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10 Steps To Start A Troop

girl_volunteer_guitarThinking of starting a troop? We’ll take out the guesswork! Follow these 10 steps and you’ll be on your way to providing opportunities that girls want and experiences that change lives.

1. Call GSCP2P at 1-800-672-2148 or e-mail us to be put in touch with a staff member that can assist you with your volunteer process to become a leader. Be ready to identify which county you live in and what age group of girls you would like to lead. (Please note: Our council covers 40 counties in western and central North Carolina.)

2. Get a step ahead! Complete the criminal background check through the Volunteer Portal and submit your Volunteer Application (PDF fillable form).

3. Take the required training within 30 days of deciding to become a leader. The required training is:

  • Girl Scouting 101 online (password is aboutGS101 and please be sure to choose “Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont” in the council drop-down menu) and
  • Volunteer Essentials. Take the Volunteer Essentials Prep Course online. A short face-to-face follow up session will be scheduled after you submit your online work and will complete the Volunteer Essentials course.

4. Sign your Volunteer Agreement at your Volunteer Essentials session.

5. Register as a member of Girl Scouts of the USA and pay the annual membership fee.

6. Agree to abide by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

7. Purchase an adult guide for the grade level for which you will lead. These books will give you the information you need to help the girls discover, connect and take action.

8. Recruit some girls for your troop. A Recruitment Manager can help you with this.

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

10. Enjoy your Girl Scout year!

Please remember: Start thinking about other adults who are willing to help! Invite other adults who are interested in helping to attend a training with you. At least one additional adult who has completed the required training for troop leaders must be present at every troop meeting or outing. Ratio supervision is noted in the Volunteer Essentials resource and must be observed.