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The Girl Scout Cookie Program isn't actually about cookies. Would you believe it if we told you that? Yes, girls selling cookies is a great way for them to fund troop activities (learn more about how cookie proceeds are used here).

The Cookie Program is also a fantastic way for your Girl Scout to learn five skills that will transfer over into other areas of her life. Sure, learning money management will likely help her when she's in high school, college or beginning her professional life. But you might also notice she is more responsible with her allowance now.

Plus, every girl who participates in the Cookie Program is helping make her Girl Scout experience possible. Does she love camp? Proceeds from the case of Shortbread cookies she sells the next door neighbor may help feed her favorite horse at Camp Misty Meadows! Participation in the Cookie Program also helps keep activity costs low for everyone.

The Cookie Program isn’t just about cookies – it’s about giving girls a valuable life experience that will help shape them into the type of young woman who grows up to be a smart, responsible citizen of the world. And we can all agree that we want to raise those types of girls.

This page will provide you a quick overview of everything you need to know about the 2018 Cookie Program. For complete details, see pages 5-10 of the Dec/Jan/Feb issue of The Golden Link.

Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember

Now - March 26  Troop Cookie Manager training
January 3 at 7 p.m. Become a Digital Cookie Rock Star Webinar (Register
January 6 Cookie Program opens
January 27 at 12 p.m.  Cookie Bowl for all Girl Scouts
February 10 - 17 Cookie deliveries begin
February 21 Cookie cupboards open
February 23 Cookie booth sales open
March 25 Cookie Program closes
2018 Family Guide

This guide includes everything you and your family need to know about the 2018 Cookie Program, such as five ways to support girls, safey rules, how to properly use social media to support your Girl Scout and more.

You can also watch our cookie orientation video below, just for parents!

Webinars for Girls
Become a Digital Cookie Rock Star!

Do more with your cookie sale than ever before! Girls can now bring twenty-first century technology to the classic Girl Scout Cookie Program. ABC Smart Cookies gives girls the opportunity to sell cookies via a website or mobile app. Get step by step instructions to set up your Smart Cookies account and use these digital tools. If you cannot attend, a recording will be posted three business days after the webinar.

Wednesday, January 3
7 - 8 p.m.
Register now

Webinars for Troop Cookie Managers
Cookie Booths 101

Cookie booths are a great way to help girls reach their goals after the initial order. ABC Smart Cookies is the new site for cookie booths. GSSJC must approve all cookie booths and all booths must be reserved through this site. Find out what a "premium" cookie booth is, how to enter the cookie booth draw, how to suggest additional booth locations and how to reserve a cookie booth. You will learn about booth etiquette, and the ins and outs of a successful cookie booth. If you cannot attend, a recording will be posted three business days after the webinar.

Tuesday, January 9
7 - 8 p.m.
Register now

Getting Ready for the Initial Order and Delivery

Learn to use ABC Smart Cookies, the bakers' online ordering system, to place your troop's initial order. Get organized to enter girls’ orders, including her early recognition order. Find out how to set your troop proceed plan and how to set individual girl recognition plans. Also find out how to choose your delivery location and what you can expect from the cookie delivery. If you cannot attend, a recording will be posted three business days after the webinar.

Thursday, January 18
7 - 8 p.m.
Register now

Planning and Picking Up Cookies from a Cupboard

Learn how to work with your cupboards to get the cookies you need, when you need them by placing a planned order. Learn how and when planned orders must be entered in Smart Cookies. Find out what to expect when picking up and how to use Consignment Cookies to your troop's advantage. If you cannot attend, a recording will be posted three business days after the webinar.

Tuesday, February 6
7 - 8 p.m.
Register now

Money Matters, Girl Rewards and More

Learn about collecting, tracking and depositing money for the Cookie Program. Learn how to use Smart Cookies to track girl payments and Council deposits. Get step-by-step procedures on girl transfers so girls have the right rewards, and setting your troop's final proceed plan. See which reports you should use for finalizing your 2018 Cookie Program. If you cannot attend, a recording will be posted three business days after the webinar.

Tuesday, March 6
7 - 8 p.m.
Register now

2018 Cookie Contests
Bling Your Booth 

Details on this contest are coming soon!

Walkabout

March 9-11, Girl Scouts are encouraged to walk through their neighborhood selling cookies door-to-door in a residential area with adult supervision. Visit cookie customers you may have missed in January...or who might need to restock their favorites!

Get complete details at gssjc.org/walkabout.

Cookie Pro - GSUSA Contest

Are you a barrier breakin,’ challenge crushin,’ lead takin’ cookie entrepreneur? Do you put that unmatchable Girl Scout courage to the test every year to create positive change in your community and the world? We want to hear from you!

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.

Get complete details at girlscouts.org/cookiepro.

   

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