Planning a troop year

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

friendsAs we look to the future of the new Girl Scout year beginning, many troop leaders are starting to think about basic planning for the troop year. New troops leaders may also be looking for suggestions on activities to plan with the girls in their troops.

When planning the year keep in mind the importance of girl planning. Girls should have helped with the decision making when planning for what badges and journeys to work on, what activities they want to do, and what events they might like to go to. Troop leaders can help with girl planning by providing choices of appropriate activities for girls to choose from.

Troop leaders should also consider how many meetings the troop will be having throughout the year, how much adult support from parents is available, and how to keep girls engaged and interested throughout the year, even over the summer months.

Great troop years offer girls a variety of activities. Participation in council sponsored product sale programs, the chance to attend council program events and service unit planned events to connect with other girls, discovering their leadership through earning journeys and badges, healthy living activities, STEM activities, community service, and celebrating the success of girls through end of year ceremonies can all combine to make a great experience for girls!

Don’t forget that once trained troop leaders can take girls on outdoor experiences as well! Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways offers troops fantastic properties to choose from for troop camping.

For more information on planning your next troop year, or information on events available for girls to attend, or the properties you can take girls camping on, visit the council website at

If you would like assistance with planning your troop year contact your local Community Development Manager at the service center nearest to you.


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