Treats & Reads
The Treats & Reads Program allows Girl Scouts to offer customers delicious nut and candy products and magazines (new subscriptions and renewals). The nut and candy items (16 varieties available for in-person delivery plus 25+ additional online-exclusive items) are customer favorites. They arrive just in time (early December) for holiday gift-giving.
Girl Scouts can also offer a donation purchase option to customers through the Care to Share program. Customers can purchase nuts for donation to the American Red Cross, CT Chapter, and Connecticut Foodshare, the food bank serving all of Connecticut.
NEW for 2022: Girl Scouts can offer customers high-quality personalized products (stationery and photo frames in various sizes) to be directly shipped to them. Customers can find the complete inventory via a Girl Scout’s online storefront.
This year’s Treats & Reads Program begins on September 23, 2022. See the Calendar drop-down menu below for complete program dates.
Girl Scouts can participate in the Treats & Reads program in person and use the online platform to reach out to customers. Online customers can choose the in-person delivery option or have items shipped directly to them (an additional shipping fee applies). Customers can also purchase the online-exclusive items from a Girl Scout’s online storefront. Customers can make Care to Share purchases in person or online.
In addition to supporting troop treasuries, the Treats & Reads Program provides revenue to GSOFCT, which funds programming, leadership development opportunities, and training for girls and adults throughout the state.
Entrepreneurship is at the core of the product sales programs and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). The Treats & Reads program is a turnkey way for troops to start learning about or build upon the concept of entrepreneurship.
|September 19||Treats & Reads registration email sent to troop volunteers.|
|September 23||In-person and online order taking begins.|
|October 17||Deadline for troops to qualify for Troop Rewards (see page 13 in the 2022-2023 Treats & Reads Program Troop Guide for complete details).|
|October 30|| |
Last day for in-person order taking.
Deadline for parents/guardians to enter in-person order card orders.
|October 31||Troop volunteer access to enter order card orders begins.|
|November 3|| |
Last day for troop volunteers to enter order card orders.
Deadline for troop to submit nut and candy order.
|November 4||Troop volunteers should ensure all cash/check payments from customers are deposited into the troop's bank account.|
|November 6|| |
Last day for ALL online orders (girl delivery, direct ship nut and candy orders, Care to Share donation, AND magazine subscriptions).
Deadline for service unit volunteers to finalize orders.
|November 11||Deadline for Girl Scouts/troop volunteers to make reward selections.|
|November 14||ACH payment initiated from troop bank accounts.|
|November 30 - December 3||Nut and candy products ordered/entered on the Treats & Reads website for girl delivery (all paper order card orders AND items ordered online for girl delivery) will be delivered to service units/GSOFCT service centers. Check with your troop leader/service unit Treats & Reads manager for pick-up dates and times.|
|Mid-January 2022||Girl rewards will ship to service unit Treats & Reads managers.|
Payment for customer orders (online)
Customers pay for online orders via credit card at the point of purchase. Online orders include all orders placed via a Girl Scout's online storefront, including direct shipped, in-person delivery orders, and Care to Share purchases. Girl Scouts and families do NOT collect payment from customers for online orders.
GSOFCT receives credit card payments. The total amount of these purchases, excluding fees for shipped orders paid for by the customer, will be credited to the troop on the Treats & Reads website. This amount will be accounted for when calculating the amount due to GSOFCT from the troop.
Payment for customer orders (in-person order card)
Customers pay for items ordered in person (nut and candy items, including Care to Share purchases recorded on the order card) when placing the order with the Girl Scout. The Girl Scout/family should collect the payment when the order is placed. Customers can pay with cash or check payable to GSOFCT.
Girl Scouts/families should turn in all money collected for in-person orders to the troop co-leader or troop Treats & Reads volunteer no later than November 4, 2022. This deadline will allow enough time for the troop to deposit the money into the troop bank account ahead of the scheduled ACH payment (November 14, 2022).
If the troop experiences a bounced check or family payment issue, the troop volunteer should contact Customer Care at email@example.com or (800) 922-2770. The communication should include:
· The troop number.
· A description of the problem.
· Steps troop volunteers have already taken to resolve the issue.
Troop payments to the council
Troop payments to GSOFCT are made via ACH withdrawal from the troop bank account. The council will calculate troop proceeds before the ACH transaction, and troop proceeds will remain in the troop bank account.
There will be one ACH transaction from the troop's bank account on or around November 14, 2022, to pay the amount due to GSOFCT. If the council owes proceeds to the troop, the council will initiate a deposit transaction to the troop bank account on or around November 14.
Submitting the ACH authorization
A troop volunteer needs to complete an ACH authorization EVERY membership year. The link to the 2022-2023 ACH authorization is here. Please double-check for accuracy before submitting the authorization; GSOFCT will not be able to initiate a transaction if the information provided is incorrect.
The 2022-2023 ACH authorization form needs to be completed and submitted online no later than October 21, 2022. The 2022-2023 ACH Terms of Agreement are here.
NOTE: ACH authorizations submitted BEFORE August 15, 2022, are NOT valid for the 2022-2023 membership year.
The volunteer who submits the authorization will receive an email confirmation from JotForm. If an email is not received (be sure to check spam/junk folders), the authorization was not successfully submitted and will need to be resubmitted.
Once the council initiates an ACH transaction, it can take up to ten business days for the transaction to post to the troop's bank account. If funds are not withdrawn or deposited after ten business days, please get in touch with GSOFCT firstname.lastname@example.org, (800) 922-2770.
For additional information about Treats & Reads Program finances, please see page 17 in the 2022-2023 Treats & Reads Program volunteer guide.