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New Leaders

Welcome, new troop leaders! Thank you for volunteering your time to help build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Before you embark on this extraordinary journey of leadership, you’ll need to complete the steps below. Also refer to our New Leader's Guide to Success before getting started. 

If you have questions, our Customer Care Team is available to help. You can contact them at or 908-518-4400.

Step 1: Get a Troop Number

A Membership Specialist at council can provide you with your Troop Number. Not sure who your Membership Specialist is? Contact for assistance.

NOTE: Only adult positions will currently be displayed in the opportunity catalog for this new troop.

Step 2: Join Girl Scouts in a Leadership Role

Become a Girl Scout Member. The cost of an adult membership is $25. NOTE: Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

New to GSHNJ? Start your registration process here. Enter your contact information and troop number. Select “Search”. You’ll see a list of available adult volunteer opportunities appear. Select the checkbox next to “Troop Leader”. Proceed to the payment page.

Existing GSHNJ volunteers, log in to your Member Profile via the MyGS tab on our GSHNJ website (on the right hand side of the main tab bar). Under the Membership tab, select “Add Role” for your name. Here, you can add the Troop Leader role.

Haven’t volunteered with GSHNJ before, but someone in your immediate family is a member?  Log in to your MyGS account.  Your name will be listed under the Membership tab.  At the bottom of the page, select “Add New Adult Member”. Proceed to the payment page to complete your registration. 

Step 3: Complete a Background Check

Shortly after registering, you will receive an email from Asurint with instructions on how to complete your background check. Please do not share this link with others as it will be customized to you. The link will expire in 24 hours. Your background check is valid for 3 years.

Step 4: Complete Leader Training

Before you can meet with your troop, all troop leaders must fulfill the mandatory training requirements listed below. We ask that you complete these required trainings within one month of registering to volunteer.

All required trainings are accessed on gsLearn, by going to the MyGS portal of our website.


  • Successful Leader Learning Series 
  • Level Training (specific to the grade level troop you will be leading)
  • GSHNJ Mandated Reporter Training
  • Review Volunteer Essentials
  • Review Safety Activity Checkpoints before planning activities with the girls


  • First Aid/CPR Training: For many activities, Girl Scouts recommends at least one adult volunteer be First Aid/CPR-certified. Our Safety Activity Checkpoints tell you when a first aider needs to be present. Find upcoming sessions on our Event Calendar.
  • Outdoors and Overnights Trainings: Prepare you for overnights with your Girl Scout troop. Get started with Outdoors and Overnights Step 1, available in gsLearn. For Steps 2 and 3 of Outdoors and Overnights Training, find upcoming sessions on our Event Calendar
  • Heart to Heart Chats, Live Chats, and Be Prepared Trainings: Monthly enrichment trainings on a variety of topics. Find upcoming sessions on our Event Calendar.

Training Questions? Contact

Step 5: Open a Troop Bank Account

Once at least TWO troop leaders have successfully been registered and background checked, and completed the above required trainings, you may contact your Membership Specialist to obtain a Bank Authorization Letter. This letter requests the courtesy of a no fee, no minimum balance checking account. Every troop must have their own troop bank account with two registered, background checked, and unrelated signers.

Step 6: Recruit Girls and Adults to your Troop

It’s time to invite girls to join in the fun! Once all troop leaders have fulfilled the requirements above, your troop will be opened to girls in our online Opportunity Catalog. Be sure all interested girls and their families have your five digit Troop Number.

Initially, your troop will have ten spaces open to girls. If you wish to include additional girls in your troop (and can meet the safety ratios as outlined in Volunteer Essentials), contact your Membership Specialist and ask to increase the number of available spaces for girls.

Step 7: Use the Volunteer Toolkit to Plan Meetings

The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is a robust digital planning tool that supports troop leaders in planning out their year of Girl Scout fun! 

To learn more about using the VTK, view these helpful tutorials:

Set Up Your Year Plan 
Customize Your Year Plan
Set Meeting Dates, Times & Locations
Meeting Plan Overview