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Girl Scout Service Unit 473
(Wayland, Massachusetts)
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Thinking of starting up a troop so your daughter can be part of the fun? Here's what you need to know. 


Before you do anything...


1). Get at least two unrelated adults registered.  Join us! AND contact us at now, check off that you want to just be a member.


2). Hand in our CORI Form.  

You can contact if you need to hand in the form.


Troops should have two trained leaders and an adult trained in first aid as well as additional CORI checked adults to help out at meetings and field trips.  The Volunteer Essentials handbook,published by Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass, outlines adult/girl ratios and provides new leaders with an overview of the Girl Scout program and regulations. 


Typically, new troops form in the fall and kick off with a family meeting, at which parents fill out a CORI form, Annual Permission Slip/Health Form, and write a check for annual dues (to cover any meeting supplies or startup costs). 


The Wayland Service Unit, in collaboration with individual troops and troop volunteers, offers a range of support, including leader meetings, cookie and first aid training programs, town-wide scouting activities and an annual 


Who: Girls in grades K-12 who live in Wayland or attend Wayland schools.
WhatGirl Power! Girls discovering their own power to do whatever they set their minds to do, while learning leadership skills, making friends, serving others,and having fun! Troops are led by parent volunteers. 

  • Troops – groups of same-age girls meet at a school, the library kids' room, or a church fellowship hall.
  • Town – mixed-age activities throughout the year to celebrate the sisterhood of girl scouts
  • Region – camps and field trips available throughout Eastern Massachusetts
  • Global – stay at one of 4 world centers, like youth hostels just for Girl Scouts, in England, Switzerland, Mexico, or India! 

When:Troops meet according to their own schedule –semi-monthly or monthly are typical, usually for 1-2 hours depending on the age of the scouts. Troops meet at all times including: days after school, evenings,Friday nights, Saturday or Sunday afternoons! 
How do I lead:  You have a desire or willingness to learn with,and help guide, girls in the Girl Scout journey so you:

  • Complete Girl Scouting 101, an online training session
  • Attend Troop Pathway Orientation for information about setting up a troop
  • Attend the Essentials workshop for your age group
  • You, or another parent in your troop, get (or may already have) First Aid/CPR training.
  • You, or another registered parent in your troop, attend monthly meetings where you'll learn about Town and Regional activities, get your questions answered, and network with other leaders in your school and across Wayland from all aged troops.

Then, follow your own passion, help girls discover theirs, and transition your meetings from adult-led and -planned to girl-led and watch your daughter and her friends discover their own power!