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New Troop Leaders 


New Leader Troop Checklist

Congratulations! We’re excited you’ve decided to become a Girl Scout Troop Leader!

Below you’ll find a checklist with the steps you need to start your Girl Scout troop.

If you have questions, our Customer Care Team is available to help.  You can contact them via email or at 1-855-232-GSHH (4744).  

#1: Join Girl Scouts in a Leadership Role

Become a Girl Scout Member. Enter your troop number when prompted to do so and select "leader" or "co-leader" as your role. You will be asked to pay the $25 membership fee.
**If you are already a registered Girl Scout, go to your Member Profile (under the My GS tab), click Add Role, and select "Troop Leader" or "Troop Co-Leader".


#2: Complete a Background Check

 Within 24 hours of your registration, you will receive an e-mail from Asurint with instructions on how to complete your background check. The cost is $6.25 and is valid for 3 years. Please do not share this link with others as it will be customized to you.

#3: Complete Leader Training

NOTE: Before you can meet with your troop, the following training must be completed. You may choose to take this training as a live online webinar, or in-person.  To take this training register through your member profile activity tab and select a training time and date. To complete the training online, follow the steps below:

#4: Get a Troop Number

Contact our Customer Care team online or call 1-855-232-GSHH (4744) and ask for a Membership Manager.

#5: Open a Troop Bank Account

 Submit the Bank Account Request Form to GSHH Customer care at or fax to 914-752-2488.  

Bank accounts must be opened no later than 30 days after creating a troop and receiving a troop number. 

#6: Recruit Girls and Adults to your Troop!

Girls and their families can join your troop via the Troop Availability section of the website.   

New Troops are open in the catalog to start with 12 girls. If you know you will have more girls joining your troop, let your GSHH Membership Manager know to increase the space. Make sure new girls and adults have your five digit troop number so they can register into your troop – please be sure to share it with them. 

#7: Use the Volunteer Toolkit to plan awesome meetings

The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is an online resource that supports troop leaders and co-leaders, making running a troop easier and more convenient.

Click here to learn more about your digital assistant.


#8: COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Meetings

Before holding in-person troop meetings or events, volunteers are required to review the following guidelines: 

June 18, 2021 GSHH COVID-19 Volunteer Guidelines