Ready to plan your troop year? Our age-appropriate troop year plans are the best tool for first year troop leaders to get started with Girl Scouts without getting overwhelmed. The entire year is mapped out—just follow along to help your Girl Scouts complete badge activities, improve their communities, and explore the world around them.
Use these plans to help guide your Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, & Ambassadors. Discover what Girl Scouting is all about, find simple ways to explore the outdoors, improve your community with a service project (locally or nationally), build your cookie businesses, and so much more.
Learn more about what each Girl Scout level can do:
The Volunteer Toolkit is a customizable planning tool where you can find suggested meeting plans for most badges, access activity guides and badge requirements, track your Girl Scouts’ achievements, and so much more. It’s the digital planning assistant that will help you power a fun-filled—and organized—Girl Scout year.
You’ll find the Volunteer Toolkit via the left menu bar of MyGS in My Account. It’s accessible on any desktop, tablet, or mobile device.
Take a look at our videos below for more tips and tricks using the Volunteer Toolkit
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Traditions connect Girl Scouts across the globe. They link current Girl Scouts to the trailblazers who came before them and remind them of the camaraderie that comes with a wide network of millions of fellow Girl Scouts and Girl Scout alums.
You can always find more info about Girl Scout traditions and ceremonies in your grade level’s Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
Your Girl Scout uniform shows how much you’ve accomplished—and that you’re ready for what’s next. And each part of your Girl Scout uniform is as unique as you are. Girl Scouts from each grade level have one official uniform item (a sash, vest, or tunic) to display badges, pins, awards, and other insignia.
You can always shop for your official uniform at our Council shop, online or in-store.
Here are just a few to get you started:
Pour M&Ms, or any other multicolored candy, into a bowl. Have everyone in the group take as many as they want, but no fewer than five from the bowl. Make sure that no one eats their candy right away.
For each piece of candy they took, they will have to answer a question, depending on its color. For example, you can designate:
One person is the caller. She calls out, “Everyone pleases now line up…” and fills in the blank with a statement such as one of the suggestions below. All players race and find the right order.
If you have a large number, divide it into two teams to see who can finish first. To make it harder, play the game in silence.
Elbow Tag: Everyone, except 2 players, links arms with another player. Of the remaining two players, one is it and the other is the chased. Whenever the chased links elbows with a pair of players, the person on the other side of the pair must break off from the group. This player now becomes the chased. If the chased gets tagged, they become it.
Turtle Tag: One person is it. If a chased player gets tagged, she becomes frozen until she is tagged by another non-it player. To avoid being tagged, players can lay down on their backs with their hands and feet in the air. Players can only remain safe like this for 10 seconds.
Shadow Tag: Best played late in the afternoon or early evening, when the shadows are long. It tags players by stepping on their shadows. If a player gets tagged, they become the new it.
Everyone sits in a circle. Pick a girl to be the detective and have her step out of the room. The remaining girls close their eyes and select one person, with a tap on the shoulder, to be the Frogger. Girls not chosen are all flies.
When the Frogger has been chosen the group opens their eyes and says, “oh detective” and the detective comes back into the room and steps into the middle of the circle. The Frogger must stick her tongue out at the flies which signals the flies to dramatically fall backwards, distracting the detective.
The detective moves around the circle and has three chances to guess who the Frogger is before the Frogger tags all the flies.
Girl Scouts is girl-led. Your role as a troop leader is to help guide your troop members through their activities. For younger girls, that can mean a little more structure and planning. For older girls, it means understanding their goal and helping them get there while letting them take charge. Using a year plan is an easy way to get started if you’re a first-time troop leader.
Girl-led activities are the secret sauce of Girl Scouting. When girls step up and take ownership of their decisions, they grow into confident leaders who can make informed and empowered decisions—a valuable skill they’ll carry throughout their lives.
Girl Scouts isn’t about sticking to a strict curriculum. It’s about trying new things, experiencing it together, and reflecting on what you learned and how it changed you. A successful troop leader is someone who can bring together a group of Girl Scouts to do just that. They guide Girl Scouts through earning badges and awards or simply having fun together while allowing the girls to take the lead whenever possible.
Comfortable clothing appropriate for your activities is the best. Girl Scout T-shirts, available at girlscoutshop.com, are always a great option to make yourself identifiable to troop members, parents, or adults at your meeting venue. Most Girl Scout councils also have their own T-shirt designs, and some troops opt to make their own.
There is a troop leader vest available as well. Your troop can choose when and where they want to wear their vests to represent themselves as Girl Scouts. Any field trips or more formal events, like a bridging ceremony, are an appropriate time for them.