USAGSO currently hosts a Virtual Troop (VT) for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors! Any girls in grades 6-12, including girls from a WAGGGS sister country, may request to join the Virtual Troop, which is hosted through a secure forum. Join the Virtual Troop starting July 1, 2020!
In the Virtual Troop, girls work at their own pace to complete badges and Journeys, as well as interact on social forums and receive assistance on their Highest Awards projects. Twice a month, girls have the option to join live Hangouts where they can socialize with each other in real time, sharing playlists, discussing movies, and chatting about their lives. Both the Hangouts and the forums are monitored by experienced Girl Scout leaders and advisors to ensure that girls are learning in a safe, fun online environment.
Examples of girls who might choose the VT option include: girls who are too busy to attend traditional Girl Scout meetings, individually registered members (IRMs) who want more interaction with other girls, girls looking to do badges in addition to what their current troop is offering, WAGGGS members who want to explore GSUSA programming, and girls who want to focus on a specific topic that the Virtual Troop is offering.
The Virtual Troop is also on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers who can help out! Email email@example.com if you’re interested in writing badge/Journey designs, serving as an advisor, co-hosting Hangouts, or have another idea for how you can assist. Volunteers generally devote less than 1 hour per week to the Virtual Troop.
The Virtual Troop runs from September through May and accepts members all year long. Login information is sent out to members on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. Answers to commonly asked questions can be found below. Join the Virtual Troop starting July 1, 2020!
Q: Who can join the VT:
A: Any girl who is in grades 6 - 12. USAGSO members, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) members and WAGGGS members are welcome; there is an additional $10 charge for non-USAGSO members. If you are not currently a member of any Girl Scouting or Guiding organization, you can become a member by joining the Virtual Troop.
Q: Does the Virtual Troop need volunteers?
A: Yes! Volunteers can assist by writing badge/Journey designs, serving as advisors, co-hosting Hangouts, and much more! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Q: How do I sign up for the Virtual Troop?
A: Sign up for the Virtual Troop here, starting July 1, 2020.
Q: What is the cost of the Virtual Troop?
A: Dues for the Virtual Troop are $45 per year for USAGSO members and $55 per year for members from other Girl Scouting or Girl Guiding organizations. The dues cover the cost of the hosting platform, activities fees for girls (to attend virtual events, earn patches, etc.), and activities prizes, as well as a small stipend for the Virtual Troop leaders.
Q: When will I receive my login details?
A: The Virtual Troop accepts members all year long, with login information sent out to members on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. If you haven’t received your login information within three weeks of registering, please contact email@example.com