Is your Girl Scout troop interested in a money earning activity that’s easy, provides start up funds right away, and offers customers a variety of delicious yet inexpensive items to purchase? The council’s Fall Product Sale of nuts, candies, magazines, and address booklets begins October 3, with a theme of Be Active! Ashdon Farms/QSP, the licensed Girl Scout vendor, has even prepared a lot of fun activities for Girl Scouts of all ages to enjoy.
Ashdon Farms/QSP has also provided an Interactive Activities link that is a supplement to the printed Be A Reader (BAR) Activity Booklet. Click here to visit the site.
Girls earn start up money for their troop and earn cool patches and other recognitions!
The fall product sale differs from the cookie sale in that all orders are pre-paid, and there are no booth sales. The troop earns $1 for every food item sold, $2 for every address booklet (only one per girl) completed, and 10% of the price of each magazine sold (and 15% for online sales). The family and friends sale runs October 3 – 26. Girls deliver the orders November 17-21, and since the money is pre-collected, the troop receives their proceeds immediately. Recognitions are delivered in December.
Troops must be registered by September 19 for the 2015 membership year to participate in the sale. The sale is for all age levels but as always, participation in the fall product sale is entirely voluntary. Participating in a Council-sponsored product sale teaches essential business skills including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
Care 2 Share Service Project
The community service project gives customers the option to purchase hot Cajun Crunch to be shipped overseas to our military troops! When a girl sells five items for the troops, she will earn a patch.
What is the QSP Program?
QSP, a division of Time Inc, sponsors a Girl Scout money earning program that promotes literacy through the sale of magazine subscriptions and books. Troops receive 10% of the price of each magazine sold (and 15% for online sales) All orders are backed by a guarantee of service by QSP. Customers do not become part of a mailing list through QSP. Any new magazine subscriptions will start 12 – 14 weeks after the orders are processed in November.
Over 1,000 magazines are offered this year, including dozens of children’s magazines. Some magazine subscriptions offer a free gift or a second year’s subscription for free. Click here to order magazines online! (Proceeds from online orders will benefit the Girl Scouts Louisiana East.) Books round out the vast array of choices.
How it works:
Ordering/Renewing your family and friends’ favorite magazines
Your Girl Scout contacts family and friends asking them to renew or subscribe to their favorite magazines. She also has the option to contact family and friends via email through QSP’s online magazine ordering system. Your Girl Scout troop will earn Troop/Group proceeds and each girl will receive recognitions for each subscription purchased. If she sends 12 emails she’ll receive the “Online” patch. Sell three magazines and earn the “Dive In” patch.
Friendly Referrals using Address Adventure Booklet
Your Girl Scout can ask family and friends living in other communities to help support Girl Scouts by completing the special referral coupons in the mail-out booklets. QSP will mail information which shows them how to purchase their favorite publications at the same low prices. Your Girl Scout will earn the “2014-2015 shell” patch for completing one address booklet. The Troop/Group will earn $2 per address booklet. (Maximum one booklet per girl.) Your friends and family members will receive two mailings. QSP does not database these addresses, they simply make a copy of the referral coupon. Even if the person orders from the first mailing, they will receive a second mailing.
New this year… Online Nut Store
As part of the QSP Online Program, emails to friends and family will now include the option for customers to order, pay for and have nuts and candy delivered to their homes/business. All 25 Girl Scout nut, candy and chocolate items will be available as well as 5 gift items. Girl Scouts Louisiana East features the 16 most popular items on the order card. Troops earn proceeds for every item sold online with sales being reported on the Girl’s Online Sales Report.
New! Photo Keepsakes!
There’s a brand new, easy way for family and friends to support Girl Scouts. Our new program offers a great way to help people preserve and share their memories with personalized photo keepsakes using the photos they have stored on computers, mobile devices, Facebook and Instagram. Friends and family can now order photo keepsakes such as photo books, holiday cards, posters, calendars and more. These items can be ordered online or by using paper order forms and will be delivered directly to the customer.