What are other ways we can earn money as a troop?

Groups earn money for their troops 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 your council and
open to all Girl Scouts. Girls can participate in two council-sponsored product sale activities
each year: one of which may be the cookie sale and one other council-authorized product sale.
All girl members who take part in any way of Girl Scouting (troop, camp, travel, etc.), including
Daisies, are eligible to participate in council-sponsored product-sale activities, with volunteer
supervision. Please remember: volunteers and Girl Scout council staff don’t sell cookies and
other products—girls do.

“Group money-earning” refers to activities organized by the group (not by the council) that
are planned and carried out by girls (in partnership with adults) and that earn money for the

Money earning activities may include:


  • Cell phones for refurbishment
  • Used ink cartridges turned in for money
  • Christmas tree recycling

Food/Meal Events:

  • Lunch box auction (prepared lunch or meal auctioned off)
  • Themed meals, like high tea, Indian meal, Mexican dinner (if girls are earning money for travel,tie the meal to their destination)


  • Service-a-thon (people sponsor a girl doing service; funds go to support trip)
  • Babysitting for holiday (New Year’s Eve) or council events
  • Raking leaves, weeding, cutting grass, shoveling snow, walking pets
  • Cooking class or other specialty class
  • Car wash

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

Related forms:


*locate in Volunteer Essentials chapter 5: Managing Group Finances (safety wise) page 91 

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