Since 1912, the Girl Scouts have been helping young women build self-confidence, personal character and courage. With over 3.2 million Girl Scouts in the U.S. alone -- including both youth members and adult volunteers -- this organization has had a hand in helping more than 59 million girls grow and develop over the course of its history. If you want to do more than drop your daughter off at her weekly meeting, joining the Scouts yourself -- as a troop leader -- is one way to go.
Visit the official Girl Scouts website for your area. For example, if you live in Western Pennsylvania, you will need to visit gswpa.org for area-specific information. Access your area's information from the main Girl Scout volunteer page. Enter your zip code for an area-specific redirection.
Register yourself as a member with the Girl Scouts. Call your local Girl Scout office -- you can find the contact information online by visiting the Girl Scouts of America website or your local organization's site. Ask the office representative to place yourself, and your daughter, in a local area or school troop. Create a profile online with your local area troop. If you don't have access to a computer, you may also fill out a written membership form at your local office.
Fill out the Girl Scout Volunteer Application, Disclosure and Authorization to Release Information form before the first troop meeting of the year. Provide all of the information -- such as name, address, driver's license number, education level, employment experience, certification and date of birth -- that the Girl Scouts require. Check "Troop Leader" under the "What types of volunteer work are you interested in?" question. List your specific skill set -- such as strong leadership abilities or former teacher -- that matches the position. Sign and date the form where asked.
Send your completed form to your regional volunteer coordinator. Use the address provided on the front page of the form for mailing.
Participate in the Girl Scout's Basic Leadership and Program level trainings. Take this introductory class or a similar one, such as Girl Scouting 101, within the first three months of the first troop meeting. Take additional classes within the first six months of the first troop meeting in other topics such as Managing Troops/Groups, Working With Brownies or Traveling Troops.
Tips & Warnings
- The specific classes that you need to take may vary depending on your local office's requirements. Always ask your local volunteer coordinator for your area's requisites.
- Take a CPR and first aid training class.
- Get connected with the other troop leaders and parents in your area. Go to regional events and activities. Introduce yourself to leadership members, and ask them for information or advice.
- Don't use forms from a non-local office. Although the information may seem the same, your local office is likely to require their specific forms.
- Girl Scouts: Facts About Girl Scouting
- Girl Scouts: Become a Volunteer
- GSWPA.org: Volunteer Today!
- Girl Scouts Nation's Capital: Membership Registration
- Girl Scouts Nation's Capital: Adult Membership
- Girl Scouts Nation's Capital: Be a Troop Leader
- Girl Scouts of West Central Florida: Troop Leadership Trainings
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