Volunteer Orientation Handbook
Taking Your First Steps
Your first steps as a troop advisor include the following:
This section shows you how to complete all three steps. After you have completed those steps, you are ready to plan and hold your first troop meeting, which is discussed in the remainder of this module.
Please do not think that you must do everything yourself. Recruiting others to help with the troop responsibilities will help distribute the work evenly and make it more enjoyable for all. Think about the people you know whom you admire, who connect with children (especially girls), who are dependable and responsible, and who realistically have time to spend volunteering. Adults who volunteer with the troop on an ongoing basis will need to register as Girl Scout members, complete volunteer application form, take online training, and review Girl Scout resources.Your troop committee members might help by:
When you are ready to invite parents, neighbors, friends, colleagues, and other respected adults to work with you, send them a letter and invite them to their first troop committee meeting.
Who can you ask to help support the troop?
The inner web might include parents and immediate family members. Who might be in the middle and outer web that you would consider asking to help with the troop periodically or regularly? Think of your connections at work, church, community, etc.
Note: Anyone volunteering with the troop must be a registered Girl Scout member and submit to a background check for the safety of the girls.