Girl Scouts of gateway council




Ensuring a Successful Girl Scout Leadership Experience

We have all been new to something - a new job, new to parenthood, or a new member of a committee. We also had role models we could turn to. Service Teams, and Coaches particularly, are responsible for a very important part of a girl's Girl ScoutLeadership Experience.

Troop Organization is the first part of ensuring the success of new Leaders and a great experience for Girl Scouts When we recruit a new troop leader we can help them be successful by:

  • Ensuring they follow the steps of the Single Entry System
  • Take time to get to know them through the interview process.
  • Make sure they have the tools and resources they need, including training courses and their Volunteer Essentials.
  • Help them understand Girl Scout program by reviewing Transforming Leadership, Journeys and Leader Guides, Product sale programs, and the importance of trips and camping experiences.
  • Ensuring they are feeling confident when they have their first meetings with girls and their parent meeting by helping to prepare agendas and being there to support them.
  • Planning service unit meetings that make new volunteers feel welcome and increase their knowledge of Girl Scouts.

The most important way to ensure a new volunteer is successful is to talk with them, ask them how they are doing, help them or get them help with challenges, and listen for signs that they may need assistance. Knowing someone cares if they are enjoying their volunteer experiences and that they succeed can mean a good experience for that new volunteer and the girls who are excited to be Girl Scouts.

New Leaders' Frequently Asked Questions

Leaders Helping Girls Make a Difference

Our Mission

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Learn more about the
Girl Scout Leadership Experience

  • Discover

    Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.
  • Connect

    Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.
  • Take Action

    Girls act to make the world a better place.