You play an exciting role in giving your girls opportunities to
practice the five skills in a girl-led, cooperative setting. Some of
the things you’ll do include:
- Get girls excited about the opportunities to support her troop
(but allowing her participation to be voluntary).
both competitive and apprehensive cookie bosses, helping all your
girls set meaningful goals for themselves.
partnerships with each girl’s family to ensure cookie season
success, whatever that may look like for her. Check out the Creating Cookie Success and Coaching Your Budding Businesswoman resources
that will help you build a positive partnership with girls and
Not only can girls sell individually, both in-person and using the
online tools provided by each vendor, they can also participate in
group booth sales during product programs. Your local council has
additional guidance and processes to market and ensure every booth is
in a safe and appropriate location for girls. Look for this
information in your troop cookie manual and the online cookie trainings.
As your girls grow, your role will evolve from a hands-on one to
providing oversight and support where needed. No matter their ages,
remember that volunteers and parents/caregivers do not
sell the product. Your role is to encourage your girls and let their
entrepreneurial spirit soar. Learning by doing is exactly how your
girls develop the business savvy and communication skills that will
empower them to reach any goals they set for themselves.
Another critical task for each troop is to establish a clear
accounting system for all proceeds and product during the programs.
It's up to you to make sure that money is spent wisely, that excellent
records are kept (remember to keep copies of all receipts in a binder
or folder), and that all product is tracked. For older girls, your job
is to oversee their work as they learn to keep impeccable records. Be
sure to attend product program orientation or training so you are
aware of the systems and helpful tools available.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program and the fall product program can be
exhilarating and busy times during the troop year, but you’re never
alone in your efforts! You can reach out to your service unit product
program manager when you‘re feeling stuck, or you can build a cookie team to provide the support your
Product Program Safety
Girl safety is the top priority while selling Girl
Scout Cookies and other products. Volunteers, families, and girls
should be familiar with and practice the safety guidelines outlined in
local program resources as well as those available in the safety section of girlscoutcookies.org.
[Council: You may want to insert your incident-reporting guidelines here.]
Selling Cookies Online
Will your troop use the Digital Cookie® platform to
manage its cookie business? Check the specific guidelines provided
before participating. Remember that:
- Girls may only post about their participation on Digital
Cookie in a way that allows them to restrict access to family and
friends, such as on Facebook.
- Parents/guardians must
approve the content of a girl’s Digital Cookie webpage before it
- For girls under age 13, a parent/guardian must
manage the girl’s web site and be responsible for all content.
The Buddy System
Using the buddy system, girls are divided into teams of two.
Each girl is responsible for staying with her buddy at all times,
warning her buddy of danger, giving her buddy immediate assistance if
safe to do so, and seeking help if needed. Girls are encouraged to
stay near the group or buddy with another team of two so that in the
event someone is injured, one person cares for the patient while two
others seek help.