Money Earning Guidelines
A money-earner is an activity
organized by girls that is planned and carried out by girls (in
partnership with adults) with the goal of earning money for Girl
Scout-related activities. Money-earners can be executed by troops or
by individual or small groups of girls who are working on a High Award.
Money-Earning Approval Request | Bronze
Award | Silver
Award | Gold Award
It is imperative to secure a signed permission slip from a Girl
Scout’s parent or guardian for any trip or special activity outside
the troop meeting space. This applies to all Girl Scouts under the age
of 18. Always keep a copy of these permissions with you for the
entirety of the trip/activity.
Annual permission slips cannot be used to grant permission for
high-risk activities, overnights, extended overnights, and
international travel (all of which require prior GSHNJ staff
approval); use the single-activity permission form for those. It can
be used for low-risk troop activities that don’t have an overnight
component and participation in the Fall Product Program and Cookie Program.
Permission Form | Single-Activity
Personal Conduct Agreement
If your troop or group is
planning a complex trip, consider creating a document outlining
specific standards of conduct for all travelers. Have the group work
together to craft the agreement; consider using
this template or drafting your own.
Safety Activity Checkpoints
Activity Checkpoints outline the safety standards and guidelines
used in Girl Scouting, which apply to all Girl Scout activities.
Sensitive Issues Consent Form
Sensitive issues such as
religion, politics, human sexuality, suicide, and personal violence
are among a host of topics that Girl Scouts think and talk about as we
help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their
lives. If your troop is hosting or attending a program, event, or
activity that addresses possibly sensitive topics, consider obtaining
written consent from families with this form.
Troop Information Update
GSHNJ online Participation
Catalog is the best resource for prospective Girl Scout families to
identify a troop that fits their unique needs. To provide the best
experience to both prospective families and open troops, it’s
important that troops’ information is accurate and up to date in the catalog.
Troops’ meeting day, time, frequency, and location can be updated at
any time via the troop leader’s MyGS account. Other updates (grades,
program levels, troop size, graduation, disbanding, etc.) can be made
using this form.
Troop Transfer Request
Use this form
to transfer members from one troop to another, or to request placement
in a specific troop. Note that the leader of the troop you’re
transferring into must have approved the placement prior to submitting
this request. GSHNJ staff will complete the transfer once
authorization is confirmed.
A Trip Application is required for any
troop-hosted event that includes an overnight or high-risk activity as
defined in the most current version of Safety
Activity Checkpoints. An Intent to Travel Application is
required before final plans are confirmed for any troop-hosted
domestic travel that is longer than two nights or any international
travel. A Trip Application is not required for participation in
council-hosted programs. The application is necessary to ensure that
all GSHNJ safety policies, standards, and guidelines are properly met
prior to Girl Scouts’ participation in the activity.
Application | Trip
Roster Template | Intent
to Travel Application
and International Travel Check List
Essentials is an online FAQ designed to guide and support busy
Girl Scout volunteers as they move through their year. Sections
include All About Girl Scouts, Engaging Girls & Families, Troop
Management, Product Program, Troop Finances, and Safety. New troop
leaders will find the New
Leader’s Guide to Success especially helpful. Troops
incorporating virtual meetings will find the Troop
Leader Blueprint a great resource.
Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) Leader Tip Sheet
The VTK is a
robust digital planning tool that helps leaders organize and plan
their Girl Scout troop’s activities—it’s especially helpful for new
leaders, but a great tool for veterans alike. The VTK provides clear,
step-by-step instructions that walk leaders through troop meetings,
badges, special patch programs, and Journeys with sample scripts,
shopping lists, timed agendas, and more. Leaders have the option of
delivering pre-set year plans or customizing their own.