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Troop Leader Blueprint

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
Local Support and Training

Leader's Guide to Success

This training includes all the information needed to successfully run a Girl Scout troop (good for new leaders and established leaders who would like a refresher) in NYC. Our Volunteer Experience team facilitates this training via Zoom (monthly, and on a needed basis).

Are you curious about how to plan and facilitate fun and engaging virtual troop meetings?

Check out these tried-and-true resources from fellow troop leaders who successfully adapted their meetings for in-person-safe and virtual settings.

Meeting Planning & Facilitation Tips:

Activity Planning Tools:

The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK), accessed through your MY GS account, is a robust digital planning tool that supports troop leaders in planning out their year of Girl Scout fun! These volunteer-generated ideas can help you adapt to any meeting environment – including a virtual space! When you’re exploring badges, look for a ‘wifi’ icon to identify badges that have been adapted for virtual meetings. You can also visit the program level pages above to view adaptations for specific badges and journeys.

Connecting with families:

Making Meetings Accessible and Inclusive:

Did you know that ZOOM is a great platform to host virtual meetings? If you need support in learning how to deliver the Virtual Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) while safe at home, please reach out to our Virtual Strategy Development Lead Specialist, Hannah Fertig.

Virtual Content and In-Meeting Resources

Virtual Girl Scout Leadership Experience Platform

The Virtual Girl Scout Leadership Experience platform includes self-paced badge activities and more! The virtual platform can be used by individual girls and their caregivers or by leaders. Leaders may choose to access videos/content from each course during the meeting planning process for inspiration or during their live troop meetings.

Create a free account today to access fun and engaging virtual content. Browse available courses by topic and enroll in as many courses as you’d like!

You can also visit the program level pages above to view adaptations for specific badges and journeys.

GSGNY Volunteer-Generated Content

Want to learn about Girl Scout traditions and leader tips from other volunteers like you? Check out our Girl Scouting in New York City playlist below!

Virtual Girl Scout Slide Deck Templates (downloadable templates)

Download these Girl Scouts of Greater New York branded slide decks for your virtual troop meeting needs.

Virtual Backgrounds (downloadable backgrounds)

Share some Girl Scout spirit in every Zoom meeting using the Virtual Background feature. To download the virtual backgrounds, right-click the desired image, select "Save Image As...", click "Save" and open ZOOM, select Virtual Backgrounds and add the image in your settings.

For instructions on how to set up backgrounds on Zoom, visit the Zoom Help Center.

Set up your GSUSA Zoom Licensed Account

Girl Scouts of USA, in partnership with ZOOM, is offering annual ZOOM licenses at a discounted price of $36 per license. Co-leaders can use ZOOM licenses for all Girl Scout-related events and meetings.

Watch this video to learn how to request a GSUSA Zoom license and understand the responsibilities of being a GSUSA Zoom license holder.

To qualify for a GSUSA ZOOM license, you must:

  • Be a registered co-leader with a Girl Scout troop
  • Have an active troop with at least two approved troop co-leaders (registered, background-cleared, and trained) with girls registered

Submit your GSUSA ZOOM license request via our online form below.

Once you have submitted your request, our team will follow up directly with the next steps. We appreciate your patience through this process.

Zoom How-Tos:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding ZOOM licenses or virtual troops, please email Kristen Glass.

COVID Guidelines

Check our council’s current COVID guidelines before planning any troop activities.

In-Person Meeting Guidelines


Have a friend who wants to learn more about at-home Girl Scout activities? Share the Troop Leader Blueprint with them and they can also participate in our Virtual Girl Scout programs available to Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts alike, completely free of charge!