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, or Juniors. Discover what Girl Scouting is all about, find simple ways to explore the outdoors, or improve your community with a service project.
With input from your Cadettes, Seniors, or Ambassadors, use these plans to put together your Girl Scout meetings. Participate in a national service project, build their cookie businesses, or try a new water sport.
Learn more about what each Girl Scout level can do:
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.
Check out these helpful resources from fellow troop leaders who successfully adapted their meetings for in-person-safe and virtual settings.