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Troop Leader Resources

Troop Leader Resources

The girls are so excited that you've decided to be a troop leader!

Below you will find the most commonly used forms and resources for troop leaders. If you have difficulty finding the form you need, contact your local Service Unit team or Girl Scouts of Orange County's Customer Care at

Your Role as a Troop Leader

Thank you for choosing to volunteer as a Troop Leader with the Girl Scouts of Orange County.

As a Troop Leader, you'll be a mentor and a cheerleader for the girls. You'll work with both girls and parents to chart a course for fun, learning, and friendship. You'll coordinate and organize meeting activities, family engagement, and help girls plan adventures which will help them discover things about themselves, connect with each other, and take action in their communities.​

What Troops Do- Preparing for Success

Troops make friends, build new skills, earn badges and awards, and have fun!

Girl Scout research tells us that the most successful troops have the following in common:

  • Have at least 12 registered Girl Scouts in their troop
  • Host meetings 2-4 times per month during the school year
  • Hold an annual parent meeting
  • Encourage the girls to plan varied activities; including badges and Journeys, field trips, special events, community service, highest awards, and camp
  • Utilize the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) and to discover the latest news, updates, tools, events, and programs
  • Participate in the Girl scout Cookie and Fall Product Programs
  • Celebrate accomplishments with an end-of-year celebration
  • Pariticpate in at least one summer activity together
Getting Started - Sample Girl Scout Year Plan
October Juliette Gordon Low Birthday, Attend Trainings
November Scouting for Food, Plan a Community Service Project
December Holiday Activities, Ways to Give Back
January Cookie Program
February Select a Badge or Journey to Focus On

Field Trip, Girl Scout Week, GSOC Annual Meeting

Planning Your Girl Scout Week- Every year in March we celebrate the Girl Scout birthday by celebrating the week that includes March 12 (the day Girl Scouts started in Savannah, GA by Juliette Gordon Low).

April Volunteer Appreciation Month, Spring Renewal, Attend Weekend Camp (year-round sessions).
May Celebrate your Accomplishments, Plan for Bridging
June Girl Scout Recognition Event, Visit a Program Center/GSLC
July Attend Summer Camp at Camp Scherman, Attend a Local Day Camp
August Plan your Year, Attend the GSOC Volunteer Conference
September Fall Product Program

Looking for support in building your year plan? Contact your Service Unit or Customer Care.

About Girl Scout Program

Our Girl scout National Program Portfolio includes Journeys, badges, events and activities. For more resources and information on the Girl scout program, visit the Girl Scouts of Orange County's Program page.

Also, see:

Traveling with Girl Scouts - A consolidated packet of all troop travel information and forms.

    Events, Field Trips, and upcoming Activities

    Highest Awards

    Girl Scouts Leadership Center and INSPIRE

    Camp Scherman


For over a century, Girl Scouts have proudly worn distinctive uniforms that symbolize the high ideals for which the organization stands.

Girls want to look—and feel—their best when representing Girl Scouts. And now they can, with uniform options that are in step with today's trends and active lifestyles.

Our new unified look keeps the iconic elements of the classic Girl Scout uniform, but adds a few modern twists.

Girl Scouts at each level now wear one required element (tunic, sash, or vest) to display official pins and awards. Girls can mix and match pieces from the official Girl Scout collection to complete the uniform, or add items from their own wardrobes.

Visit the Girl Scout Shop
Get uniforms, badges, pins, more.

Field Trip List

Current Field Trip and Program Provider opportunities are listed on our Field Trips, Community Service & Take Action page in alphabetical order.

Virtual Meeting Resources

Virtual Meeting Playbook
This playbook provides insight on having fun, engaging, and safe meetings in a virtual setting. View Here

Virtual Troop Guide
This guide will help you select a platform, prepare your space, and keep your girls and families engaged in a virtual space. View Here

Virtual Troop Meeting Activities
Great ideas to keep your virtual meeting interesting and engaging. View Here

NEW! GSUSA Training: Facilitating Virtual Troop Meetings on gsLearn: Prepare for leading girls in a virtual world. Training includes "Tips & Techniques for Virtual Meetings" and "Keeping Virtual Meetings Safe." This short 24-minute training is available now on  gsLearn.

NEW! Council-Hosted Troop Meetings
GSOC provides badge-focused meeting space for Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops via Zoom. Troops get their own breakout room to connect as a group, share ideas, and earn badges together.
View Here


Top Troop Leader Forms & Resources

For additional forms and documents, explore the Forms & Docs page and search using key words, documents, and more. For additional support, contact Customer Care.