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Steps to becoming a Troop Leader!

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in becoming a Girl Scout volunteer. Our volunteers are what make Girl Scouting possible! As a volunteer, you will play an important role in the lives of girls and help build young leaders. 

Please follow the process below. If you would like to become a troop leader/co-leader, each troop requires at least two non-related adults to complete the training.

A welcome session is your first introduction to Girl Scouting, contact a membership specialist in your area to make an appointment! Click here for the service center location nearest you! The rest of the process is listed below, keep in mind that some parts can be done at the same time

Step 1: Attend a Welcome Session; the membership specialist in your area will assist you in activating your eBiz account, register as a Girl Scout member and you will receive your Volunteer Essentials binder.

Step 2: Complete the Volunteer Application online to start your application process

              You will need to provide two references

Step 3: Complete the Background Check -  a unique link will be automatically emailed to you upon completion of the Volunteer Application. While waiting for your background screening clearance, please continue with your steps to becoming a leader/co-leader, including signing up for and attending your Council Orientation.

Step 4: View the Girl Scouting 101  video online. Please select Greater Los Angeles as your council.

Step 5: Sign up for Council Orientation (2 hour class). You can register and view upcoming class schedules via your eBiz account or by checking the adult learning calendar. 

Step 6:  Take a Basic Leader Class (This step is highly recommended) - For new leaders and co-leaders of girls in any grade level. In this class you will learn the core basic traditions of Girl Scouting; how to run a troop and hold troop meetings, including finances, forms, behaviors, and making it girl led. This class covers adult and girl uniforms, how to have parent meetings, communicating, troop management, and more!


Take a Grade Level Class (This step is highly recommended) - This class is designed to give troop leaders/co-leaders information on what to do with girls at each Girl Scout level and how to use the Journey books and the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting handbooks.


After you have completed all of the steps to become a volunteer you will receive a clearance letter. Troop leaders/co-leaders: when you receive your clearance via email and completed your required trainings, you may now request a troop number directly from your Membership Specialist.

To maximize and enhance your leadership experience, attend your service unit leader meetings for great ideas, best troop practices, and friendly networking with your fellow leaders/co-leaders, Service Unit Manager and Service Unit Team.