Need some more fundraising ideas for Girl Scouts

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2002
Need some more fundraising ideas for Girl Scouts
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Mon, 10-24-2011 - 2:22pm

Since we have moved up our trip to Savannah to before we get cookie sale money, I am in need of some fundraising ideas.

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Community Leader
Registered: 05-28-2000
Mon, 10-24-2011 - 4:30pm
Jen -

I know several of the Packs in our area sell ad space on the back of their shirts to help pay for summer camp.

If your church would publish a meal fundraiser for a restaurant you could be successful. ie 10% of all sales on a certain day from a restaurant or pizza place. Some places require a flyer or the bulletin others just let you tell them you are there for a certain group.

I know a local cub pack makes a nice profit on hosting pinewood derbies for girl scouts. Would the pack let you use their track? They charged $10.00. From what I understand that was for a participation ribbon & a car kit. Winners got trophies. They sold snacks. The profit would be $5.00+ profits from food.

Good luck.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2002
Tue, 10-25-2011 - 9:21am
The restaurant idea probably won't meet fundraising guidelines for Girl Scouts because they simply cannot promote money making for any business (like Pampered Chef or PartyLite or Tupperware or Avon or, or, or... so Wendy's or Pizza Joe's would be out).

And I still have to find out about the shirts idea, so I'll ask about selling add space.
Community Leader
Registered: 05-28-2000
Tue, 10-25-2011 - 12:42pm
They really make it hard to raise money!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-06-2000
Tue, 10-25-2011 - 10:51pm

I agree that the shirts would likely not follow policy.

I'd also point out that charging money to see the movies is definitely a copyright violation.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 10-26-2011 - 12:00am

You can get around the charging to see a movie issue by stating that the fee is for snacks and crafts and that there will be a free movie and other activities.

Gayle

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Registered: 04-26-2002
Thu, 10-27-2011 - 1:26pm

Thanks for the heads up on the possible glitch in the movie night and a way around it.

Also, thanks for the idea of a try-it day... i was sort of bummed now that the program is all new and there's not much out here yet, but I can still do the old stuff with the girls... just because they may not get a badge doesn't mean it's not still a good program.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 10-29-2011 - 10:30am

If you do a badge event on the older badges, just know that if your council is out of the badge, you can probably still find the rest you need online.

Gayle

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Registered: 03-12-2004
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 4:08pm
Jen,
We just did a huge badge fair this saturday with the new badges. We did it for Brownies only and it we did three badges- the painting badge, the community badge and the Girl Scout Ways badge. We charged $9 per girl. It turned out really well but I am not sure how much $ we made. I am going to guess it was around $125. Not that much for how much work it was. We had 27 girls there but the supplies were killer. If you have a lot of stuff already it might be a great way to make some $. You need quite a few helpers. We had a painting area with 4 helpers and a painter who talked to the girls. We had two of our GS's singing with the girls and teaching them to march, we had one girl doing a flag ceremony with them, one reading the brownie story, one doing a map with landmarks, one doing a station where they made puppets and then a helper helping the girls run the puppet show, one drawing state symbols and then I was running around "facilitating". So it's not something you could do without quite a bit of help. We finished up in about 3 hours and it culminated in a party where the girls got to celebrate Daisy's birthday:) with a giant cake and singing Happy Birthday. They also made a giant birthday card for her in the painting area that I dropped off at our council office this morning.
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Registered: 03-12-2004
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 4:14pm
Here are some of the other ideas we've done so far: carwash- lots of hard work, not so much $, of course we did the nut/candy/magazine sale- eh, we are doing the flamingo flocking and so far that has been our best $ maker yet- we paid for our flock in about a month and a half and now everything we make is profit. We are doing a roller skating party at the local skate rink. The cost pp is $5 and the troop gets $2 pp. I am hoping we can make a go of this one. We will need to print fliers and also buy some cheap giveaway prizes. I am thinking we can get by with spending around $40 for both ink and prizes. In Dec we are doing two babysitting nights. We will put out info that we will babysit so people can go Christmas shopping. Not sure what we are charging yet or the logistics of this one. I think we will do gift wrapping as well. I have heard mixed reviews on that one. Oh and we did a garage sale this summer.
Community Leader
Registered: 05-28-2000
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 6:40pm

When I was a teen we had success with fundraising and yardsales IF the parents were on board and would all donate some good used things.

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