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Resources

There are many benefits of selling Girl Scout Cookies and you help Girl Scouts grow many business skills as a volunteer. Find all the necessary resources here.

You can also find Smart Cookies training videos on ABC Bakers' YouTube page.

Training

Troop Cookie Manager Training

Service Units will schedule training with their troops, so please contact your service unit cookie manager to receive in-person training with them.

Online Troop Cookie Manager Training

Can’t make it to your service unit training or council training? Do you need a refresher of your training? Would you rather attend training from the comfort of your own home? Learn everything you need to know about the Girl Scout Cookie Program by visiting gsLearn.

GSHCC Troop Cookie Manager Training

Missed your service unit training or can’t attend their scheduled date? The Product Program Team will be holding two live troop cookie manager trainings. Troops should come prepared with their Troop Cookie Manager Guide. Please note that online training can be taken in lieu of live training.

  • December 15, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • January 7, 2021 - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Register in Activities (Activity registration will be unavailable from November 18 - December 7, 2020)

Family/Girl Training Guide

Families and Girl Scouts can use the below training to help them get familiar with the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Here they will find dates, guidelines and helpful hints.
Cookie Guide - Girl

IRGS/Juliette Training Guide

Since, Individually Registered Girl Scouts (formerly Juliettes) do not participate within a troop, they participate in the cookie program a little differently. Review this training if your Girl Scout is an Individually Registered Girl Scout, review this guide. 
Cookie Guide - IRGS/Juliette

Just in Time Training
Forms, Documents & Guides
Booth Approval Form

Service unit cookie managers can provide this form to store managers at booth sale locations to indicate preferred dates & times.

  Booth Sale Guideline for Troops

The Dos and Don'ts for booth sales.

Booth Location Request Letter

Service unit cookie managers can use this form to mail or deliver to store managers at potential locations for booth sales.

  Booth Sale Worksheet

Use this worksheet to keep track of your troop booth sales.

Certificate of Insurance Request Form

Request for Certificate of Insurance for selling cookies in front of or at businesses.

Cookie Booth Essentials

How to maximize your booth experience, interact with customers and stay safe.

Cookie Collection Report

For troop cookie managers to record unresolved balances.

Cookie Entrepreneur Family Pin

Everything you need to know about the Cookie Entrepreneur Family Pins.

Daisy

Brownie

Junior

Cadette

Senior

Ambassador

Cookie Permission and Responsibility Record (Digital) (English PDF) (Spanish PDF)

Parents/Guardians fill out for girl’s participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Rally Guide

Use this program to help your troop feel prepared and ready to meet their goals.

Reward Card

Girl reward card for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Safety Tips

Safety tips for the product programs.

The 5 Skills

The 5 Skills of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

  The 5 Skills For Girls

A troop leader's guide to implementing The 5 Skills of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Volunteer Guide: Booth Sales

A volunteer’s guide for cookie booth sales.

Volunteer Packets

Everything a volunteer needs to get their troop's cookie season started.

Daisy/Brownie

Junior/Cadette

Senior/Ambassador

Volunteer Position Agreement

Volunteers fill out this form to hold service unit or troop product program roles.

Covid-19 In-Person Cookie Program Guidance

As our most publicly visible activity, the Girl Scout Cookie Program provides us with a unique opportunity to model leadership by doing our part in reducing community transmission of COVID-19. In addition to understanding and following this guidance, girls and adults should model Girl Scout Law behavior at all times, while representing Girl Scouts during any Cookie Program activities. Ultimately, we are all responsible to the girls, to each other and to the public. If we all follow these guidelines, each person pursues only those activities they feel comfortable with, we remain diligent about personal and public safety, and we get a little creative, our girls will have a fun and successful 2021 cookie program!

This guidance is designed using the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy  Updated 11/2020., with additional consideration for the Regional Stay at Home Order, announced December 3, 2020 (where applicable within the council). 

  • GSHCC COVID-19 Guidelines for PARTICIPATING IN GIRL SCOUT IN-PERSON MEETINGS should be reviewed, accepted, and adhered to by participating girls and adults.
  • Girls should remain within their county boundaries when conducting in-person activities – with the exception of contactless, pre-paid, girl delivered orders. 
  • Girls should always wear masks and follow all physical distancing precautions.
Definitions:

Contactless: without contact; for example “contactless delivery” would include leaving purchased items at the entryway of a home rather than handing it directly to a person, or putting cookies purchased from a virtual booth directly in to a customer’s trunk.  

Touchpoint: any point of contact between multiple people; for example: girl gives cookies to customer, customer gives cash to Girl Scout, Girl Scout gives cash to parent, parent gives cash to troop cookie manager, troop cookie manager gives cash to bank teller, customer gives a credit card to a girl to input information, etc. 

Individual Household: An Individual household is a single household of people, or families who been social distancing together.

In-person activities:
  • Contactless Door-to-Door marketing:
    • Flyers, business cards, door hangers, and/or signs with girls’ online shop information may be distributed in a contactless manner to residences and businesses.
    • Yard signs with girls social links or QR codes are encouraged
    • Knocking on doors to transact with customers is not encouraged unless girls are in counties with a Red, Orange, or Yellow risk level, with appropriate safety precautions in place. Due to the additional touchpoints, this will also apply to walkabouts and wagon sales.
    • Girls should not engage in door-to-door contactless marketing to residences or businesses outside of their county. 
  • Contactless payment acceptance:
    • We recommend all customer purchases be transacted through girls' online storefronts, promoting Direct Ship or pre-paid Girl Delivery.
    • When not possible to accept payment through pre-paid options, we encourage using the credit card payment option in Smart Cookies to reduce transmission touchpoints at the time of cookie deliverer. As a reminder, GHSCC will cover Smart Cookies/Heartland fess for the 2021 cookie program. Troops are responsible for any and all fees associated with using any other credit card payment system.
    • We do not recommend accepting cash or checks. However, if circumstances require it and a girl and parent elect to do so, we recommend taking appropriate safety precautions. To reduce touchpoints, adults may deposit cash or checks into their personal accounts, then electronically transfer the funds to their troop volunteers. Each troop may decide whether to allow this option.
  • Contactless product deliveries or product pick-up:
    • Contactless porch product deliveries should be planned and shared with customers in advance of the drop. We highly encourage girls to use their social links for girl delivered and encourage customers to pay for their cookies in advance. 
    • Date, time and location of product pick-up for virtual booth sales should be communicated with potential customers in advance. Consider scheduling trunk pick-ups at a central location and scheduling customer pick-up times to minimize the number of people there at once. 
  • In-person Booths and Cookie Drive-Through Booths:
    • Not permitted in counties with a Purple risk level. GSHCC staff will continue to monitor, and communicate as we approach the deadline for the troop’s initial order.
    • Suggested only in counties with a Red, Orange, or Yellow risk level. 
    • Individual Household participation only. Booths must always include a minimum of two adults, including one female (at least one of whom is an approved registered Girl Scout volunteer with the required current eligible background check) and one girl should be present at the booth at all times. With this adult supervision, you’ll have adequate booth coverage if the girls need to be accompanied to the restroom.  As always, the in-person booths should have no more than 4 girls, with the additional guidance that all girls be from an individual household. 
    • Follow additional site and/or business restrictions.
    • All appropriate COVID-19 precautions in place: Booths must be outdoors and girls must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing at all times while at their booth. Troops are responsible for providing their own supplies, such as barriers, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes for high touch surface areas.
    • Booth submission, availability, approval, and management processes vary by county and at SU team discretion.
    • Counties that move from  Red to Purple; risk level must immediately cancel any planned booths. Booths may not be rescheduled until the county returns to Red Risk Level.
    • Booths must be approved by the local SU volunteer team for insurance tracking purposes and to be included in the National Cookie Finder.
  • Lemonade Stands, Walkabouts and Wagon Sales: 
    • Lemonade stands work like a booth sale, but are held on personal, residential property. If only one girl is present, a lemonade stand only needs one adult. 
    • Individual Household participation only.
    • It is recommended that girls and families follow guidelines for contactless payment acceptance.
    • Although noted as an option for those counties at a Purple risk level, lemonade stands are highly discouraged. Families should regularly check and follow real-time local and national safety directives before hosting sales on their personal property.
    • Due to the additional touchpoints, walkabouts and wagon sales are not encouraged unless girls are in counties with a Red, Orange, or  Yellow risk level, with appropriate safety precautions in place. 

Please note: Even with health and safety precautions, there are no guarantees that anyone can prevent exposure to COVID-19. There is an inherent risk of exposure and illness in participating in any in-person activity.

Cookie Program Emails

Cookie managers will typically receive bi-weekly cookie program emails. Holidays may affect this schedule. Occassionaly we will send program emails to participating families as well. If you are a registered cookie manager and have not received these emails, please ensure you are opted in to GSHCC emails and that emails are not going to spam. We recommend you add girlscoutshcc@email.girlscouts.org to your safe senders list.

Troop Email 2.23

Girl Email 2.16

Troop Email 2.09

Troop Email 1.25

Troop Email 1.21 - Sent from Smart Cookies

Troop Email 1.15 - Booth Guidance

Troop Email 1.12

Girl Email 1.12

Troop Email 12.22

Troop Email 12.08