Ready to get started as a leader or thinking about becoming one? You are in the right place! This page will guide you through everything you'll need for your first year of adventures in Girl Scouting.
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Complete Your Membership and Background Check
This is where all of our new volunteers start: Become a Girl Scout Member
Once you complete your membership, you will receive an email from "Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana <firstname.lastname@example.org>," a third-party company that specializes in volunteer background checks. Simply click the link in that email (note: this link is only valid for 72 hours). This email may go to your promotions, spam or junk folder, so be sure to check those when looking for it. The background check can take anywhere from 2 days to 3 weeks to process depending on where you live, so it is best to get this done as quickly as possible.
If you cannot find their email or the link is expired, you may also visit their website and submit it there:
1. Visit their website at www.sterlingvolunteers.com.
2. Click on Get Started.
3. Click on Learn More under I’m a Volunteer.
4. Click on Click Here.
5. Create your account and use the Good Deed Code: z0l2ca8 (z – zero – lowercase L – 2 c a 8).
If you would prefer to complete your background check over the phone, call our Volunteer Care Team at 888-771-5170.
Choose a date, time, and location for your first meeting! As the troop leader, you can decide what works best for your schedule. We suggest holding your first meeting within 2-4 weeks of becoming a troop leader. Using your troop roster, contact your Girl Scouts' caregivers to share the meeting details.
Troop Meeting Agendas
We're here to help! Our Troop Mentors are ready to jump in and assist new troop leaders as they navigate the different aspects of Girl Scouting. They are available to help plan and hold your first troop meeting, manage finances, and so much more! If you would like to be connected with a Troop Mentor, please click here.
Request Your Troop Start Up Kit and Share Your Troop Information
We do our best to provide the materials you need to ensure your first troop meeting is a breeze! Once you request your Troop Start Up Kit using the form below, you'll receive it in the mail. The materials will support a troop of 12 Girl Scouts and includes craft supplies, meeting plans, and additional information.
Use the same form below to let us know when and where your troop meets! We use this information to help place new members and want to learn how you want to grow your troop.
First 30 Days:
Child Protection Training
We want to provide a positive experience for our Troop Leaders and the Girl Scouts they support, while ensuring fun and safety for everyone. Child Protection Training is completed entirely online and will take about an hour-and-a-half of your time. You are not required to complete the training at once; you may stop and return to it as often as necessary, picking up right where you left off. To complete this training, click on MyGS in the top right of the GSK homepage. Once you log in, select MY ACCOUNT at the top of the page, then select the gsLearn tab on the left side of the page. It will take about 10 minutes after your initial login for the training to appear on your dashboard.
As your troop begins to earn money, you may need to make a few purchases, such as uniforms, activity supplies, or event registration fees. Please take some time to review the Quick Reference for Girl Scout Bank Accounts before going to the bank to open your account. It provides answers to many common questions about opening your troop bank account and ways to earn/spend troop funds.
Bank account information must be on file with us in order for Girl Scouts to participate in Fall Product Program and Cookie Program. Once you have opened your bank account, please fill out and submit the Bank Account Submission Form.
What Girl Scouts Do
In this 15-minute GSUSA training video, learn more about the progression of Girl Scouting. It provides additional information about uniforms, badges, age-appropriate activities, and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This training is located on your dashboard in gsLearn (the same location as the Child Protection Training).
Troop Year Plans:
There is so much to learn and do in Girl Scouts. These year plans are great for guiding your troop through their first year. You can use the year plan exactly as it is written, or simply use it as a guide for developing your own year plan. Find printable resources to go along with these year plans in the Volunteer Toolkit.
New Troop Leader Orientation
Learn more about your service unit and the members in your local area, so you can reach out to the right person when needed. Members of your service unit may include: Service Unit Manager, Service Unit Cookie Chair, and Service Unit Events Coordinator. Your Service Unit Manager will contact you to schedule this orientation. If your area does not have a Service Unit Manager, you can register for a virtual orientation. To find out when the next orientation will be held, check the Events Calendar.
Grade Level Training
GSUSA provides grade level trainings in gsLearn, your online learning platform. Grade Level Training is an expansion of What Girl Scouts Do. It dives deeper into what to expect from girls at each grade level, including how they think, act and feel. It also offers more in-depth information about badges and Journeys, as well as the meaning of Girl-Led, Cooperative Learning, and Learning By Doing. Search "Grade Level" in gsLearn to find the course for your grade-level.
Learn more about how you can take Girl Scouts outdoors here.