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Troop Money Earning

Troops and girls planning a money earning activity must submit an online Money Earning Activity Form at least one month prior to the money earning activity or event. Applications do not have to be submitted for the Treats & Reads (Fall Product) Program or the Cookie Program. 

GSHNC policy requires troops to participate in the Cookie and Treats & Reads Program before they can participate in a troop or Sister to Sister money earning activities. Individual girls earning money for Highest Awards and International Travel must sell at least 4 cases (48 packages of cookies) to be eligible.  New troops that are not registered in time to participate in the Treats & Reads Program are exempt from this requirement.  Money earning activities that requires the girls to sell any type of item are not permitted during both the Treats & Reads and Cookie Programs.  No money earning activities are permitted during the booth sale phase of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Girl Scouts, in their capacity as Girl Scouts, may not earn or solicit money for another organization.  This includes Trick or Treat for UNICEF and walkathons.  This rule maybe waived by the CEO of GSUSA at times of national disasters, such as hurricanes, etc.

Inappropriate money earning activities are: product demonstration parties, raffles, drawings, games of chance, direct solicitation of cash (this includes gift cards), and the sale or endorsement of commercial products. This includes restaurant and food item fundraisers (i.e. restaurant spirit nights and Krispy Kreme donuts).  Troops and Service Units may conduct a restaurant spirit night as a Sister to Sister money earning activity.

Money earned from troop money earning activities belongs to the troop and does not become property of any girl or adult.

All troops must have submitted their Annual Troop Report (ATR) to our customer care departments. 

Girls and troops raising money for their highest awards projects may ask for in kind or monetary donations, however the girls MAY NOT do the actual ask.  The ask must come from an adult except in the case of the Gold Award.  Gold Award girls may do the actual ask in kind or monetary donations.  Please review the Money Earning Guidelines for Highest Awards to learn more.

100% of funds raised for Sister to Sister by your Troop will be automatically applied to S2S. In all cases, there is always the option to split the funds with 50% to the Sister to Sister Campaign and 50% to the troop. The portion of your donation that remains with the Council will be applied to your Service Unit’s Sister to Sister goals.

For more informations concerning GSUSA and GSHNC polices, standards and procedures please see the Blue Book of Basic DocumentsSafety Activity CheckpointsVolunteer Essentials.

Money Earning Project Requirements Sister 2 Sister Campaign Troop Earning for specific activity Highest Award Projects
Money earned must support Girl Scout Program Experiences
Project does not compete with council product programs
Obtain written approval from Council
Suited to age and abilities of the girls and consistent with principles of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
Funds acquired are accounted for
Direct solicitation of cash Not permitted Not permitted
Internet funding (peer-to-peer and crowd funding) ✔ (Causevox) Not permitted ✔ (Causevox)
In home product parties and games of chance, such as raffles, contests, and bingo, are not permitted Not permitted Not permitted Not permitted
Partnerships with local businesses are permitted when the Girl Scout trademarks and intellectual property are not used Not permitted Not permitted

Fundraiser Suggestions for Troops

  • Cell phones for refurbishment
  • Used ink cartridges turned in for money
  • Christmas tree recycling 
Food/Meal Events
  • Lunch box auction (prepared lunch or meal auctioned off)
  • Themed meals, like high tea, Indian meal, Mexican dinner (if girls are earning money for travel, tie the meal to their destination)
  • Spaghetti, Hot Dog, BBQ, Potato/Salad Bar and Fish Fry Dinners
  • Pancake and Ham Biscuit Breakfast
  • Chili or Soup cook-off 
  • Service-a-thon (people sponsor a girl doing service; funds go to support trip)
  • Babysitting for holiday (New Year’s Eve) or council events
  • Raking leaves, weeding, cutting grass, shoveling snow, walking pets
  • Cooking class or other specialty class
  • Gift Wrapping for the holidays 
  • Donated frequent-flyer miles
  • Silent auction (donations from local businesses or Girl Scout families auctioned off)
  • Yard, Attic Garage, Rummage Sale
  • Holiday Craft Bazaar
  • Make and sell items like candles, jewelry, baked goods, cookbooks, luminaries and etc.
  • Belk Charity Sale
  • Concessions Stands: Sporting events, dances, festivals, parades, camporees. (Note: Troops may not work at concession stands where alcohol is sold.
  • Roses for Valentine’s, Mother’s, Grandparent’s Day
  • Books for resale
  • Christmas Tree recycling 
Service Unit Events
  • Thinking Day
  • Mother/Daughter banquet or tea
  • Father/Daughter Dance
  • Badge Workshop
  • Camping Event
  • PJ/Dance Party
  • Lock in at sponsorship or mall