- Co-Leader: do you have one? All troops are required to have at least two unrelated adults working together who do not reside at the same address.
- Service Unit: a “Service Unit” is a group of volunteers and leaders in a certain geographical area. Most Service Units meet regularly throughout the year. The Membership Staff person will help to connect you with the management team of your Service Unit (they are called Service Team members). It is a great way to meet other leaders who can help mentor you as you get started
- Troop Number: will be assigned to you by the Service Unit Registrar.
- Bank Account: Your Service Unit Manager, Service Unit Treasurer or another member of the Service Team will help you to open your bank account.
- Troop Meetings: where and when will your troop meet? Will you meet monthly, weekly, or every other week? Decide on a troop meeting schedule that works best for you. Think about where you want to meet, think about local churches, schools, and community centers. Look to the Service Team members for guidance on meeting locations.
- Schedule a Parent/Guardian meeting for your troop members : try to have only adults in attendance which will give you an opportunity to meet the parents of the girls you will be working with, give them an opportunity to meet you, provide them with a calendar and ask how they can help the troop.
- Troop Committee: these are the adults who help your troop; Treasurer, Fall Products Sales Manager, Cookie Manager, Cookie Booth Coordinator, maybe a Newsletter Editor, or a Trip Coordinator. All volunteers who work directly with girls and/or handle money must first go through the process of becoming a volunteer.
- Registrations: both girl and adult members of your troop need to register, which is $15 per person which will cover you from October 1 to September 30 of the following year.
- Other Forms: there are some other forms you may wish to use to help collect information for the girls in your troop; Girl Health History Form and Girl Record Form.
- Troop Dues: you may decide to collect dues to help offset the cost of troop expenses such as badges, program supplies and activities/events. We recommend between $2 and $4 per month per girl.