Role + Responsibilities
Troop leaders help girls become confident leaders who discover, connect, and take action in their community. Our volunteers have a great time sharing their knowledge, experience and skills while developing skills for personal and professional growth.
River Valleys supports our troop leaders by providing them with training and learning opportunities, extensive resources and materials and connections with other leaders through events, meetings and activities. Volunteers receive ongoing support, guidance, evaluation and recognition of efforts.
Provide Quality Girl Scout Leadership Experience:
- Complete training for position within four months of appointment
- Partner with girls to plan, carry out and evaluate troop programming, using our Planning Guides.
- Use Safety-Wise to provide for safety and security of girls
- Encourage girls to plan or join activities including council and service unit-sponsored program events, summer camps, and community service learning projects.
- Guide girls in troop management and financial management.
- Develop relationships within girls in the troop, and help them learn to respect the rights of others.
- Share programming, troop goals and troop needs to parents, guardians and/or the troop committee
- Use Engaging Girls and our Inclusion Resources to remove barriers and guarantee that Girl Scouts is open to all girls.
- Follow Girl Scouts’ volunteer Policies and Practices.
- Promote River Valleys’ fundraising campaigns including fall product and cookie sales.
Utilize Support from River Valleys, Service Units, Parents/Guardians and the Community:
- Involve parents and guardians to assist with troop meetings, activities and/or events.
- Use provided program materials and resources to support girls’ plans and interests.
- Seek guidance from River Valleys’ staff and your service unit as needed.
- Attend or send a representative to each service unit leader meeting.
- Work in partnership with other leader(s) to plan, conduct, and evaluate your troop activities and meetings.
- Take advantage of the enrichment training courses.
Administer the Troop
- Ensure that each participating girl is a registered member of Girl Scouts, and that registration is submitted on time.
- Ensure proper management of the troop bank account.
- Always have at least two unrelated adult leaders present at each troop meeting
- Complete and submit all required documents on time.
- Keep accurate and current records of each girl’s progress and accomplishments.
- Inform parents, guardians and troop sponsors of all Girl Scout policies and procedures.
- Hold regular meetings utilizing our Planning Guides.
- Currently registered member of Girl Scouts.
- Willing to participate in volunteer application and screening process.
- Practice welcoming and inclusive behavior toward people of all ages, races, religions, cultures, abilities, sexual orientation, gender, educational and economic backgrounds.
- Committed to speak and act in a manner consistent with the Girl Scout Mission, Promise and Law.
- Demonstrate effective group and interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to organize materials and accurately maintain records.
- Enjoy being with girls and embrace girl planning.