For the first time ever, USAGSO is opening the Virtual Troop (VT) to Brownies and Juniors! Any girl entering grades 2-12, including girls from a WAGGGS sister country, may request to join the Virtual Troop, which is hosted through a secure online forum. Join the Virtual Troop today!
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. Once a month, girls have the option to join live Hangouts where they can socialize with each other in real time, doing badge work, earning fun patches, and playing games. Every month, they will be invited to attend USAGSO programs for free, to spend time with girls outside of the Virtual Troop. All Virtual Troop activities 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, and WAGGGS members who want to explore GSUSA programming. Girls who have never before been Girl Scouts are welcome to join!
The Virtual Troop is also on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers who can help out! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in writing badge/Journey designs, leading the troop, 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 is open and accepts members all year long. Once members have applied to join, login information for the forum is sent out to members within two weeks. Answers to commonly asked questions can be found below. Join the Virtual Troop today!
Q: Who can join the VT?
A: Any girl who is in grades 2 - 12. If you are not currently a member of any Girl Scouting or Guiding organization, you can become a member by joining the Virtual Troop. Current USAGSO members, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) members and WAGGGS members are welcome; there is an additional $10 charge for non-USAGSO members.
Q: Does the Virtual Troop need volunteers?
A: Yes! Volunteers can assist by writing badge/Journey designs, leading the troop, serving as advisors, co-hosting Hangouts, and much more! Contact VirtualTroop@usagso.org for more information
Q: How do I sign up for the Virtual Troop?
Q: What is the cost of the Virtual Troop?
A: Dues for the Virtual Troop are $50 per year for USAGSO members and $60 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. If you are not yet a member of a Girl Scouting or Girl Guiding organization, you will also need to pay to register as a member of USAGSO. Financial aid is available upon request.
Q: When will I receive my login details?
A: The Virtual Troop accepts members all year long, with login information sent out to members within two weeks of registering. If you haven’t received your login information within two weeks of registering, please contact VirtualTroop@usagso.org