Common Questions About Starting a Girl Scout Troop
Many parents have at least a few questions before standing up to lead their daughter’s troop. Here are a few of the most frequent questions we hear (and read the full list of FAQs here):
How much time will I need?
Being a Troop Leader actually fits into a variety of schedules. We recommend that troops meet once or twice per month. Current leaders report spending four hours preparing for and leading each meeting. Troop Leaders choose the meeting day, time, and frequency.
We provide our troop leaders with online meeting plans, so they can easily and quickly plan their troop’s activities.
I don’t know how to do the things Girl Scouts do.
You bring everything that you need to start leading your troop. We think if the girls are smiling and having a good time, the leaders are doing a good job!
We provide online meeting plans to guide you through each step of planning your troop’s activities. We also provide convenient, online training videos and resources to help you learn what you need. Don’t forget that you’ll also have a co-leader who will bring complementary skills and experience to share.
What support or help is there for leaders?
Each troop has two leaders, so you will have a partner to help lead and to share the fun. We encourage you to invite another parent or friend to serve with you. We provide online, in person, and on-demand trainings for our leaders that you can take on your schedule, and we provide detailed activity plans that make it easy to get meetings going. You’ll also have access to our dedicated Volunteer Support team for guidance when you need.