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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 recorded 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.  
  • View the recorded webinar here. You can watch it at your own pace. 
  • If you have any questions about the Volunteer Toolkit or issues accessing the recording, contact Amy Odekirk at  
  • Additional dates for a live webinar may be scheduled in the future.

Once you have completed all three steps, you must complete the New Leader Learning Quiz. All three steps are required to be completed by new leaders within three months of appointment.