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Zoom for Troops

Staying connected to your troop members and their families — and each other! — is easier than ever with Zoom for Girl Scouts!

Zoom licenses are now available for Girl Scout volunteers through Gateway Council so you can begin or continue to meet virtually. Girls can stay connected, continue building their skills and have a blast no matter where they are.

Volunteers can choose from two different types of Zoom accounts:

Basic Zoom account
Cost: FREE!
Attendees: Up to 100
Time limit: 40 minutes for 3 or more participants

Licensed Zoom account
Cost: $36 for the year
Attendees: Up to 500
Time limit: None!

GET YOUR ZOOM ACCOUNT

After signing up, you'll be contacted within 10 business days to complete the registration process. Any person who uses a GSUSA Zoom license will be deemed to have accepted GSUSA's Zoom end-user agreement


Zoom 101

Safety First

As with any Girl Scout-related activity, safety should be paramount. Make sure that girls and guardians have signed the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge before participating in any online meetings or events. Here are a few additional safety tips when using Zoom:

  • Use Zoom safety settings. When setting up your meeting, remember to check your settings to ensure your meeting is accessible only to you and your troop.
  • Password protect your meeting. Enable the password requirement to join your meeting and only share the password with troop participants.
  • Use the virtual waiting room feature. This enables you to admit individual participants into the meeting and controls who can and can’t be admitted.
  • Enlist a co-host. If you have a co-leader or another registered adult volunteer joining in the meeting, promote them to the co-host position. This gives that adult the same meeting privileges and controls as you (the host). You can work together so you can focus on leading the meeting and supporting the girls.
  • Change usernames. Once they’re in the meeting, encourage girls to rename themselves so only their first name shows up on the screen. (Alternatively, if you’re comfortable, they can assign themselves nicknames — like their camp names!)
Virtual Meeting Sample Agenda

What can you do in 40 minutes? A lot! You don't need time for a snack or to clean up, so maximize the time with your Girl Scouts.

Arrival Activity (5 minutes): Consider having a welcome question on the screen for the girls to answer either in the chat box or on screen if you enable the annotation tool.

Opening Ceremony (5 minutes): Recite the Girl Scout Promise and Law, say the Pledge of Allegiance, sing a song together. Whatever you’d normally say or sing together — do it here!

Business (3 minutes): Share any news and agenda.

Main Activity (12 minutes): This is a great time to work on badge or Journey activities! Think about what you can send the girls the day before or the morning of the meeting so that they can come in prepared to interact. That helps you make the most of your time. Remember: You can screen share, so anything that you can put on your screen can be shared — like videos, pictures, and more. 

Closing (5 minutes): A modified Friendship Circle is possible! Instead of squeezing a hand, have each girl say the name of another person in your virtual circle. Encourage the girls to be creative!


We'll add more tips and tricks for Zoom use for Girl Scouts, and we'd love to hear what you're doing too! Share with us at customercare@girlscouts-gateway.org.