Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains has added a resource to its website that is specifically for potential volunteers wondering how to start a girl scout troop.
"We are excited to see more people wanting to get involved and start a Girl Scout troop," says Katelyn Scott, who works in marketing communications for the Girl Scout council. "I hope this resource provides a clear path for people to start their own troop and reach more girls through Girl Scouting."
Someone who wants to start a Girl Scout troop might not know where to begin, what a Girl Scout troop does, or whether it’s a volunteer opportunity they can fit into their lifestyle. These are exactly the people Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains council wants to help. As the Girl Scout council that covers 81 counties from Fort Worth to Southlake, Wichita Falls, Abilene, Lubbock, and Amarillo, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains wants every potential troop leader to feel as prepared as possible so they can be excited and successful from the start. The work of a Girl Scout Troup leader is important work, and Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains has provided a number of resources to be sure that troop leaders and their troops have an amazing experience with Girl Scouting.
The resource page has a list of steps to get started with a new Girl Scout troop. The first is to register as a volunteer and join Girl Scouts, as all Girl Scout volunteers must hold a current membership with Girl Scouts of the USA. The next recommended step, which can be done concurrently with the first, is to look for other adults to help with the troop. Each Girl Scout troop needs at least two unrelated adults to be troop leaders, one of whom must be female. Troops also benefit from having volunteers who are not leaders, especially those to help with the Girl Scout Cookie Program, finances, camping, or other activities.
The council is able to create resources like the one for potential Girl Scout troop leaders in part because of a recent partnership with Flourish Change. Flourish Change is an app that allows people to donate their spare change to a nonprofit organization of their choice. Every purchase is rounded up to the nearest dollar, and the difference is donated to the nonprofit. For people who want to give a girl in their community the tools to lead, break barriers, and create positive change but cannot yet lead a Girl Scout troop, using the Flourish Change app and choosing Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains is a great way to help.
Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains offers opportunities for long-term volunteers as well as for adults who want to jump in and help as needed and as their schedule allows. Those interested in learning more about Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains or about starting a Girl Scout troop can visit gs-top.org or contact the council at 800-582-7272. Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains also can be found on Facebook at Girl Scout TOP Facebook.
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