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The Girl Scout Fall Product Program
The 2015 Girl Scout Fall Product Program runs from Oct. 2—Nov. 8.
Like the Girl Scout Cookie Program, the Fall Product Program helps girls gain critical business skills through the experience of selling nuts, snacks, and QSP magazine subscriptions/renewals. Any Girl Scout can participate, whether she's in a troop or a Juliette (independently registered). Ready to join the fun? Talk to your troop fall product chair about participating today!
GOAL SETTING: learning how to set goals individually and as a group, and creating a plan to reach them, develops cooperation, planning, and team-building skills that she can use in daily life.
Real life application: Setting a goal to reach a higher GPA in school.
DECISION MAKING: learning to make decisions, such as how the troop will use the money, and working as a group will help her to develop her critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Real life application: Weighing the benefits of which college she wants to attend.
MONEY MANAGEMENT: handling money helps her gain practical life skills around financial literacy. Learning to budget and deciding how she will spend her money is a valuable life lesson.
Real life application: Saving her money for something she really wants versus spending it on frivolous things.
PEOPLE SKILLS: learning how to talk to, listen to and work with all kinds of people allows your Girl Scout to develop healthy relationships and conflict resolution skills.
Real life application: Becoming captain of her soccer team because she excels at teamwork and communication.
BUSINESS ETHICS: practicing good business ethics like being honest and responsible reinforces the positive values she is developing as a Girl Scout.
Real life application: Being an active contributor to a group project instead of letting others do all the work.
In addition to these important business skills, girls will also learn philanthropy through the Gift of Caring program.
Benefits for Troops: Earn Funds for Activities
The GSGLA Fall Product Program is the perfect opportunity for troops to kick-off the Girl Scout year with a fun team-building activity that also generates essential funds to support troop activities. Also, new troops that have no resources in their treasury can quickly earn money to fund their needed uniforms, Journey Books, and Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.
Troops retain a full 25% of the purchase price of all Trophy Nut products and 20% of the purchase price of QSP Magazine sales. Plus, girls can earn patches and other fun rewards. Make sure your troop is participating in the fall product program!
The Gift of Caring program is a council-wide community service project that gives Girl Scouts the opportunity to learn philanthropy and community service through their participation in the fall product program.
- Troops collect monetary donations from customers (many customers prefer to donate money, rather than purchase products).
- The donations are then used by the council to purchase Trophy Nut products.
- Those products get donated to our nonprofit Gift of Caring partners, the L.A. Regional Foodbank, Operation Gratitude, and the USO.
It's the perfect way for customers to give back to Girl Scouts and their community, even if they choose not to buy products for themselves!
Gift of Caring Program Info for Troops
When your troop sells products through Gift of Caring, the product is not physically picked up by the customer or the troop. This is why it is described as a virtual donation. Here are the steps for participating in Gift of Caring:
- Girls collect the donation and complete the Gift of Caring Receipt if the customer requests it.
- Give one copy to the customer and keep one for the troop records.
- Record the quantity sold in TNOS under "Gift of Caring" (GOC).
- Recording in TNOS lets GSGLA know how many cans to purchase and gives girls credit for cans sold.
- Girls are eligible for the Gift of Caring Rocker Patch for selling six or more cans.
The troop receives their proceeds and the donor can feel good that their tax-deductible donation is supporting Girl Scouts AND our nonprofit partners!
The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank is a charitable food distribution network that includes nearly 900 charitable agency sites throughout Los Angeles County such as food pantries, shelters, senior and childcare centers, and others. (Receives approx. 45% of all donations.)
The Bob Hope Hollywood USO at LAX provides a “touch of home” to all veterans and service men and women by providing morale, welfare and recreation support services. This home-away-from-home serves as a comfortable private reception area for service men and women to be with their family before deployment. In addition, it is a welcoming reception area when they return from tours of duty from around the world. (Receives approx. 10% of all donations.)
Operation Gratitude seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed in harm's way. Care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support. (Receives approx. 45% of all donations.)
Troops may donate leftover product to an organization of their choice, but cannot solicit donations for any other organization. This is per GSUSA’s Safety Activity Checkpoints. The Gift of Caring council-wide service project is the only activity of this type approved by Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and follows both GSUSA and the US Department of Defense Guidelines.