A little help from a friend

Biscuit season will soon be upon us and Guide Leaders all over Australia are having mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it’s great for publicity and the Guides get really excited about selling (at the start of the season, anyway!), but on the other hand it’s additional stress for our volunteers and it’s not a fantastic fundraiser (high effort, low gain).

Last year, we published a post with lots of really awesome tips to help our wonderful Guide Leaders get through the season. This year, we thought it’d be helpful to share some useful resources.

(Missed that post? Here it is again!)

Launch into biscuit season with a little help from a friend

Here are some tools to get through biscuit season quickly and easily:

  • Guide Biscuits – Tracker – a simple, printable PDF list to help you keep track of what each Guide has paid and what’s still outstanding
  • Biscuit Profit Calculator – use this spreadsheet to see how much profit you’re going to make this year
  • Template Emails – a request to hold a biscuit stall at a local store (eg Bunnings) and then to thank the store afterwards
  • Template letters on GGQ letterhead – a request to hold a biscuit stall at a local store (eg Bunnings) and then to thank the store afterwards. Please note that this is on Qld letterhead – but you can easily do a “copy/paste” onto your state letterhead
  • If you’re mad for apps then try AirTable – a great app that you can access on your phone (iOS and Android) and on your computer. You can set up your own tables and use as you please! (I also use this to track meeting attendance, term fee payments and event attendance – at the end of the year I’ll have a full record of what each Guide has paid and what she’s attended. It’s so easy)
  • Send this link to your Guides’ parents so that they understand why we sell biscuits. Making them more aware of all the reasons we sell biscuits can make them more likely to get involved
  • Or send them this video from our sisters over in the USA!

Share these resources with your Guide Leader friends – the links are below!

Want more tips? How to survive Girl Guide biscuit season (from one Guide leader to another!)

Do you use any other great resources that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments!

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