Money-Earning Tips for Troops

As we start another Girl Scout year, you may have questions about money-earning activities you want to do with your troop. River Valleys staff is here to help.

Most Girl Scout program and activity plans can and should be supported through troop dues and participation in the Cookie Program Activity and Fall Product Program Activity. However, if a troop goal for a specific program or activity cannot be met, girls can participate in money-earning projects.

Here are just a few friendly reminders that should be followed when it comes to money-earning: 

  • Don’t forget to submit an approval form 30 days prior to the start of your money-earning project.
  • If your project will earn less than $100, no approval is required.
  • Wondering if your service unit can help your troop with a project? A service unit cannot host or conduct money-earning projects, but they are welcome to help support and assist troops with planning. All proceeds from money-earning activities must go back to individual troops.
  • Wondering if your Girl Scouts can raise money for other charities or for a good cause? Troops cannot raise money for another organization or charity, but they may choose to donate a portion of what they earn to a charity of their choice.
  • Troops cannot take orders for, sell or endorse a commercial product or business of any kind. However, they can sell wholesale, non-branded or homemade items.

In order to protect the safety of girls, River Valleys’ tax exempt status and our GSUSA charter, all troops must follow federal, state and organizational money-earning policies. For a complete list of guidelines, visit Volunteer Essentials: Managing Group Finances. For additional information about money earning, check out the Money Earning page.

And don’t forget, you can always contact a Troop Finance Specialist, at 800-845-0787 with your questions.