Starting a Girl Scout troop is a big deal! Some people jump in with both feet, and others might be a little nervous, perhaps not sure where to start or who to turn to for help.
If you fall into the second group, no worries! We jumped on Facebook, where we turned to the experts—bona fide troop leaders—for insight only they can provide. Specifically, we asked them for the single best piece of advice they have for new troop leaders. The response was overwhelming! There were so many great comments, it was hard to narrow them down. But here are some of our favorites, many of them reflecting clear themes among comments received, and all serving as valuable guidance for new troop leaders (and even those who’ve been at it a while) on starting and running a Girl Scout troop.
Being a Girl Scout volunteer is no easy task! That’s why Girl Scouts of the USA has created a few “quick tip” videos for troop leaders on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the best way to get girls’ attention to troop safety. Watch and share the videos with your fellow volunteers by visiting the GSCO YouTube page or see below.
Controlling the Room
Tips for troop leaders on the best way to get the attention of the girls in their troop.
Tips for how to manage when troop leaders have their daughter in their troop.
Positive Troop Environment
Tips for creating and maintaining a sage and positive troop environment.
Examples of successful activities for the girls to do at the beginning of the troop meeting.
Tips for troop leaders to ensure they are following safety guidelines with their troop.
Welcoming New Girls
Tips for troop leaders to ensure new girls feel welcome as a new troop member.