If your group is earning and/or spending money, your troop/group is required to set up a bank account (one bank account per troop # or Community): with at least two registered unrelated adult troop members. All troops and communities at Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida bank with BB&T. If you’re taking over an existing troop, you may inherit a checking account, but with a new troop, you’ll want to open a new account. This usually happens as the troop is formed so there is a place to make deposits, such as troop dues or money from product sales or troop money-earning activities. Start here to begin working with GSTF Troop Support to establish a troop bank account. Consider these tips when working with a group account:
- Keep group funds in the bank before an activity or trip, paying for as many items as possible in advance of your departure.
- Use debit cards during the activity or trip.
- Make one person responsible for group funds and for keeping a daily account of expenditures.
- Have one or more back-up people who also have debit cards, in case the main card is lost.
- Handle a lost group debit card the same way you would a personal debit card: cancel it immediately.
All troops and communities will receive their first set of checks free when creating BB&T bank accounts.
Troop funds shall never be intermingled with personal accounts.