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Cookie Selling Resources

It’s going to be AWESOME. Are you ready? Great. Let’s do it.

Check out these great tools to help you reach your cookie sales goals, and rock this season harder than ever before.

Resources for Sellers & Parents

  • Girl & Parent Responsibility Form (en Español) – Each Girl Scout family must submit this completed form to their troop cookie manager prior to participating in the Cookie Program, including cookie booths. Talk to your troop leader for more information.
  • Girl Rewards Sheet  From adorable plushies to tech treats, and even awesome experiences, there's plenty of opportunities for your girl to set her eyes on the prize and get-goaling!
  • Cookie Family Guide – Everything you need to have a successful Cookie Program. Key dates, selling tips, and more helpful resources. 
  • Cookie Goal Sheet – Track your cookie goal progress with this sweet printable goal sheet. 
  • Care to Share – Promote Care to Share at your Cookie booth with box wraps, flyers, and table tents.
  • Practical Tips for Parents – You are your daughter's biggest supporter. See what steps you can take to guide her through a successful Cookie Program experience.
  • Little Brownie Bakers  In addition to tasty cookies, our bakers also provide handy resources and activity ideas to help girls set goals, practice money management, decorate their booths, and more!
  • – Download posters, banners, name tags, receipts, thank-you cards, and more to make your booth the best booth ever.
  • Girl Scout Retail Shops – From booth decorations and cookie carts to fun patches and apparel, Cookie Brochure and GSNorCal shops have everything your girl needs to stand out! 
Follow Safety Guidelines

All girls who participate in the Cookie Program must follow the safety guidelines from Girl Scouts of the USA below.

  • Show you’re a Girl Scout. Wear your Girl Scout membership pin and/or Girl Scout clothing to identify yourself as a Girl Scout.
  • Buddy up. Always use the buddy system. It’s not just safe, it’s more fun!
  • Be streetwise. Become familiar with the areas and neighborhoods where you will be selling cookies.
  • Partner with adults. Adults must accompany Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors when they are selling or delivering product. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors must be supervised by an adult when they are selling or delivering product. They must never sell alone. Adults should be present at cookie booths at all times.
  • Plan ahead. Always have a plan for safeguarding money—avoid walking around with large amounts of it or keeping it at home or school. Give cookie money to supervising adults who should deposit it as soon as possible.
  • Do not enter. Never enter the home or vehicle of a person when you are selling or making deliveries. Avoid selling to people in vehicles or going into alleys.
  • Sell in the daytime. Only go door-to-door during daylight hours, unless accompanied by an adult.
  • Protect privacy. Girls’ names, addresses, and email addresses should never be given out to customers. Use a group contact number or address overseen by an adult for customers to request information, reorder, or give comments. Protect customer privacy by not sharing their information elsewhere. Girls should never take down credit card numbers.
  • Be safe on the road. Always follow safe pedestrian practices, especially when crossing at intersections or walking along roadways. Be aware of traffic when unloading product and passengers from vehicles.
  • Be internet savvy. Take the GSUSA Internet Safety Pledge before going online and follow the specific guidelines related to marketing online.
Sell Cookies Creatively

There are a variety of opportunities to sell cookies beyond door-to-door sales and cookie booths—below are suggestions for selling cookies. Do you have ideas not covered here? Consider sharing them on our Facebook page to have your idea shared with fellow Girl Scouts.

  • Ask away! The number one reason people don’t buy cookies is because they were never asked.
  • Encourage customers to buy enough cookies to last until the following cookie season. A hot summer day is the perfect time for a frozen Thin Mint.
  • Always tell customers your goals for selling cookies. Decorate t-shirts, paint posters, or make signs explaining your goals.
  • Host a troop door-to-door sales party. Split into teams and walk door-to-door in designated neighborhoods, then meet as a troop to warm up and celebrate the troop’s success. Consider recognizing each team for a unique accomplishment: most cookies sold, most Samoas sold, best manners, best energy, etc.
  • Save your order cards from year-to-year and contact previous buyers first.
  • Offer Girl Scout Cookie recipes.
Know What to Say to Negative Comments

It can be upsetting to be approached with negative information while you are selling cookies, especially if girls are involved, so we want to make it easier for you to know what to say. Please feel free to share the points below:

  • All cookie money stays local.
  • Neither my local Girl Scout council nor the national office has a relationship with Planned Parenthood.
  • The Cookie Program is about the Girl Scouts who are learning skills and earning money for their troops. The council proceeds are reinvested into the girls and troops through grants, subsidizing camp fees, and providing programming.
  • Let’s keep adult conversations away from girls. Those with additional questions can check out our Where Cookie Money Goes page, or reach out to the council for more information.

Digital Cookie Day

Looking to up your cookie game this season? Join us for Digital Cookie Day on January 19th at your local GSNorCal office, where you can set up your Digital Cookie site, take part in fun activities to complete badge requirements, and taste test the cookies. 

Your Cookie Business Workshop

Your Cookie Business Workshop, featuring the Cookieology and Branding You programs, is an opportunity for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to develop their marketing and entrepreneurship skills. Join a research and development (R&D) team to invent a new Girl Scout Cookie, and define your unique Cookie business brand identity with a logo and business name. You'll be ready for your best Cookie sale ever! 

Alameda Office:  Saturday, January 12, 9:30AM–12:30PM 

San Jose Office:  Sunday January 13, 9:30AM–12:30PM


GSUSA's Cookie Pro Contest

Calling all Cookie Pros— things are getting sweeter in 2019! Girl Scouts has teamed up with DC SuperHero Girls to help G.I.R.L.s unleash their ultimate potential and share their awesome cookie stories with the world. Our Cookie program participants will have the chance to win the cookie entrepreneur experience of a lifetime, meeting prominent entrepreneurs, touring of Warner Bros. Studios, and best of all, watching their inner super hero spread her wings and fly! Mark your calendars and get ready to enter.