October 2012

Troop Money Matters
Helping girls earn and manage money is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  Girl Scout troops are responsible for planning and financing their own activities, with a troop leaders guidance.  This puts girls in charge, giving them the opportunity to cooperatively set goals, manage a budget, spend responsibly, maintain records, and develop good marketing, entrepreneurial, math and financial skills.  Page 53—Volunteer Essentials.
The Financial Literacy badges give girls an opportunity to gain skills in running a business and practice leadership skills.  These badges help you learn about money—how to make it, how to spend it, how to save it, and how to share it with others.  Girls will engage in planning and goal setting, teamwork, marketing, money management and customer service.  Girls can earn these badges through the Girl Scout Financial Literacy curriculum, and of course, through the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
Check out this month’s Take the Lead for more information about working with girls and troop finances as well as frequently asked questions regarding troop finance.