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; they can give you guidance on the availability of sponsors,
recruiting guidelines, and any council policies or practices that must
be followed. Your council may already have relationships
with certain organizations, or may know of some reasons not to
collaborate with certain organizations.
Be sure to complete the Sponsorship
Agreement Form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ourselves as Girl Scouts (such as 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: “Commercial
products” 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 products.