Girl Scout Fundraising Activities and Events Help the Girls Develop Business Sense
Girl Scout fundraisers are what keep the troop bank accounts full. There are many rules and regulations for fundraisers that must be followed, and approvals must always be given.
Before you begin any fundraising, your co-leader and you need to talk about the expectations of your troop. Do you plan on doing activities that cost a lot of money? Will you be taking field trips with high admission costs?
You also need to consider the family economics of your troop, especially in today's uncertain economy. Some families may find twenty dollars for an outing fine, others may not. Will a Girl Scout fundraiser help finance the trip?
Will a participating in the activities be a pain for the parents? Will they feel obligated to purchase an item for a patch or a prize?
As leaders, are you willing to be in charge of the entire pricess, or will a parent step up and volunteer?
The Girl Scouts have two required fundraisers that your troop must participate in before you can have an extra one. If your troop does not do both, then you will have to have larger dues to cover your expenses or you will have to be very creative with your activities.
A word of caution about Girl Scout fundraisers: some families do not like to participate at all. They may feel uncomfortable asking family and friends to purchase anything. If there are financial issues, they may not want to participate because they need to put food on the table and pay the mortgage. Being sensitive and not making the girls sell a required amount of product will put a lot of goodwill in your direction.
Fall Fundraiser-QSP Nut and Magazine Sale
QSP is a Girl Scout fundraiser that happens every fall. One mom is asked to be in charge and collect the forms and checks from the other girls in the troop. Typically, there is a required orientation meeting held before the fundraiser to get the materials and to learn about any changes in the program since the previous year.
The QSP mom is responsible for handing out the materials to each girl. An email should be sent explaining the program before the materials come home with the girls.
The QSP sale is when girls to sell nuts, candies, and magazines to friends and family. It is much more low-key than cookies. If you want to help out your daughter's troop, be a QSP mom. I was one for years, while working full-time and then while raising twins.
The biggest Girl Scout fundraiser of all is cookies. This typically takes place between January and March. Leaders cannot be cookie moms. You will have to find a willing and reliable volunteer to take on this job who can work with you, as leaders are ultimately responsible for cookie sales. How large a job it is depends on how many cookies you want your troop to sell.
There are many troops that set requirements for sales. In my opinion, this is wrong. Because in all honesty, it is not the girls selling the 100 box minimum, it is the parents. You are teaching false values to girls who earn prizes and patches for something they did not do.
If your troop is older, set aside meeting time to discuss cookie sales. Have the troop set a realistic goal and how they are going to accomplish it.
Other Girl Scout Fundraisers
Any other troop fundraiser must be approved by your local council and follow the Safety Wise guidelines. The girls must make the product or provide a service themselves. Some ideas are:
- Provide childcare at a special event
- Make handmade cards or crafts to sell at craft fairs
- Have a car wash
- Do face-painting at a community event
- Hold a drive for returnable cans
Whatever Girl Scout fundraiser you chose for your troop to participate in, be sure that the girls are safe, you have enough adult help, you follow the guidelines, and have a great time!