Adapted from a post by Leah Takahashi and Ashley Redfield on Girl Scouts of Northern California’s blog, June 8, 2017
Okay, Girl Scout volunteers, it’s time to talk money—specifically, how to keep your troop’s money in check. (Get it? Check… I hear you groaning over there, but let’s get started.)
As you all know, every Girl Scout troop is unique—the troop’s size and location, the troop leader’s style, and the girls’ interests are all factors that work together to create the Girl Scout experience (and sometimes the spending of hundreds to thousands of dollars). With that in mind, it’s easy to see that a one-size-fits-all troop budget model doesn’t exist—which is why we reached out to our dedicated volunteers, who have generously shared their advice on the topic.
With troop leadership experience ranging from two to eight years and troop sizes ranging from six to sixteen active Girl Scouts, the five awesome present and past troop leaders quoted below have a wealth of troop finance knowledge. We’ve distilled their budgeting savvy into a convenient list of tips to help you plan your troop’s budget for the coming year.
The thought of budgeting and managing thousands of dollars for a dozen or so girls can be a little daunting—but hopefully, the above tips can help you can make cents (sorry!) of the information.