- The Fall Product Program is a great way for troops to earn money early in the Girl
Scout year. This is especially true for new troops who need start-up supplies. There are
numerous ways that your troop can earn money through Fall Products:
- The troop earns $1 for every nut or candy item sold.
- The troop earns $2 for every address book that a girl fills out completely.
- The troop earns $2.50 for each magazine subscription or photo keepsake sold.
- Girls can earn “Nutty Bucks” to spend at the nearest Trefoil Boutique on Girl Scout items or programs OR girls can earn fun prizes as they sell more and more items.
- Family and friends can now order online and HAVE THE PRODUCTS SHIPPED TO THEM! This year, girls are offered tons of online sale options. If a troop or family wants to, they can participate in the Fall Product Program completely online this year. Not only do girls get to create a custom webpage to sell products to friends and family, but they can also track their goals, send e-mail reminders, and post sale links to an adult’s social media account. Based on last year’s sales, girls who created a custom page were more likely to have higher sales. Family and friends can even shop an expanded online store with access to 600 magazine subscriptions, 25 nut and candy options, and 5 gift tin items.
- Girls will learn and develop five essential life skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics.
- Troops in which each girl participating sells $250 worth of products ($1,250 minimum total) will earn a free night at Camp SOAR, our new camp property!
- There is a new option for family and friends to purchase customizable photo keepsakes. People who purchase the keepsake will be able to customize their own photo books, calendars, greeting cards, and more! There are even exclusive Girl Scout themes that can be used on the keepsakes. Each photo book will also come with a digital copy to keep on your phone or tablet.
- Fall Products make wonderful holiday gifts for teachers, neighbors, friends, and co-workers.
- There are 16 gluten-free nut and candy items available through the digital Fall Product store. Troop customers can shop online to browse a wide variety of items, 16 of which are gluten-free. There are dairy-free and kosher items available as well. Each item is clearly marked for the dietary need it caters to.
- The Adopt-a-Soldier Program. Girls are able to sell nuts and magazine subscriptions that will go directly to a soldier serving our country overseas. State farm’s Adopt-a-Soldier program will add these vouchers and nuts to the care packages that go out to military troops in war zones. Girls who sell five or more items for the Adopt-a-Soldier program will earn a special “share” patch.
- Online games and activities for girls. Girls can visit http://www.whatcanagirldo.org to play games relating to the 5 essential life skills taught through the Fall Product program. Girls can learn about customer appreciation, target markets, people skills, decision making, money management and budgeting, teamwork, manners, goal setting, and being environmentally friendly. Girls can also take an adventure down the river with our mascot, Otto the Otter.
- Finally, how stinking cute is the otter mascot this year? A fun fact from nature.org: river otters are actually land-bound most of the time! Their tails help them to balance and they can run up to 18 miles per hour.
To learn more about the Fall Product Program, visit the GSCI product activity website or contact your council service center. Troops can “dive in” and sell from October 3 through October 24, 2014.
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
Here are five ways you can give your girl with her confidence and relationship skills a boost as she heads back to school:
- Let her know it’s ok to put her hand up. Encourage her to speak up when she needs something, and when she has something to say.
- Model good communication skills. Good communication skills and the ability to find common ground with others will help her both inside and outside the classroom.
- Show her that doing good can be fun. There’s value in helping others. You’ll both get a sense of satisfaction, and she’ll feel pride in your accomplishments.
- Encourage her to step outside her comfort zone. It’s never too early to share examples of girls and women who aim high or have entered careers where women are few and far between.
- Back her up. When she puts her hand up, asserts herself, or takes the lead, let her know you’re proud of her and will support her.
Need some help with all this? What she does outside of school can set her up for a happy, fun, and productive school year…and beyond.
A recent survey of 3,500 parents, caregivers, and volunteers conducted by Girl Scouts of the USA found that Girl Scouts helps girls build exactly these kinds of skills.
Nine out of ten parents surveyed said that participating in Girl Scouts has:
- Been a positive activity for their daughter
- Made their daughter happier and more confident
- Helped her make friends
- Let her try new things in a fun, exciting environment
- Provided a safe, beneficial all-girl environment
All those new experiences and adventures can help with the nuts and bolts at school too. She’ll know she’s having fun and new adventures every time she’s at Girl Scouts, but you’ll know she’s gaining:
- Important financial literacy skills as she participates in the largest girl-run business in the world—the Girl Scout Cookie Program
- Skills that will help her in science classes as she builds robots, conducts fun experiments with her friends, or explores the natural world around her
- Healthy relationship skills that will help her throughout her life, particularly in middle school and high school
- Leadership skills that will make it easier for her to speak up in class
Need more? Find out how Girl Scout program for girls at every age level dovetails with national and state core curriculum standards. Register your daughter for Girl Scouts today!
Can’t wait to get started? Check out a list of fun activities you can do with your daughter today!
Volunteer: a person who does work without getting paid to do it. Merriam-Webster makes the word seem easily interpreted,as if it’s the most simple concept. But at Girl Scouts, we know that volunteerism is not so easily interpreted, and it seems like all the money in the world would not be enough payment for the job that our AMAZING volunteers do!
For well over 100 years, Girl Scouts has relied on the steadfast help of moms, aunts, and grandmothers to fill the roles of volunteer troop leader, cookie mom, carpool organizer, service area leader, and the many, many other jobs filled each and every year by you – our volunteers. Most recently, we have been blessed with an even larger pool of dedicated volunteers who come from all walks of life and may or may not be related to our very thankful members. Whether you are the mom committed to seeing your daughter create the same phenomenal troop memories of camp and cookies that you may have experienced as a girl, a dad dedicated to help teach your daughter the value of taking great care of our environment, or the employee of a local bank helping to ensure that our members understand the importance of goal setting and the value of a dollar, we recognize that we are not the only potential recipient of your very valuable time, and for that, we say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! We couldn’t do it without you. The staff of GSCI and I want you all to know just how much we value the time, talent, and treasures you give to us and our membership. You are appreciated more than you will ever know!
CEO, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois