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Online Learning

Our Girl Scout Team is here to help you succeed as a volunteer! We offer online courses so you can learn the best ways to support Girl Scouts at your convenience.

New Troop Leaders

New Troop volunteers will have a few steps to take first before your Troop begins to meet. We are a trusted program because of our safety standards and require all volunteers to pass a background check before beginning to meet with girls.

  1. If you have not already, register as a member of Girl Scouts.
  2. Complete the background check form that you will receive by email from Verified Volunteers.

After your background check process is completed and you’re approved to serve as a volunteer, you’ll receive an email confirmation prompting you to log in to My GS, your Girl Scout member community, for the first time. My GS allows you to manage your Troop online. It can also be accessed from the My GS header anytime at

Complete the online trainings below as you follow the New Leader’s Guide to Success.

Girl Scout Basics
Leader Support
Girl Scout Program
Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)

Learn about an amazing online resource that has everything volunteers need to lead a Girl Scout troop. It’s specifically designed to make volunteering easier, so take a look by logging in to your My GS account, and see what this amazing tool can do for your Girl Scout troop. 

A great resource is the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) Help Sheet to familiarize yourself with this awesome resource for planning your year in Girl Scouts.

Through the Volunteer Toolkit, Troop Leaders can:

  • Plan the troop’s calendar year.
  • Email parents with one click.
  • View the troop roster, renew girls’ membership, and update girls' contact information.
  • View Daisy through Ambassador Journeys and badges (to plan for troop meetings), including prepopulated tracks for younger and older Multi-Level troop groups (K–5 and 6–12).
  • Customize meetings by troop year with other badge and Journey options.
  • Explore individual meeting plans that show a breakdown of every meeting, including a list of materials needed and editable time allotments for each activity within a meeting.
  • Record girls’ attendance at meetings and their badge and Journey achievements.
  • Add council or custom troop events to the troop’s calendar.
  • Enter the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).
  • Easily locate resources both national and local council resources, such as Safety Activity Checkpoints

What About Parents?

  • Parents can now access the VTK to see what their girl’s troop or group is doing (e.g, meeting information and which badges and Journeys she is working on).
  • Parents can also view the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).

Log in today! Click on My GS in the upper right-hand corner to get started.

Troop Finances
Complete Knowledge Check

Completed all five trainings? Take your quiz HERE!

Now, you are ready to host your first Troop meeting and invite parents to attend! If parents can’t attend because of a scheduling conflict, conserving scheduling a virtual meeting to introduce yourself to parents, explain expectations, and provide a schedule for upcoming activities.

As you get started with your new Troop, discover your Troop Leader Resources to plan a successful year. 


Questions? Email or call 800-798-0833.