The Answer Center is a member support center, available via phone or email to assist parents, volunteers, staff and community members.
Our parents and adult volunteers are vital to the success of eastern
Missouri G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) TM.
At Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, we want leading a troop to be a great experience, which is why we'll support you every step of the way. We provide our leaders:
Many parents have at least a few questions before standing up to lead their girl’s troop. Here are a few of the most frequent questions we hear:
A troop needs at least two unrelated, background checked adults (one of whom must be female) to get started. Troops can have more than two leaders and are encouraged to involve all adults. Additional volunteers can help with the Cookie and Fall Product Programs, as well as pitch in with snacks, field trips and other activities.
Parents of girls in your troop are prime candidates to help out, but adults from the community might love this opportunity, too. People tend to have the most fun with adults they know.
Even superheroes need support! Learning and developing new skills and insights are all part of the Girl Scout program, and not just for the girls! We offer a wide range of online and face-to-face trainings and events that empower volunteers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver fun, safe and meaningful Girl Scout experiences.
It’s a great idea to start thinking about how your troop will get together right away. You can start contacting potential venues now as you complete your registration and on-boarding to find a good meeting space. Keep in mind:
Now that you’ve registered, it’s never too early to start spreading the word about your new Girl Scout troop. While you complete your Girl Scout training in order to establish your troop, you can talk to your girl’s friends, your neighbors, and other families in the community to make sure that your girl will have a lively troop. As a bonus, more girls usually means more adults who will be happy to help you lead this troop. Our staff will work closely with you to help support the formation of your new troop!
Troops are encouraged to have a minimum of 5 girls. At Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri we encourage Troops to have at least 10-15 girls. However, we understand that every Troop is different and we will work with you to create the best possible experience for both you and the girls in your Troop!
Now that your troop is registered you can hold a parent meeting to discuss logistics and encourage other adults to get involved.
Next, review lesson plans by visiting the Volunteer Toolkit. Leaders gain access to the Volunteer Toolkit once they have completed their registration. The Volunteer Toolkit is a digital resource that supports troop leaders making the process of running a troop easier and more efficient. It includes a year plan and meeting agendas as well as badge curriculum, additional activities and community service ideas.
Stay in touch.
Your Community Engagement Manager is the Council staff member who will be in touch once you are registered. They can answer any questions and direct you to local volunteers and resources. You are encouraged to attend neighborhood meetings and check your email for Council news and information. Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay connected to events and find other awesome volunteers to network and collaborate with.