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For Cookie Sellers

When you sell Girl Scout Cookies, you're doing more than just helping your customers stock up on delicious treats (and having lots of fun). You're doing it with a goal in mind. Whether that goal is a pizza party, a community service project, or your first overnight camping trip with your troop, you know how many boxes you need to sell to make it happen. 

But did you know that you're also part of a huge business, one that's run by girls just like you all over the country? In fact, you’re part of the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program for girls In the world. Being a Girl Scout Cookie professional gives you skills essential for success both now and later: 

   Goal Setting

   Decision Making

   Money Management 

   People Skills

   Business Ethics 

Need some help getting started? Check out all the amazing resources that will make it easy to sell more boxes of cookies this year than you ever thought possible! 


 Have a Great Girl Scout Cookie Story to Share? 

Ask a parent or troop leader to submit it today for a chance to be featured throughout the year on girlscoutcookies.org, the Girl Scout Blog, our Facebook and Twitter pages, and more—so cool! 


 Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Pro 2018 Contest

Are you a barrier breakin,’ challenge crushin,’ lead takin’ cookie entrepreneur? 

This cookie season, let’s show ‘em how the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world prepares girls to lead, learn, succeed, and shine—not only for today but also for the future—by entering our national Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Pro 2018 Contest from January 2 through April 30, 2018.

 Prizes

Limited-Edition Patch
Every girl who enters the Cookie Pro 2018 Contest will unlock an awesome, limited-edition Cookie Pro 2018 patch. You must be an eligible Girl Scout Cookie seller from a participating council to take part. 

Grand Prize!
Six girls nationwide, one per Girl Scout grade level, will be named Girl Scouts of the USA’s top cookie pro for 2018 and get the epic chance to:

  • Be featured on the Girl Scout Cookie box!
  • Travel to New York City for an all-expenses-paid Cookie Entrepreneur Experience!

Join the nationwide celebration by participating in GSUSA’s Cookie Pro 2018 ContestEnter here.


 

Girl Scout Cookie Badges and Activity Pin
Every girl who participates in the Girl Scout Cookie Program can earn badges representing proficiency in the 5 Skills—ranging from financial management to philanthropy, from business planning to customer insights and more. Learn more about the badges a girl can earn by selling cookies.

All girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program are eligible to earn the annual Cookie Activity pin.  The pin recognizes the 5 Skills learned and practiced during the sale, and a different colored pin can be earned each year. How fun! Find out more about the Cookie Activity pin for Girl Scout Daisies to Ambassadors (PDF) - English | Español

Adults act as coaches who help girls develop leadership skills by using these three processes:

Girl-led: Girls play an active part in figuring out the what, where, when, how, and why of their activities. They lead the planning and decision making as much as possible.

Learning by doing: Girls engage in continuous cycles of action and reflection that result in deeper understanding of concepts and mastery of practical skills.

Cooperative learning: Girls work together toward common goals in an atmosphere of respect and collaboration that encourages the sharing of skills, knowledge, and learning.

Safety Is Our Top Priority

Before participating in any money-earning Girl Scout activity, it is super important that girls and adults review the following materials—and remember to print and sign the Internet Safety Pledge.

Product Sale Activity Checkpoints (PDF) - English | Español
Girl Scout Online Safety Pledge (PDF) - English | Español
Online Activity Checkpoints (PDF) - English | Español
Practical Tips for Parents (PDF) - English | Español

About Digital Cookie

Digital Cookie is a groundbreaking addition to the Girl Scout Cookie Program that creates a fun, safe, interactive space for girls to sell cookies and develop the five skills of the traditional Girl Scout Cookie Program - goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics – while also learning about emarketing, online commerce, website maintenance, digital order taking and shipping. These are vital activities for modern business and modern life!

Digital Cookie complements and strengthens both traditional door-to-door sales and booth sales by adding and teaching a new layer of skills. With Digital Cookie, Girl Scouts can invite customers via email to buy Girl Scout Cookies through their online cookie business. Girls can also take in-person orders using a unique mobile app newly enhanced to allow for credit card processing and direct shipping.

Find out more about the Digital Cookie program, including shipping and handling information, in our Digital Cookie Q&A document.

Digital Cookie Safety

Ensuring the health and safety of our girls is a top priority in Girl Scouting. Girls and adults must be safety conscious, and adults must be trained to ensure proper supervision, prevention of accidents and incidents and maintenance of program resources. Learn more about the safety in Digital Cookie through the following pledge and terms and conditions:

Digital Cookie Girl Pledge

Digital Cookie Volunteer Terms and Conditions

Safety requirements and regulations for Digital Cookie are in line with the classic cookie program. For example, a parent, guardian, caregiver or buddy (depending on the age of the Girl Scout) must be with the girl when she’s delivering cookies. Girls sending out product emails or announcements online should sign with their first names only and their council name. Personal emails or street addresses of girls should never be given.

Girls not participating in Digital Cookie may call and send email messages to alert friends and family to product sales and may accept customer commitments via email or telephone. Girls who are 13 years of age or older may use social networking sites to market product, but must follow council and GSUSA guidelines.

Resources

Take a look at these great resources designed specifically for adults working with girls and their parents:

Booklets
• Girl Scout Cookie Program: 5 Skills for Girls Toolkit (facing pages) (PDF) — English |Español
• Girl Scout Cookie Program: 5 Skills for Girls Toolkit (single-page format) (PDF) —English | Español
• Financial Empowerment, the K–12 Program (facing pages) (PDF) — English Español
• Financial Empowerment, the K–12 Program (single-page format) (PDF) — English |Español

Handouts from "5 Skills for Girls" Toolkit
• The 5 Skills—Shaping Your Girl's Future (PDF) — English | Español
• The 5 Skills in Action (PDF) — English | Español
• The 5 Skills and Leadership Outcomes (PDF) — English Español
• Coaching Your Budding Businesswoman (PDF) — English | Español
• Creating Cookie Success (PDF) — English | Español
• Girl Scout Cookie Activity Pin (PDF) — English | Español
Safety Tips for Product Sales (PDF)

Videos
• Girl Scout Cookie Program: What Grown-Ups Need to Know - English
Brownie Elf and Friends: Manage Money Posters
• Daisies and Brownies: My Cookie Business and the 5 Skills (PDF) — English | Español
Girl Scout Cookie Program Pins and Badges Chart (PDF)

Bookmarks
• Bookmarks for the 5 Skills (PDF) — English | Español

Cookie Program Certificates
Excellence in Business Planning (PDF)
Excellence in Customer Service (PDF)
Excellence in Teamwork (PDF)
Excellence in Marketing (PDF)
Philanthropy Award (PDF)

Save ink! Save paper!
Some of these files are illustrated in color, so if you want to save ink, set your printer for black and white or gray scale. To save paper, print double-sided.