Thank you so much for volunteering to be a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Girl Scouting can’t happen without great volunteers like you!
Your Troop Packet contains the most commonly used forms and resources for troop leaders.
If you have difficulty finding the form you need, contact Customer Care at email@example.com.
Volunteer Essentials — This updated version of Volunteer Essentials is the go-to resource for troop leaders' questions.
Council Policies and Procedures for Volunteers — This list of Council Policies and Procedures is another resource for troop leaders' questions.
Safety Activity Checkpoints — Each Safety Activity Checkpoint has in-depth safety guidelines and tips that adult volunteers can use for a wide range of activities, ranging from canoeing to surfing to selling cookies. Addition: Virtual Troop Meetings Safety Activity Checkpoint.
These are the forms you will need to have for your first parent/guardian meeting:
Blank Girl and Adult Health History Forms — Be sure to have one for each girl and each adult. Keep these with you at all times.
Procedures for Collecting Health History Forms — Instructions on how to collect Health History Forms. Remember all personal information is kept confidential.
Annual Permission Slip — Parental Permission for yearlong use for events and activities. You only need to have this completed once and can be used for low risk events.
Families Make It Happen — Have family members fill out this form to let you know how they can be involved in supporting the troop this year.
New Leader's Guide to Success — The New Leader’s Guide to Success contains guidelines and information that will help prepare new troop leaders to effectively lead during their first year as a Girl Scout volunteer.
Always have these forms available:
Crisis Communication Form — What to do in the event of a serious accident, emergency, or fatality. You should always have a copy of this form as part of your troop first aid kit. Look for a hard copy to be handed out at your first leaders’ meeting.
Incident and Issue Report — Use this form to document any incident that may escalate into an issue, emergency, or crisis. Submit to your local Volunteer Support Coordinator (VSC). If you don’t have a VSC, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Everything else you will need for a successful Girl Scout year:
Troop Startup Checklist — For new leaders, here's a list of what you need to get yourself and your troop ready for a great year.
Troop Leader Position Description Form — This summarizes your role as a Girl Scout volunteer. A troop leader supports a girl-led troop by encouraging and guiding girls to make decisions together while pursuing their interests and goals.
Troop Volunteer Position Description Form — Agreement form for anyone who is a helper, chaperone, or driver for your troop.
Troop Product Sale Coordinator Agreement — Agreement form for anyone who is coordinating Fall Product and/or Cookie sales for your troop.
Guide to Submitting your Annual Financial Report — This is a guide to submitting your Annual Troop/Group Financial Report via the VTK.
2024 Annual Troop/Group Financial Report — This Excel spreadsheet is used to track all troop income and expenses. When possible, please submit your financial report via the VTK.
Google Drive Version
2023 Annual Troop Group Financial Report
Troop-Group Money Earning Request — If a troop needs additional funds beyond fall products and cookie sales, this form should be submitted to their CAC. If you don’t have a CAC, please send it to email@example.com.
Managing a Multi-Level Troop — Anytime you have more than one age level under one troop number, you are a multi-level troop. Tips on how to successfully manage a multi-level troop.
Troops should continue to keep an eye on COVID-19 numbers and recognize that plans may need to change. Troops should reach out to Customer Care before they begin planning a trip of one night or longer.
Girl Scout Guide to U.S. Travel — A guide from GSUSA that can help you, your girls, and their parents to assess travel readiness.
Traveling with Girl Scouts — A consolidated packet of all troop travel information and forms. Individual documents can be found below.
Traveling During COVID-19 — This supplementary document to the Travel Packet contains FAQs and guidance on traveling during a global health concern such as COVID-19.
Individual Travel Documents and Forms:
Determining Your Trip Tier & Travel Basics — Descriptions and requirements of the different travel tiers and other basic information.
Troop Activity and Quick Trip Checklist — For Tier 1-3 trips. Use this checklist to ensure you are adhering to all council policies and guidelines regarding troop trips and activities that will last 2 nights or less and/or are less than 4 hours away.
Single Event Permission Slip — For Tier 1-5 trips. Parental permission for a single use, one-time event or activity. This form can be used by the troop leader or parent who prefers to complete a single-use permission form for each event or activity in which troop members participate.
Timeline for Domestic Extended Trips — For Tier 4 trips. Use this checklist for any trip that is longer than 2 nights and/or is more than 4 hours away.
Timeline For International Extended Trips — For Tier 5 trips. Use this checklist for any trip that is longer than 2 nights and/or is more than 4 hours away, is outside of the United States, and requires documentation to enter another country.
Intent to Travel for a Short Trip — For Tier 3 trips. A short trip is 2 nights or less and/or 4 hours away or less (within New England or New York). This form is due 4 - 6 months prior to travel dates for domestic travel.
Intent to Travel for an Extended Trip — For Tier 4-5 trips. This form is due 4-6 months prior to travel dates for domestic travel and one year prior to travel dates for international travel.
Checklist for Troops Going on an Extended Trip — For Tier 4-5 trips. A checklist that must be completed by both girls and adults in the troop. Submit with initial trip paperwork 4-6 months prior to a domestic trip and 1 year prior to international travel.
Troop Trip Budget Worksheet — Required for Tier 4-5 trips, and helpful for all other tiers. A budget worksheet to help troops plan for their trip. This form must be submitted at least 4-6 weeks prior to the trip and resubmitted if the budget changes.
Planning and Holding a Parent Meeting for an Extended Trip — For Tier 4-5 trips. A checklist for keeping parents/guardians informed and involved in the trip planning process.
Sample for Participant Code of Conduct — For Tier 1-5 trips. A sample Participant Code of Conduct document for any trip. Troops should create their own with input from troop members.
Girl Health History Form for Extended Trips — For Tier 5 trips. This girl form should be used for International Extended Trips in place of the standard Girl/Adult Health History Form.
Adult Health History Form for Extended Trips — For Tier 5 trips. This adult form should be used for International Extended Trips in place of the standard Girl/Adult Health History Form.
Stop, Walk, Talk — The Positive Behavioral Intervention Support (PBIS) Leader's Guide to address bullying at troop meetings and events.
Brainstorming — Brainstorming allows girls to share their thoughts and ideas around a specific topic. It’s a great way to keep the troop girl-led.
Ceremonies — An overview of Girl Scout ceremonies and ideas on how to plan ceremonies with girls.
Cool Chats — How to use stories to discuss sensitive topics.
Online Resources — Important websites, Facebook pages, and other digital resources for leaders and volunteers.
Ten Minute Time Fillers — Great ideas for making the most of your meeting time.
Branded Folded Notecards — These GSGWM notecards can be used by troops to send thank you notes. This document prints 2 notecards to a sheet that can be folded in half.
Branded Notecards — These GSGWM notecards can be used by troops to send thank you notes. This document prints 4 notecards to a sheet that are double sided.
Looking for a form or resource not listed? Please contact Customer Care.