Father/daughter square dance
Host a father/daughter date night with a theme. You can charge per couple and provide donated food/decorations/etc. Suggested charge: $15/couple or $7/additional girl. Make flyers to advertise and even sell/give-a-way patches!
Mother/daughter tea party
Invite adult women (ie through the council, local schools, garden clubs, etc). Find local bakers (to donate/make fancy tea cakes, etc) and ask for donations. Charge an entrance fee. In addition, sell the center pieces – perhaps a local florist would be interested in helping/donating or your girls can try their flower arranging skills!
Corn maze/haunted maze
Buy hay (approx. 600 bales) and put together a hay maze! During the day, it can be a maze for families and young kids and at night can become a haunted maze. Suggested charge per person: $5 or $10. Sample profit = $10K
Get donations, advertise by word-of-mouth for both buyers and donators! Include a bake sale, silent auction and donation jar to increase revenue. Be sure to have lots of signs, pick a good day, and try to get a free ad in the local newspaper. You can also try a "donation-only garage sale".
Roller skating party
Rent the roller skating rink or ask for it to be donated. For example, you can charge $5/entry and the rink could give you $2/entry. Definitely try to have concessions, or maybe even patches to purchase.
“Taste of Europe”
Get local restaurants to donate food or make your own (include foods from the countries you are traveling to). Include a silent auction (get donations) and find a place to host the event for free (i.e. church, local community center, or even a hotel). Sample Profit = $1500
There are many different themed dinners you can try depending on what appeals to your community. Here are some examples of successful fundraising dinners from our Group Leaders.
- Celebrity Dinner - invite local celebrities (i.e. police chief, dentist, favorite high school teacher, etc.) Attendees can buy a table (i.e. larger/local companies) or one ticket. Waiters can charge for forks, wine, napkins, food, etc.
- Get out of Jail Dinner - people pay money to attend and then pay money to "get the girls out of jail".
- Mystery Dinner, 70s or Rock and Roll themed dinners - girls can babysit, wait tables, and make food for the meal.
Kohls may be able to “donate” 5 volunteers to help staff your event! In addition, they may donate up to $500 towards the overall cost. If you are hosting a large event this could be very helpful.
Host a sock-hop! Sell drinks/snacks and invite girls for $2.50 (or more) to attend. Find a DJ to donate his/her time and a free location (i.e. church, school gym, council space, etc). Sell patches, silly bands, etc. for additional profits. Keep it within Girl Scouts or advertise in your community.
Juliette Gordon Low Bash
Girls can teach attendees about the history of “Daisy” and attendees can earn badges. Allow girls to purchase badges at the event for an additional profit. Leaders can pay the troop to run the program.
Host the event at a well-known and free location (i.e. council office, church, school). Girls set-up a styling station and charge an entrance fee per girl for attending the workshop (ex. $10/girl). Girls receive a badge to help entice attendance. Sample profit = Approximately $60 spent to set-up the workshop and made a profit of $1300.