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Important Dates

Details and dates for the 2019 Cookie Program coming soon!

 
 

Troop Participation Options

Looking for all of the guidlines, dates, earning opportunities, and cookie sale tips all in one place? Check out Cookie Connections!

Tips For a Great Booth Sale

Best Booth Ever!
Need materials to make your booth the best booth ever? Download posters, banners, name tags, receipts, thank-you cards, and more at Little Brownie Bakers.


Cookie Cupboard Basics

  • You can pick up cookies from any cookie cupboard listed in eBudde.
  • There are no returns on cookies unless they are checked out on consignment for a booth sale- then you have 48 hours from the time of the booth sale to return unsold cookies.
  • Cookie cupboards have limited inventory on hand – if you do not place a pending order, you may not get the cookies you need.

On average, a three-hour cookie booth assortment could be:

2 to 3 cases Thin Mint
1 to 2 cases Do-si-Dos
2 cases S’mores
2 to 3 cases Samoas
1 case (or less) Savannah Smiles
1 case (or less) Toffee-tastics
2 cases Tagalongs
1 case (or less) Trefoils


A Few Booth Sale Rules

  • Review the Girl Scout Law. Your troop is representing Girl Scouts to the community and is expected to behave in a professional manner.
  • A minimum of one troop leader, one adult, and two girls are required to attend a booth sale. It is recommended that there be no more than four girls at a booth sale at one time.
  • Carry a cash box or money bag with around $30-$60 in change.
  • Dress appropriately for weather and wear uniforms, Girl Scout apparel, or Girl Scout pins.

Bling Your Booth Contest

Theme: Super Heros

Rules:

  1. All entries must be emailed to info@girlscoutstoday.org with Photo Contest and Troop number in the subject line.
  2. FINAL deadline for entries is Monday, April 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
  3. Maximum of three pictures (showing different views) may be sent by any one troop and all pictures must be sent in ONE email. NOTE: Please size down large photos for email and web usage.
  4. Attach or fax Photo Release Forms for each girl pictured. Photo Release Forms are available online at GirlScoutsToday.org. Winners will be notified by Monday, April 8, 2019.

All winning photos will be featured on the GSEIWI website and social media pages. All girls participating in a troop booth sale will earn a Booth Sale patch.

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Cookie Rally

At a cookie rally, girls will learn everything they need to know to become cookie bosses and will have a lot of fun working with other Girl Scouts. Use the resource links from Little Brownie Bakers for activities, decorations and more to begin planning your troop’s rally event. 

Cookie Rally Guide
Cookie Rally Flyer
Cookie Rally Invite

Cookie Rookies and Captains

Rookies

Cookie Rookie

Check out the Little Brownie Bakers website for an interactive program and activities all about Cookie Rookies!

Cookie Rookies are girls and troops new to the Cookie Sale Program. Cookie Rookie girls will receive special training at your local Cookie Rally (and a special patch!).

Girls will learn:

  • How the sale works
  • Cookie names
  • Easy ways to ask a customer to buy
  • Cookie booth essentials
  • Safety rules
  • How to set a goal

Captains

Cookie Captain

Calling all Cookie Captains!
This training will help you to learn how to share your cookie program knowledge with others and how the Cookie Captain program works.

Date: December 18, 2018
Time: 6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Register now!

Check out the Little Brownie Bakers website for a fun video and an awesome guide, notebook, flyer and more just for Cookie Captains!

Cookie Captains are girls and troops that are experienced cookie bosses. At your local Cookie Rally, Cookie Captains will have special activities and receive a patch.

Earn Additional Cookie Credit!
Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors have the opportunity to become Cookie Captains and earn additional program credits! Because the largest girl-led business in the world is a major part of Girl Scouts and greatly benefits our council, we want to provide older girls an opportunity to share their expertise with younger girls.

There are optional activities for girls to complete to earn credits, but all girls must complete the online training to earn an initial $5 in program credit and train a Cookie Rookie Troop to earn another $5 in program credit. All Cookie Captains will need to complete a final report as well. Below is a list of other activities to earn additional credits.

  • Help at a Cookie Rally = $5
  • Help half of the girls in a troop setup Digital Cookie accounts = $5
  • Help a troop achieve a PGA (Per Girl Average) of 175 = $15

Email Marilyn to get started!

Cookie Captains must complete their final report by Friday, April 12, 2019. Reports can be mailed to 317 7th Avenue SE, Suite 201, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 2401 or emailed to Info@GirlScoutsToday.org.

Cookie Pro Contest
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This cookie season, six girls nationwide, one per Girl Scout grade level, will be named GSUSA's Top Cookie Pro.

By entering the contest, girls get a chance to:

  • Unlock the limited-edition Cookie Pro 2018 Patch
  • Travel to NYC for a Girl Scout Cookie Entrepreneur Experience
  • Be featured on our Girl Scout Cookie box

Registered Girl Scout Cookie sellers can participate by completing their very own Cookie Pro Resume Survey online and submitting it along with a photo. Check out the guide for more details.

Cookie House Party
Cookie House Party

A Cookie House Party is a sweet strategy that encourages girls to invite their best customers to a cookie-themed gathering to have fun, enjoy snacks—and buy cookies by the case! Girls share their BIG goals, and customers make BIG purchases.

Check out the Little Brownie Bakers website to get a guide, invitations, decorations and much more!

Helpful Websites and Apps

eBudde: ebudde.littlebrownie.com

Order cookies, track girl activity, and order girl rewards. New this year: You can watch microburst (mini) eBudde video trainings on many topics at the helpdesk on eBudde!

eBudde App

Download this free app in iPhone App Store or through Google Play. Volunteers can manage their cookie sale through their mobile device!

Little Brownie Bakers: littlebrowniebakers.com

Find girl activities, marketing ideas, cookie facts, program resources, and clipart to help girls prepare for the cookie sale. You can even use the Built by Me Cookie Planner, to plan your troop’s cookie sale step-by-step!

Digital Cookie: digitalcookie.girlscouts.org

Parents will receive a personal email to set up their daughter’s account. Girl Scouts can set up their own personalized sales pages, take credit card payments, and ship cookies directly to their customers.

Cupboard Keeper app

Download this free app in iPhone App Store or through Google Play. Record sales in real time at booths, making record keeping a breeze.

Girl Scouts of the USA: girlscoutcookies.org

Locate information on the Girl Scout Cookie Program and national cookie badges and pins.

Booth Sale Recorder app

Download this free app in iPhone App Store or through Google Play. Record sales in real time at booths, making record keeping a breeze.

 

Handouts, posters, Videos and more!
To help you have fun and stay safe as you build your cookie business check out the Girl Scouts of the USA's Cookie and Product Activity page.

Fun Activities
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.

Helpful Resources and Information

Troop Profit Information

How Much Will My Troop Earn?

Troops earn 55¢ per package sold. Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops who opt out of rewards for higher troop profit earn 65¢ per package sold. Troops that opt out will still qualify for all patches, the Capri Bonus, Program Credit, and the Super Seller Club rewards.

Product Sale Bonus

Troops have the opportunity to earn an additional product sales bonus per package sold if they reach a certain per girl average (PGA) for the cookie sale. Take the total number of packages sold by your troop, divided by the number of girls selling and plug that into the chart to figure out how much your troop will earn per package sold. You can also find your troop PGA in eBudde on the total sales report or the final rewards page – already calculated. Girls not selling do not count toward your troop PGA.

Per Girl Average Rate* (Standard) Rate* (Opt Out)
1-174 $0.55 $0.65
175-199 $0.57
$0.67
200+ $0.60
$0.70

* Rate per package

Troop and TPM Responsibilities

Troop Responsibilities:

  • A current bank account including a completed ACH form.
  • At least two registered and approved Troop Leaders.
  • A registered and approved adult as the Troop Product Manager who has signed the Troop Product Manager Agreement form.
  • The Troop Product Manager can also be a Troop Leader, but this must be added as a role.

Troop Product Manager (TPM) Responsibilities:

  • Teach girls the 5 Skills of the Cookie Sale Program.
  • Create a receipt any time cookies or money is exchanged. Receipts must be dated and signed.
  • Ensure that all cookies that are ordered, picked up at a cupboard, or transferred from another troop are inventoried.
  • Collect and keep all permission forms and signed receipts.
  • Track all payments received from parents or at booth sales and follow financial procedures for money management success.
  • Track and order all girl rewards earned by the troop. Rewards should be distributed to girls within two weeks of receiving them.
Payments and Finances

Collecting Payment

  • No money should be collected for cookies until they are delivered.
  • Initial cookie orders should be delivered within two weeks.
  • Retrieve money from sellers and deposit often. Do not hold cash or checks – deposit them immediately. Once cookie money is turned in to you, you are responsible for it, even if it gets lost or stolen.
  • If parents have $500 worth of cookies out and they haven’t made a single payment, request that they bring payment back before you give them additional cookies.

You are required to give a receipt each and every time cookies or money exchanges hands with parents/girls.

Return Policy

Troops and parents who sign for cookies cannot return them to the troop or to the cupboards/council unless a troop has checked them out for a booth sale. If a package is damaged, it can be replaced at any cookie cupboard that has extra cookies available.

Problem Collection Forms

In the event that a parent does not turn in their cookie money by the due date, complete a Problem Collection Form (PCF). As the Troop Product Manager, you are required to complete this form for any outstanding balance - no matter who the parent or the money owed.

Do not pay the past due amount with troop proceeds. 

As soon as the money is turned in, council will end the problem collection process and there will be no further action. The form must be turned in to Finance by March 22, 2018.

Problem Collection Form

Returned Checks

Checks returned against your troop are the responsibility of the council. If you get a returned check, follow the instructions on the Returned Check Form.

Returned Check Form

Updated Cookie Booth Return Policy

Per GSUSA food safety protocol for Girl Scout Cookies, cookie cupboards may accept returns of UNOPENED cases of cookies only – NO EXCEPTIONS! – within 48 hours of the booth sale. This only applies to cookies checked out from a cupboard, NOT booth cookies ordered from the initial order. Those cannot be returned at all.

Tips and FAQ’s:

  • You may still check out individual packages of cookies from cookie cupboards.
  • You will not be allowed to exchange individual packages of cookies with cookie cupboards.
  • You may exchange full, unopened cases of cookies with cookie cupboards.
  • Use extra cookies that girls or the troop already has on hand at booth sales.
  • Don’t over-order the less popular varieties – such as Do-si-Dos, S’mores, Savannah Smiles, Toffee–tastics, and Trefoils.
  • Contact your Cupboard Manager or Service Unit Product Manager for help placing your order.
  • If you have leftover packages that you are not able to return, hold another booth sale, give them out to the girls in the troop to sell door to door, schedule a Cookie Caravan where the troop canvasses neighborhoods to sell cookies, or hold a text-a-thon at your next troop meeting where girls will text as many friends and family members as they can in one hour
  • Use eBudde's new Cookie Exchange to trade cookies with other troops.
Training Videos and Materials

To have a successful cookie sale season, we encourage all Troop Product Managers to attend online trainings. All webinars will be recorded.

Troop Product Manager Cookie Sale Training

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This online training provides an overview of the 2019 Cookie Sale Program. You will learn all the basics you need to have a successful sale! After you view this video, you will still need to receive Service Unit-specific information and materials from your Service Unit Product Manager.

Troop Product Manager eBudde Training

Watch Now

This online training provides an overview of eBudde, your cookie management system. It will include all you need to know within eBudde from the beginning through the end of the sale.

Cookie Rookie: Troop Product Managers

Watch Now

Become a cookie pro! This webinar is for new troop product managers. It includes a refresher on the basics of the sale and everything you need to know before the program begins. You will be set up for success and be able to enjoy the fun of selling world famous Girl Scout Cookies.

 


Family Cookie Meeting Help

Schedule a meeting with girls and families prior to starting the Cookie Sale Program. At the meeting, explain the program with the Cookie Program Family Guide, collect permission forms, and encourage parents to volunteer.

What families should know:

  • Cookie dates and guidelines.
  • The 5 Skills girls learn.
  • The importance of goal setting.
  • Troop proceeds and girl rewards. Funds that do not directly
  • go to girls support services for troops like volunteer training,
  • special events, and program opportunities.
  • Ways to participate and phases of the sale.
  • Cookie varieties and cost.
  • Rules and responsibilities.