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Welcome to the 2013 Fall Literacy Program!

The Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming Fall Financial Literacy Program is a great opportunity for girls to earn a lifetime of skills and for troops to have additional funds for special activities. It is the easiest way for troops to earn start- up money at the beginning of the Girl Scout year. Girls also earn fun rewards and can utilize online tools to help her reach her goal.

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For Parents:

Welcome back to another exciting year in Girl Scouts! At the Girl Scout of Montana and Wyoming, we KNOW that a girl can do anything she sets her mind to! Through the Financial Literacy Program girls are learning the 5 basic skills that will continue to benefit them into adulthood.

  • Goal Setting – Girl set goals and, with their team, create a plan to reach them. This matters because girls need to know how to set and reach goals to succeed in school, on the job and in life.
  • Decision Making – Girls decide where and when to sell cookies, how to market their sale, and what to do with their earnings. This matters because girls must make many decisions, big and small, in their lives. Learning this skill helps them make good ones.
  • Money Management – Girls develop a budget, take orders and handle customer’s money. This matters because girls need to know how to handle money – from their lunch money to their allowance and (someday) their paycheck.
  • People Skills – Girls learn how to talk (and listen) to their customers, as well as learning how to work as a team with other girls. This matters because it helps them do better in school (on group projects, on sports teams, and on the playground) and, later, at work.
  • Business Ethics – Girls act honestly and responsibly during every step of the Financial Literacy Programs. This matters because employers want to hire ethical employees – and the world needs ethical leaders in every field.

What is the Girl Scout Chocolates & Magazines Program?

The Girl Scouts of MT & WY Fall Financial Literacy Program is a great opportunity for girls to learn a lifetime of skills and earn troop proceeds for special activities. It is the easiest way for troops to earn start-up money at the beginning of the Girl Scout year. Girls also earn great girl rewards and can use fun online tools to help them reach their goals.

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Who can participate?
ALL registered Girl Scouts can participate—Daisies to Ambassadors. Girls who are brand new to Girl Scouts this year (starting October 1).

Make sure to sit down with your daughter and Troop Leader/Fall Financial Literacy Program Manager to receive all the program materials and guidance for participation.

If your daughter’s troop is not participating or she is a Juliette (not in a troop), your Girl Scout can still participate in the program! Contact Bernie Steffan at Bernies@gsmw.org for specific information regarding girls participating on their own.

By submitting the signed Permission Slip – Fall Sale to your troop’s volunteer, you are agreeing to take full financial responsibility for all products you receive. You are also committing to providing adult guidance for your Girl Scout at all times, including online activities.

Get a Receipt
Please require the troop volunteer to provide you a receipt for all products that you receive–count carefully! Also, obtain a receipt anytime you turn in monies to the volunteer. Keep for your records.

Select Preferred Girl Rewards
If there are multiple girl reward choices for a specific selling level, make sure you and your daughter circle your preferred choices on a copy of the order card and give to your Troop volunteer at the beginning of the program. This will ensure your Girl Scout earns what she wants when she meets her goal!

Don’t Miss Any Deadlines
Deadline dates are not flexible and parents must turn in money to their daughter’s Troop Fall Financial Literacy Program Manager for the products ordered. Please meet the schedule as outlined by the troop. Failure to pay will result in Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming initiating collection efforts on behalf of the troop, up to and including, taking legal action to collect outstanding funds

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Assist your Girl Scout in completing the Address Booklet; it’s the EASIEST way for her to participate!

The Address Booklet is a way for your Girl Scout to contact friends and family that she may not see face-to-face or have email interaction with during the program. Simply help her fill out the booklets with legitimate names and addresses. Each person listed in the booklet will receive one mailing (personalized by the Girl Scout who provided their name and address) directly from QSP regarding the purchase of a magazine subscription.

Benefits of the Address Booklet:

  • Easy option – every girl can participate and there is no selling involved
  • Each girl earns the Branch Patch for her complete booklet turned into the troop
  • No money collection
  • No product to deliver
  • Troops earn $1.00 per booklet (10 complete names and addresses) one Address Booklet per girl
  • Takes only 10 minutes

Your Address Book Sales Help Make the World a Better Place
When a girl fills out the address book and asks customers to purchase magazines, for every qualifying purchase (3 subscriptions per customer), she is also giving a baby chicken to an underprivileged family in a third world country. This baby chick will grow up to lay delicious eggs and help feed the family. You can help make this happen!

Learn more about the partnership with Save the Children in conjunction with the Address Book program by watching this video. Help make the world a better place—this is the Girl Scout mission in action!

Video coming soon!

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 Online Magazines

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Magazines Almost Sell Themselves—Over 700 Titles Available

Everyone has a few favorite magazines. Let people know that they can purchase them at less than newsstand prices AND support your Girl Scout!fall photo 4

Through your Girl Scouts’ online store, customers can purchase a new magazine subscription, renew one they already have or purchase one as a gift. Girls don’t have to handle any money and all major credit cards are accepted. Have your Girl Scout use the below QSP site tools, with your supervision, to help spread the word.

 

Send Emails Using the QSP Site

Your Girl Scout can safely send personalized emails (with photos and a special message) to friends and family asking for their support.

Included in the email will be two links; one to her online magazines store and another to make chocolate/nut promises, which your Girl Scout will deliver at a later date.

In your Girl Scout’s special message make sure she includes her goals and the deadline for orders.

Girls earn the Online Bee patch by sending at least 12 emails

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NEW Customizable Business Cards!
This year customizable business cards are available—they direct customers straight to a girl’s online store!When your Girl Scout is selling chocolate/nut items door-to-door in her neighborhood, she can also present customers with her business card. It directs customers to her personal online store, where they can purchase online magazines.fall photo 6
Very Important—Fill Out Business Card Correctly.

For your Girl Scout to get credit for her online magazine sales, it’s really important that she writes her First and Last Name, Troop Number and Girl Scout Online ID number exactly how it appears on her QSP account.

Help her find her Girl Scout Online ID number when you first register for an account on the QSP site.

Most importantly be sure your Girl Scout reminds her customers to enter her Girl Scout Online ID number when they go online to purchase a magazine subscription.


Click to link to a PDF for Business Cards Girl Business Cards.2-side document

 

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Social Media Posts Using the QSP Site

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With just two clicks on the QSP site your Girl Scout can share her online store link through your Facebook and Twitter pages.

Help her spread the word among your social networks to increase her results!

Girls under the age of 13 MUST use their parent’s email address to establish their online QSP account—using the Facebook and Twitter features will automatically connect to the adult’s email address entered. 

If your Girl Scout is 13 years or older, she can use her own email address (with your permission) to set up her QSP account, so that the Facebook and Twitter features link directly to her accounts.

All online activity should ALWAYS be supervised by a parent or guardian.

Delicious Chocolate & Nut Items to Sell—11 Varieties

Your Girl Scout’s customers will love the chocolate and nut items, especially the Pecan Clusters—they were one of the best seller last year!

Your Girl Scout can take chocolate/nut orders by going door-to-door in your neighborhood or by asking family and friends to make chocolate/nut promises on her online store.

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Online Promises for Chocolate & Nut Items

To receive chocolate/nut promises your Girl Scout needs to send emails to family and friends through the QSP site.

When you are helping her set up emails to ask for online magazine orders, make sure she includes the link to her online chocolate/nut store by checking the box shown in the screen shot to the left.

This is where her customers can submit their promises (orders).Customers will not be paying for these chocolate/nut promises online, like they will for magazine subscriptions.

The promises (orders) for these items will require your Girl Scout to follow-up on the request, deliver the product, and collect payment.

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Click on the banner below starting October 12th to register for the program and start sending e-mails!

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Tips
Print out the Girl Online Sales Report to give to your Troop Fall Financial Literacy Program Manager by the order deadline date. You will receive an email from QSP as a reminder to prompt you to print the report.

Without the report, your troop volunteer cannot enter credits for online magazine sales or place the order to fulfill online Chocolate/Nut Promises!

To improve your girl’s math and business skills, when delivering Chocolate/Nut items, allow your Girl Scout to collect the money for orders and make change. Remember, no money for magazine subscriptions should be collected – customers will always pay QSP directly.

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During any Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming Financial Literacy Programs there are key dates to know and adhere to.

Review the timeline below that lists dates/deadline with task explanations for you and your troops. Be sure to pay close attention to the items in green as these are your unique tasks for managing a successful season.

October 12, 2013  Fall Financial Literacy Program begins – No Early Starts!.
October 27, 2013 Fall Nut/Candy portion ends – turn in all girl orders, magazine orders, nut promises and on-line magazine orders.
November 19-26, 2013 Delivery will take place – check with your troop leader as to the exact delivery date for your area.
December 2, 2013 On-Line Ordering Ends.
December 6, 2013 All money is due to the troop leader.

Online Activity Portal
Visit this online learning site to explore fun activities with your Girl Scout—manage a magazine newsstand, design a marketing flyer, and create a new virtual chocolate or nut item.

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