Girl Scout Cookies
The Girl Scouts of the USA is the premier leadership organization for girls. The Girl Scouts Cookie program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates over $700 million for girls and communities nationwide. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program girls develop five essential skills:
- Goal setting
- Decision making
- Money management
- People skills
- Business ethics
Thank you for your part in making the Girl Scout Cookie Sale successful for girls.
2013 Cookie Update and FAQ's
Find out what is new for 2013: Letter to Volunteers & FAQs
Cookie Adventure Points: Girls will earn Cookie Adventure Points where they will truly be able to choose their adventure as a reward for selling Girl Scout Cookies. Click on the link for more details.
Training Materials & Snap Webinars
Troop Training Powerpoint: This powerpoint may be used by Community Cookie Managers when training troops in their community.
Snap Troop User Guide: Troops can reference this guide for steps on Editing Troop, Adding Girls, Entering Initial Order and more.
Add/Edit/Delete Girls: This is where the girls registered in your troop are managed. Girls registered to your troop, but are inactive should be deleted in Snap.
Enter Planned Order: Troops should place planned order in full cases in package quantites for planned cookie booths.
Enter Transfer Order: Before recognitions are ordered for the girls in the troop, all packages available in the troop should be transferred to the girls based on the number of packages each girl sold.
Enter Recognition Order: After all packages have been transferred to girls, ALL TROOPS MUST create a recognition order for their girls in Snap by March 13, 2013.
Tools and Resources
411 on Girl Scout Online Safety: Learn how to safely approach customers online for purchasing cookies with no monetary exchange.
ABC Bakers web site: Learn about the products, download graphics, activities for troops and girls. Girls can also go this site to send ecards to potential customers.
ABC Cookie Booth Guide: This informative guide has key pieces on cookie booths including links to thank you cards, booth sale etiquette, and more.
Bank Letter: Letter to take to local banks requesting to waive fees and initiate a business relationship with troops in your area.
Cookie Activity Pin: All girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program are eligible to earn the annual Cookie Activity Pin, which recognizes the "5 skills" learned and practiced during the sale. Click on the link to learn about the requirements for earning.
Cookie Marketing Tool Kit: Watch for updated materials soon! Included are press ready ads for newspaper and radio. If you need an electronic copy of a specific resource or a copy of the council wide media release, please contact Tauna Quimby at 320-247-4562 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cupboard Manager List: Complete listing of local cookie cupboards throughout our council jurisdiction. Click here for hours for the Duluth and Waite Park Cookie Cupboards. Please call home and planned order cupboards in advance for hours and place a planned order for larger orders to guarantee cupboards will have the cookies needed in their inventory. Planned order only cupboards are on page 2.
Door Hanger: Customer not home when selling? Leave behind this door hanger for a potential call back from customer to order cookies.
Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge: Each girl and parent/guardian must view and sign before participating in online marketing activities (i.e. ecards, facebook).
Goal Setting Form: Each troop is encouraged to work with girls and set individual, as well as troop goals. Girls earn a goal getter patch for completion of activities.
G-4 Parent Permission Form: Each girl participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program must turn in a signed permission form to their Troop Leader before selling.
Returned Check Notification Form: if a troop has a check returned from a customer for NSF against their account for payment of product sales only, the troop will need to fill out this form for reimbursement from the council. All documentation requested on the form will be required for a reduction in their balance due, electronic reimbursement into the troop account, or to have a check issued to registered adult.
Sam's/Walmart Cookie Booth Agreement: For the past several months, GSUSA has been working with Walmart on an agreement to allow booth sales in front of participating Walmart and Sam’s Club stores under a national uniform policy. The term of our agreement for 2013 is through April 30th. ALL TROOPS DOING COOKIE BOOTHS AT WALMART & SAMS DURING THE 2013 SALE MUST READ THIS PRIOR TO DOING YOUR COOKIE BOOTH.
Saving Cookie Dough Form: Girls going on council-sponsored trip, destination, or trips to WAGGGS International Center can save cookie dough for up to 3 years.
Super Seller Sister Form: To be used for 2 or more girls in the same family selling a minimum of 200 pacakges each to qualify for super seller status. Families need to turn into Troop Product Sales Manager by March 10, 2013.
2013 Initial Order: (MUST do a FILE, SAVE AS to personal computer first) This estimate is based on a 120 package average per girl, but the troop should order the amount they are comfortable with. Please keep in mind that the troop will need a minimal 120 package average per girl selling on their initial order to be able to do a one-time return of sealed, unopened cases up to one case per girl selling. All troops will be eligible to exchange sealed, unopened cases as needed.
Additional directions for calculating the troop initial order can be found on pages 20-21 of the Troop Product Sales Answer Book.
T-2 Troop Worksheet: (MUST do a FILE, SAVE AS to personal computer first) Summarizes packages sold for each girl including initial order and booth sales - should be filled out prior to transferring packages to girls and ordering recognitions.
T-3 Troop Weekly Inventory Report: (MUST do a FILE, SAVE AS to personal computer first) Form to use to track weekly inventory of each girl to help balance troop inventory and determine if more cookies are needed.
T-5 Troop Awards Report: Summarizes number of packages sold and recognitions earned by each girl selling in a troop.
T-5C Cash Plan Agreement: Troops in Grades 6-12 agrees unanimously to $.65 troop profit, cookie dough, and patches - no recognitions.
T-10 Outstanding Money Report: To be used for money collection issues for individuals in a troop or parents. Turn in as soon as a problem is identified.
Troop Cookie Booth Report: (MUST do a FILE,SAVE AS to personal computer first). A tool for troops to track money, packages sold, and girls participating at a booth sale.
Troop Product Sales Manager Answer Book: Learn the ins and outs of the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program. This book has the answers to your questions.
Troop Product Sales Manager Position Description: All Troop Product Sales Managers need to sign to accept responsibility for products and money and return to their Community Product Sales Manager by January 4.
Troop to Troop Transfer: Track transfer of product inventory and financial responsibility between two troops within a service unit.
Check the calendar below to sign up for the Cookie Training that's convenient for you! Get tools and important information about how to make the most of the Girl Scout Cookie Program for the girls you serve.
Questions? Contact us, we're here to help!