Money Earning Points to Remember

Girls earn money in two distinct ways:

  • The Girl Scout Cookie Program and other sales of Girl Scout–authorized products (such as Girl Scout cookies, magazines, or nuts and candy), organized by Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan and open to all Girl Scouts.
  • “Troop money-earning” refers to activities organized by the troop (not by the council) that are planned and carried out by girls (in partnership with adults) and that earn money for the troop.

Girls’ participation in both council-sponsored product sale activities and troop money-earning projects is based upon the following:

  • Voluntary participation
  • Written permission of each girl’s parent or guardian
  • An understanding of (and ability to explain clearly to others) why the money is needed
  • An understanding that money-earning should not exceed what the troop needs to support its activities
  • Observance of local ordinances related to involvement of children in money-earning activities, as well as health and safety laws
  • Vigilance in protecting the personal safety of each girl
  • Arrangements for safeguarding the money

There are a few specific guidelines—some required by the Internal Revenue Service—that ensure that sales are conducted with legal and financial integrity. To that end, consider the following reminders and cautions:

  • All rewards earned by girls through the product-sale activities must support Girl Scout program experiences (such as camp, travel, and program events, but not scholarships or financial credits toward outside organizations).
  • Rewards are based on sales ranges set by councils and may not be based on a dollar-per-dollar calculation.
  • Troops are encouraged to participate in council product sales as their primary money-earning activity; any troop money-earning shouldn’t compete with the Girl Scout Cookie Program or other council product sales.
  • Obtain written approval from Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan before a troop money-earning event; most councils ask that you submit a request for approval.
  • Girl Scouts forbids use of games of chance, the direct solicitation of cash, and product-demonstration parties.
  • Troop money-earning activities need to be suited to the age and abilities of the girls and consistent with the principles of the GSLE.
  • Money earned is for Girl Scout activities and is not to be retained by individuals. Girls can, however, be awarded incentives and/or may earn credits from their Girl Scout product sales. Funds acquired through troop money-earning projects must be reported and accounted for by the troop, while following council procedures.

The best way to earn money for your troop is to start with Girl Scout cookie activities and other councils-sponsored product sales. From there, your troop may decide to earn additional funds on its own.