New Leader Resources | Girl Scouts of Maine

To all the explorers, changemakers, and stargazers who volunteer with us: welcome and thank you!

Parent meeting: Schedule a parent meeting before you start your regular troop meetings with the girls. See the “Meeting with your troop” section below for more details.  

Family Star Patch Program: 
The Family Shining Star Patch Program is a great way to get troop parents involved and help fill in any gaps on the troop leadership team.

Communication: Plan how you will stay in touch with troop parents/caregivers. Decide as a leadership team the method and schedule that works best for you. You will want to establish a regular means of communication, which keeps everyone up to date on the latest and greatest from the troop including: stories from the girls, troop financial status, wish list, news & upcoming events, etc.

Some examples:

  • Private Facebook or Instagram group, with at least one troop leader who takes the lead on regularly posting and monitoring content.  
  • Email newsletter (bi-weekly or monthly, etc.). The whole leadership team can help collect relevant news and information, and one leader can compile it into a newsletter customized to the needs of the troop. You can find parent/caregiver email addresses in your troop roster in the Volunteer Toolkit.