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Girl Scout Leaders/Volunteers

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Thank you for volunteering to support your troop’s Girl Scout cookie program. Because of you, girls gain important skills that will help them become leaders in their own lives. The Girl Scout Cookie program is a great way to help girls of all ages earn money towards exciting Girl Scout adventures. It’s a hands=on leadership and entrepreneurial opportunity which teaches girls the five skills needed in both life and business.

5 Skills
5 Skills

GOAL SETTING: Your Girl Scout will set sales goals when she participates in the Cookie Program. Learning how to set a goal individually and as a group and then creating a plan to reach them helps her develop Cooperation and Team Building.

Goal setting is a valuable skill that she can use every single day of her life and can apply to most everything she does.

DECISION MAKING: Helping to decide how her troop will spend their cookie money or choosing the best location to hold a cookie booth will require her to make decisions.

Learning to make decisions and working as a group will help her to develop her Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills. Becoming a confident decision maker will always serve her well.

MONEY MANAGEMENT: Your Girl Scout takes cookie orders, handles customer’s money and gains valuable and Practical Life Skills around financial literacy.

From deciding how to use troop cookie proceeds to deciding how much she can afford to spend on a car payment, learning to manage money is a necessary skill for everyone.

PEOPLE SKILLS: Your Girl Scout learns how to talk to, listen to and work with all kinds of people while selling cookies. These experiences will allow your Girl Scout to develop Healthy Relationship and Conflict Resolution skills she can use throughout her life.

She can learn to ask a teacher for help or navigate the school cafeteria more easily. Girls can also use their people skills to learn to work well with others on school projects or as a part of a sports team.

BUSINESS ETHICS: Your Girl Scout is honest and responsible at every step if the cookie sale. Her business ethics reinforce the Positive Values she is developing as a Girl Scout.

Because she is honest her friends, classmates and teachers count on her and think of her as trustworthy. Everyone likes knowing and working with someone that is honest and responsible.

Sound like anyone you know?

That’s your Girl Scout, using the 5 Skills she learned in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. ALL GRADE LEVELS will learn and practice the 5 Skills for Girls.

Tips for Helping Your Girl Scout:

  • Ask questions
  • Listen
  • Never do things for her that she can do for herself
  • Talk to her about what she learned each day
  • Have fun with her
Important Cookie Dates
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January 13th: Initial Order and Digital Cookie Starts

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January 13th & 14th: CookiePaloozas

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January 14th:  eBudde Booth Scheduler Opens

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February 13th: Troop Initial Order Due

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March 1st: 8th– Cookie Delivery

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April 3rd: Initial order and booth sale payments due to the council. Delinquent forms for initial order submitted

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April 9th: Last day for cookie sales to count towards girl rewards

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April 12th: Troop Girl Rewards order due in ebudde

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April 14th: Cookie Cupboards close

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April 22nd: Girl Scout Cookie and Lemonade Day

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May 1st: Digital Cookie closes

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May 5th:  Additional money from sales due to the council. Delinquent forms due.

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July 1st: Reward shortages must be resolved.

Cookie Resources

Cookie Resources

Tools for Cookie Program Success

Want to know about all the benefits of selling Girl Scout Cookies? Looking for a one-stop shop with the latest safety guidelines, information on earning the Girl Scout Cookie Activity pin, and tips for parents and volunteers working with Girl Scout Cookie Professionals? 

Girl Scouts of the USA's Cookie Resources Page 
Here you'll find handouts, posters, videos, and other materials to help you have fun and stay safe as you build your cookie business. 

Little Brownie Bakers 
Want to make this cookie season the best one yet? Check out some of the fun activities and materials for girls from our partners at Little Brownie Bakers. 

girlscoutcookies.org
Need materials to make your booth the best booth ever? Download posters, banners, name tags, receipts, thank-you cards, and more at girlscoutcookies.org. 

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Trainings

Just in Time Trainings

GSBDC Just in Time Training Entering Initial Order and Initial Rewards 

Troop Cookie Chair Webinar

Are you new to cookies? This walk through will give you an overall view of the cookie program for 2017. For in-depth training, please view out JIT Trainings or contact your Service Unit Cookie chair.

View the recorded webinar today.

What's New this year + tips!

This training goes over the exciting new things for the 2016-2017 Cookie Season and some tips! Subject specific matters will be covered in later Just in Time trainings!

View the recorded webinar today.

Digital Cookie

This year, we've got new things coming with Digital Cookie, including the new option of "Deliver by Girl." We will also go over the basics of getting started with Digital Cookie and some strategies to help increase cookie sales. 

This webinar is beneficial to Service Unit Cookie Chairs, Troop Leaders, and Troop Cookie Chairs. 

View the recorded webinar today.

Bling Your Booth & Join Cookie Troop 100
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Bling Your Booth and Join Cookie Troop 100!

In honor of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, Girl Scouts of the USA's Cookie Troop 100 challenge is an opportunity to get girls excited and allow them to join a nationwide celebration while earning a chance to win cool prizes to help with their cookie Take Action or service projects.

One lucky troop from EVERY council across the country will win $100 each and one VERY lucky troop will win $3,000 to support their cookie project!

Troop 100 patch

To enter:

  • Set a troop goal and share the plan for their cookie money.
  • Earn a Cookie Business badge.
  • As a troop, ask 100 NEW customers to buy cookies.
  • Bling Your Booth.

Note: Steps 1-3 will be administered on the Girl Scout honor system. Other than completing the online entry form during the submission period, there's no need to provide any further verification. Step #4 will require a submission photo of your decked-out booth, with the troop in action, to be submitted by the troop volunteer at the time the entry form is completed.

Entries can be submitted anytime between January 3-April 30, 2017. Entries must be submitted by April 30, 2017 by an adult 18 or over. One entry per troop. View the offical contest rules and check out the FAQ's for more information. 

Bling Your Booth Patch 2017

Ideas to bling your booth:

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Pick an original cookie booth theme, like tropical, girl power, super heroes, or glitz and glam - its up to you.

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Use cool color combinations.

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Create fun posters with your cookie goals, lots of awesome pictures and maybe add balloons!

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Dress up, and use colored lights to invite customers to a cookie party.

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Have fun with it! Add anything that makes your booth stand out from the crowd.