for troops

To ensure you have everything you need to be successful in your role, the following resources are available to our troop volunteers.


Troop Notebook: a quick-reference guide for becoming a troop leader.


Volunteer Essentials: a reference for you to use throughout the year, whether you are an experienced or new volunteer. When you have a question, simply look-up the topic in the table of contents, and then click the hyperlink to find your answer. Think of this electronic manual as your encyclopedia to Girl Scout volunteering: it’s here when you need it, but there’s no need to read it all today.


Parent Handbooks: Looking for a way to explain Girl Scouts to your new parents/guardians? Start here!
Daisy Parent Handbook
Brownie Parent Handbook
Junior Parent Handbook
Cadette Parent Handbook
Senior Parent Handbook
Ambassador Parent Handbook


Safety Activity Checkpoints: when preparing for a Girl Scout activity, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints to see the nationally as well as locally required standards and guidelines.


Training Required: Troop leaders taking girls on trips must complete Girl Scouting 101, 102 and 103 before taking girls on a trip of any kind. Additional training IS REQUIRED for the following events (see chart here).


Quick Start Resources: an online toolkit of resources for Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops. As a Girl Scout volunteer, you can use the “10 essential elements” to partner with girls and their families, whether your troop meets for a few months of over the course of a year.


GS Community Meeting Agendas: There are many seasons in the Girl Scout year — there’s cookie season, re-registration season, bridging season, camp season and more! Troop Leaders and GS Community Communications Facilitators can download and customize these Girl Scout meeting agendas to use at their monthly meetings; there is even room to add specific dates and deadlines for local events and activities. These agendas will remind you of Girl Scout-wide themes and to-do’s that are specific to that month of the year.


Blue Book of Basic Documents: this publication contains all of the basic documents of Girl Scouts of the USA.  It is the foundation for the work of all Girl Scout councils.