Changes in our cookie payment procedures are coming, so
thought I should circle back to something that was too heavily emphasized and
sounded like a requirement during cookie training. We have made some major changes to the cookie
program trying to make it EASIER for you, the busy parent and troop
leader. But not all changes are easy,
especially in the transition to them and thinking things through.
During cookie training, there was strong emphasis placed on
allowing the council to sweep your troop's cookie payment from your troop
account. That was a change offered this
year by the cookie baker and the council with the hope of making your life
easier. We recognize many of you have
to plan ahead to get that payment either to a service center or a staff person
to get it to us on time. The ACH
(banking term for automated clearinghouse) payment is meant to make it easier
for you to have the payment made. We
don't plan on using this for anything other than the cookie payment at this
point, and the signer on your bank account has to authorize any sweeps. We cannot see your checking account when we
do this. We are simply given permission to sweep those funds from your account
into the council account, so we can pay the cookie baker. I heard some concerns that we would be
"looking at troop checking accounts."
We are too busy to do that; we do audit troop accounts on a random or
periodic basis, but as a general rule, we do not have the time to look at a
The one caveat here is that GSUSA is starting to "require"
that we look at more troop accounts.
But that is still in discussion, and the council staff stays very busy
with the current workload, so we have no plans to do this at this time. I want
to be clear that we are happy to do an ACH transfer of cookie funds from your
troop account to the council account to make it easier for you. However, you do not have to do this; it
isn't required; and we always welcome your check as payment. We are continually interested in trying to make the life of a troop leader easier.