Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to providing opportunities that girls want and experiences that change lives!

Steps to becoming a troop leader:

Begin with the volunteer application process. Review the Troop Leader Position Description and complete a Volunteer Position Application and submit to Girl Scouts Heart of Central California by fax to 916-452-9182, by email to, or by mail to Girl Scouts Heart of Central California ATTN: Membership, 6601 Elvas Ave., Sacramento, CA 95819.

Take Girl Scouts 101, to get a better understanding of Girl Scouts. This can be taken anytime online at The case-sensitive access password is--- aboutGS101. Be sure to select Heart of Central California from the council name drop-down menu.

Ask a friend or other adult to become a co/assistant troop leader and have them submit an application also. If you do not know of someone, you will be given assistance in securing one.

A Girl Scout staff person, the Membership Development Specialist (MDS), or local volunteer will contact you once your application has cleared, to invite you to attend the new leader Welcome Session. Here you will learn how to form a Girl Scout troop. At this session you will be given a troop number, list of interested girls (average Girl Scout troop is 12-16) and a new troop packet and resources.

Take Leadership Essentials online or in classroom. This is required within 3 months of being appointed as a Girl Scout troop leader. This course provides information for leaders working with girls of all ages.

Hold a planning meeting with the co/assistant troop leader to determine specifics of the Girl Scout troop, such as logistics for a Family Involvement Meeting and when, where, how often you would like to hold troop meetings. These meetings can be scheduled to fit into your busy schedule.

Secure the troop meeting site. Troops may meet in homes, schools, community rooms, churches, libraries etc. You will be given ideas of popular meeting sites in your area.

Host a Family Involvement Meeting where you will meet with parent/guardians of girls and register the girls and adult volunteers as Girl Scout members. The annual membership dues are $15. Financial assistance is available upon request.

Form a team of adult helpers, at the Family Involvement Meeting, who will work together to make the troop a success.

Turn your completed membership registration packet in to the local registrar.

Plan and hold the first troop meeting with the girls and HAVE FUN!

Attend next local monthly Leaders’ Meeting where you will hear about upcoming opportunities for the Girl Scout troop and get support from other troop leaders.

Open a troop bank account. Instructions will be provided at the new leader Welcome Session.