Through Girl Scouting, girls become leaders in their daily lives and prepare for their bright futures!  Girl Scout Product Activities, such as the Girl Scout Cookie Program or the selling of nuts or magazines through licensed vendors, provide an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop five key skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics.


  • Goal Setting: Girls set product sale goals and, with their troop, create a plan to reach them.  This matters because girls need to know how to set and reach goals to success in school, on the job and in life.
  • Decision Making: Girls decide where and when to sell products, how to market their sale and what to do with their earnings.  This matters because girls must make many decisions, big and small, in their lives.  Learning this skill helps them make good ones.
  • Money Management: Girls develop a budget, take product orders and handle customers’ money.  This matters because girls need to know how to handle money – from their lunch money to their allowance to (someday) their paycheck.
  • People Skills: Girls learn how to talk (and listen) to their customers, as well as learning how to work as a team with other girls.  This matters because it helps them do better in school (on group projects, on sports teams and on the playground) and, later, at work.
  • Business Ethics: Girls act honestly and responsibly during every step of the fall product sale.  This matters because employers want to hire ethical employees- and the world needs ethical leaders in every field.


Money Earning Guidelines

By planning and participating in money earning projects, girls build real world skills that benefit their troop, council and community – but most importantly, themselves.  To ensure that girls build their new skills safely, Girl Scouts of the USA and local Girl Scout councils have developed money earning guidelines for girls and adults to follow.  In addition, Troop Leaders can utilize these Financial Literacy Games and Activities to make the skill building even more fun!


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