Below you will find some great resources for troop leaders, including templates of flyers and troop organization materials—many of which were originally created by other troop leaders who wanted to share their learnings with others in our council!
Whenever possible, Girl Scout troop meetings should take place in safe, community settings that are accessible to all members e.g. schools, community centers, libraries, churches/synagogues, etc. We recognize that due to the continued extenuating circumstances presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, your troop’s access to public settings may be limited or impossible. To help support troops who wish to meet in person, GSSNE has elected to grant temporary permission for in-home Girl Scout meetings to those who meet the criteria.
Prior to selecting the best meeting space for your troop, leaders should consider girls’ accessibility and allergy needs (food, pets, etc.) to ensure the physical space can accommodate those needs and it is free from anything that presents a hazard. Troops wishing to meet in a home must request permission from GSSNE by submitting the form linked below.
While we are granting this temporary permission to troops who would like to meet, we recognize that not all volunteers, caregivers, or girls are comfortable with meeting currently. Individuals should decide what is best for themselves and their families when considering whether to meet in homes or any other in-person setting.
The Opportunity Catalog is an online listing of troop openings for girls and volunteer opportunities for adults. When new members join, the catalog is updated in real time. If you stop or get stuck anywhere along the way, the system automatically sends you an email with helpful information.
We highly encourage you to complete the form for EACH troop you oversee. By filling out this form, you will be ensuring we have the most up-to-date information for your troop (i.e. troop meeting location, program level, etc).
Thanks in advance for your willingness to provide the most up-to-date information! (Submit button will be located at the very bottom of this embedded form on the page. Thank you!)
In addition to the above, to help new leaders navigate their first year successfully, GSSNE provides all new leaders of GSSNE troops a comprehensive new leader binder and year-long support. New leaders receive these additional support resources during their first year:
A member of the GSSNE staff will be available to new leaders for those times when you need help navigating your first year. Your Troop Support person will be reaching out to introduce herself very shortly after you register as a new leader.
Specifically for new leaders, this email series will provide information and resources to help you throughout your first year.
This private Rallyhood group is for first and second-year leaders. It’s a place to make connections with other leaders across the GSSNE council, ask questions, explore ideas, and benefit from the support of other leaders and staff. Once you're registered, you'll be sent an invitation to join.
September through May, GSSNE’s Volunteer Engagement Team will host a monthly support meeting for first and second-year leaders. Each month will present a new topic and there will be plenty of time for Q&A!