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Troop Leader Blueprint for an Amazing Year

Your Blueprint for an Amazing Troop Year

New troop year? Bring it on!

Keep your troop going strong with these specially adapted badges, Journeys, and activities for virtual and safe in-person meetings, as well as current COVID-19 guidelines and resources. We’re here to support you as you help your troop thrive.

Program Ideas and Adaptations​

Power a fun-filled troop year with this curated selection of badges, Journeys, and activities to help you throughout this troop year.

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Training and Planning Tools

Thank you for helping us bring Girl Scouting to more girls. Our mission truly would not be possible without the volunteers who are providing girls stability in uncertain times and the encouragement and safe space they need to continue dreaming big, taking on the tough challenges, and growing into strong, confident leaders.

We know this year is going to look different, in Girl Scouts and in general. We’re here to help you! Below are resources to support your delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience while at home.

Local Support and Training

Many of our volunteer trainings are now available online! Explore our webinars – from Essentials and Outdoors to Travel and Highest Awards – to continue your Girl Scout volunteer development at home.

For Zoom training, see the section below.

Starting in October, tune into live chats with our Troop Support staff every other Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. CT. Check our Facebook page and program calendar for details and more volunteer opportunities.

Girl Scouts of the USA also hosts Live Tips for Troop Leaders webinars. Check out the schedule!

Virtual Troop Meetings For All Girls!

Online troops for girls in all grade levels are now meeting! Current Girl Scout members and families and girls who want to learn more about Girl Scouts are invited to attend. Parents and caregivers of girls in kindergarten through fifth grade should attend the 45-minute meetings with their girls. Learn more in our blog.

Request That a Program Aide Attend Your Virtual Meeting

Program Aides, or PAs, can help you lead Girl Scout songs and games and bring excitement to your virtual meetings. PAs should never be on a virtual call or in a breakout room without a Girl Scout volunteer present. Please submit a PA and CIT Request Form to request a PA for a virtual troop meeting. All virtual safety activity checkpoints and Spirit of Nebraska online safety best practices must also be followed.

Learn More About Hosting Virtual Meetings from a Current Spirit of Nebraska Troop Co-Leader

They’re the experts, and they’re happy to share tips and tricks with you as you learn this new landscape. Email us to connect with a virtual meeting expert.

Meeting Planning Tools
Zoom for Girl Scout Volunteers

Zoom accounts are now available to Girl Scouts volunteers for the highly discounted rate of $36/year. Contact Member Support at 800.695.6690 to set up your account today! These accounts will enable you to host up to 500 guests, use breakout rooms, have co-hosts, use polls, and hold unlimited meetings with no time limit.

Paid Zoom accounts are not required. Zoom has a free version, but it does not have the same capabilities as the paid option.

Watch Zoom Training with Lincoln Girl Scout volunteer Jen Burgard-Quaranta.

Watch additional Zoom and virtual meeting trainings from Girl Scouts of the USA on gsLearn.

If you need a live Zoom demo or have questions about how to run your troop virtually, please contact your Troop Support Specialist. We are here to help you!

Zoom Meeting Backgrounds

Zoom includes a virtual background feature that allows users to choose customized backgrounds. Check out some fun, Girl Scout options below!

Click on a graphic below to open the full image. Right click, then choose "Save Image As" to download it to your computer.

The next time you enter a Zoom meeting, click the arrow next to the video icon and select "Choose Virtual Background." You will see a selection of default options. To upload your own image, click the "+" sign to the right of "Choose Virtual Background."

Find your image, upload it, and you are ready to Zoom in style.

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Planning Activities

These volunteer-generated ideas can you help adapt to any meeting environment. You can also visit the program level pages above to view adaptations for specific badges and journeys.

Connecting with Families
Community Resources

Have you found other resources in your community for your Girl Scout troop that you’d like to share with other troops? Let us know!

Girl Scout History
COVID Guidelines

Beginning in July 2020, some in-person Girl Scout activities, service unit activities, and troop meetings are permitted to resume, providing Spirit of Nebraska guidelines are followed. Volunteers must review the guidelines that acknowledge the need to take all reasonable precautions to limit potential exposure of the COVID-19 virus to girls, volunteers, and families.

View all guidelines here.