To go along with the Brownie Money Manager Badge or the several financial-based Daisy leaves, your troop might like to take a field trip to the local bank. Our sister's Brownie troop just did, and it was a nice compliment to the badge they completed that day. We were able to go too because we are Program Aides for our sister's troop and were helping with the meeting.
Here is the vault where people can rent safe deposit boxes to protect all of their valuable items. The girls were so excited to see the vault, but they thought they were going to see lots of gold and stacks of money. We learned that these compartments are fire proof and very sturdy.
This is the inside view of the drive-through tubes that help people make transactions with the tellers.
The troop also learned about counterfeit money. The bank employees explained that they contact the FBI if they find a counterfeit bill and told the girls that making counterfeit money is a serious crime. A cool device that the bank has is a special pen that can identify counterfeit bills. In the picture below, there is a marking on the $20 bill near the bank employee's thumb. It is yellow because the money is real, but if it were fake, the mark would turn out dark brown.
It is easy to forget how exciting a simple outing can be for a young group of Girl Scouts. Even as teenagers, we still had fun and learned a lot at the bank!