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Start a Troop

Thinking of starting a troop? We’ll take out the guesswork! Follow these 8 steps and you’ll be on your way to providing opportunities that girls want and experiences that change lives.

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Call us at 800-482-6734 x 5 or e-mail us at recruitment@gssem.org to be put in touch with a staff member that can assist you by creating a new Troop Opportunity. Be ready to provide the zip code you live in and what age group of girls you would like to lead. 

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Join Girl Scouts! Search our Opportunity Catalog for the troop number you were provided and select "Troop Leader" as your volunteer opportunity. This process also includes submitting your background check (required for all Leaders and Co-Leaders).

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Take our two online training courses within 30 days:

GSSEM Volunteer Orientation (required)
Girl Scouting 101 (recommended)

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Explore gssem.org! Start by logging to MyGS to access our new Volunteer Toolkit! This resource for Daisy, Brownie and Junior Leaders provides everything you need to schedule and plan your year with your girls. You can also find additional program resources

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Recruit some girls for your troop. Your Recruitment Specialist can help you with materials and in setting up an event. Girls can also join your troop immediately just by completing their registration and selecting your troop number in the Opportunity Catalog.

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Hold your first parent meeting to register girls and ask parents to be involved.

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Set up your Troop bank account.  Search "Troop Banking Information" on our forms page for what you'll need.

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Enjoy your Girl Scout year!

Please remember: 
Start thinking about other adults who are willing to help! Invite other adults who are interested in joining with you. At least one additional adult who is not related to you and has completed the required training and background check must be present at every troop meeting or outing. Girl to Adult supervision ratios are noted in the Volunteer Essentials and must be observed. You can find Volunteer Essentials on our Forms page.