A Girl Scout troop, or a group of Girl Scouts and volunteers that meet regularly, is one of many ways to participate in Girl Scouting. Troops set their own meeting schedule, decide what activities they want to enjoy and find ways to improve their community.
Are you interested in starting a new Girl Scout troop? Expand the items below to view each step in our council's process.
Every Girl Scout troop needs two unrelated registered, background-checked, and trained troop leaders. At least one troop leader must be female.
To get the troop formation process started, head to our New Troop Form and fill it out.
With this form, you’ll let us know who will be in your future troop (leaders and girls), the grade level(s) of the future troop, your future troop’s community hub (like a school or neighborhood), and more!
After you’ve completed the New Troop Form, it’s time to register! A support and onboarding specialist will create your forming troop in our system, and send you a customized link to register as a troop leader.
Completing registration will trigger the background check process and each troop leader will receive an email from our secure vendor Asurint to submit information for a background check.
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Once you've been placed into the leader role for your forming troop, you'll receive an email from us with the subject line, "Let's get started as troop leader!" and will include information about troop leader online training to complete. Check out our Getting Started page for new volunteers for more information about this required training.
Your support and onboarding specialist will check in to offer help in case you run into any problems.
After you've both completed online training, it’s time for girls to join your troop! Your support and onboarding specialist will give you special instructions on how to welcome girls that you’ve already connected with into your forming troop.
If, after a week, your troop still does not have five registered girls, then it will be placed in our open troop catalog to give any interested girls in your area the opportunity to join!
Your support and onboarding specialist will be monitoring all forming troops in your area. Once your troop has at least five registered girls, we will reach out and let you know that your troop is ready for its troop number!
After that, your troop will receive an email with your new troop number, some next steps, and lots of resources to help you feel confident and comfortable leading.
As the leaders of a new troop, you may have questions—we are here to help! Over the course of your first year, your support and onboarding specialist will reach out to see how things are going, offer support and guidance, and—most importantly—thank you for choosing to volunteer.
Make sure to review the resources available for new volunteers for helpful information, too!
Girl Scouts is a girls' leadership organization, helping girls develop courage, confidence, and character. Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts has 2.5 million members around the world—including the amazing adult volunteers who support and mentor girls!
All girls in grades K-12 can be Girl Scouts! To provide girls with age-appropriate programming, Girl Scouts has six program grade levels:
Groups of Girl Scouts, called troops, typically meet weekly or biweekly for an hour or two. Guided by adult volunteers—often parents and caregivers—girls select exciting hands-on activities and projects, try new things, and cheer each other on. Together, they earn badges to reflect their successes and show the world what they’re made of.
Girl Scout troops welcome any girls who want to join as long as they are in school grades supported by that troop and the meeting time and frequency works for the family! Girl Scouts brings girls together from all different walks of life.
Troop leaders may choose a troop size cap for their troop, but it can’t be a lower number than listed below. Generally, most multi-level troops must be open to welcoming at least 10 girls.
Daisy: 8 girls
Brownie: 10 girls
Junior: 10 girls
Cadette: 10 girls
Senior: 5 girls
Ambassador: 5 girls
Troop leaders can decide what program levels and grades to support. A Brownie troop could just be third graders, or both second and third graders.
Troops that support more than one level (i.e. Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies) are called multi-level troops and need enough troop leaders to support each level individually. For brand-new troops, we recommend starting with a single level and adding more as leaders gain experience.
We welcome all interested adults who can complete registration, a background check, and online training for the role. Each Girl Scout troop must have at least two troop leaders who are unrelated and from different households, one of whom must be female.
Troops also have adult volunteer support from parents and other community members. Just like with troop leaders, we welcome all interested adults who can complete registration, a background check, and online training for the role.
Have a great friend or coworker looking to volunteer? Ask them to volunteer!
Does your retired neighbor have some free time? Ask them to volunteer!
A lot! And, we're always working on new resources to better support the amazing volunteers we have. Here are just a few of the many resources we have for leaders:
Service team volunteers (the volunteers in your community who champion Girl Scouts locally)
Girl Scout staff
Resource guides, like Volunteer Essentials and New Leader’s Guide to Success
Online training and tools, like Foundations and Volunteer Toolkit
In-person training, like Grade Level Training and our outdoor skills series!
Based on troop leader feedback, we know that on average, a troop leader spends 15–20 hours per month volunteering with Girl Scouts. Our most successful troop leaders engage and recruit other adults to take on duties and responsibilities, lightening the volunteer load for each person and adding fun and community to the experience!
Interested adults can support you and your troop by volunteering as Troop Treasurers, Cookie Program Managers, and general Friends and Family Volunteers.
The Girl Scout annual membership fee is $25. All girls and volunteers must be registered members.
Girl Scout uniforms cost $35–65 depending on the components and level, and handbooks cost $8–25 depending on the level.
The Girl Scout membership year is October 1 to September 30.
Financial Assistance for all brand-new girls and adults is available!
Girl Scout troops should plan and finance their own activities and will earn and manage troop funds to do that. Troop activities are powered by proceeds earned through council-sponsored product program activities (such as the Girl Scout Cookie Program), council-approved money-earning activities, and any dues your troop may charge.
We'll be here for you every step of the way, so why not start now? If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 800-338-5248 and we'll help connect you with the information you need.