Money Earning

The Cookie and Fall Product Program activities should be girls’ primary way to earn money for programs and activities. However, if the budget goal for a specific activity has not been met, girls may participate in additional money-earning projects.

Troop Sponsorship

Troops may earn money or services through sponsorship. A sponsorship is a mutually beneficial partnership between Girl Scout troops and businesses, schools, communities of faith, and other organizations.

Use the Troop Sponsorship Agreement Form to document agreements between the council and businesses/organizations for the sponsorship of a troop.

Basic Money Earning Guidelines

  • Approval is not required for money-earning projects that will earn less than $100.
  • A Troop Money-Earning Project Approval Form must be submitted 30 days prior to the project.
  • Girls must be involved in planning and implementing the project.
  • Money-earning projects are for troops only. Service units are welcome to help support and assist in the planning, but all proceeds must go back to individual troops.
  • Girl Scout Daisies cannot participate in money-earning activities (except the Cookie and Fall Product Program Activity).
  • Money-earning projects cannot take place during the Fall Product order taking or Cookie Program Activity.
  • Troops cannot take orders for, sell, or endorse a commercial product or business of any kind (this includes Mary Kay, Tupperware, Candle Lite, Culvers and coupon programs). However, they can sell wholesale, non-branded or homemade items.
  • Raffles, silent auctions, games of chance and direct solicitation of cash are not approved activities.
  • Troops may not ask large corporations or chains for donations; however, they may ask local businesses to donate in-kind materials (for example supplies or food for an activity).
  • Troops cannot raise money for another organization or charity. However, girls may choose to donate a portion of the proceeds they earn to a charity of their choice.
  • Troops cannot use paid advertising or the Internet to promote their project. They are encouraged to use signs, fliers and word of mouth.
  • Troop money-earning projects, except the Cookie Program Activity, must not be conducted on a door-to-door basis.
  • Projects involving food require troops to follow state food safety guidelines and possibly purchase a food license.
  • Girls must receive 100 percent of the proceeds from any money-earning activity, including concession stands and community dinners.
  • Girls doing babysitting projects must sign a council contract to follow guidelines surrounding child safety.
  • Funds raised by members of a troop belong to the troop as a whole and cannot be refunded or redeemed by an individual member.

More Information in Managing Group Finances

Before implementing any money-earning project, please refer to Volunteer Essentials: Managing Group Finances for complete guidelines. And be sure to check out Volunteer Essentials: Safety-Wise when planning any money-earning activity.

Money-Earning Project Ideas

  • Calendar sale
  • Garage sale
  • Childcare at special events (with an adult who is First Aid and CPR certified)
  • Recyclable drive (i.e., cans, paper or ink cartridges)
  • Themed car wash
  • Talent show
  • Troop cookbook
  • Craft sale (jewelry, art work, scarves, cards, bookmarks, candles or other homemade goods)
  • Sell handmade bird feeder or bird house
  • Wreath, flower, plant or tree sale (items must be wholesale/non-branded)
  • Sock hop or dance in the community (i.e., for the general public)
  • Raking lawns/shoveling sidewalks
  • Dog walking service
  • Holiday photos
  • Haunted house
  • Bagging groceries or gift wrapping for donations (cannot replace a paid employee’s regular position)
  • Tutoring
  • Refereeing sporting events
  • Offer clown activities or face painting at community or school events
  • Organize a fall or international festival (accept donations or charge a small fee)
  • Community dinner or breakfast (must have appropriate food license and follow promotion guidelines)
  • Concession stand (must have appropriate food license and receive 100 percent of the profits)
  • Facilitate badge/patch workshops for younger troops
  • Cookie or cocoa mix in a jar (must have appropriate food license, if applicable)