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4.2.1. Council 101

Preparing New Troop Leaders

Step One: In-person orientation with troop organizer or staff member (Approximately one hour)

  • New leaders will go through the Volunteer Orientation Handbook with a trained volunteer or staff member in-person to learn about how to hold a parent meeting, deciding when and where to hold troop meetings, how to set up a troop bank account, council activity, overnight transportation requirements, safety information, cookie sale and other money earning activities, and much more.

Step Two: New Leader Onboarding: What Girl Scout Do on gsLearn

  • In this course, you will learn about What Girl Scout Do at each grade level. This will help you understand what Girl Scouts do and how they do it so you can plan your troop's year. This course is presented through the lens of an experienced troop leader, whose troop completed all grade levels of the Girl Scout program. You will have the opportunity to explore the troop's interactive journal and learn about the things they did on their Girl Scout journey. Please note, you are only required to explore the grade levels you will be leading, although you are welcome to explore more if you'd like.

Step Three: Volunteer Toolkit Tutorial / Webinar or recording (Approximately 35 minutes)

  • In this webinar you will learn how to effectively use the Volunteer Toolkit for planning troop meetings, find badge requirements, report troop finances, and communicate with families. During the live webinar, participants will be able to ask questions. 
  • The next live webinar date is Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Two time options are available - 12:00 and 6:00 p.m.
  • To register for one of the webinars, please email with your preferred time. You will receive a Zoom invitation for the time selected. 
  • A recording will be available after September 28 for those unable to attend or for attendees to review the content. 
  • Additional dates for a live webinar may be scheduled in the future.

All three steps are required to be completed by new leaders within three months of appointment.