As a new troop leader, we know you are super excited to get started but might still have a few questions before you get going. Check out some of the top questions we receive from new troop leaders:
How do I get girls in my troop?
Once your Troop number is assigned and you choose to display it in our Opportunity Catalog, parents and guardians in your area can enter their zip code will be able to see how many girls you’re accepting, when you’re meeting are, and the location. If you know any girls personally that would like to join, you can get their parents to register them and they can search for your troop specifically.
What is the Opportunity Catalog?
Our Opportunity Catalog displays all available girl openings in troops and volunteer positions that need to be filled. It also has specific meeting locations, times, and dates for troops that choose to display that information. You can update your troop’s data from home and it will be open for parents in your area to see.
How do I get a meeting location?
When your troop number has been given to you and you are setting up your Opportunity Catalog details, you can opt to either hold the meetings at your home or your co-leaders home. Our onboarding team can also find a location near you. Typically meetings are held at schools, churches, or libraries.
When can I start my meetings?
As soon as your background check is complete and you’ve finished your trainings you can set up your meeting time and day in the Opportunity Catalog and get started!
What do I do with my Troop at the meetings?
There are a variety of programs/activities available depending on the age level of your troop that you can work on with your girls. A list is available on our website. You can also utilize our Volunteer Tool Kit (VTK) and organize each meeting with what your girls will be working on and how long it will take them to earn certain badges.
What it the Volunteer Tool Kit?
Our VTK is an online system for Daisy, Brownie, and Junior troops that pre-populates your meetings throughout the year. It can be downloaded on mobile devices and will be very helpful in getting you started. It contains Girl Scout traditions, you can keep track of the girl’s attendance, holds your troops finance reports, and tons of other vital information for you.
When do we get to sell Girl Scout Cookies?
Girls will pre-order their Cookies in December and Cookie season begins in January! When you receive your boxes your girls can begin to sell the product. The money they earn will go towards future troop field trips, celebrations, or just towards activities you wish to do with them. They also get prizes/recognitions, and badges when they sell certain amounts of the Cookies. We have an online program called SNAP you can use to manage the sales of your troop. Your girls also have the opportunity to sell our fall products in September.
What are the council office and shop hours?
Our council office is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. And Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. The Council Shop is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. And Tuesdays 10 a.m – 7 p.m.
How can I receive the council email newsletter?
It’s easy! Just sign up here and you will start receiving our monthly newsletter AND our super cool Program at a Glance which will include all the great program and event opportunities coming your way each month.
Got other questions? We gotcha covered! Check out these great resources for more information you need as a troop leader:
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