Thank you for volunteering to work with Girl Scout Seniors!
Girl Scout Seniors are girls in 9th-10th grade.
What Does A Senior Troop Leader Do?
As a troop volunteer, you’ll serve as a partner and role model to girls. You’ll also work closely with co-volunteers, and you’ll be supported along the way by local volunteers who have “been there, done that” and council staff. You will make a profound difference in the lives of “your girls,” and they will change your life, too! Want to learn more? Check out the Troop Leader/Co-Leader Position Description. Please explore this page and click on the links to see some tools and resources we have collected for you.
Who Can Be A Senior Troop Leader?
Any registered and screened adult 18 or older, female or male who has completed the required courses for Senior Leaders listed in the Volunteer Learning Portal.
How Do I Become A Senior Troop Leader?
New volunteers who wants to start a new Girl Scout troop need to complete specific requirements before meeting with girls for the first time. Click the button to the right to log in to the Volunteer Learning Portal. Just follow the steps in order, and you will be on your way to having your first meeting with girls. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Senior Leader or have questionsplease call 1-800-447-4475 ext. 3091 or complete the online interest form.
Two registered and screened adults must be present at all times when working with girls, and at least one of those volunteers must be female and not related to the other adult. At no time is a girl to be alone with only one volunteer. All volunteers who provide supervision to girls, handle troop money, cookies or fall sale products, members’ personal information, drive girls and sleep overnight with girls must complete volunteer screening and become a registered adult member. Make sure that you always have the appropriate adult-to-girl ratio when supervising girls at group meetings and for events, travel, and camping.
Girl Scout Senior Adult-to-Girl Ratio Minimums
|Two unrelated adults (at least one of whom is female) for this number of girls||Plus one adult for each additional number of girls||Two unrelated adults (at least one of whom is female) for each number of girls||Plus one adult for each additional number of girls|
Involve the Parents/Guardians and Family Members to Help the Troop
Forming your troop doesn't have to be daunting! Involve the other adults in the troop. Many hands make light work, and the role is more fun when it's shared. Browse the list of ways to involve friends and family as troop volunteers or have girls' families complete the parent interest survey and ask them to help. You will want to recruit your troop treasurer and troop registrar right away as they will help you open a troop bank account and register the girls and adults in your troop. Once you have found adults to fill the troop roles, just email them the link to their troop volunteer page, and they will be able to complete necessary screening, registration and training requirements so they can get started!
Beyond The Troop Meeting
When your troop is ready to try new things like sell cookies, nuts, and magazines, and when they are ready to venture out on field trips, outings, overnights, and camping then there are a few safety and training requirements below that you should be aware of. These are excellent opportunities for troop volunteers to help. Ensure that any volunteers that your recruit to fill these roles are screened and registered members who follow the Girl Scout Safety Guidelines at all times.
Before Going Away From the Meeting Place for Outings, Short Trips & Overnights
- Recruit a troop trip organizer, troop driver, troop helper-chaperone. Refer to this page for a complete list of training requirements and resources.
- Troop trip organizers must take: Volunteering With Girl Scouts, Safety-Wise, and Outings, Short Trips and Overnights
- Review and download the Safety Activity Checkpoints for the for the activity that you will be doing. Review the "prepare for emergencies" section to see if a first aider is required.
- Follow any necessary travel procedures for your trip
Before Going on an Extended Trip lasting 3 Days or More!
- Recruit a troop trip organizer
- Troop trip organizers must take take the In-Person --> Extended Troop Travel
- Review and download the Safety Activity Checkpoint for Extended Trip Travel
- First aiders are required for Extended Troop Travel
Before Participating in Product Sales
- Recruit a product sale manager for the Fall Sall and for the Cookie Sale. Refer to this page for a complete list of training requirements and resources.
- Product sale managers must take: Volunteering With Girl Scouts and Fall Product Sale Training
- The cookie sale manager must take: Volunteering With Girl Scouts and Fall Product Sale Training
- Review and download the Safety Activity Checkpoint for Product Sales
Before Cooking or Sleeping Outdoors
- Recruit a troop camping certified adult - Refer to this page for a complete list of training requirements and resources.
- Troop camping certified adults must take: Volunteering With Girl Scouts, Safety-Wise and Troop Camping Certification.
- Review and download the Safety Activity Checkpoints for Outdoor Cooking, Group Camping, and Hiking or any other activity you will be doing.
- Recruit a first aider. First aiders are required for troop camping. Make sure someone in your troop who is going on the camping trip is certified
- Follow any necessary travel procedures for your trip
Resources For Current Senior Troop Leaders
- Council Resource Guide
- Troop Registrar and Registration Resources- including registration process and forms
- Troop Treasurer and finance Information - including banking guidelines and forms
- Travel and Trip Procedures - including process for high adventure activities and approved vendors
- Safety- including Safety Activity Checkpoints, adult-to-girl-ratios, and first aid kits
- Insurance - including purchasing extra insurance for non-registered siblings and family members at Girl Scout activities
- Senior Troop Resources