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Welcome! You’re about to make a huge difference in the lives of girls.

Your first step? Pat yourself on the back. Becoming a Girl Scout leader is a special commitment. Your efforts will help build girls of courage, confidence, and character. Thank you for your willingness to lead the way!

Over the first 60 days, you’ll complete ten steps to becoming a Girl Scout leader. This page will help you with steps 1-4, which should take 30 days from start to finish. To view all ten steps, check out our New Leader Express Checklist.

If you’re having trouble with any part of the process, contact our registration help desk at 816-759-3025 or registrationhelpdesk@gsksmo.org.

Step 1:

Complete your application and background check. The application process is pretty intuitive and takes just a few minutes. (Helpful note: for Role, you’ll select Troop Leader.) The free background check is straightforward, too. You’ll securely input your SSN and some basic personal information, and receive an email when you’re good to go.

>> Ready? Start your application and background check now.

Step 2:
Connect with your local service unit. If your troop is like your immediate family, your local service unit is your extended family. (The aunt with the wisdom of experience and the in-law with the great dessert recipe.) Your new leader consultant, a volunteer from your local community of Girl Scout troops, will contact you by phone or email. This group will become a strong resource as you lead your troop. 

Step 3:
Register for New Leader Express Training. (Different dates, times, and locations are offered to meet the schedule demands of busy adults. Training is free and advance registration is required.) In two and a half hours, you’ll learn more about being a Girl Scout leader than you ever could have imagined. We’ll give you pragmatic, useful information about how to run troop meetings, guide your troop, and find the resources you need. Just follow the directions to open an online account and register for this training after you complete you application and background check.

Step 4:
Receive your troop number and join Girl Scouts as an adult member. After your training, we’ll send you an email with your troop number—the official sign that you’re a Girl Scout troop leader! Simply log back in to the online account you created to register for training and purchase an adult membership for $15.  (You can add other family members at this time, too.) 

If you need help, contact us at 816-759-3025 or registrationhelpdesk@gsksmo.org.