Thank you for volunteering to work with Girl Scout Brownies! Girl Scout Brownies are girls in 2nd and 3rd grades.
What Does A Brownie Troop Leader Do?
As a troop volunteer, you’ll serve as a partner and role model to girls. You’ll also work closely with parent/guardians of girls in your troop and with other local volunteers who have “been there, done that” and council staff. You will make a profound difference in the lives of the girls in your troop and they will change your life, too! Please explore this page to learn more about the Girl Scout Daisy program.
Two registered and screened adults must be present at all times when working with girls, and at least one of those volunteers must be female and not related to the other adult. Make sure that you always have the appropriate adult-to-girl ratio when supervising girls at group meetings and for events, travel, and camping.
Girl Scout Brownie Adult-to-Girl Ratio Minimums
Two unrelated adults (at least one of whom is female) for this number of girls
Plus one adult for each additional number of girls
Two unrelated adults (at least one of whom is female) for each number of girls
Plus one adult for each additional number of girls
Involve the Parents/Guardians and Family Members to Help the Troop
Leading a troop doesn’t have to be difficult! Involve the other adults in the troop. Sharing the Girl Scout Brownie experience with friends and parents makes it so much more fun. Browse the list of ways to involve others as troop volunteers or have girls’ families complete the parent interest survey and ask them to help. You will need to recruit a troop treasurer right away so they can open your troop bank account. Once you have found adults to fill the troop roles, just email then the link to the volunteer page and they will be able to complete the necessary screening and registration requirements.
Beyond the Troop Meeting
When your troop is ready to try new things like sell cookies, nuts, and magazines, and when they are ready to venture out on field trips, outings, overnights, and camping, then there are a few safety and training requirements below that you should be aware of. These are excellent opportunities for troop volunteers to help. Ensure that any volunteers that your recruit to fill these roles are screened and registered members who follow the Girl Scout safety guidelines at all times.
Before Going Away From the Meeting Place for Outings, Short Trips & Overnights
- Make sure you have the support of parent volunteers. You will need troop driver(s) and troop chaperone(s). Refer to the troop volunteer page for a complete list of training requirements and resources. Make sure you have enough chaperones to meet the Safety Wise girl/adult ratio for Girl Scout Brownies.
- Before taking a trip the Troop Leader and Co-leader should have completed their online courses: Girl Scouting 101 and Brownie Troop Essentials.
- Review and download the Safety Activity Checkpoints for the activity that you will be doing.
- When reviewing the Safety Activity Checkpoint for the activity, consider if this activity is appropriate for the age and experience of a Girl Scout Brownie.
- Submit a Troop Trip Approval Form. Detailed information and procedures can be found on this form.
- A first aider is required for all trips. A first aider should be an adult who taken an approved First Aid/CPR training. The following health care providers may also serve as first-aiders: physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, dentist or emergency medical technician.
- Here are other forms that may be helpful in planning your trip: Planning Trips with Girl Scouts Resource Guide 3-8, Transportation of Girl Scout Driver Information 6-38, Participant Agreement for Adults 1-80, and Participant Agreement for Girls 1-81. These forms are not required but serve as a resource if you wish to use them.
Before Cooking or Sleeping Outdoors
Kentucky’s Wilderness Road has two levels of camp training.
1. The first is called Out & About. This training consists of three short online trainings with a 2.5 hour skill session. At the end of this course, you are certified to rent a modern facility at Kentucky’s Wilderness Road camps and have a program campfire. Girls must stay in facilities with kitchens and bathrooms and cannot do any outdoor cooking. This course is particularly good for Girl Scout Daisies because it can serve as an introduction to outdoor experiences.
2. The second is called Troop Camp Certification. This training consists of three short online trainings with an overnight at camp. This training session covers outdoor cooking, sanitation, fire building, tent care, outdoor programming, and many other skills that will enable you to take your troop on an overnight camping experience. Out & About is not a prerequisite for Troop Camp Certification.
Before planning an outdoor experience:
- Recruit a troop camping certified adult - Refer to this page for a complete list of training requirements and resources.
- Troop camping certified adults must take: Girl Scouting 101
- Review and download the Safety Activity Checkpoints for Outdoor Cooking, Group Camping, and Hiking or any other activity you will be doing.
Recruit a first aider. First aiders are required for troop camping. Make sure someone in your troop who is going on the camping trip is certified
- Submit a Troop Trip Approval Form. And follow any necessary travel procedures for your trip.
- Review the council camping policies.
Before Participating in Product Sales
- Recruit a fall product sale manager for the Fall Sale. Refer to this page for a complete list of training requirements and resources.
- Recruit a cookie sale manager. Refer to this page for a complete list of training requirements and resources.
- The Fall Product Sale Manager must take Fall Product Sale Training.
- Review and download the Safety Activity Checkpoint for Product Sales.
Resources for Brownie Troop Leaders
- Volunteer Essentials Resource Guide
- VE – Safety Wise, Chapter 4
- VE –Managing Group Finance, Chapter 5
- Council Volunteer Policies and Practices
- Council Program Policies and Standards
- Travel and Trip Procedures - including process for high adventure activities and approved vendors
- Safety - including Safety Activity Checkpoints, adult-to-girl-ratios, and first aid kits
- Insurance - including purchasing extra insurance for non-registered siblings and family members at Girl Scout activities
Courses for Brownie Troop Leaders
New troop leaders should take these courses before meeting with girls for the first time.
- Welcome to Girl Scouts - classroom, to find courses go to the Council Training Calendar and locate local classes. Don’t see a class that fits your schedule? Contact Volunteer Services to connect you with a facilitator.
These courses are online
- Girl Scouting 101
- Brownie Troop Essentials
Quick Start Guide for Brownie Troop Leaders
Just click on the Brownie button for tons of information and resources just for you!
Learn More About The Girl Scout Leadership Experience
Brownie videos here:
- Brownie Elf Hiker Song
- Brownie Elf Healthy Living
- Brownie Elf & Friends: Manage Money
- How to Have Fun with Purpose with Girls; Three Processes for Girl Scout Volunteers
- Girl Scout Brownie Shop Guide with Insignia Placement
- Helpful Hints for Uniforms
- Girl Scout Brownie Award Tracker
- My Parents Help Patch
- Sponsorship Agreement
- Online Troop Registration Permission Form
- Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge