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What Girl Scout Parents should know about Girl Scout Cookies

Thank you for your support of Girl Scouts and the Girl Scout Cookie Program. More than a way to raise money, the Cookie program is a hands-on leadership and entrepreneurial program that helps equip your Girl Scout with the experience and financial literacy tools that she will take with her into college and beyond.

When families understand the importance of the Cookie Program, they give it their full support and help girls do everything it takes to be successful. As a parent, you play a key role in helping families understand the importance of the Cookie Program.

All girls must turn in a signed permission form before they start taking cookie orders. Forms should be given to your Troop Cookie Manager.

Digital Cookie

My Digital Cookie Platform

With the Digital Cookie™ platform, the Girl Scout Cookie Program you know and love is better than ever. Fun, easy-to-use tools help you superpower your sale and go beyond the booth with online and mobile channels that make it easy for cookie fans near and far to support your sale and, ultimately, your success.

You get more ways to participate, more ways to sell, more ways to buy, and more ways to learn—nice! And guess what? Girls who used the platform in addition to traditional sales, sold more cookies and reached their goals faster—so amazing.

Plus, on your very own personalized cookie site, you can play interactive games, watch videos, enjoy printable activities, take fun quizzes, and do even more—all while taking your cookie sale to the next level.

Excited to jump in? Get movin’ with the Digital Cookie platform in four easy steps:

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It’s everything you already love about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, supercharged. The Digital Cookie platform allows you to customize the way you learn and earn, using technology in new and engaging ways, all while earning cool cookie business badges along the way.

Now you can take your Girl Scout Cookie business on the go!

You’ll need a Digital Cookie platform login to set up and use the Digital Cookie mobile app. Don’t have a Digital Cookie account yet? That’s OK! Request a registration email now.

Once you’ve signed up, you can:

  • Let customers easily order their favorite Girl Scout Cookies.
  • Take orders on your website—or in person with the app.
  • Get important safety advice and cool cookie-selling tips.
  • Accept credit card payments—it's so easy.

You can also use the app to check your progress, and share your site URL via email. Remember: only share with cookie customers you and your family know—safety first!

The Digital Cookie app makes it super simple for customers to order their faves online and pay by credit card to either get the cookies right from you or have them shipped—awesome!

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There’s more to Girl Scout Cookies

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
Black Diamond Cares

Black Diamond Cares

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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 and Gold Star families. Gold Star families are those that have lost a loved one while serving in the Armed Forces. Last year we donated over 7,000 boxes and this year’s goal is to reach 12,000.