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2023 Cookie Program

Life just got a little sweeter! It's Cookie Time!

Wouldn’t it be great if all girls could have an opportunity to experience what it is like to run a business? When you’re a Girl Scout and participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, that’s exactly what you get to do! It’s a sweet idea to learn lifelong skills while being a part of the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world!

We are so excited about this year’s program, and we hope you are, too. Let’s make this cookie season the best!

                                                        

Why should your girl participate? Consider these top five reasons:
  1.  Life skills: The Cookie Program helps girls develop unparalleled leadership skills that will stay with them for life, including goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
  2. It’s easy to participate: Your designated troop cookie manager can access online training when it’s most convenient for them. Smart Cookies, our cookie site, will offer girls web- and mobile-based resources to track and manage their business on a digital platform.
  3.  Financial benefits: Troops will earn money to help offset the cost of activities, outings, program supplies, and so much more. Individually, girls can even use their Cookie Dough at a GSSJC shop or use it for a cool event, including overnight camp!
  4.  Earn rewards: Ever year we have a special theme for the Cookie Program, and girls can work toward earning special rewards that now include experiences that help with goal setting!
  5.  Girls will thank you for it: Nearly 80% of all women business owners were Girl Scouts, and many successful businesswomen say they got their start selling Girl Scout Cookies. Thanks to caring volunteers and parents, like you, girls who participate in the Cookie Program gain courage, confidence, and character to pursue their dreams.
New this Year!
  • Shortbreads are now “Trefoils.”
  • Good news! Parent and Me booths will continue in the 2023 Cookie Program. More details to come on our GSSJC Cookie website.
  • Girl experiences are coming to the Cookie Program! Girls can earn Painting with a Twist, Build-a-Bear workshops, Moody Gardens event, and more!
  • Cheddar Up - our new mobile-friendly payment app.
  • Weekly newsletter sharing cookie announcements, upcoming deadlines, and tips to improve your girl’s entrepreneurship.
  • Raspberry Rally cookie, available exclusively online direct shipped.
Mark Your Calendar
  •  Jan. 13: Troop orders due
  •  Jan. 16: Be a Digital Cookie Rock Star!
    • Our "Be a Digital Cookie Rock Star!" parent/girl webinar will be pre-recorded and available to watch on demand. 
  •  Jan. 23: Girls receive registration link to access ABC Smart Cookies website.
  • Feb. 1: The Cookies are here!
  • Feb.  11: It’s Cookie Time! The sale starts today.
  • Feb. 17: Cookie Booths start
  • Feb. 17-19: National Girl Scouts Cookie Weekend
  • March 26: 2023 Cookie Program ends
Where does the revenue go?

Did you know ALL proceeds from Girl Scout Cookies stay local? They help:

1.   Cover the costs of running the Girl Scout Cookie Program, including the costs of cookies, materials, and logistics.

2.   Fund Take Action projects for the community and amazing girl-led adventures for troops.

3.    The council provide Girl Scout programs in STEM, the outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship, as well as camps, leadership training, and more!

 

How to Help Your Girl Participate
  • Make sure your Girl Scout is registered for the 2023 membership year.
  • Complete the Parent/Guardian Permission Slip.
  • Review online Family Guide.
  • Attend your troop’s cookie meeting. Get essential information about the opportunities and responsibilities of the Cookie Program.
  • Join the Cookie Program team. Volunteer! Whether you can spare a little or a lot of time, there is a place for you. Be sure to sign up for actitivities today.

 

Ways to Sell

Door to door

  • Girls go door to door to homes in their neighborhood selling packages in hand.

Digital selling

  • Use Smart Cookies e-cards, social media links, QR codes, and more.

Cookie booths

  • Your troop cookie manager can reserve cookie booths at businesses where girls can set up a table to sell their cookies.

Lemonade stands

  • Parents and girls can set up a table to sell cookies at their home like a lemonade stand.

Walkabouts

  • Girls gather with their troopmates and take their neighborhoods by storm in this door-to-door selling method. 
Want to volunteer?

Our Cookie Program team is looking for engaged volunteers to help make the Cookie Program run smoothly. Join our team! Whether you can spare a little or a lot of time, there is a place for you. Be sure to sign up for actitivities today.

 

 

Cookie Family Guide

You’ve got mail! Family Guides will arrive in your mailbox in mid-January.

Starting Inventory Order

The Starting Inventory Order (SIO) is moving to a troop reward this year! To earn the SIO troop reward, troops will need to place an initial order of 75% of the previous year’s sales. Troops will receive a booth kit consisting of a portable charger, cookie cargo box, booth money fanny pack, and Raspberry Rally table display.

Work with your daughter to calculate how many cookies she should order using the SIO Parent Worksheet (coming soon). 

Resources

 

Resources for Troop Volunteers
Volunteer Onboarding Process
  • Register for 2023 membership year.
  • Add role as troop cookie manager in your myGS account.
  • Current, clear background check (automated when role is added in your myGS account).
  • Select Primary/Secondary manager role on gssjc.me/cookies. This ensures each troop cookie manager is properly uploaded into the cookie site.
  • Sign and submit electronic Troop Cookie Manager Position Description. Link found on gssjc.me/cookies. Simply click “View Form” beside TCM Position Description.
  • Verify F-36 Registration of Bank Account and ACH Authorization form has been submitted. To complete electronically, visit the Online Community under Cookie – Troop and click the BankInfo tab.
  • Complete training on gsLearn, no registration required. Login here to access gsLearn link.
  • Complete Youth Protection Training Level 1.

Access the Product Sales Volunteer Onboarding Process site (gssjc.me/cookies) using your MyGS credentials to verify which requirements are outstanding/completed to permit onboarding into the ABC Smart Cookies site.

Troop Cookie Manager Guide and Checklist 

TCM Guide coming soon!

 
 
TCM Resources

For up-to-date announcements, calendars, and resources to help you during the 2023 Cookie Program, visit our Online Community. You will find helpful  tools and details to greatly impact this entrepreneurial program. Login using your MyGS account.