Originally Answered: I am going to be a girl scout leader?
There are two great unofficial websites for gs leaders - www.scoutingweb.com and www.macscouter.org (I think those are the right suffixes, if not try .org instead of .com,etc). There's also a group here on Yahoo for GS leaders.
As you learned in training, Girl Scouts is a progressive program - the girls take on more and more responsibility each year, until your role as "leader" is just an advisor and the girls are doing the planning.
As an example: in my troops, we decorate gingerbread houses each year. In kindergarten, the moms put the icing on and the kids attached the candies....then the kids put the icing on and mom helped...now the houses don't even come preassembled - the girls have to do that too. And in a few years, for their architecture badge, we'll be designing those gingerbread houses from scratch.
The girls need a mix of " fun", skills learning and community service. Talk to the more experienced leaders in your service unit to find out what is available in your area.
Please tell us the ages of your girls, and I can probably give you more concrete suggestions.
Oh fun - Brownies are great! Here's the advice I give our new Brownie leaders:
1) Get a copy of your council's "Honor Troop" or "Super Troop" award requirements. This will usually have a list of things that your troop will need to do to get this award. It's a terrific planning tool. It will tell you that leaders need to be trained, financial forms done...and then it will list all the things that are available - x # of tryits, so many service unit events, x # of cultural, outdoor, camping, parent-included events. You don't have do all these - but this gives you an excellent planning tool to make sure your troop is well rounded.
2) Start w/ the GS basics - who is Juliette Low? What are some of our traditions? Work on GS Ways first. You have to do 4 of the requirements to earn the try-it. Cover the promise and law, have the girls figure out how the law applies to their daily life. Remember that this one of the very few (if not only) organizations that lets the girls make the decisions - it's hard at first but they feel more empowered if they're calling some of the shots.
3) Let the girls choose 2 or 3 try-its to work on (give them a short list to choose from). They choose the try-it and you choose how to implement it, OR you choose the try-it and they choose which items to do. (I recommend some of the math and color ones to start with...and read over "Games Around the World". It's a great list of activities to have you have 15 minutes left over.
4) If you have cookie sales coming up, cover safety issues but also the concept of running their own business and earning the rewards for themselves (the troop). Let them set a goal and work for it. My 3rd graders have been putting cookie money away to go to horse camp!! They also used some of their money to go to a water park. (Of course we encouraged them to give $$ to a food pantry as well).
5) Start good communication with the parents - I send emails. Start out expecting them to get back to you without follow up calls. This is one of the biggest frustrations of leaders... parents don't turn in permission slips, etc. Set the expectations early.
6) Set expectations w/ the girls that this is a friendly place and we truly act like sisters to every girl scout. If every girl feels that her opinion is valued, she'll be more likely to put it out there.
7) Attend leader meetings - you'd be amazed at how many great ideas are out there, see if you can find a mentor...someone who will take your questions and phone calls. Don't worry about "stealing" someone's ideas - if it worked for them last year they'll be flattered that you're doing it this year.
8) Check out your Council's and Service Unit's websites - they have tons of ideas, including free field trips and activities.
Have fun with your troop! It's a new adventure and worth the time and effort! And welcome to Scouting.