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.
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)
- 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)