Three Models of Troop Government-Junior

 #14 Three Models of Troop Government



Girl Scouts has a built-in structure to help leaders sustain their girl-led efforts.  This structure is traditionally referred to as troop government.  There are three models:  the patrol system, the executive board (also called the steering committee) and the town meeting.  The patrol system divides into small groups of 4-6 girls and the patrol chooses a patrol leader and assistant.  Members of the patrol should rotate the leadership jobs so that everyone has an opportunity. This system is good for medium to large troops.   In the executive board system, the girls elect a leadership team to represent the entire troop.  The length of time in leadership positions should be limited to give each girl an opportunity to lead.  In the town meeting system the troop has no formal government.  The entire troop participates directly in the decision-making process. 

View the video below to watch a troop using the town meeting form of government 

Below is an overview of each type of government.


  • Troops divide into small groups, usually five to eight girls.
  • Each patrol chooses a name, a patrol leader & assistant leader.
  • Troop decides length of term.
  • Patrol leaders wear cords on their shoulder as a sign of office. One cord stands for troop, the other for patrol. The cords are received at an installation ceremony. 

Court Of Honor

  • Troop leader, patrol leader, assistant leader, troop secretary and troop treasurer - all participate.
  • Comes up with ideas and plans for patrols to vote on, and asks for suggestions from patrols
  • Sets up troop kaper chart.


  • A leadership team voted in by the troop to make plans and assign jobs for the entire troop.
  • Length of time served should be limited so everyone has a chance to serve
  • Troop needs to decide ahead of time how suggestions and ideas will be passed n to the committee.


  • Whole troop is involved in discussions, decisions, plans.
  • A moderator is chosen to guide discussions.