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Troop leaders are at the core of many girls’ scouting experience. In this section, you will find the tools and information you need to support girls at each Girl Scout level.

The Troop Support department at Gateway Council is here to provide additional support and resources to leaders and volunteers. These specialists have backgrounds in a range of topics, from STEM to art to the great outdoors! 

They would love to brainstorm with you about activities for your troop, answer questions, help you get a troop started up, or tackle issues you’re having trouble with. Visit our Staff Directory for a full list of Troop Support Specialists.

For more information, please contact:                                                          Sarah Crooks                                                                                                        First Year Volunteer Coach                                                    

Important First Year Documents

New Leader Checklist

Successful Leader Learner Series, which includes:

  • GSUSA Foundation 1: The Girl Scout Way
  • GSUSA Foundation 2: The Girl Scout Leadership Experience
  • GSUSA Foundation 3: Well-Being and Development
  • GSUSA Foundation 4: Understanding Troop Operations 
  • GSUSA Girl Scouts in the Outdoors

**New Troop Leaders will need to complete New Leader Orientation via Zoom. To view upcoming dates and to schedule your orientation, please click on the “Orientation Schedule” option below.

Additional Resources
Monthly Training Series

Our New Leader Training series is aimed to help New Leaders navigate their first year of their Troop Leader experience. Join us for a 30-45 minute training as we explore different topics monthly to help you lead your troop to success! This training takes place via Zoom and is for registered adults in a Troop Leader or Co-Leader role. This training will be recorded and uploaded to gsLearn.

  • March — Extended Year & Early Bird Renewal Chat
  • April — Planning your Troop's Bridging Ceremony
  • May — End of Year Wrap Up and Finance Report Review
  • June — Finance Report Assistance

Register Now!

New Leader Office Hours

More office hours coming soon!

Orientation Schedule

Session 1 -  Friday, Jan. 6, Noon EST
Session 2 - Thursday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. EST
Session 3 - Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6 a.m. EST

Session 1 - NONE due to MegaDrop
Session 2 - Thursday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. EST
Session 3 - Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m. EST

Session 1 - Friday, Mar. 3, Noon EST
Session 2 - Thursday, Mar. 9, 10 a.m. EST
Session 3 - Wednesday, Mar. 15, 6 p.m. EST

Click the links above to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Year at A Glance

Girl Scout Year Planner - It is time to plan your best troop year! Use this document to plan and schedule activities for each of the six elements of the Girl Scout Troop Fundamentals.

Year Plans
These plans (and more!) are available for Troop Leaders and Co-Leaders in the Volunteer Toolkit.