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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
November SU training with council
November-December Troop training with SU
January 4 & 5 Cookie Paloozas
January 4 Initial order taking begins & Digital Cookie opens.
January 31 Troop t-shirt size selection due
February 1 Initial order taking ends
February 2 Goal Getter begins
February 4 Troop initial order & rewards due in eBudde. System will lock at 11:59 pm.
February 6 SU’s to verify and submit initial order and rewards to council. System will lock at 11:59 pm.
February 22-March 1 Initial order cookies delivered, cookie cupboards open, cookie booth sales begin.
February 22- April 7 Troops deliver initial orders, goal getter orders and deliver by girl from Digital Cookie.
February 22- April 7 Girl payments due to Troop Cookie Chair
April 7 Cookie Cupboards and Digital Cookie close
April 7 Last day for booth sales to count toward final rewards.
April 8 Final initial order payments and booth sale payments to date due to council. Delinquent forms for initial order submitted.
April 8 SU verifies girl reward orders for troops and enters delivery info into eBudde.
April 21 Last day to hold booth sales to count toward council payment.
April 22 Cookie sale ends.
May 1 Additional money from sales since initial order due to council. Delinquent forms due.
Late May Rewards are delivered to SU Chairs.
Within 15 days Reward shortages must be resolved within 15 days of shipment receipt date by Service Unit Chairs. Rewards cannot be guaranteed after this point.
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

Just in Time Trainings

GSBDC Just in Time Training Entering Initial Order and Initial Rewards 

GSBDC Just in Time Training: Checking Digital Cookie Deliver by Girl Orders

GSBDC Just in Time Training: Entering Booth Sites into eBudde

GSBDC Just in Time Training: Entering Girl Orders Post Initial Sale

GSBDC Just in Time Training: Entering Initial Order and Initial Rewards

GSBDC Just in Time Training: Entering Troop Payments into eBudde

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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Cookie Chatters

Cookie Chatter Recordings

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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!

Cookie Pro 2019