How to Hold a Fantastic First Parent Meeting!
You’re registered, you’re trained, and now you’re ready to hold your first troop/parent meeting! We know it can be scary starting something new, so we’re here to help.
We’ve put together this helpful Resource Kit to get you started!
Here's a sample agenda for the first time you meet with the parents/guardians of your excited new Girl Scouts - having things written out can help things go super smoothly.
Girl Scout Parent Meeting Agenda
Be sure to reserve meeting space; use your troop roster to invite all parents/guardians.
Welcome & Introductions:
Have each adult share their name and what they hope their daughter will get out of Girl Scouting.
Leader(s) also share what they hope the troop will gain from the year.
Brief Overview of Girl Scouts
Mission: To build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place
Girl led (decision-making and planning), Hands-on (active not passive), and Collaborative (girls feel safer to try new things in collaborative team-based environments)
Girl Scout of Greater Iowa is our local council - girlscoutsiowa.org
Girl Scout Troop Specifics
Meeting time, day frequency and locations
Dues (how much, how often)
Financial assistance available
Uniforms (will the girls wear a sash or vest, or choose for themselves?)
Participating in the Fall Product and Cookie Programs – helps girls learn budgeting and business skills, plus helps the troop pay activities, costs for camps, training, and other resources.
We <3 Our Troop Parents
Building a Troop Committee – Share the list of jobs, get volunteers to join in on the fun!
Adult membership registration (annual fee or lifetime membership) and background check required for all participating adults
Troop Supply needs (wish list for a troop supply box)
Pick-up Etiquette – Please provide transportation to and from meetings in a timely manner (e.g. within 5-10 minutes after ending of meeting)
Forms & Actions to Take
Girl Membership Registration online (annual fee)
Activities with Girls (if they are present) – If possible, bring an outside group in to help with girls while you’re meeting with parents!
Fun activities while adults meet
Brainstorming activity ideas
Reminder of next meeting date and goodbyes!