Never been a Girl Scout?  It’s not too late!  Girl Scouts come in all age groups…all you have to want is to make a difference in the lives of girls.  Adults 18 years of age older can join Girl Scouts to serve as a mentor or speak at a Girl Scout event, volunteer in a troop or group, offer services at the council level or simply say, "I believe in the Girl Scout mission and want to shop my support by becoming a member."

Membership is what you make it.  Pitch in your expertise or build a skill you’ve always wanted to develop.  Speak any foreign languages?  Dabble in web design?  Your Girl Scout council needs your talent!  You can spend an hour, a day, or more, depending on your schedule.  We’re looking for members who believe in girls and volunteers who represent the diversity of the world we live in – women, men, young adults, senior citizens, people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds and, of course, our treasured Alumnae.

Go to the Volunteer tab and click Volunteer Now to learn more about volunteering with Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois.


Ready, Set, Change Lives!

How to Become a Girl Scout Troop Leader

THE COMMITMENT: 1 year of making a meaningful, life-long difference in the lives of girls by serving as a troop leader.


Complete a Membership Registration & Background Checks
  Help ensure the safety of our girls.
  • Go to and choose Volunteer Now.
  • Complete your membership registration online (or via paper) and submit your DCFS background check form and criminal background check online.
  • You will receive a welcome e-mail when your background check is approved.
Start Your Troop Leader Training
  Learn about your new role and the essentials of Girl Scouting.
Review Other Resources
  The list below includes everything you need to plan and implement your Troop year.


Recruit Parents to Participate as Co-Troop Leaders
  Introduce and welcome parents/adult volunteers to the Girl Scout experience and their responsibilities.
Prepare for and Schedule Your First Troop Meeting
  Each Girl Scout meeting provides an opportunity to explore new worlds and learn new skills.
Attend Service Unit Meetings and Connect with Other Volunteers

Service Units provide local support to troop leaders and are a great source of information on Girl Scout programs and events in your community, county, or area.

We’re here for you! Contact us at 800.345.6858
or connect with us here.

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