Troop Leader Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can be a troop leader?
    Any interested adult, ages 18 and older, can apply as Girl Scout volunteers. Girl Scouts is volunteer-driven and we need everyone’s help. We have Girl Scout leaders who are community leaders, senior citizens, college students and others who don’t currently have daughters who are in Girl Scouts. But we also have a lot of parents!
  • How much time does it take to be a troop leader?
    As a troop leader you decide how often meetings take place as well as when meetings take place. Troops can meet weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly; after school, in the evening or on weekends.
  • How long am I committed to being a Girl Scout leader?
    A leader is appointed for one year. We encourage leaders to extend that year if they desire.
  • Will someone be helping me start a Girl Scout troop?
    Of course! As a volunteer, you can count on help from a variety of people. Staff from your area will be available to answer questions, help recruit girls, and assist with finding a meeting place, if needed. Local volunteers from your community, organized into a Service Unit are also key to getting your troop off the ground. These local volunteers are often great examples of the good things that Girl Scouts accomplish. Regular Service Unit meetings are held throughout the school year, so there are many opportunities to meet other Girl Scout volunteers in your area, as well as interface with your membership specialist. Learn how to start a Troop in five easy steps.
  • How much does it cost to join Girl Scouts and where do finances come from to start a troop?
    The annual membership fee for Girl Scouts is $25/person. The membership fee goes directly to Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) at our national headquarters, where it is used for program development, activity insurance, and management to support councils. The annual fall product program and Girl Scout Cookie program support troop finances and all troops are strongly encouraged to participate in these programs to generate troop funds.
  • Is financial aid available?
    Yes, apply for a Girl Grant today!