How to Become a Girl Scout Leader

Girl Scout Troop Leaders meet with the troop on a regular basis, maintain records of the troop, encourage and inspire the girls, and work alongside other volunteers. To be a Troop Leader, visit the Girl Scout Volunteer page, complete your application, pay the membership fee, and authorize a background check. Once your application is approved, complete the training materials and attend the welcome session. With a bit of patience and preparation, you can easily become a Girl Scout Leader.

Visit the Girl Scout volunteer page to find local leadership opportunities.


Visit the Girl Scout volunteer page to find local leadership opportunities.

To become a Girl Scout leader, you must register as a volunteer. Go to https://www.girlscouts.org/en/adults/volunteer.html, click on the green “Volunteer Now” link, and type in your zip code. Then, click on the green “Sign Up Now” link when you reach the regional “Become a Volunteer” page. Review the registration tips, and click on “Continue” when you are ready to apply.

If you want to review the troop leader roles, click on “Ways to Volunteer” and scroll down to “Troop Leader.”
You can also look into upcoming local events.

Detail the application with your name, email, number, and zip code.



Detail the application with your name, email, number, and zip code.

To complete your application, fill out all required boxes. In addition to your personal information, mention how you heard about this opportunity by selecting an option from the dropdown menu. Then, click on the circle next to “I want to join as a Volunteer.” Press “Continue” when you are finished.

Type in a specific troop number or your zip code to find an opportunity.

Type in a specific troop number or your zip code to find an opportunity.

Once you complete the personal information application section, you have the choice to either search for a troop by ID number or browse local troops with openings. When you make your selection, click the green “Search” button.

Skim the open volunteer roles and select a “Troop Leader” position.

Skim the open volunteer roles and select a “Troop Leader” position.

When you find an open Troop Leader position, review the location, start date, and meeting times to ensure the requirements work with your schedule. Then, click the empty box on the left side, and press the green “Next” button.
You can select multiple open positions if you’d like to apply to several opportunities.



Sign up for a Girl Scouts Membership to complete your application.

Sign up for a Girl Scouts Membership to complete your application.

Choose between an annual membership, lifetime membership, or young alumnae lifetime membership, and make your selection from the dropdown menu. Then, include your name, email, phone number, date of birth, gender, address, and county. In addition, select your ethnicity and race. When you are finished, click on the green “Submit” button.

The annual membership fee is $25. This covers 1 year of membership, and must be paid annually to continue your leadership status.

The lifetime membership fee is $400. If you select this, you will never have to renew your membership or pay an additional membership fee.
The young alumnae membership fee is $200. You can select this if you’ve been a Girl Scout and you are under 30 years old. This covers a lifetime of membership.

Make your payment and submit your application.


Make your payment and submit your application.

Review your registration summary, and press the green “Checkout” button when you are finished. Read over the membership registration, and accept the terms and conditions. Then, click on the green “Submit” button. If you’d like to include an additional donation, you can select the amount at this time. Click “Continue to Payment,” type in your billing information and card number, and click on “Confirm.”
You can also indicate if you want to register for Girl Scout emails or text messages. Click the appropriate box to make your selection.

Complete your background check when you receive an emailed link.

Complete your background check when you receive an emailed link.

After you submit your application and pay the membership fee, you will receive an email in about 1-3 business days with information regarding your background check authorization. Click the link in the email, and follow the outlined instructions. Once you authorize the background check, you will receive your results within about 24 hours.

The Girl Scouts are committed to keeping their girls safe at all times. As a result, background checks are taken seriously. If you have any crimes against children, felonies, violent or drug-related crime, or driving under the influence convictions, you will automatically be disqualified.
The background check costs $6 per volunteer every 3 years. Your email will include information on how to pay the fee.

Schedule an interview with other volunteers if requested by the troop.


Schedule an interview with other volunteers if requested by the troop.

Some local Girl Scout troops require an interview before you are approved as Troop Leader. If you are required to meet for an interview, the introductory email will cover scheduling details and further instructions.

This ensures you are a right fit for the troop, girls, and other volunteers.
The interview is usually a brief meeting to get to know each other.

Receive, sign, and return your Volunteer Appointment Letter.

Receive, sign, and return your Volunteer Appointment Letter.

When your application is processed and cleared, you’ll receive an email with your Volunteer Appointment Letter, which acts as your volunteer agreement. Print out this letter, sign and date your copy, and return it to your nearest regional center. You can mail your print-out to the regional center address, or scan and email the letter to your regional contact.
To find a regional center, visit https://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/join/council-finder.html.

Complete the Girl Scout Leader training materials online.

Complete the Girl Scout Leader training materials online.

All volunteers must complete the Girl Scouting 101 course, which is a 45-minute, self-paced online orientation. In addition, Girl Scout Leaders must complete additional training material, such as Managing Finances. The material varies between local centers, so ask your regional contact which courses are required. Typically, you must also complete the Council Essentials 20-minute course, as well as in-person training courses.

To complete the 101 course, visit http://gsuniversity.girlscouts.org/course/girl-scouting-101/ and log into your account.
For example, you may be required to complete the in-person Troop Management 2-hour course and the Grade Level 3-hour course.
In addition, there are several recommended training courses available. Ask your co-leader or regional contact for more information after you complete the required training.

Attend a Troop Leader Welcome session.

Attend a Troop Leader Welcome session.

Once you complete the required classes, you will receive an email with the date and time of your Troop Leader Welcome session. This is your introductory meeting, where you can introduce yourself to the other volunteers and familiarize yourself with the role of Troop Leader.

If you have any questions, ask your regional contact. They can help you prepare for this meeting.
This is also referred to as “New Leader Training.” You can also find the upcoming welcome sessions by visiting your local troop’s activities calendar

Familiarize yourself with the volunteer resources for your troop.

Familiarize yourself with the volunteer resources for your troop.

To review the main volunteer resources, visit https://www.girlscouts.org/en/adults/volunteer/volunteer-resources.html. Here you can find information on volunteer essentials, safety checkpoints, outdoor resources, and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) resources. In addition, visit your local chapter’s Girl Scout website and browse their volunteer resources, such as recommended training materials and troop Pinterest boards.
For example, there are many STEM activities for girls. You can visit https://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/girl-scouts-and-stem.html to browse different activites and learn more about why STEM programs benefit girls.

Go online and explore the Volunteer Toolkit.

Go online and explore the Volunteer Toolkit.

The Volunteer Toolkit is a digital planning tool that helps volunteers organize their year and keep things running smoothly. Once you complete the training materials, you’ll receive an email granting you access to the Volunteer Toolkit. Then, review activities by badge, journey, or by topic. Select the activities you want to work on, and the toolkit automatically creates your schedule. If you want to make changes or reorder your schedule, simply drag and drop your selections into their new spots.
You can explore meeting topics and activities and plan fun, engaging activities your girls will love. Bring a few options with you to an upcoming meeting, and decide the activities with your girls.

Connect with Girl Scouts on social media.

Connect with Girl Scouts on social media.

You can follow both the main Girl Scout page as well as your local chapter’s accounts. This way, you’ll keep up to date with major events, news, and inspiration.
Search for girl scout accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.


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