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Fall Product Program

2019 Dates TBA

The fall product program is a council-sponsored programs that combines educational activities with money earning opportunities for the troops. The fall product program is also a way to empower girls with the five essential skills they will need to develop their leadership skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. The fall program gives troops the opportunity to start their new year with a bit more funding by selling nuts, candy, and magazines.

Automated Clearing House FAQ

Get a jumpstart on this year's Fall Product Sale and check out the info below on a new initiative for collecting payment - Automated Clearing House!

What is ACH?

ACH stands for Automated Clearing House and refers to an electronic banking network used for direct deposit and electronic bill payment. If your paycheck is direct deposited into your bank account, then you are already using ACH. ACH is employed by many different institutions and is already in use by many Girl Scout councils around the country. 

2019-2020 ACH Program

Girl Scouts of Louisiana- Pines to the Gulf is implementing a Council-wide ACH Program for the 2019-2020 Membership Year. 

How does ACH work?

ACH works by allowing a third party to either debit or credit a troop’s account. The ACH Debit/Credit Authorization Form that will need to be filled out by the troop will authorize these actions. This paperwork includes information such as the troop’s bank account and bank routing numbers and is supported by a voided check from the troop’s bank account. Troops will simply deposit all money collected from Product Programs into their troop’s account. A calculation is made to determine the amount due to Council and is communicated to the troop in advance for review. Then on predetermined dates, the amount is “swept” from the troop’s bank account into GSLPG’s bank. The troop does not need to use special deposit tickets nor locate GSLPG’s banking information and plan a special trip to the bank. The amount of money that is pulled is based on proven percentages from orders, such as the percentage of an initial cookie order. 

Will troops need to fill out the authorization form every year?

No, as long as the bank account and the signers stay the same. If the bank information changes or there is a change in signer, a new ACH form will need to be filled out and sent to Council.

Does my troop have to have a bank account to participate in ACH?

Yes.

Is ACH mandatory for my troop or service unit?

Yes, participation in ACH is required for all Troops

Will a troop be notified before the money is swept out of the account?

Yes. Troop leaders and troop product program chairs will be notified of dates and amounts that will be withdrawn from their troop account for each sweep prior to the transaction. 

What are the benefits of ACH?
  • Less work for the Troop Product Program Manager. They will not have to deal with deposit slips or have to make deposits into both the troop account and then into GSLPG’s account.
  • No worries for the troop about over depositing money into the Council account and then needing to wait for a refund.
  • It’s greener. Less paper mailings for refund checks and no deposit slips for the Council account.
  • All troops can participate easily and bank at their neighborhood bank.