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All Troop Leaders and Service Unit Leader Support Managers (LSMs) should have received your welcome email from Cheddar Up. If you did not, contact friendlysupport@cheddarup.com to get signed up.

Online Payments

Easily Collect Online Payments for Your Troop or Service Unit!

Girl Scouts of Northern California wants to make your life just a little bit easier! We've partnered with Cheddar Up—the leading group payments platform—to give your troop or service unit an easy tool to collect payments  (and forms and information) for troop and service unit expenses online with ease at no cost to the collector! With Cheddar Up you can collect online payments for dues, uniforms, supplies, activities, or events making paper, cash, or checks a thing of the past!

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Check out these FAQs for answers to our most asked questions. We will continue to update them as common questions arise.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cheddar Up?

Cheddar Up is a digital payment and tracking tool that will help your troop or service unit easily collect money online for Girl Scout activities or events. Your troop or service unit bank account will be linked with your Cheddar Up account so you can quickly accept online payments for your activities, including:

  • Troop dues
  • Uniforms
  • Supplies
  • Badges
  • Outings and events
  • Camp and Camporees
  • Event registration
Why Should I Use Cheddar Up?

Cheddar Up simplifies collecting for organizers. Its payment and tracking toolset helps volunteers streamline the task of collecting funds and forms from numerous people. Cheddar Up tracks payments, provides reports and stores forms electronically - all easily accessible on your laptop or from the Cheddar Up app. To learn more about how Cheddar Up is different from other popular payment platforms, please click here.

Here are just a few of the features that your troop or service unit can enjoy when you create your free account with Cheddar Up: 

  • Online Payments: Accept payments by credit card or echecks. You’ll be able to track online as well as offline (cash or check) payments. Payers will not need to open an account or download the app to make a payment.
  • Online Forms: Add form fields to your collection to eliminate paper and move all information-collecting online. 
  • Automatic Tracking: Cheddar Up automatically tracks all payments and information received online. In one click, easily export to Excel. Download the Cheddar Up app for on-the-go access.
  • Complete Oversight: Securely transfer funds directly to your troop or service unit's bank account with an online record of all transfers.
  • Easy Hand Off: Every volunteer's dream... replicate collection pages year after year—with saved history for always-there online records.
How Does Cheddar Up Work?
Here is how Cheddar Up can make collecting Girl Scout-related payments a breeze!
 
  1. Create your FREE Cheddar Up account. Just follow the instructions you will receive in Your Welcome Email from Cheddar Up. 
  2. Create your online collections. The easy to use builder allows you to create collections from scratch or use the built-in GSNorCal item library to get started.
  3. Share with your troop or service unit members. Simply copy the collection link and share with your troop/service unit—via email, text, or any communication channel. 
  4. Troop parents or service unit members can pay instantly online. Without having to download an app or create an account, members can easily make online payments for their troop and service unit activities and events.
  5. Receive your collections. Sit back and watch your collections come in! When people pay you, Cheddar Up keeps your funds safe and secure until you're ready to transfer the money into your troop/service unit bank account.  You can easily manage, and track all the payments via Cheddar Up's reporting feature!
  6. Transfer funds. Securely transfer funds directly to your troop or service unit's bank account with an online record of all transfers. 
How Can I Use Cheddar Up For My Troop or Service Unit?

Troops and Service Units may use Cheddar Up as long as the troop or service unit bank account is tied to their Cheddar Up account and funds are collected and managed responsibly. Here are some ways you could use Cheddar Up!

  • Collect Activity or Event Fees: Have an event coming up and need to collect payments plus parent contact information or a permission form? This new tool allows you to add custom form fields to your collections so you can collect any amount of information associated with payments.
  • Set Up Recurring Payments: Want to collect monthly dues from Girl Scout families? Cheddar Up’s recurring payment option allows families to commit to monthly dues once and have the rest of the payments happen automatically behind the scenes. 
  • Purchase Uniforms and Supplies: Are you a new troop or a troop bridging to the next level and need to purchase all new uniforms and program books? No problem, create a collection, enter images and costs and share with your troop families. Parents can pay online, indicate the sizes and you can make the purchase online or in-person at our retail shop!

Note: Cheddar Up may not be used for Cookie or Fall Product online sales!

Can I Use Cheddar Up For Product Sales?

Cheddar Up may not be used as a point of sale platform, nor for the direct sale of Cookies or Fall Product to customers. It is designed and intended for use to simplify volunteer roles by collecting parent payments for troop or service unit activities, events, dues, gear, supplies, etc. While it may be used to collect funds owed to the troop by parents for their daughter’s product sales (i.e. funds from booth sales or collected by girls at direct door-to-door delivery), that is an individual troop’s decision, as the parent will be responsible for paying the associated transaction and credit card processing fees.

How Much Does It Cost to Use?

Cost For Troops And Service Units Who Are Collecting Payments:
FREE! Collecting on Cheddar Up is always free. There are no setup/hidden fees or out-of-pocket expenses. GSNorCal troops and service units will have free access to all the features of Cheddar Up’s Pro and Team plans. Collected funds are stored in Cheddar Up until the account owner withdraws the funds online to their troop or service unit bank account.

Cost For Payers (parents, troop leaders, or other payers) Who Are Paying for Troop or Service Unit Expenses:

  • Credit or Debit Card Payments:
    Payers provide their credit/debit card number securely online. Payers pay a convenience fee of $0.45 per transaction for credit/debit card payments plus 3.5% for credit card processing.
  • eCheck Payments:
    Payers provide their checking account routing number and bank account number securely online. Payers pay a $0.45 per transaction convenience fee (Less than the price of a stamp)!
  • Offline Cash or Check Payments:
    FREE! For a no cost option, you can accept and track cash/check payments paid to you offline (in person). You would then deposit the cash/check in your troop or service unit bank account and then log the payment as received in Cheddar Up! Make sure to toggle this option "on" in your Cheddar Up account settings so you can log and track these types of payments.

NOTE: GSNorCal receives no financial or other compensation or benefits for offering Cheddar Up. GSNorCal is working with Cheddar Up to offer this service to make collecting payments easier for both leaders and parents. By developing this relationship, we have been able to offer premium functions on the Cheddar Up platform free of cost to troops and service units and also to build custom templates and collection assets that will make Cheddar Up even easier for our leaders to use. Activation of your account and use of Cheddar Up is entirely optional for troops and leaders.

 

How Do I Sign Up For Cheddar Up and Start Using It?

All Troop Leaders and Service Unit Leader Support Managers will receive a Welcome email from Cheddar Up by the end of January (the “from” email address will be “friendlysupport@cheddarup.com”). The email will have GSNorCal branding and will have the subject line of “Complete account setup: Welcome to your new online platform for troop payments”. If for some reason you do not receive this email in January, please contact Cheddar Up Support at friendlysupport@cheddarup.com and request the email to be resent. Once you receive your email, you will follow the on screen instructions to create your free Cheddar Up account so you can start collecting!

Notes:

  • In order to receive the free benefits (free access to Pro and Team Plans) of the Cheddar Up platform, you must sign up via this Welcome Email process. Please wait for your welcome email to set up your free Cheddar Up Account.
  • Each troop or service unit may only create ONE Cheddar Up account. If you have more than one leader, please coordinate with your other leaders to determine who will create and manage the Cheddar Up account to prevent duplicate/multiple accounts. 
  • Refer to the Cheddar Up FAQs for more information
How Do I Find Out More?

Learn more about Cheddar Up by watching the video linked at the top of this page, and sign up for one of the upcoming webinars hosted by Cheddar Up. Also check out our Cheddar Up FAQs for detailed answers to frequently asked questions.

If you don’t see the information you are looking for, have additional questions, or need help: