer.
All volunteers must be Girl Scouts themselves—which means you have a current membership with our Girl Scout council.
Start looking for other adults to help.
A troop needs at least two unrelated adults (one must be female) to be the troop leadership team. Successful troops have volunteers who focus on the Girl Scout Cookie Program, finances, camping, field trips, etc. These can be parents of girls in your troop, but any adult you know might LOVE to jump on this opportunity before your troop is even formed!
Plan a day, time, and location for troop meetings.
Start thinking about how and when your troop will get together and the grade level (or levels) that you want your troop to comprise. Good options for troop meetings include schools, libraries, places of worship, and community centers. Your meeting space just needs to be a safe, clean, and secure environment that allows all girls to participate. Go ahead and brainstorm location and time options now!
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