What Should You Charge for Girl Scout Troop Dues?

Photo from morguefile.com
Photo from morguefile.com

At the beginning of the year, your co-leader and you need to discuss how much to collect in dues.

Here are some factors to consider:

    • How many girls are in your troop?
    • Are you buying all of the patches and pins, or are the parents?
    • How many meetings will you be having?
    • Will you be participating in the mandatory (if you want to do other fundraisers) Girl Scout fundraisers-QSP and cookies?  If so, to what degree?
    • Are you planning on having any other fundraisers?
    • Are you planning on taking any field trips?
    • Do you have a budget for crafts?
    • Are there any girls with financial hardships that may need reduced dues?
    • Are you willing to absorb some of the costs of craft items yourself? (Read this post about what leaders do.)
  • Are you going to ask the girls to bring their own pencil box of arts and crafts supplies, or will the dues provide that?
  • Will you ask parents to volunteer some items you need?

Each troop has different needs.  I ask my parents to contribute $30.00 and I use my teaching skills to come up with crafts that have a minimal cost.  The field trips we take are free ones,and there are plenty in the community to be found if you lookand ask.

After deciding what you will be asking for, go to the Girl Scout website and run off a copy of the Dues Report.  This will help you keep track of who has given you the money.

How much do you charge for Girl Scout dues?

What Does Your Troop Wear for Girl Scout Uniforms?

Of all of the activities your daughter can choose, Girl Scouts is one of the least expensive.  No monthly payments, no recitals, and no expensive equipment.

As part of a troop, the girls do need a uniform.  To be honest, they do not look any better than they did when I was a Girl Scout in the 1970’s!

Girl Scout uniforms are important for girls to have. You do not have to get the entire ensemble, but it is essentail to at least have a vest or sash.

Photo by Hannah Gold

When my oldest daughter started as a Brownie Scout in first grade, she and her whole troop got the skort, vest and socks.  On the day of the meeting, the girls were so excited to wear their uniforms to school!

By third grade, they only wore the vest to school.

By fifth grade, those who girls who remained kept their vest in their backpack until the meeting after school.

I decided that my Daisy troop would have it’s own “uniform”.  They needed to buy the vest or tunic (I preferred the vest, but some could only find the tunic), a white shirt, and blue jeans.  I suggested the vest should be slightly large, so their daughter could grow into it and use it for two years. 

When my troop becomes Brownies next fall, the only change in uniform will be to buy a new vest.  The investment is small for parents and they enjoy going to school in their matching attire.

Another Craft to Earn the Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout Violet Daisy Petal

This craft one I came up with and used for our very first Daisy Scout meeting of the year.  It is a great ice breaker and it is easy to create and costs nothing except a few pieces of computer paper and a few minutes of your time.  The girls get to be as creative as they want to be!A ll you need is markers, white computer paper, and a stapler.

Be sure to have a back up coloring page for those who finish early.

Using a Community Service Project to Earn Daisy Petals and Badges

Box made for girls in homeless shelter. It included toiletries and other things a little girl would enjoy.
Box made for girls in homeless shelter. It included toiletries and other things a little girl would enjoy. Photo by Hannah Gold.

This is a community service project that my Daisy troop did last year, and one that we are going to do again this spring.  It covered five petals in all!  They are:

Purple-Respect Myself and Others

Rose-Make the World a Better Place 

Spring Green-Considerate and Caring

Yellow Friendly and Helpful

Green-Use Resources Wisely

This community service project can easily be done with older scouts and they can earn corresponding badges.  They also can do more of the work at the meeting themselves.

My synagogue, along with thirty area churches, is involved an Interfaith Hospitality Outreach to help others in need.  Every March, we are asked to “Adopt a Box” and put in items in shoeboxes that are needed for people living in shelters.

I emailed my parents two weeks ahead of our meeting and attached the flyer telling what was needed.  I asked that they buy items for a young girl, as the girls can relate to that.  I also asked the to go above and beyond the list of basics (shampoo, soap, etc).  These were little girls who now lived in a shelter, and they had nothing.  I gave them some options, such as hair barrettes, a small stuffed animal, a sweet smelling lip balm, or any other small item that a homeless child might no longer have.  In my email I also encouraged them to take the girls with them when selecting items for the box.

At home, the parents covered a shoebox and lid with a brown paper bag.  They put the items in and had the girls bring them to the meeting. I bought stickers for an added special touch.

At our meeting, we showed each other what we put in the box and discussed why we were doing it.  We put who is was for on the lid, (a young girl).  Then the girls used markers and stickers to decorate.  They felt good about helping others, and so did I.