Girl Scouts of Colorado

How to start a Girl Scout troop

Why start a troop?
Are you interested in changing the lives of girls in your community? Being a Girl Scout Troop Leader will be one of the most rewarding opportunities you will ever venture upon. As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences and help them unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to take the lead and change the world.

You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop crucial skills and confidence to launch them into a lifetime of leadership. Imagine the excitement, the memories made, and the impact—this is what you’ll share as a Girl Scout volunteer. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started today!

What does it take to start a troop?
It only takes two unrelated adults and five girls to get your troop started! You will always be a part of a Troop Leadership Team, and will have a dedicated council staff member (Volunteer Support Specialist) to help with all your troop needs. Our recruitment team will be happy help you to recruit more girls to your troop when you are ready.

How to get started?
To get started with your troop, you will want to contact the Girl Scouts of Colorado at 877-404-5708. Our staff members will assign you a troop number and assist you in becoming a registered member of Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts membership includes a $25 membership fee and all the training necessary to be successful with your new troop. A background with our vendor, Verified Volunteers, is required for all volunteers, and is valid for three years. This is for the safety and well-being of our members. After you have completed your membership and submitted your background check, you will be contacted by your Volunteer Support Specialist (VSS).

As the Troop begins to form, your VSS will ensure that all registered volunteers for your troop are connected to the necessary trainings and have the support needed before the troop begins meeting. The VSS will continue to check-in with the Troop Leadership Team to offer whatever support is necessary for continued success. You will also be connected to your local Service Unit, a network of other Girl Scout Leaders and Volunteers in your area, for monthly support meetings.


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