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Welcome to the GSNorCal's Girl Scout Cookie Program

Entrepreneur and Family Resources

Check out these resources to learn all about the 2024 Girl Scout Cookie Program, supercharge your cookie business, and crush your goals! 

Don't Forget! To participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, the Product Program Caregiver Responsibility Agreement must be submitted by each household.

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.

  • JANUARY - Cookie Program Family Meeting. (Be on the lookout for your troop's meeting)
  • JANUARY 11 - Juliette Caregiver Troop Training
  • JANUARY 22 -
    • Troop Initial Order due by 8pm. (check with your Troop Cookie Chair to find out when you need to turn in individual Intitial Orders for Entrepreneurs)
    • 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
  • MARCH 17 - Girl Scout Cookie Program ends

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Ways to Participate

Ready to help your Girl Scout get the most out of cookie season? Girl Scouts get hands-on experience building people skills while interacting with customers they know and trust, they can text or call friends and family to start, but did you know Girl Scouts can use many different cookie sales methods to help them learn, grow, and reach their goals?

No matter how they take part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they’ll grow their people skills, learn to set goals, make smart decisions, and so much more. Check out the information and resources below to make selling cookies easier than ever before!

 

Door-to-Door

door-to-door.png Going door-to-door is a great way for your Girl Scouts to perfect their sales pitch! Get out in your community and sell in your own neighborhood. They’ll grow their people skills by meeting new neighbors (with the necessary adult supervision, of course). There are two types of door-to-door sales methods you can try:
  • Order Taking: Entrepreneurs go door-to-door with help from their families to collect cookie orders on their order cards. They can use these orders to help them place their initial order. The Troop Cookie Chairs pick up cookies based on the troop's initial order and distribute them to the entrepreneurs to deliver. Once Girl Scouts have cookies in hand, they deliver their cookie orders and collect money.
  • Cookies in Hand: Entrepreneurs preorder a supply of cookies in their initial order. Then, they'll go door-to-door with help from their family to sell their inventory to customers. Entrepreneurs should only visit a residence once. With cookies in hand, you don't have to go back and forth. However, families assume financial responsibility for their inventory. We encourage inexperienced families to take less inventory in their initial orders. This minimizes the risk of taking too many cookies. You can always collect more orders and come back for more cookies.

 

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Check out these resources from GSUSA and Little Brownie Bakers to help you with door-to-door sales:

light.PNG Tip! It's a good idea to use Digital Cookie to collect payment. This minimizes the amount of cash families, and the troop, must manage.

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Booth Sales & Cookie Stands

Graphic Cookie Booth.png Is your Girl Scout ready to interact with new customers, develop teamwork, and have fun while selling cookies at local businesses? Or Would your Girl Scout feel more comfortable on their own turf? Booth Sales and Cookie Stands are great ways for entrepreneurs to sell close to home and in their neighborhoods.
  • Booth Sales: Troops or groups of Girl Scouts work together to market their cookies outside a preapproved location (like a grocery store, mall, bank, or even a drive-through booth in a parking lot) where they can practice their business skills with new customers. Cookie booths must be coordinated by troop cookie chairs and may only happen at council-approved locations. With cookie booths, the troop provides the inventory and collects the money earned and unsold cookies for the next booth.  This is an easy way for busy families to let their Girl Scouts engage in the Cookie Program.
    • When Girl Scouts are selling at cookie booths, or at a BART station, have a copy of the appropriate city business license and BART Booth Permit on hand at the booth sale.
  • Cookie Stands: Cookie stands, similar to lemonade stands, are set up in front of a residence on private property. Families can help their Girl Scout set up a cookie stand at their own residence or other private property in their community. The family assumes financial responsibility for inventory before the cookies are sold. They’re a great way to ease more introverted entrepreneurs into connecting with their communities and the whole family can get involved. Plus, Girl Scouts report one of their favorite things about running their cookie business is spending time with family. 

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 Girl Scout's digital cookie store to order cookies online. Learn more in ILoveCookies.org Cookie Finder FAQ, including information on how to opt-out.

 

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Check out these resources from GSNorCal and Little Brownie Bakers to help you with booth sales and cookie stands:

light.PNG Tip! Family members can support their entrepreneur and their troop by becoming approved troop chaperones to help supervise cookie booths with their Girl Scout. It's a great way to start volunteering with the troop.

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Digital Cookie

image.png Is your Girl Scout ready to take their cookie business and digital marketing skills to the next level? With Digital Cookie, Girl Scout entrepreneurs can efficiently ship cookies straight to customers, manage orders for cookie donations, or even arrange in-person deliveries. This powerful tool empowers entrepreneurs to achieve their sales goals, no matter how demanding their schedules may be. Excited to jump into Cookie Sales? Become a true cookie boss in four easy steps!

 

  • Shipped: Have your entrepreneur explore online sales using their own Digital Cookie site. They can use the site to set and share their goals, learn how to create a marketing video, and promote their business. Bonus, Families can support their budding entrepreneurs without handling cookies or money!
  • Girl Scout Delivered: Does your entrepreneur want to explore online sales and interact face-to-face with customers? Using Digital Cookie, customers can order directly from your entrepreneur. Families will help their Girl Scout track sales, request inventory from the troop leader, and deliver cookies to customers all without handling money. All sales are paid for via credit card on the Digital Cookie site.

 

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Learn more about Digital Marketing and Digital Cookie with these resources:

 

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Check out these resources from GSUSA and Little Brownie Bakers to help you with Digital Cookie Sales:

light.PNG Tip! Encourage Girl Scouts to use Digital Cookie to email their cookie link, send reminders, and thank their customers.

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Care to Share

Hearts Drawn.png Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to amp up their sales by asking customers to purchase Care to Share Cookies! Care to Share is a community give-back project where Girl Scout entrepreneurs collect monetary donations toward the purchase of cookie items for local organizations, such as food banks, military organizations, or hometown heroes.  
  • 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.
  • Troop Cookie Chairs enter all Care to Share items sold throughout the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

  • GSNorCal will make donations to local organizations- either the food bank or the military at the end of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

  • Entrepreneurs can promote the Care to Share project at their booth by using a Care to Share table display

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Girl Scout Cookie Program Safety

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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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. 

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

 

Troop Proceeds

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Entrepreneur Rewards

In addition to what the troop earns in troop proceeds and decides to do with their earnings, entrepreneurs are individually rewarded for participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program with opportunities to earn fun rewards. Each entrepreneur chooses between receiving a physical reward item or a monetary council credit at each level.

Be sure your Troop Cookie Chair knows your choices. The 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 11:59pm.

 

Check out Girl Scout Program Rewards to see all the reward choices and helpful information.

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Troop Rewards

In addition to Girl Scout entrepreneurs earning individual rewards, your troop can qualify to earn troop rewards! 

 

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Cookie Entrepreneur Family Pin

It’s never been easier to support your Girl Scout as she develops business skills, makes amazing memories, and earns a different pin every cookie season. The simple, age-specific guidelines meet her where she is developmentally, making success a snap. You can keep track of the steps you complete in Digital Cookie or you can download the activity guide for your Girl Scout's program level.

 

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Girl Scout Cookie Fun

Don't forget about the Fun! Check out these exciting resources from Little Brownie Bakers.

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Full Entrepreneur and Family 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

 

 

Girl Scout Cookie Program for Entrepreneurs and Families

 

2024 Cookie Program Rewards

 

Digital Cookie

 

GSUSA Resources for Cookie Booths or Door-to-Door Sales

 

Little Brownie Bakers Resources

Cookie Season Resources to Boost Your Cookie Business

 

 

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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