Using Square for Show & Sell

To facilitate credit card payments for your unit's Show & Sell sales, Nashua Valley Council provides Square credit card readers and a Square account for each unit in the council. NVC Credit Card Processing accounts are only to be used for the unit's Show 'n Sell program and not payments for take orders.


  • A supported mobile device (iOS 8+ or Android 4.4+ required)

  • A Square Reader - Pick up your reader(s) from Matt Ghirarda during the Show 'n Sell distribution on Saturday, September 10. Return your reader(s) during Take Order Pick up on November 19

  • A Nashua Valley Council Mobile Sales Staff Account

It is suggested that you complete steps 1-3 at home prior to getting to your show 'n sell location.

  1. Install the Square Register App onto your device.  Visit for links to download and a complete list of supported devices. Make sure your device’s OS and Square Register App are both up to date.

  2. Sign in with your Nashua Valley Council Square Account

    • This account is unique to your unit and is the only way your unit will receive credit for payments received through Square.

  3. Connect your Square Reader to your headphone jack.

  4. Select the product(s) the customer would like to purchase (avoid using the custom amount option; this helps us track the sale performance).

  5. Show the customer the total for the sale.

  6. Swipe the card - DO NOT key in the card information (this costs more)

    • Must be a Visa, Discover, MasterCard, or American Express card.

  7. Have the customer sign the device with their finger or stylus.

    • Only sales over $25 require a signature.

  8. Ask the customer for their email address to send a receipt to them. Thank them for the sale.

Offline Mode - You are able to take payments offline (without Mobile Internet or Wi-Fi Internet access), but you must verify that the card is a valid card, the expiration date has not passed, and that the buyer is the person listed on the card.  It is suggested that you always run in online mode to avoid any declined or failed transactions.  If you must work in offline mode, you must connect your device to the Internet within 24 hours and open the app to automatically sync transactions.  You'll know your are in offline mode by the red status bar at the top of your device  If you take a payment offline that fails, or fail to connect your device to the Internet to process transactions, your unit will be liable for the cost of the items.  If you have pending offline payments, do not delete the Square app. Pending offline payments will be permanently lost and the funds won't be captured if the app is deleted. Make sure you process these payments by re-connecting your device to the Internet.

Tech support questions (password reset, Square questions, etc.) should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Do not contact Square directly.