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Troop Leader Blueprint for an Amazing Year

Your Blueprint for an Amazing Troop Year

New troop year? Bring it on!

Keep your troop going strong with these specially adapted badges, Journeys, and activities for virtual and safe in-person meetings, as well as current COVID-19 guidelines and resources. We’re here to support you as you help your troop thrive.

Program Ideas and Adaptations​

Power a fun-filled troop year with this curated selection of badges, Journeys, and activities to help you throughout this troop year.

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Daisies
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Juniors
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Seniors
Ambassadors
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Training and Planning Tools
 
Local Support and Training
Troop Start-Up Training

New troop leaders are encouraged to register for Troop Start-Up Training, where you'll review Troop Start Up with staff or service unit volunteers to get all the essentials for starting your troop meetings! Downloadable Troop Start-up Guide. 

gsLearn

What is gsLearn?< gsLearn is Girl Scout’s online learning platform.  This free platform houses a variety of learning modules that can be completed at your own pace, meaning you can start and stop at your convenience. This platform works on your phone, tablet or computer.

Where to Find it? From the main menu on the GSWO website, click on MyGS, select Volunteer Toolkit from the dropdown and then select gsLearn.

Troop Start-up: Getting Started and Next Steps is a required training for all new volunteers. 

For guidance to get started in gsLearn, reference the gsLearn User Guide.

Leader Lives

Our Leader Live Series is now available on our You Tube Channel. In these short videos new and returning troop leaders can learn from our staff and volunteers various aspects of Girl Scouts! Check out our playlist below. 

Navigating Virtual Girl Scouts 
As Girl Scouts, we live by the motto "be prepared"—and that includes when the unexpected happens. There are so many ways to encourage girls to learn, grow and experience life virtually. Join us as we explore all the resources we have to support troops in this new virtual experience

Troop Finances
Teaching girls about money management and empowering them to make good financial decisions is part of troop financial management. We walk through some best steps in managing your troop finances for the year. 

Community Service vs. Take Action
Did you know there is a difference between a community service project and a take action project? Join us as we chat about the ways you can take action in journeys.

WAGGGS
Leaders join us as we talk about the resources that WAGGGS provides and how to get your troop to start thinking about Girl Scouts globally!

Conflict Resolution
Leaders join us as we talk about ways to resolve some of those on-going conflicts that seem to pop up throughout the Girl Scout year.

Journeys 
Every Girl Scout grade level has different Journeys to choose from that include a service learning Take Action project. We’ll explore, discover and learn how you can help girls power a lifetime of leadership and success through Journeys.

Leadership Awards 
Girl Scouts offer a variety of awards to recognize girls who have gone above and beyond to help other Girl Scouts or their community in a meaningful way. Join us as we learn about the leadership awards for newly started troops.

Flag Ceremonies 
A flag ceremony honors the American flag as the symbol of our country and all the hopes, dreams, and people it represents. We’ll demonstrate a Flag Ceremony and answer any questions that you have as you plan for your troop to hold their own.

Girl-Led
Girls of every grade level shape their experience by asking questions, sharing ideas, and using their imaginations. When girls play a critical role as decision makers in the planning and implementation of their activities, they are more engaged. Join us as we discuss how to make things girl-led by grade level. 

Volunteer Resources
Learn about how to find and use important GSWO Resources available to all of our volunteers. Resources include: Volunteer Essentials, Program Events Guide, Safety Activity Check Points and G.I.R.L. Resource Center. 

Investiture and Rededication Ceremonies
An investiture ceremony welcomes all new members to Girl Scouts, while a rededication ceremony is a great way for returning members to kick off the troop year and renew their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Join us as we demonstrate one of each of these ceremonies. 

Family Engagement
Parents and caregivers want their girls to have fun, be inspired, take risks, learn about themselves and the world around them. That’s why its important to get families to pitch in and play an active role with the troop to help enhance their girls experience. Tune in to learn more about engaging your troop families. 

Family Giving
The Family Giving Campaign is a way to engage caring Girl Scout parents/caregivers and volunteers in providing financial support to enable girls and adults to achieve the Girl Scout mission and goals.

Meeting Planning Tools

Check out these tried-and-true resources from fellow troop leaders who successfully adapted their meetings for in-person-safe and virtual settings.

Planning Activities

These volunteer-generated ideas can you help adapt to any meeting environment. You can also visit the program level pages above to view adaptations for specific badges and journeys.

For addtional information on planning activities visit your Volunteer Toolkit in myGS or visit our You Tube Channel. 

Connecting with Families
COVID Guidelines

Check our council’s current COVID guidelines before planning any troop activities.