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2016 Fall Product Sale Program

Nuts, Candy and Magazines
September 30 –  October 16, 2016

Participating in Girl Scout Product Sale activities is a great way to build leadership skills that will last a lifetime. The Girl Scout Product Sales Programs are the largest girl-led business in the world. We recognize girls as one of our nation’s greatest assets and have made it our mission to develop girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

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Top 3 Reasons for Your Troop to Participate

 

1. Earn Start-up Funds!
Whether you are volunteering as a troop leader or service unit manager, this is a great way for you to earn start-up funds for the upcoming Girl Scout year! The opportunities are endless on how to use Troop Proceeds:

  • Purchase Girl Uniforms
  • Plan a Troop or Service Unit Event/Program
  • Purchase Great Start Kits, Journey Books or any additional Girl Scout Materials

 

2. Sales Made Easy!
Three easy ways for girls and troops to participate:

  • Online Sales
  • Traditional Magazine, Nut and Candy Sales
  • Reach Out Address Booklet

Girls can participate in one or all parts of the sale, making it adaptable for troops and independent girls.

3. Teach Girls Valuable Lessons!
Great 5 Skills for Girl programming –  easy to use materials provided for your 1st couple troop meetings!
To learn more about the five skills learned through product sales, check out our 5 Skills Guide.


It’s Easy to Participate

Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons knows how important and limited TIME is to girls, volunteers and their families. Our Fall Product Sale offers LOTS of flexible sales options – girls, parents and troops can choose how they want to participate:

  1. Online
    Girls send emails to their friends and family members.
    Customers can order online for nuts, candy and magazines.
  2. Text and Share
    Important friends and family cell phone numbers – send them a text message to support your sale and purchase nuts, candy and magazines online.
  3. Facebook
    Post a QSP Link via Facebook inviting friends and family to support your Girl Scouts and shop online!
  4. In Person
    Visit with family and friends to place orders for nuts, candy and magazines. Girl Scouts take the physical order and collect the money from the customer.
  5. Reach Out Booklets (1 per girl)
    Complete the Reach Out Booklet (postcards to friends and family). Turn into your Service Unit and QSP takes care of the rest! Great to use as a troop activity

Girl Scouts and troops can choose any combination of these sales options – participate in all the sales options or they can just do one or two. The options and combinations are completely up to the girls!


Troop Proceeds

Troops earn funds which should be used to support your troop’s Girl Scout year! Have your Girl Scouts and parents vote on how they want to use their funds earned for the year—after all the sale is for the Girls: purchase new uniforms, go to camp or purchase Journey Books for all the Girls are some examples. There are a million ways to use your funds earned by participating in the Fall Product Sale Program. Girls learn skills along the way and have a ton of fun too!

Troops Earn
$.75 per nut/candy item sold
$2.25 per magazine/photo item sold
$3.00 per reach out booklet filled out (1 book per girl)
Service Units Earn
Service Units also earn proceeds from all Troops who participate.
SU Proceed Policy/Guidelines
Individual Girl Scouts earn proceeds based on a sales range
Individual Girl Scouts – not associated with a Troop.
Fall Sale Individual Girl Proceeds

 Getting Started – Fall Product Sale Program Training

Step 1: Attend a Fall Sale Volunteer Training – Contact your local Service Unit Coordinator or local GSDH Office to find out when your local training will be!

Step 2: Watch the Quick Tips Training Videos – links below!

Step 3: Review your materials

Once you have attended training, your Service Unit Fall Sale Coordinator will provide you with the Fall Sale information and materials. Not sure who to contact? Please contact your local GSDH office at 800-666-2141 for more information.


Fall Product Sale Program Financial Process

Automated Clearing House (ACH)

ACH stands for Automated Clearing House and refers to an electronic banking network used for direct deposit and electronic bill payment. EXAMPLE: If your paycheck is direct deposited into your bank account then you are using the ACH system.

How Does ACH Work?

Troops will simply deposit all money collected from a product sale program into their troop bank account (this includes ALL customers’ checks and cash). GSDH will set withdrawal dates throughout the sale and a percent of sales will be taken out of the troop’s bank account. These dates and dollar amounts will be communicated to each troop prior to each withdrawal.

 What are the Benefits of ACH?

  • Less work & time for the Troop Volunteers, Service Unit Volunteers and GSDH Staff.
  • No more copies of money tracking forms, certified mailing of checks, tape totals, reconciliation of money, etc.
  • It’s GREEN! Less paperwork = better for the environment.

 

Fall Product Sale Troop/Service Unit ACH Requirements

  1. Each troop is required to have an authorized and active troop bank account with 2 approved signers.
  2. Troop completes and signs the ACH Authorization Form – include voided check from troop bank account and return to GSDH no later than September 30, 2016.

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