Through GSHS’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 or supported volunteers, 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, 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 1,200 girls participate annually! All girls in the program come from under-served areas in our Council.
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:
Girls participating will receive:
Access to all programs offered by Girl Scouts Heart of the South; program information is covered in the Heartstrings newsletter and Camp Guide.
Dunbar Elementary School
“Let me start by saying that being a Troop Leader was and is a complete full circle moment as a former Girl Scout. Leading Troop 11161 so far has been an absolute joy and I thank you and the council for trusting me to do so. Since starting our troop here at Dunbar, I have watched our girls become more independent, self-reliant, and better communicators. My younger girls have become more social by making new friends and advocating for themselves to their teachers; while my older girls have gained conflict resolution skills, and become advocates for their community. Being their Troop Leader has shown me that Girl Scouts is still having the same impact it had on me when I was a member. Our favorite thing this year was starting our Community Service initiative of getting the Orange Mound Community Garden restarted. The girls enjoyed brainstorming what kinds of fruits and vegetables they would like to see being grown right in their community. We talked about why it's important to have access to those things and what the impact us doing this would have on their neighborhood. I am proud to call myself a Troop Leader, but even more proud to say that Dunbar Elementary, Troop 11161 is my troop. “ – Morgan Kessler, 2nd Grade Teacher at Dunbar Elementary & Girl Scout Community Troop Leader
The Girl Scout Community Troops program is made possible with the support of our partners and funders.
City of Memphis
Rotary Club of Tupelo
Rotary International District 6800
United Way of the Mid-South
United Way of Northeast Mississippi
West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation
Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis
Church Hill Elementary
East Side Elementary
North Pontotoc Elementary
Stokes Beard Elementary
West Lowndes Elementary
Big Sandy Elementary
Freedom Prep Elementary
Hollow Rock Bruceton Elementary
Ida B Wells Academy
Kroc Center Memphis
Maury City Elementary
Memphis School Of Excellence - Mendenhall
Parkway Village Elementary
Robert R Church Elementary