Kicking off the Year with Money in the Bank

September, one of our favorite months of the year! It’s when Girl Scouts are reconvening, new troops are forming and girls are making big plans for what they want their Girl Scout year to look like!  Most of those big plans also come with a price tag, that’s why troops participate in the fall product sales program, Candy, Nuts and Magazine!

fb-cnm2016With the Candy, Nuts and Magazine program, you don’t have to wait for cookie season to get here for your troop to start earning money or your girl to earn funds to help cover the cost of your big Girl Scout plans.

Here are the 3 ways to put money in the bank with your program participation:

  1. Camping Credit:

For every $500 in sales your troop has a whole, you will receive 10% of that in camping credit to be used at any of our council properties! For example, if your troop sells $1,000 worth of items, they will receive $100 to use towards renting a permatent, a-frame or building starting Nov. 1, 2016!

  1. Troop Proceeds:

Troops receive proceeds for every item sold! For every candy or nut item the troop receives $1, for each magazine subscription/renewal you earn $2 and for all photo keepsake item sold, the troop earns $2.50!

  1. Fall Funds and/or Recognitions:

Similar to the Cookie Program, girls can earn recognition items and/or Fall FUNds! Recognition items start at just 2 magazine/photo items sold and each level is cumulative so the sky is the limit on what girls can earn!

In 2015, Daisy Troop 3468 sold $3,238 in the Candy, Nuts and Magazine Program! This earned them $300 worth of camping credits and $403.50 in troop proceeds; that’s over $700 they had to pay for activities throughout the year! For troop leader Dr. Becky Bruce, this was a welcomed influx of funds.

Her troop used their camping credit to camp, not once but twice and then used their troop proceeds to cover the cost of food at those campouts and for a winter party at Skate City!  “If we hadn’t participated in the Candy, Nuts and Magazine Program last year we would likely not have been able to have a winter party and would have had to wait until we received cookie proceeds before we could have a camp out. Since we had the proceeds from these two fundraisers we haven’t had to charge the girls for anything at all this year!”

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For Girl Scout Cadette Katie Blankenship, participating in the program helped her and three of her Girl Scout sisters in Troop 773 travel with GSKSMO to Savannah, GA – the birthplace of Girl Scouting! These Girl Scouts used their Fall FUNds they individually received as well as their troop proceeds!

“In heading towards Savannah, GA this past summer, we were looking at a huge amount of money to raise to take four girls and three adults,” troop leader Becky Blankenship explained. “Having the fall funds meant a little less that we had to worry about, it was truly a help!”

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So what will your troop do with all that they earn this year? Will they take multiple campouts like Troop 3468 or go on a council-sponsored trip like Troop 773? Maybe they’ll use your troop proceeds to try a new adventure program or cover their new level materials from the shop!

Whatever it is you want to do, don’t delay in participating! Orders should be submitted to troop leaders by Oct. 12 and turned into the service unit product sales manager by Oct. 14. Products will be delivered to service units and troops the week of Nov. 9.

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