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Girl Scout Planner Troop Fundamentals and Year Planner
It is time to plan your best troop year! Download and use this fillable PDF document to plan and calendar activities for each of the six elements of the Girl Scout Troop Fundamentals with your Troop Leadership Team. TIP: You can also download the Word version.
There are two parts to this planning calendar:
• Part 1 - Girl Scout Troop Fundamentals: Fill out each section to plan a fun and well-rounded year. Use it to track your activities in the six elements of the Girl Scout Troop Fundamentals. Try to complete at least one activity for each element – remember you can combine activities. Taking a hike to complete an outdoor badge counts for both Outdoors and Badge & Awards. Save this document to celebrate all you have done. At yearend, you will have the opportunity to submit it for recognition of your troop’s accomplishments.
• Part 2 – 2021-2022 Troop Year Planner: This is a planning calendar to help you and your girls plan and organize activities by month within a typical troop year. The calendar shows you when things happen in Girl Scouts, from celebrating Girl Scout’s Founders Day to participating in the Cookie Program. You can use this planner on its own, along with your Volunteer Toolkit meeting planner for planning badge work at meetings, or plug dates into your own personal calendar.

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Troop Fundamentals

What activities are you planning?

What do you need to do to prepare for this activity? (Materials needed, who will help,
timeline, etc.)

Month completed:

Aim to earn at least three-five awards. This could be badges, Journeys,
awards, or one of each. Find out what your troop is interested in and look in
the Volunteer Toolkit for requirements.

Aim to complete at least one outdoor activity, but there is no limit if you
want to do more! Take a trip to a local park, have a cookout, or go camping!
Don’t forget to check the Safety Activity Checkpoints!

Year One Troops should aim to take part in the online Fall and Cookie Product Programs to earn troop
proceeds and girl rewards. Year Two is a great time to add in booth selling
during the Cookie Program.
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Troop Fundamentals

What activities are you planning?

What do you need to do to prepare for this activity? (Materials needed, who will help,
timeline, etc.)

Month completed:

Aim to do at least one Girl Scout tradition activity at every meeting. For example, sing Girl Scout songs, do a friendship circle, perform a flag ceremony, or celebrate Girl Scout
special days like the Girl Scouts birthday (March 12). Wearing your
uniform is a tradition too!
Aim to do at least one Community Service project. Find someone or thing the girls really care about helping. Identify a community need by starting with your own school or neighborhood and build from there.

Aim to do at least one special event each year. For example, your troop could attend a service unit event, or go on your own field trips such as visiting the fire department, farmer’s
market, or pet shelter.
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Part 2 – Troop Year Planner: Use this troop year calendar to plan the monthly activities you will be completing throughout the year. Key Girl Scout events and themes are included to give you an idea of the events and opportunities in a typical troop year. More ideas and special dates/information can be found on our website https://www.gsnorcal.org/en/forvolunteers/troops/meeting-ideas.html

July

August

September

• Participate in virtual/hybrid troop and camp • Participate in virtual/hybrid troop and camp • Host family/girl meeting troop – kick-off

activities. Check out the Events Calendar

activities. Check out the Events Calendar

• Investiture ceremonies to welcome new

• Back to troop (are Girls/Adults Registered?). • Friendship Day - First Sunday in August

girls

Check out the Registration and Renewal resources

• Login to the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) and start planning your year – Aug. 3

• Plan for Fall Take Action Program – all girls registered, volunteer helpers trained

• Make reservations/register for GSNorCal

• National S'mores Day - Aug. 10

• Plan fall badge/community service projects

Fall activities in the Events Calendar

• Women's Equality Day - Aug. 26

• Plan fall celebrations

October
• Fall Take Action Program – Oct. 2 – Nov. 21 • Fall Digital Day – Oct. 2 • Make a Difference Day – Oct. 24 • Founder’s Day/Juliette Low’s Birthday –
Oct. 31

November

December

• Volunteer and Give Back during the holidays • Volunteer and give back during the holidays

• World Kindness Day – Nov. 13

• National Brownie Day - Dec. 8

• Get outside for National Take a Hike Day – • Plan holiday celebrations

Nov. 17

• Plan holiday celebrations

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January
• Plan for Cookie Program by working with girls to set goals and plan activities, secure troop volunteers to help.
• Plan a family meeting for Cookie Program • Digital Entrepreneur Day – Jan. 29 • New spring GSNorCal programs open in
Events Calendar

February
• 2022 Cookie Program – Feb. 1 to March 27 • Earn the Cookie Entrepreneurial Family Pin • Black History Month • Begin registering for summer camp • Plan spring outdoors, community service
and/or special event field trips for troop • Girl Scout’s World Thinking Day – Feb. 22

March
• Women’s History Month • International Women's Day - March 8 • Register for summer camp • National Girl Scout’s Birthday – March 12 • Girl Scout Week – the week of March 12 • Wrap up Cookie Program – ends March 27

April
• Early bird Girl Scout membership renewal • Volunteer Appreciation Month • Girl Scout Leader’s Day & Earth Day –
April 22 • If your troop is aging up into the next
program level (e.g. Daisies going to Brownies), plan to earn your Bridging Award • Register for summer camp • Find out about service unit or other local summer activities for Girl Scouts

May
• Host a year-end awards ceremony or yearend party to celebrate your achievements
• Plan your bridging ceremony or attend a local bridging put on by your service unit
• Remind girls and volunteers to renew during Early Bird renewal
• Plan a fun summer troop activity • Prepare and submit your Troop Financial
Report in the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)

June
• Participate in summer troop activities and/or camp
• Flag Day - June 14 • Make sure girls and adults are renewed for
another year of fun! • Make sure adults renew their volunteer role
and renew your troop leadership role so you will have access to the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) to start planning for next year

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