Hopewell Valley Leaders

Our troops are led exclusively by a group of dedicated volunteers. We are in need of additional volunteers to help expand Girl Scouting to more girls. Join us in our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character!

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to be a parent to be a troop leader?


No. We welcome all interested adults, ages 18 and older, to apply as Girl Scout volunteers. Girl Scouts is volunteer-driven, and we need everyone's help! We currently have Girl Scout leaders who are community leaders, senior citizens, college students and others who don't currently have daughters who are Girl Scouts.




How much time does it take to be a troop leader?


The troop leader decides how often meetings take place, as well as when meetings take place. Troops can meet weekly, bi-monthly or monthly; after school, in the evenings or on weekends.




How long am I committed to being a Girl Scout leader?


The commitment is one year. Typically our leaders continue to work with a Troop year-to-year.




What does a Girl Scout Leader do?


You will work with a co-leader and other volunteers to run a troop. This includes:
- Choosing a time, location and frequency for troop meetings.
- Planning meetings and field trips.
- Keeping a financial record of troop expenses.




What if I was never a scout?


Not a problem! We offer training, resources, meeting plans and mentorship from experienced leaders.




Is volunteer training provided?


Yes! Web-based, self-study and face-to-face trainings are available throughout the calendar year.




Will someone be helping me start a Girl Scout troop?


As a volunteer, you can count on help from a variety of people. Staff from your area will be available to answer questions, help recruit girls and assist with finding a meeting place, if needed. Local volunteers from your community, organized into a service unit are also key to getting your troop off the ground. These local volunteers are often great examples of the good things that Girl Scouts accomplish. Regular service unit meetings are held throughout the school year, so there are many opportunities to meet other Girl Scout volunteers in your area, as well as interface with your membership specialist.




How much does it cost to join Girl Scouts, and where do finances come from to start a troop?


The annual fall product program and Girl Scout Cookie program support troop finances, and all troops are strongly encouraged to participate in these programs to generate troop funds. You can also ask for dues from your member to help cover costs, until you have funds from cookie or fall product sales.




Who decides how many girls are in a troop?


Our council sets the minimum per troop at 12 girls. Each troop has 12 girls, if there are interested girls. Troops can choose to grow above this, if they have additional leaders trained.




Does Girl Scouts run background checks on volunteers?


Yes. Protecting our girl members is a top priority, and screenings and background checks are integral parts of our due diligence process and procedure.




Do I have to become a registered Girl Scout to volunteer?


Yes, adults who work with girls as troop leaders or co-leaders must register as Girl Scout members. Registration is easy with our online system. Financial assistance is available.




What help will parents give?


There are many roles that parents can play in assisting troop leaders. Parents can help with regular meetings, organize the fall product or cookie sales, drive girls to and from field trips, serve as First Aid/CPR trained adults on trips, manage the troop treasury, etc. If you can ask, parents can do it!




How do I join as a leader?


Please sign up here and we will be in touch:

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Hopewell Valley Girl Scouts

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Email: HVGSinfo@gmail.com

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GSCSNJ Service Unit 701 

P.O. Box 844

Pennington, NJ 08534

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