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Community Troops

Community Troops

Reaching Girls in Underserved Areas 

Through GSCCC's Community Troop program, girls who may not have easy access to Girl Scouts otherwise are given opportunities to grow within the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Community Troops are led by trained Girl Scout staff members, called Community Troop Specialists, who guide girls through activities in various schools, churches and community centers, as well as virtually. Girls take part in engaging, challenging, and fun activities like earning badges, traveling, selling cookies, exploring science, getting outdoors, and doing community service projects—all part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

The program serves girls in K-12 grades. Approximately 2,000 girls participate annually! All girls in the program come from underserved areas in our Council.

Benefits

We believe that all girls deserve the opportunity to develop into tomorrow’s leaders. When girls participate in Girl Scouts they benefit in 5 important ways:

  • They develop a strong sense of self
  • They display positive values
  • They seek challenges and learn from setbacks
  • They form and maintain healthy relationships
  • They learn to identify and solve problems in their community
How To Get Involved

Contact the Community Troop Manager to find out how your organization or school can get involved by hosting a community troop or supporting one through sponsorship.

Free Badge Kits for Community Partners
Free Badge Kits for Meal Providers

Community Troop Spotlights

Community Troop Spotlights

Community Troop 3rd graders in Norfolk

St. Helena Elementary
(Full story on the GSCCC Blog)
Third grade girls at St. Helena Elementary in Norfolk, VA are benefitting from a partnership with Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast (GSCCC) and our Community Troop program. Rochelle McMorris, a Norfolk Public Schools (K-4) math specialist, and GSCCC's Community Troop Manager Tameika Hopkins, are helping girls who may not have easy access to Girl Scouts otherwise, have opportunities to grow within the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through the Community Troop Program.

Community Troop Manager Tameika Hopkins said, "St. Helena Elementary requested art-based badges for their students. They recently earned their Jeweler badge with plans to earn their Painting badge."

Meet Girl Scout Daisy Sapphira (PDF)
Thanks to our community troop outreach efforts, Sapphira and other girls who may not have been able to become Girl Scouts are now having that experience—even through pandemic challenges!

The Girl Scouts Community Troops program is made possible with the support of our partners and funders. 

Community Partners

Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula
Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Virginia
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Albemarle
Chesapeake Redevelopment Housing Authority
Portsmouth Redevelopment Housing Authority
Norfolk Redevelopment Housing Authority
Hampton Out of School Time
Norfolk Parks and Rec.
Chesapeake Parks and Rec.
Achievable Dream Academy (Newport News and Virginia Beach)
SPARK
LEAP
Waldo Scott Center

Funders

Albemarle Area United Way, Inc.
United Way  of Franklin-Southampton Area
United Way of Virginia Peninsula
United Way of South Hampton Roads
Charles & Ruth Skinner Memorial
Franklin Southampton Charities
Elizabeth City Foundation
North Carolina Community Foundation
Publix Supermarket Charities
Verizon Foundation
Howmet Aerospace Foundation
The Suffolk Foundation
Newport News Shipbuilding