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Welcome to GSNorCal's Girl Scout Cookie Program

Cookie Volunteer Resources

Below, you'll find an overview of this year's Cookie Program with all the resources you need along the way. Be sure to check out the Troop Cookie Chair Guide for complete details.

If you have any questions about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, contact the Entrepreneurship Program team at gscookies@gsnorcal.org or call the Cookie Hotline at 510.995.2900.

Go To Girl Scout Cookie Program Resources

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2024 Cookie Program Dates Overview

Check out the Girl Scout Cookie Program Calendar for a complete detailed list of all program dates.

  • DECEMBER 13 - Service Unit Cookie Chair Training
  • DECEMBER 15 - Mandatory Troop Cookie Chair training launches in gsLearn.
  • JANUARY 8 - Trained Troop Cookie Chair uploads begin to eBudde
  • JANUARY 15 - Troop Cookie Chair Digital Cookie welcome emails sent
  • JANUARY 17 - Booth Signups begin at 8pm.
  • JANUARY 22 -
    • Troop Initial Order due by 8pm.
    • Entrepreneur and parent/guardian Digital Cookie welcome emails sent
  • JANUARY 29 - Digital Cookie Launches (online sales begin)
  • FEBRUARY 8 -  Cookie Initial Order delivery begins
  • FEBRUARY 11 - Cookie booths begin
  • FEBRUARY 19 - Cookie Cupboards open
  • MARCH 17 - Girl Scout Cookie Program ends

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Girl Scout Cookie Program Volunteer Training

Service Unit Cookie Chairs

Be sure to review the Service Unit Cookie Chair Program Guide for the most detailed information on your role throughout the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

  1. Sign up for the Service Unit Cookie Chair Training (Live Zoom Session) on December 13, 2023 at 6pm. Service Unit Cookie Chairs who attend the live webinar will receive credit for the 636 Service Unit Cookie Chair Training course in gsLearn.
  2. Complete the 636 Service Unit Cookie Chair learning path in gsLearn. This learning path is required to gain access to eBudde and other Girl Scout Cookie Program resources.  If you miss the live session, you must complete the recorded version in the learning path, available December 15. *Note: only volunteers with an active Service Unit Cookie Chair role in MyGS will have access to this learning path. Check out the Where can I access my Cookie Training article for more information or contact info@gsnorcal.org, if you require access to this learning path.
  3. eBudde access will be granted after completion of the 636 Service Unit Cookie Chair learning path in gsLearn.  

Required gsLearn Learning Path for Service Unit Cookie Chairs

Optional Learning Path

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636 Service Unit Cookie Chair

    • 636 GSNorCal Mandated Reporter
    • 636 Service Unit Cookie Chair Training
    • 636 Girl Scout Cookie Program 2024 - Hot Topics (optional)

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636 Girl Scout Cookie Program Digital Support Tools

    • 636 eBudde Volunteer Training
    • 636 Digital Cookie Volunteer Training

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Troop Cookie Chairs

  1. Complete either the 636 New Troop Cookie Chair learning path or the 636 Experienced Troop Cookie Chair learning path in gsLearn, available December 15, 2023. Completion of at least one of these learning paths is required to gain access to eBudde and other Girl Scout Cookie Program resources. *Note: only volunteers with an active Troop Cookie Chair role in MyGS will have access to this learning path. Check out the Where can I access my Cookie Training article for more information or contact info@gsnorcal.org, if you require access to this learning path.
  2. Contact info@gsnorcal.org if you require access to this learning path.
  3. On January 8, trained Troop Cookie Chair uploads begin to eBudde (will happen every Monday and Wednesday throughout the program).
  4. Sign up for GSNorCal's Cookie Program Live Webinars for additional information and support. These live webinars are optional but are highly recommended to support you throughout the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Required gsLearn Learning Path for New Troop Cookie Chairs

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Required gsLearn Learning Path for Experienced Troop Cookie Chairs

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636 New Troop Cookie Chair

    • 636 GSNorCal Mandated Reporter
    • 636 Welcome to the Girl Scout Cookie Program
    • 636 Girl Scout Cookie Program 2024
    • 636 Managing the Girl Scout Cookie Program
    • 636 Girl Scout Cookie Program 2024 - Hot Topics (optional)
    • 636 eBudde Volunteer Training (optional)
    • 636 Digital Cookie Volunteer Training (optional)

 

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636 Experienced Troop Cookie Chair

    • 636 GSNorCal Mandated Reporter
    • 636 Welcome Back to the Cookie Program
    • 636 Girl Scout Cookie Program 636
    • 636 Girl Scout Cookie Program 2024 - Hot Topics (optional)
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Optional Learning Path

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636 Girl Scout Cookie Program Digital Support Tools

    • 636 eBudde Volunteer Training
    • 636 Digital Cookie Volunteer Training
 

Note: Caregivers of Juiliettes or Individually Registered Members participating in the Cookie Program, can attend the Juilette Cookie Program Training Webinar. If you were not able to attend the Webinar and need Juliette training, please email gscookies@gsnorcal.org. Find out more about The Juliette Cookie Program.

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Troop Leaders/Helpers

Learn all about the 2024 Girl Scout Cookie Program in the 636 Girl Scout Cookie Program Overview learning path in gsLearn's Content Library. You'll meet the Entrepreneur Team, learn about the Cookie Program benefits, badges, and pins Girl Scouts can earn, and explore all the different ways to participate, this year's theme, key dates, troop proceeds, and entrepreneurial rewards.

 

Optional Learning Path

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636 Girl Scout Cookie Program Overview

    • 636 About the Girl Scout Cookie Program for Troop Volunteers
    • 636 Girl Scout Cookie Program 2024
    • 636 Girl Scout Cookie Program 2024 - Hot Topics (optional)
 

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Girl Scout Cookie Program Safety 

Safety first. Review the following Girl Scout Cookie Program Safety resources and be sure to share them with entrepreneurs and families. Each way to sell has its own safety guidelines and it’s super important for Girl Scouts and adults to review the following materials:

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Support the Entrepreneurs in Your Troop

Set your troop entrepreneurs and families up for success by hosting an informative Cookie Family Meeting. Check out the go-to guides below for engaging Girl Scouts and families of all program levels in the Girl Scout Cookie Program experience.

Your Entrepreneurs and Families can access all the information and resources they need for the Girl Scout Cookie Program in the Entrepreneur and Family Resources page. Don't forget to let your families know about the Cookie Family Guide and the Cookie Entrepreneurial Family Pin to help them get the most of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Don't forget to check out our Hosting Troop and Family Cookie Meeting Resources to help you to prepare to host your Troop and Family Cookie Meetings.

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Entrepreneurship Program Badges and Pins

As your troop runs their cookie businesses, they’ll gain five skills along the way and learn to think like entrepreneurs. As you work with entrepreneurs, acknowledge their skill development and encourage them to challenge themselves further. Progression allows girls to gain new skills, build their confidence, and develop an entrepreneurial mindset over time. Your troop can earn meaningful badges and pins each year they run their own Girl Scout Cookie businesses. Then, explore their own business ideas by earning an Entrepreneur badge. Eventually, they’ll be ready to translate their skills into true entrepreneurship or bring an entrepreneurial mindset to whatever path they choose. Check out the resources below to give Girl Scouts an entrepreneurial edge!

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Troop Cookie Program Finances

As you prepare your troop for the Girl Scout Cookie Program, be sure all your troop bank information is accurate. When you start collecting cookie money from the Girl Scouts in your troop, be sucre to make cash and check deposits frequently. The council portion of the money collected will be automatically debited from the troop account into the council account via two ACH withdrawals.

  • JANUARY 21 - Deadline for returning troops to check banking information in eBudde is correct.
  • FEBRUARY 23 - Deadline for new troops to turn in ACH Debit Form.

    • The form provides authorization for GSNorcal to initiate product ACH transfers from your troop bank account.
  • FEBRUARY 28 - ACH Credit Form due by 9am to notify council of any change to March 1 ACH.
    • Form submitted for troop reimbursements for counterfeit bills, bank fees (cash processing/multiple transactions), stolen and unpaid parent money, as related to product programs.
  • MARCH 1 - First ACH: $2/package minus Digital Cookie payments.
  • MARCH 27 - ACH Credit Form due by 9AM to notify council of any change to March 29 ACH.
  • MARCH 29 - Final ACH: 100% owed to council.

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Initial Order

Your Initial Order is the first order of cookies that your troop will order and have on hand to begin selling on Go Day, February 11. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a direct sale, meaning your troop will need to estimate the amount of cookies that they'll need to start the program.

  • Discuss your troop goals, individual goals, and booth sale goals with your Girl Scouts to help with this decision. Use the Initial Order Worksheet in Excel or Google Sheets to help you determine your troop's first order. Make sure to have this discussion before initial orders are due on January 22 at 8pm.
  • You will also want to ensure you pick your Initial Order Delivery Spot at on January 22 at 9pm. Troop Initial Order Deliver dates will run from February 8-10. 
  • The Cookie Hotline will be open January 22 until 9:30pm to assist troop cookie chairs.

Check out the Little Brownie Bakers Resources below for ways your troop and entrepreneurs can promote their Girl Scout Cookie Business, such as signs, door hangers, and goal trackers.

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Digital Cookie

Digital Cookie is how Girl Scouts will manage their online sales and the preferred method of collecting credit card payments. All fees associated with credit card payments collected through Digital Cookie are paid for by Girl Scouts of Northern California and the payments automatically flow into eBudde for seamless accounting. 

Be sure to set up your Digital Cookie Troop Link in January to prepare for booth season. Volunteers will receive their Digital Cookie welcome email to begin setting up their troop links on January 15, 2024. Your Troop Virtual Booth Link will allow your troop to make sales online instead of, or in addition to, in-person cookie booths. On January 22, entrepreneur and parent/guardian Digital Cookie welcome emails are sent. Send the Digital Cookie | 4 Easy Steps to Get Started tip sheet to help make getting started a breeze!

You can learn all about Digital Cookie and how to use it in the 636 Digital Cookie Volunteer Training course in gsLearn. You can also check out the Digital Cookie tip sheets in Digital Cookie for Troop Cookie Chairs.

Check out the Little Brownie Bakers Resources below for ways your troop and entrepreneurs can promote their Digital Cookie shop, such as cookie clipart and social media graphics.

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Booth Sales

Booth Sales are a way for Girl Scouts to be seen in the community and work as a team to reach new customers in a retail setting, as they practice communicating their goals, interacting with customers, and safely handling money with adult support. Booth Sign-ups will be held in three rounds on January 17, 18, and 23rd.

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Help your Entrepreneurs maximize their results, check out our 2024 Cookie Merchandise and the Little Brownie Bakers Resources below for print materials your troop and entrepreneurs can use to boost their booth sales, such as the Cookie Lineup, allergen guide, and booth inventory sheet.

When Girl Scouts are selling at troop booths, or at a BART station, provide a copy of the appropriate city business license and BART Booth Permit for the booth chaperone to have with them. 

Our ilovecookies.org cookie finder will be available starting on January 29, 2024, when online Digital Cookie stores open! With our cookie finder, customers can discover booth locations near you (beginning Feb. 11) and access your entrepreneurs' digital cookie stores to order cookies online. Learn more in ILoveCookies.org Cookie Finder FAQ, including information on how to opt-out.

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Care to Share

Care to Share is a council-run service project benefiting local communities!

  • Customers purchase Care to Share Cookie boxes for $6 each, of no specific variety. Care to Share can be sold in-person, online, or at booth sales. Payment is collected at time the of sale. Let customers know how they can Make a world of difference...one box at a time.
  • Entrepreneurs can complete a Care to Share receipt to give to customers.
  • GSNorCal will make donations to local organizations- either the food bank or the military at the end of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
  • Troop Cookie Chairs enter all Care to Share items sold into eBudde throughout the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

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Troop Proceeds and Entrepreneur Rewards

All of the proceeds obtained through the Girl Scout Cookie Program stay local, here at Girl Scouts of Northern California. A percentage goes to your council, to support local programming and to train and support volunteers, troops, and families. A percentage of the proceeds stay with your troop to help fund the fun.

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Troop Rewards

In addition to Girl Scout entrepreneurs earning individual rewards, your troop can qualify to earn troop rewards! Troop Cookie Chairs will need to collect each entrepreneur’s reward choices at the end of the Cookie Program, and update them in eBudde by March 20 at 11:29pm.

 

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Note: If your Girl Scout is a Juliette (Individually Registered Member), they will follow the Juliette Proceed and Reward Program.

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Full Volunteer Cookie Chair Resource List 

 

About the Girl Scout Cookie Program

 

ILoveCookies.org

 

Girl Scout Cookie Program Resource Pages

 

Girl Scout Cookie Program Safety

 

Entrepreneurship Program

 

Palm Oil Resources

 

 

Service Unit Cookie Volunteers

 

 

Troop Cookie Volunteer Resources

 

Family Cookie Meetings

 

Little Brownie Bakers Resources

Cookie Season Resources

 

 

Booth Sales

 

Booth Sale Business Licenses and Permits

 

 

Care to Share

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If you have any questions about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, contact the Entrepreneurship Program team at gscookies@gsnorcal.org or call the Cookie Hotline at 510.995.2900.

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