Helping girls earn and manage money is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
This section gives you an overview about setting up group accounts, helping girls manage their finances, review the safety requirement around product sales and understand how to collaborate with sponsors and causes
This section includes a lot of vital information, so be sure to download the full version to keep as a reference.
Establishing an Account
This section contains tips for opening, using and closing a group account.
- Finance Forms – includes Troop Finance Packet, finance report and Troop Disband Form
- Opening a Bank Account – Watch our video on the process of opening an account.
Helping Girls Reach Their Financial Goals
This section includes steps for facilitating girl-led financial planning.
- Finance Forms – includes Troop Money-Earning Project and Babysitting forms
This section covers the ways that girls earn money through Girl Scouts, and provides guidelines, policies and ideas for money-earning projects. This includes safety for money-earning projects and cookie sales including rules for how to market projects using email and social media.
- Money-earning guidelines
- Find the Babysitting Guidelines with our other Finance forms.
- Minnesota Department of Health (for food stand/community dinner projects)
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture (for bake sales)
- Iowa Department of Public Health (for food stand/community dinner projects)
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services (for food stand/community dinner projects)
- Girl Scouts Online Safety Pledge
- Blog highlights of money-earning projects from the River Valleys council.
Collaborating with Sponsors + Other Organizations
This section provides guidelines surrounding working with businesses, individuals and organizations including how to take financial and in-kind donations and how to thank them.
- Contact River Valleys staff with questions about working with and recruiting sponsors.
This section provides guidance regarding asking for and accepting financial donations. Many rules apply to donations of varying amounts, so be sure to read this section carefully if you receive any donations (solicited or unsolicited).
This section contains a step-by-step guide for creating and maintaining partnerships between a Girl Scout troop and a community organization or business.
- Find the Troop Sponsorship form with our other Finance Forms
Financial + Sales Abilities by Grade Level
This guide shares the ways different ages of scouts are able to participate in financial activities.
Girl Scout Cookie Program Activity
Here is information about the Cookie Program and its history.
- River Valleys’ Cookie Program
- What Can a Cookie Do? – An inspiring video on the cookie program and its impact on girls
- GirlScoutCookies.org – This site has a troop locator to help people buy cookies as well as nutritional details and cookie info.
Product Sales: Financial Literacy + the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
Learn about the impact of Girl Scout product sales including helping girls learn financial literacy and business skills. This includes information on who can participate, where the proceeds goes and tips for a successful cookie sale. There is also considerable additional information about marketing cookies using email, web and social networking.