Troop Leader Central sponsors a handful of Facebook discussion groups. These groups are for volunteers and run by volunteers.
The following are our community guidelines that we ask you to follow while participating in these discussion groups.
1. RESPECT is REQUIRED in ALL exchanges between members.
This includes, but is not limited to: no shaming of any kind, no personal attacks, no disrespectful language. There is ZERO TOLERANCE for bullying, attacking, or escalating fights. There is ZERO TOLERANCE for disrespecting or degrading any race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. If you take part in any of these you will be removed from the group.
Every member has the option to “scroll on.” You do not have to comment on every post. You do not have to agree with every post. If you are to comment on a post, you are expected to do so in a respectful manner.
Please remember, the written word is easy to misunderstand; tone is very hard to convey in writing. We should assume the best and not the worse of each other. If someone has a different view, we should not take it as a personal attack. We should also take the time to choose our words carefully. Do your best to resolve differences quickly and respectfully. You always have the ability to block a group member and to report posts to moderators.
2. All posts should be female youth group focused.
We welcome adult conversation on all issues that affect us as leaders and our troops.
3. No Selling.
There should be no selling in our groups [except in our buy/sell group Girl Scout Leader Shop – Buy & Sell (unofficial).]
This includes NO SELLING, BUYING, or MARKETING Girl Scout cookies and candies. These items can not be sold anywhere in our community; not even in Girl Scout Leader Shop – Buy & Sell (unofficial). Do not ask to buy or offer to sell cookies or candies within our groups. This includes posting your online sales links, offering to email a link, letting group members know you have cookies that you are willing to sell to them, etc. Group members are not your daughter’s potential customers. No marketing or advertising your cookie or candy sales in our community in any capacity.
4. No Self-Promoting/Advertising.
Do not post in our group to promote your business, sell your products, sell event tickets, or to drive traffic to your blog, website, Facebook page/group, social media account, etc.
Active group members are allowed to self promote on Fridays; “Free for all Fridays.” When self promoting on Fridays please use the hashtag #FreeForAllFriday.
5. No Spammy Posts
Please, nothing that could be considered spammy. No Fundraising, Gofundme links, Square referral links, affiliate links, referral links, prayer requests, donation requests, giveaways, card sending campaigns, petitions, off-site ‘‘Vote for Me’ links, off-site surveys, ‘see how many likes I can get’ type posts, ‘see how far this post can travel’ type posts, etc.
Square credit card processing referral links are allowed in the designated Square referral link post in Girl Scout Cookie Chat (& Fall Sale – Magazines & Candy) (unofficial). The post can be found in the group “Guides” tab.
6. No ‘exchanges’
Exchange posts are only allowed in Girl Scouts Exchange -SWAPS, Flat Juliettes, PostCards, PenPals. This includes requests for Pen Pals, Flat Juliettes, SWAPS, postcards, etc.
7. Intellectual Property
Please follow Facebook community standards regarding intellectual property. Mentions, shout-outs, & links to companies selling unlicensed merchandise will be removed. These companies can not be advertised, promoted, or recommended in our community.
Do not upload copyrighted files to our group files.
8. Viral Posts & Game-like Party Posts & Memes
Open ended game-like posts or memes may have comments turned off after awhile if they are preventing other posts from being seen. This includes voting posts; like cupcake wars or other challenges.
Duplicate viral post shares & links shared multiple times in a short timeframe may be deleted.
9. Do not spam our group members.
Do not reach out to group members via Messenger unless they have personally requested you to do so. Unsolicited direct/personal messages (PMs) are spam. Our member list is not a marketing list. Using our group member list to send unsolicited emails, PMs, requests, FB invites, etc. is spam. If you receive spam from a group member, please notify Troop Leader Central.
10. Disinformation & Misinformation
Disinformation will be deleted. Merriam-Webster defines ‘disinformation’ as “false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth.”
Misinformation may be deleted. Misinformation is defined as “incorrect or misleading information.” We will review these posts on a case-by-case basis and delete as needed.
Links to fake news sites will be deleted without notice.
11. DO NOT DISRESPECT OR BLOCK the admins or moderators.
We are able to tell who has blocked us & we can still see your posts even if blocked. Blocking an admin just prevents YOU from seeing OUR announcements & posts. If you block us, you will be removed from the group. Posts containing links & shout-outs to profiles, pages, groups, companies, etc. that have our admins or moderators blocked will also deleted, as we are unable to validate the legitimacy of the site.