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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.

Getting Started

To get your troop ready for the cookie program,

  • Check that the girls in your troop have an active 2018 membership with GSUSA.
  • Complete the required online trainings and review all the available cookie resources, including the Volunteer Cookie Manual!
  • Turn in the Troop Cookie Chair Agreement to your local Service Unit Cookie Chair.
  • Meet with your parents — collect a Parent Agreement for each girl participating in the cookie program and hand out the materials you receive from the service unit to each Girl Scout. A signed Parent Permission Agreement is required for girls to participate in the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program. 
Important Cookie Dates
SU Training with Council November
Troop Training with SU November-December
Regional Cookie Rallies January 5 and 12
Initial order taking begins & Digitial Cookie opens January 5
Troop t-shirt size selection due February 1
Initial order taking ends February 2
Goal Getter begins February 3
Troop initial order and rewards due in eBudde. System will lock troops out at 11:59 pm. No exceptions February 5
Service Units verify and submit initial cookie order and rewards to council. System will lock out Service Units at 11:59 pm. No exceptions February 7
Initial order cookies delivered, cookie cupboards open, cookie booth sales begin February 23-March 2
First cookie deposit due March 9
Second cookie deposit due March 16
Third cookie deposit due March 23
Fourth Cookie Deposit due March 30
Troops deliver initial orders, goal getter orders and deliver by girl orders from Digital Cookie February 23-April 8
Girl payments due to Troop Cookie Chairs February 23-April 8
Cookie Cupboards close April 8
Digital Cookie closes April 8
Final initial order payments and booth sale payments to date are due to council. Deliquent forms for initial order submitted. (System will lock at 11:59PM) April 9
Service Unit verifies girl reward orders for troops and enters delivery information into eBudde. (System will lock at 11:59PM) April 10
Last day to hold booth sales to count towards council payment. April 22
Cookie sale ends April 23
Digital Cookie closes
May 1
Additional money from sales (since initial order) due to council. Deliquent forms due. May 2
Rewards delivered. Late May
Reward shortages must be resolved. Rewards cannot be guaranteed after this point. July 1
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? 

Need to locate cookie forms or safety information? You can find all that and more here in the Volunteer Resource section.

Forms & Documents
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Helpful Links

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. 

GSBDC Product Sales Facebook Group
This group is open to all volunteers dealing with either the Fall Product Program or Girl Scout Cookie Program. Stay up-to-date on sale tips, promotions and just-in-time trainings. This group is also the perfect place to connect with other volunteers, as well. 

Safety

Safety Tips

All girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program use 10 Basic Safety Guidelines.

  1. Show You’re a Girl Scout. Wear the Girl Scout membership pin and/or Girl Scout clothing to identify yourself as a Girl Scout.
  2. Buddy Up. Always use the buddy system. It’s not just safe, it’s more fun.
  3. Be Streetwise. Become familiar with the areas and neighborhoods where you will be selling Girl Scout cookies.
  4. Partner with Adults. Adults must accompany Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors when they are taking orders, selling, or delivering product. Girls grades 6–12 must be supervised by an adult when selling door-to-door and must never sell alone. Adults should be present at a cookie booth in any public place at all times.
  5. Plan Ahead. Always have a plan for safeguarding money—avoid walking around with large amounts of it or keeping it at home or school. Give proceeds to supervising adults who should deposit it as directed by your Girl Scout council as soon as possible.
  6. Do Not Enter. Never enter the home or vehicle of a person when you are selling or making deliveries. Avoid selling to people in vehicles or going into alleys.
  7. Sell in the Daytime. Sell only during daylight hours, unless accompanied by an adult.
  8. Protect Privacy. Girls’ names, addresses, and email addresses should never be given out to customers. Use a group contact number or address overseen by an adult for customers to request information, reorder, or give comments. Protect customer privacy by not sharing their information except for the product sale. Girls should never take credit card numbers.
  9. Be Safe on the Road. Always follow safe pedestrian practices, especially when crossing at intersections or walking along roadways. Be aware of traffic when unloading product and passengers from vehicles.
  10. Be Net Wise. Take the GSUSA Internet Safety Pledge before going online and follow the specific guidelines related to marketing online. Girl Scouts cannot collect money online.

For more information, visit www.girlscouts.org/cookies.

Trainings

Cookie Program Training

Cookie Program training is intended for volunteer troop cookie chairs and service unit cookie chairs. Troop cookie chairs should also contact their service unit cookie chair to learn about in-person training. 

2018 Cookie Program : New Technologies Webinar
2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program Finance Webinar

Training for Troop Cookie Chairs

Training is provided both online and in-person by your local service unit cookie chair. The online training will be available in mid-November. Contact your local service unit to find out when your in-person training will occur.

Troop Cookie Chair Introduction Webinar

Training for Service Unit Cookie Managers

Service unit volunteers can now begin registering for the service unit cookie training. Service unit cookie chairs are required to either attend in-person training or complete the online training (available in November).

2018 SU Cookie Chair Introduction Webinar

Just in Time Trainings

GSBDC Just in Time Training Entering Initial Order and Initial Rewards 

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.

2018 Service Unit Cookie Chair Webinar - Introduction

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Promotions
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Give customers the opportunity to Buy 1, Give 1

Gift of Caring allows you to offer your customers one super sqeet deal. Encourage customers to buy one box of cookies for themselves and purchase another to give to a charitable organization of your choice. And, if they buy more, suggest they give more!

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Black Diamond Cares: Our Council Gift of Caring Program

Our Gift of Caring program called “Black Diamond cares” encourages girls to ask customers/businesses to donate as little as $4 so that cookies can find their way to the military and their families. We have partnered with The National Guard Foundation, Vietnam Veterans of America and Gold Star families. Gold Star families are those that have lost a loved one while they were serving in the United States Armed Forces. Our relationship with NGF helped us donate over 9,000 boxes last year!

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Goal Getter Orders

This contest begins February 3rd and ends February 23rd. Girls are challenged to sell an additional 2 cases of cookies during each of the three weeks and then are qualified for a drawing to win prizes! The order card must be filled out completely and sent to goalgetter@bdgsc.org by 4:30 pm of each week to qualify. 

 

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Take 5 Initiative

During the final two weeks of the cookie sale that count towards rewards (March 24-April 8), the Take 5 initiative will take place. For every 5 cases a troop removes from a cupboard, they are entered into a drawing for multiple prizes. The troop that removes the most cases of cookies will receive the grand prize-a trip/event valued up to $250. (Last year’s winner had a great time visiting the birthplace of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Lowe!) Troops receive a $5 off coupon for the council shop with each of the 5 cases removed. There are a total of 11 other prizes so make sure you participate!!

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Bling Your Booth

Back by popular demand, Girl Scouts of Black Diamond’s 2018 Bling Your Booth Contest! During booth sale season, take a picture of your troop and amazingly “Bling’d Out Booth” and share it to the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Facebook Page. On March 26th, we will hold voting. We will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prices for the troops with the most “likes!” 1st place will receive a $100 Walmart Gift Card, 2nd place will receive a $50 Walmart Gift Card, and 3rd place will receive a $25 Walmart Gift Card. All winners will receive a 2018 Commemorative banner! 

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Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Pro 2018 Contest

Where Girl Entrepreneurs Come to SHINE!

Are you a barrier breakin,’ challenge crushin,’ lead takin’ cookie entrepreneur? Do you put that unmatchable Girl Scout courage to the test every year to create positive change in your community and the world? We want to hear from you!

This cookie season, let’s show ‘em how the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world prepares girls to lead, learn, succeed, and shine—not only for today but also for the future—by entering our national Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Pro 2018 Contest from January 2 through April 30.

Cookie Pro Patch 2018


Every 
girl who enters Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Pro 2018 Contest will unlock this awesome, limited-edition Cookie Pro 2018 patch. You must be an eligible Girl Scout Cookie seller from a participating council to take part. 

Grand Prize

Six girls nationwide, one per Girl Scout grade level, will be named Girl Scouts of the USA’s Top Cookie Pro 2018 and get the epic chance to:

  • Be featured on the Girl Scout Cookie box!
  • Travel to New York City for an all-expenses-paid Cookie Entrepreneur Experience!

Contest opens January 2, 2018. View more details or enter>