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Leader Resources

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois offers online resources for volunteers, parents, and community members to support everyone in building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.



Leader Chats

Leader Chats are held twice a month to help new leaders get their questions answered and offer advice to make those first troop meetings run smoothly. Run by council staff and local volunteers, our goal is to start our new leaders off being informed about Girl Scout ways and educate them on the best tools Girl Scouting offers to be a successful leader.



New Leader's Guide to Success: everything you need to know about leading a troop in one handy document.

8 Ways to be a Successful Leader: here are great tips to having a successful troop and great year.

Girl Scout Family Connection: a go-to guide for families to get the most out of the Girl Scout experience.

Volunteer Essentials: is a great reference to all topics relating to the Girl Scout Program, including policies, procedures, and information about troops, safety, travel, camp, activities, and more.

Troop Information Update: is the perfect way to keep the Troop Catalog updated with your meeting information. This way, new girls will know if your troop has openings!

Volunteer-Led Community Day Camp Information: this form needs to be completed to provide details for all volunteer-led outdoor and day camps.

Getting Started: Forms and Resources

Steps for Getting Started as a Troop Leader

Parent Meeting Agenda — a helpful outline for your first parent meeting of the year.

Girl and Adult Health History Forms — Be sure to have one for each girl and each adult.  Keep with you at all times.

Parental Permission for Activities — Parental Permission for yearlong use for events and activities. You only need to have this completed once and can be used for low risk events.

Planning Troop Meetings — There is no such thing as a "standard" troop meeting. A willingness to be flexible is essential, but here are a few guidelines you can use to set up your meetings. 

Ways to Help the Troop — Have family members fill out this form to let you know how they can be involved in supporting the troop this year.

Girl Led Troop Government — Here are some ideas for being girl led at each level, and ways to tell if it's working for your troop!

First Year Daisy Troop Plans - Regional

Starting out as a new Daisy Troop, but unsure the best place to start planning your year? Check out the plan for your region! These handy year plans will get your troop earning badges, participating in traditions, and attending events in no time. It also tells you exactly how to add your year plan into the VTK!

Emergency Information Forms

Always have these forms available:

Accident Report Form — To report accidents, injuries, and illnesses which occur at a Girl Scout sponsored activity to the council office.

GS Live Webinars

A monthly webinar providing leaders with all the latest happenings across Girl Scouts of Eastern IA and Western IL.

Register here to join us every last Wednesday of the month at noon.

Archived Recordings

Due to technical difficulties the GS Live from September 25th is not available at this time.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Running Your Troop

Everything else you will need for a successful Girl Scout year:

Change/Request Troop Bank Account — Use this to help you in opening your bank account or requesting any banking changes. 

Managing Troop Finances — Who pays for what? Troop finances should be used as a tool for learning experiences – helping girls grow in their ability to manage money wisely. Here is also a worksheet to demonstrate troop budgets and a sample troop budget spreadsheet.

Group Money Earning Request — If a troop needs additional funds beyond fall products and cookie sales, this form should be submitted to the council for approval.

High Awards Money Earning Request — If a troop needs to raise money for a high award, this form should be submitted to the council for approval.

Field Trips and Troop Travel

Planning a trip?

If your troop is already planning a trip, make sure you are ready to go:

The Troop Travel Resource Guide and Extended Travel Training can be helpful for leaders planning a trip for the first time. Girls will want to work through the Girl Travel Planner as they plan their own travel experience as well.

Outdoor Progression Chart — Not sure what outdoor level your girls are ready for? This chart will give you an idea where to get started.

Girl Scout Destinations — the ultimate adventure for individual Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador girls!

Troop Travel Opportunities — check out Getaways or International Events

Safety Activity Checkpoints: provides great information when planning activities for girls. This resource will let you know what activities are approved and tips for keeping girls safe.

Plan a Great Girl Scout Year

Five Minute Fillers — Quick ideas for troops and groups of all ages!

Court of Awards — Girl Scouts receive recognition for their accomplishments in the form of patches, badges, pins, and certificates.

Girl Scout Bridging Guide — Some Bridging basics for all age levels.  

Working Through Conflicts — Whenever a group of people get together, conflict can occur. This document gives you behavior to watch for as well as resolution techniques.

Training and Event Calendars - Regional