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Managing Group Finances

Helping girls earn and manage money is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Your Girl Scout group is responsible for planning and financing its own activities, with your guidance. This puts girls in charge, giving them the opportunity (with your oversight) to cooperatively set goals, manage a budget, spend responsibly, maintain records, earn social skills, and develop good marketing, entrepreneurial, math, and financial skills. 

Girl Scout groups are funded by a share of money earned through council-sponsored product sale activities (such as Girl Scout Cookie sales), group money-earning activities (council-approved, of course!), and any dues your group may charge. (This is in addition to the $15 annual membership dues that goes to the national organization.) Girl Scouting should not be expensive for girls.  As girls participate in money earning activities they learn key skills including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.  This chapter gives you the ins and outs of establishing a group account, helping girls manage their group finances, practice successful product-sales techniques, review the safety requirements around product sales, and understand how to collaborate with sponsors and causes.

What Does It Cost to Support a Girl in Girl Scouting?
The cost of supporting a girl in Girl Scouting is the shared responsibility of the troop/group, parents, and the council. While the troop is at the center in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls, the Girl Scout council has the responsibility for providing program opportunities and other supports that strengthen the troop experience. Girl Scouts of Western Ohio also provides many core services needed to support girls in achieving the program goals. 

Some examples of the expenses that each group might incur are:  Parents often pay for items like Membership dues, troop dues, uniform (optional) and individual activities such as resident camp (optional).  Troops generally pay for troop related items such as earned recognitions, troop meeting activities, field trips, events, and troop trips.