Every girl deserves an empowering leadership experience like Girl
Scouts, and local sponsors can help councils make that vision a
reality. Community organizations, businesses, religious organizations,
and individuals may be sponsors and may provide group meeting places,
volunteer their time, offer in-kind donations, provide activity
materials, or loan equipment. Encourage your girls to celebrate a
sponsor’s contribution to the troop by sending thank-you cards,
inviting the sponsor to a meeting or ceremony, or working together on
a Take Action project.
For information on working with a sponsor, consult your council, which can give you
guidance on the availability of sponsors, recruiting guidelines, and
any council policies or practices that must be
council may already have relationships with certain organizations
or may know of some reasons not to collaborate with certain organizations.
GSEMA Volunteer Policies and Procedures require
that all additional money-earning be pre-approved via a Girl Scout Activity Form.
When collaborating with any other organization, keep these
additional guidelines in mind:
Avoid Fundraising for Other Organizations
Girl Scouts are not allowed to solicit money on behalf of another
organization when identifying themselves as Girl Scouts by wearing a
uniform, a sash or vest, official pins, and so on. This includes
participating in a walkathon or telethon while in uniform. However,
you and your group can support another organization through Take
Action projects. Girl Scouts as individuals are able to participate in
whatever events they choose as long as they’re not wearing anything
that officially identifies them as “Girl Scouts.”
Steer Clear of Political Fundraisers
When in an official Girl Scout capacity or in any way identifying
yourselves as Girl Scouts, your group may not participate, directly or
indirectly, in any political campaign or work on behalf of or in
opposition to a candidate for public office. Letter-writing campaigns
are not allowed, nor is participating in a political rally,
circulating a petition, or carrying a political banner.
Be Respectful When Collaborating with Religious Organizations
Girl Scout groups must respect the opinions and practices of
religious partners, but no girl should be required to take part in any
religious observance or practice of the sponsoring group.
Avoid Selling or Endorsing Commercial Products
A commercial product is any product sold at a retail location. Since
1939, girls and volunteers have not been allowed to endorse, provide a
testimonial for, or sell such product.