In the midst of their annual cookie sales drive, local Girl Scouts could see more money than they expected.
The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division announced this week that it has 19 unclaimed properties valued at $4,730 belonging to local Girl Scouts and other youth organizations.
The properties are being held for Girl Scout and Brownie troops, Campfire Girls, Girls Club Inc. and possibly Boy Scouts. The largest single property, worth $1,409, is for Troop 397 of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.
Theresa Cassaday, Girl Scouts of Nebraska’s chief communication officer, was unaware of the unclaimed properties before the treasurer’s Monday press release but said it didn’t come as a surprise.
Every Girl Scout troop has its own bank account, she said. When troops disband, they sometimes don’t process their accounts with headquarters or simply forget about the remaining money.
Because the troops no longer exist, the money is used for financial aid, uniforms and travel expenses for girls in other troops who could not otherwise afford to participate.
State Treasurer Don Stenberg suggested that Girl Scouts visit the State Capitol to claim their money, as it could be a valuable learning experience.
“Introducing young people to how government works provides a good foundation for the children’s schoolwork and for future leadership opportunities,” Stenberg said.