Looking at a Sample Troop Year
Here is just one example of how you and the girls could set up your troop year.
- Hold a parent/guardian meeting.
- Open a checking account, if needed.
- Register all the girls in the troop.
- Meet together for the first time, allowing the girls to
decide how they can learn each others’ names and find out more about
- Kick off a Leadership Journey with the opening ceremony
recommended in the first sample session, or a trip or special event that
fits the theme. Have the girls brainstorm and plan any trip or event.
- Enjoy the full Journey, including its Take Action project.
- Along the way, add in related badge activities that girls will enjoy and that will give them a well-rounded year.
- Have the girls plan, budget for, and “earn and learn” in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
- Help girls plan a field trip or other travel opportunity.
- Encourage girls to plan a culminating ceremony for the
Journey, including awards presentations, using ideas in the Journey
girls’ book and/or adult guide.
- Pre-register girls for next year.
- Camp out!
- Participate in a council-wide event with girls from around your region.
- Have the girls plan and hold a bridging ceremony for girls continuing on to the next Girl Scout grade level.
The end of the troop year doesn’t have to be the end of a girls’
time with Girl Scouting, or the end of your time with girls. Some girls
may no longer have time for a full-year commitment and will be unsure
what’s next for them. Others won’t be able to imagine their lives
without this same group of girls. Here’s how you can best reengage your
- Some girls may want other options besides troops. That’s
okay—Girl Scouts offers many ways to participate. Talk to girls about
day and residence camp, travel opportunities, series offerings, and
events Manitou Council may offer. Older girls, especially, enjoy these
shorter-term, flexible ways to be Girl Scouts.
- Some girls will be excited to bridge to the next grade level
in Girl Scouting, and will look to you for guidance on how to hold a
bridging ceremony. Even if you’re not sure of your continued
participation with Girl Scouts (and we hope you will find lots of
exciting ways to be involved, even if leading a troop no longer fits
your life), be sure to capture their excitement and work with them to a
plan a meaningful bridging ceremony.
- If you plan to stay with this troop, but some girls are
bridging to the next grade level, talk to Manitou Council about helping
them decide how they’d like to continue in Girl Scouting—perhaps in
series, events, or travel!
- Talk to girls about earning their Girl Scout Bronze, Silver,
or Gold Awards, which are opportunities for them to make a dramatic
difference in their communities—and to have plenty to brag about with
college admissions officers, too.
And what about you? If you want to stay with this troop, start
working with them to plan their group activities next year. And if
you’re a little worn out but are interested in staying with Girl Scouts
in other, flexible ways, be sure to let Manitou Council know how you’d
like to be a part of girls’ lives in the future. Are you ready to
volunteer at camp? help organize a series or event? take a trip? The
possibilities are endless.
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