GSNI's money-earning requirements
The Fall Product Program and Girl Scout Cookie Program are GSNI’s main money-earning financial literacy programs for troops to earn funds. Sometimes these are not enough for the troop to provide the best Girl Scouting experience the girls want to have. Therefore, Brownie through Ambassador troops have the opportunity to apply to do other money-earning activities. Before the troop can be approved to plan a money-earning activity, they must fulfill the following requirements:
- Money earned is for Girl Scout activities and is not to be
retained by individuals. Girls can, however, be awarded incentives
and/or may earn credits from their Girl Scout product programs.
Funds acquired through group money-earning projects must be reported
and accounted for by the group, while following council
- Participation in the Fall Product Program: Troops/groups must have at least 25% of registered girls participate and achieve a $150 troop/group total. For example, a troop of 10 registered girls must have at least 3 girls sell an average of $50 each to have a troop total of $150. If all 10 registered girls participate, they would each need to sell an average of $15 to achieve the $150 troop total.
- Participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program: Troops/groups must have at least 50% of registered girls participate and achieve at least a 180 box troop/group total. For example, a troop of 10 registered girls must have at least 5 girls sell an average of 36 boxes each to reach 180 boxes. If all 10 registered girls participate, they would each need to sell an average of 18 boxes each.
In an effort to preserve the integrity of the Fall Product and Girl Scout Cookie Programs, troops/groups should avoid holding money-earning activities targeted to the public from October 1–November 1 and January 1–April 1. All applications for money-earning activities during these times will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Money-Earning Application Process
After reviewing the guidelines for Money-Earning Basics above and in Volunteer Essentials: Troop Finances, your troop will be required to submit a Money-Earning Application to GSNI before scheduling your money-earning project for approval. You can find the Money-Earning Application on GSNI’s website on the Forms and Document page or the Resource Tab on Volunteer Toolkit.
Follow these steps to ensure your Money-Earning Application gets approved:
- Go over your troop’s budget with your girls. Did the girls earn enough money during the Fall Product and Cookie Programs to accomplish their goals for the year?
- How much more money will the girls need to raise in order to accomplish their goals?
- Brainstorm some money-earning ideas with the girls following the guidelines for money-earning projects inVolunteer Essentials
- Pick a money-earning idea.
- Have the girls help complete the Money-Earning Application.
- Submit the Money-Earning Application to your Member Support Specialist to verify Fall Product and Cookie Program participation requirements within 30 days of the project start date.
- Your Member Support Specialist or the Fund Development representative will respond to your request for approval or denial within a week of your submission.
- Once your Money-Earning Application is approved, you may continue your troop’s planning for the project!