Girl Scout Cookie Sales The Ultimate Answer on Sharing Money Earned Fundraising

As Girl Scout cookie sales begin to wind down in many parts of the country, leaders are feeling relief. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year and so much time and effort go into this.

Whether leaders like it or not, there is an official policy on troop money being troop money. This is meant to protect the girls.

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As I have mentioned in several previous blog posts about dividing cookie profits, troop money is troop money. There have been many leaders in Girl Scout forums and Facebook groups that argue this point-how it is not fair to the girls who sell, how parents are uncooperative, etc. Some have questioned the “troop money is troop money” policy and want to know where it appears in writing by the Girls Scouts of the USA.

This policy does exist.

There is a Blue Book of Basic Documents from the GSUSA that is available online. This link will take you to the book.

Scroll down to page 21, and in the section entitled “Ownership of Assets”, it clearly states in the very last sentence of the final paragraph:

“Such assets are not the property of individuals, troops, geographic units, subordinate units, or communities within a Girl Scout council.”

As stated in the first paragraph of that section, the money your troop raises is money to be used for Girl Scouting and no one owns it other than the Girl Scout Council or the Girl Scouts of the USA. That is why if a troop disbands, all money left in the troop bank account goes back to Council.

No matter how you feel about the policy, you have to follow it. No paper accounts are allowed. If your girls are older and want to travel, then there are travel accounts you can set up once they are Cadettes.

4 thoughts on “Girl Scout Cookie Sales The Ultimate Answer on Sharing Money Earned Fundraising”

  1. Thanks for finding and posting this. I love that its a no nonsense way to show to coleaders, leaders or parents who may be frustrated with the ‘troop funds are troop funds’ ideology.

    Definitely bookmarking this one!

    1. I am glad that I was able to help you! This is proof from the organization itself. How can leaders go against this?

  2. I just saw this post and wanted to add that this policy isn’t up to Girl Scouts at all; it is a federal law/IRS policy. If a girl is financially credited by the sales that she makes (which is the case when other than “troop money is troop money” then it would be considered taxable income for her parents as you would be raising money as an individual in the guise of Girl Scouts and can put the non-profit status of the organization in jeopardy among other issues. This isn’t an issue unique to Girl Scouts; other organizations like Boy Scouts, booster clubs etc. have it the same way.

    1. I appreciate your input. Yes, I am aware that it is a Federal law/policy that the Girl Scout organization must follow. There are leaders who choose not to follow this policy based on the principle that no girl should benefit from money she did not help the troop to earn. While I have posted many times that I understand why they feel this way, they knowingly hurt girls who have no choice on whether or not they sell cookies.

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