I can answer this!
For Girl Scouts: We do cookes, fall sales (mag/nut), garage sales and recylicing. also our local Scrapbook store has this thing for fundraising. So we will be doing that one sometime soon too.
We only do the cookie sales, but this year, our troop of now 8 girls earned over $1100 from cookie sales (that's OUR portion).
Last year, we had enough money to sail for 2 hours on an oyster schooner on the Gulf Coast (complete families were paid for), pay for all patches, and pay for all early bird registration for girls and moms. And we didn't make nearly what we made this year.
What's the scrapbooking thing?
Scrapbook thing... one of our local scrapbook stores will do fundrasiers for you. Like they have a class and if you vollenter to help out at that class then your group gets 1/2 profit that night. if its a $10 class then $5 per person goes to our group. Plus any 1/2 of anything that was sold. I know that other troops make quite a bit off of this.
Commidity mural is really just a local thing. We have a Grape Festival each year and we have a 4'X4' board to design in the theme of the year. Like this year is Happy Birthday Lodi. So we get the idea, get local grown items and make the idea look right out of local grown items. Most are donated, some we must buy. Takes about 2 weeks to do it.
We have our popcorn sale around Thanksgiving (the only time I really wish I had girls instead of boys; cookies seem so much easier).
Then in May, we sell some kind of dinner. The past 2 years have been jambalaya. Previous years have been sausage po-boys or ham & cheese po-boys.
My girls main money earning was the Cookie Program.
Why are raffles not allowed? Is it because of the gambling aspect of it?
Yes, raffles are considered to be a form of gambling.
BSA money-earning projects are supposed to be consistent with BSA's ideals & purposes, free from any association with gambling, not damage anyone's livelihood, stand on their own merit, give the customer their money's worth & not use the good name of Scouting to sell a product.
That makes sense.