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New Troop Leaders

Welcome to GSWNY!

Thanks to volunteers like you, generations of girls have learned to be leaders in their own lives and in the world. Have no doubt: You, and nearly one million other volunteers like you, are helping girls make a lasting impact on the world. THANK YOU for being a volunteer! View the Why Volunteer page.

Have questions? GSWNY is here to help! Contact Customer Care: 1-888-837-6410 or click here to email.


New Troop Leader Start-up Checklist
  1. Register to be a Girl Scout and select the Troop Co-leader role -learn more here.
  2. Complete the Criminal Background Check (we’ll email you once you’ve registered) .
  3. Complete Volunteer Basic Training series below.
  4. Complete Grade-level Training below.
  5. Check the up-to-date GSWNY COVID-19 Guidelines and support on the GSWNY Blog.
  6. Check out  the helpful resources section below as you need them.
Volunteer Basics Training Series

Volunteer Basics Training Series

These short videos introduce you to Girl Scouting and set you up to begin leading a troop. All troop co-leaders are required to watch these videos and complete the Knowledge Check before meeting with girls. 

 

Complete the Volunteer Basic Serice Knowledge Check 

Grade-Level Training

Grade-Level Training

In addition to the Volunteer Basics Training Series, all troop co-leaders take grade-level training. This training helps create the ideal girl/adult partnership to ensure girls grow and take charge as much as is appropriate for their age and development. 

Home Study Courses  

Quizzes


Helpful Volunteer Resources 


Girl Scout Basics

My First Year

A complete guide through every aspect of leading a troop.

My First Year Daisy Guide

Other grade-level guides are in development and will be available soon! 

Girl Scouting at Home

GSWNY: Girl Scouting at Home

Even though your girl’s daily routine may have changed, there are many ways she can still participate in Girl Scout activities and earn awards, even at home! Here are a few resources and ideas for Girl Scouts of all levels to help you get started. Learn more here

GSUSA: Girl Scouts at Home

Girl Scouts at Home represents a new way to participate in the Girl Scout experience—from virtually anywhere. GSUSA is making select Girl Scout program resources available to every girl, parent, caregiver, volunteer, and troop leader. Learn more here 

New Leader's Guide to Success

More information and resources on leading a troop for the first time 

New Leader’s Guide to Success

Volunteer Essentials

An Encyclopedia of everything you need to know about Volunteering with the Girl Scouts from general safety and planning guidelines to program overview, and financial guidelines.

Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Toolkit

The Volunteer Toolkit is a digital resource that supports troop leaders and co-leaders, making the process of running a troop easier and more efficient.

VTK


Safety

Safety Activity Checkpoints

Safety standards and guidelines for Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) approved activities. 

Safety Activity Checkpoints

First Aid and CPR

First Aid and CPR

Each troop should have at least 1 adult with First Aid/CPR training for trips and certain troop activities.  

An adult certified in First Aid/CPR is required if a troop leaves their meeting place and/or if an activity’s Safety Activity Checkpoint indicates a First Aider is required.  The following healthcare providers may also serve as first-aiders: physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, and emergency medical technician.

With our partner agency, EPIC Trainings, Inc., we offer full day and blended learning* classes.  These standard First Aid and CPR courses include adult and child CPR and basic first aid. Certification is valid for 2 years.  Blended learning classes are NOT recommended if this is your first time taking First Aid and CPR training. 

Instructors will be masked during all sessions, we ask the same of students. Equipment will be sanitized after each student.

To register contact EPIC Trainings, Inc via email at mail@epictrainings.com or via phone at (585)615-4379.

Blended Learning Classes -To register contact EPIC Trainings, Inc via email at mail@epictrainings.com or via phone at (585)615-4379.

This class includes an online pre-session portion and an in-person skills session. The online portion must be completed prior to the skills session in order to receive certification. When you register, you will receive information to access the online portion.  Not recommended if this is your first time taking First Aid and CPR Training.

Rochester Service Center,1000 Elmwood Ave, Door 9, Rochester, NY 14620

Wednesday

September 16

6pm

Saturday

September 19

10am

Wednesday

September 23

1pm

Saturday

October 3

10am

Wednesday

October 7

6pm

Wednesday

October 14

1pm

Saturday

November 7

10am

Wednesday

November 18

1pm

Wednesday

December 2

6pm

Wednesday

December 16

1pm

Wednesday

February 3 

6pm

Saturday

February 6

10am

Wednesday

March 3

6pm

Saturday

March 6

10am

Wednesday

April 7

6pm

Saturday

May 1

10am

Wednesday

May 5

6pm

Buffalo Service Center, 4433 Genesee Street, Suite 101
Buffalo, NY 14225

Wednesday

October 7

4pm

Saturday

October 10

10am

Wednesday

October 21

1pm

Wednesday

November 4

1pm

Saturday

November 7

10am

Wednesday

December 9

6pm

Wednesday

December 9

1pm

Wednesday

February 10

6pm

Saturday

February 13

10am

Wednesday

March 10

6pm

Saturday

March 13

10am

Wednesday

April 14

6pm

Saturday

May 8

10am

Wednesday

May 12

6pm

Jamestown Service Center  2661 Horton Rd,  Jamestown, NY 14701

Wednesday

October 7

1pm

Saturday

October 17

10am

Saturday

April 17

10am

Virtual Meeting Safety Tips

Nothing is more important than ensuring the health and safety of our girls, whether they’re engaged in real-world activities or exploring online. Here are some tips for reducing risk and becoming more effective digital citizens

Virtual Meeting Safety Tips

Forms and Permission Slips

Finances

Troop Finances

All troops are responsible for tracking and submitting their troop financial activity report on a yearly basis.

Learn more here Finance Tab Training

Go through MY GS/VTK, “Finances” Tab to submit your troop report. 

 Income Report (Excel downloads from this page) 

                 

Financial Assistance

Financial aid is available for girl membership registration, uniforms, books, insignia and program opportunities as well as summer camp. For adults it’s available for membership registration and some adult training opportunities visit: Council Opportunity Fund.


Programming

GSWNY Program Guide

This guide contains additional programs for girls and troops. Girls may register to attend on their own or with their troop. Learn more about the GSWNY Program Guide here.

GSWNY Patch Program

Explore your interests and expand your horizons by working on patches and badges created just for you! Be creative at home by completing the required steps at home or virtually with your troop. Each patch program offers a curriculum for every age level. Learn more about the GSWNY Patch Program here.  

Programs on Demand

Program on Demand is a guide of organizations and businesses that offer opportunities for Girl Scouts in all nine Western New York counties. Many of the collaborators can work with you to tailor an activity by your girl’s interests and/or grade level. Learn about Programs on Demand more here.

Badge in a Box

Programs in a box are kits with everything you need to present and run a program, event, activity or badge with Girl Scouts. The kits have all the consumable and non-consumable resources, items, guides and support for the program. Learn more about programs in a box here. 

Cookie Program

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program for girls in the world! As Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs, girls are learning essential life skills every step of the way, participating in experiences that broaden their worlds all while launching them into a lifetime of leadership. Learn more about the Cookie Program here. 


Field Trips and Outdoors

Field Trips

Ask your girls if they’d like to go to the zoo, the park, or the museum! Field trips are a great way to coincide with and/or enhance the troop meeting experience. 

Parent/Guardian Permission Slip -  Special Events Form

Outdoor Experiences

There are so many ways to get outdoors! Ask your girls about taking a troop meeting outside, going for a walk or a hike, or attending camp, just to name a few. To learn more about GSWNY Outdoor programs, visit our Program Page.

Service Unit Events

An activity based event put on by and for all the Girl Scouts in a specific geographic area. Sometimes these are geared toward specific grade levels. Learn more from your Service Unit team.


Ready for even more? 

Check out our Volunteer Resources page here