This guide is designed to support busy, on-the-go troop volunteers. Inside you will find details and information to help you get started on your newest adventure—being an awesome leader for girls. We recommend that you begin by browsing the sections below and come back throughout the year to find answers to your questions as they arise. Ready to get started? Let’s go!
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Safety Activity Checkpoints (SACs) provide in-depth safety information and tips that adult volunteers use for Girl Scout sports and activities. When preparing for any activity with girls, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints written specifically for that particular activity. Girls can also use these checkpoints to ready their group for a girl-led activity.
We’ve got you covered. Check out the New Leader’s Guide to Success. This resource will help define your role, show how to get your families involved, and give you the tools you need to lead a successful troop.
Girl Scout Offices
Pittsburgh (Council Headquarters)*
503 Martindale St. Suite 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
5681 Route 6N
Edinboro, PA 16412
126 East Otterman St.
Greensburg, PA 15601
612 Locust St.
Johnstown, PA 15901
Offices: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
*Shops: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Second Saturday of each month (Sept.-May only), 9 a.m.-noon
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