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Family Guide to the Girl Scout Cookie Program

Thank you for supporting your girl during the Girl Scout Cookie Program! There are so many ways to get involved and help your girl meet her goals. 

You can also check out our 2020 Family Guide for even more information and ways to support your girl's success!

 GSGC Girl Scout Cookie Program Family Guide (PDF)

 Be a hero. Volunteer!

Not every superhero wears a cape. By going the extra mile
and volunteering with your girl’s troop, you can be a cookie hero! It’s a fun job you’ll never forget. Some of the roles you can play include:

  • Being a cookie manager or offering to help the cookie manager.
  • Chaperoning at cookie booths.
  • Picking up cookies from the cupboard or warehouse.
  • Teaching the troop a skill that you have — check out the 5 Skills and see if you can help with girls build on one of those!

 Tools & More

Important Dates

Dec. 8, 2019: Cookie Kickoff Family Tailgate with the Jacksonville Jaguars
Jan. 1, 2020: Girls begin taking orders with Digital Cookie and the girl order card
Jan. 24-25: Initial order deliveries to communities. Make sure you know when and where to pick up your girl’s cookies from the Troop Cookie Manager.
Feb. 1-2: Cookie House Party Weekend
Feb. 1-March 31: Girl Scout Cookie Pro Contest 2020
Feb. 7-March 8: Cookie booths
Feb. 9: Run for the Cookies, Tallahassee
Feb. 28-March 1: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend and GSGC Walkabout Weekend
Feb. 29: Thin Mint Sprint 5K, Jacksonville
March 6: All payments must be turned into the Troop Cookie Manager, or a Parent Debt Form will be submitted to GSGC
March 8: Girl Scout Cookie Program ends in GSGC
May 31: Girls should receive all earned rewards by this date. If your girl has not received her rewards by this date, email  customercare@girlscouts-gateway.org.

Resources

Girl Scouts of Gateway Council
Everything council-related: dates, tips, information, help and more!

Little Brownie Bakers
The official baker of Girl Scout Cookies! You’ll find information, fun and games for girls.

Girl Scouts Cookie Finder
Find the nearest Girl Scout Cookie Booth by ZIP code.

Digital Cookie
Cookie portal for girls to create the online storefront, set goals, track sales and email customers.


 Rewards & Proceeds

Girl Scouts can earn all kinds of exciting rewards through the Girl Scout Cookie Program! Girl Scout Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops may opt out of receiving individual girl rewards (don't worry, you still get the patches!) to earn an additional 5 cents per box of cookies sold.

Troop Proceeds
Per-girl average Earnings per box
1-249 boxes 50 cents
250-349 boxes 60 cents
350-449 boxes 70 cents
450+ boxes 85 cents

Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops that opt out of receiving girl rewards will earn an additional 5 cents per box.

Rewards
Girl Rewards
Level
Rewards
25+ Boxes 2020 Bar patch
50+ Boxes Charm bracelet
100+ Boxes Glow-in-the-dark flying disc
150+ Boxes 150+ Patch and cookie shake slide charm
200+ Boxes 200+ Bar patch, magic cloth and spa headband
300+ Boxes 300+ Bar patch, mini plush dangler and origami bandana
400+ Boxes 400+ Bar patch, theme patch and light-up butterflies
500+ Boxes 500+ Bar patch, plush butterfly, flip book journal and $50 camp credit
600+ Boxes 600+ Bar patch, admission to Pool Palooza, water bottle and caribiner
800+ Boxes Weekender tote, travel case, toothbrush cover and $100 camp credit
1,000+ Boxes 1000 Bar patch and super seller patch, plus GSGC Resident Camp Credit OR Room Package (cookie shake blanket sack, mini disco ball, quote art wall decal and inflatable ottoman)
1,500+ Boxes 1500+ Bar patch, 2020-21 Girl Scout girl membership, theme T-shirt and Go Getter's Celebration at Dave & Buster's
2,000+ Boxes 2000+ Bar patch and VIP access to Pool Palooza, plus 4 passes to Wild Adventures OR Florida State Parks Annual Family Pass
3,000+ Boxes 3000+ Bar patch, plus 2 Kennedy Space Center Atlantis annual passes OR $200 credit to attend G.I.R.L. 2020 in Orlando
4,000 Boxes 4000+ Bar patch, spa day with the CEO and Microsoft Surface Go
Digital Cookie Bonus

Sell 36+ boxes online by Jan. 30 to receive admission to Girl Scout Night with the Jacksonville Icemen on March 14 OR two tickets to the Pensacola Ice Flyers.

Initial Order Bonus
Troops that submit an initial order of: Receive these rewards:
80% of last year's total sales 1 goal getter patch per participating girl and 2 cookie totes per troop
90% of last year's total sales 1 cookie tote per participating girl and 2 lemon trays per troop
Gift of Caring Rewards
Level Reward
25+ Boxes Gift of Caring patch
50+ Boxes Samoas 45th charm
100+ Boxes Personal necklace fan

Troop GoC rewards: Troops that sell 250+ Gift of Caring boxes earn 2 portable chargers. Troops that 500+ Gift of Caring boxes earn two 2020-21 Girl Scout adult memberships.

Digital Cookie Rewards
Level Reward
25+ Emails Cookie techie patch
50+ Boxes Wow the World charm
100+ Boxes Butterfly pouch

 Cookie Entrepreneur Family Pin

The year-by-year Cookie Entrepreneur Family pin collection is the latest addition to the Girl Scout Cookie Program—and was inspired by and designed for families just like yours!

It’s never been easier to support your girl as she develops business skills, makes amazing memories, and earns a different pin for her uniform every cookie season. The simple, age-specific guidelines have been tailored for her developing skill set, making success a snap. Learn more »


 Tips for Families

  • Submit the signed Product Participation Agreement to your troop’s cookie manager. Parents/guardians are responsible all cookies ordered and payment due.
  • Collect payment from customers upon delivery. Turn in all funds to the cookie manager by the designated dates.
  • Make sure you get a receipt for any transactions between parents and the troop, whether you're turning in money or checking out additional cookies. This protects you and the troop!
  • Remember that cookies cannot be returned to the troop or council once they’re signed for.
  • Troops may limit the number of boxes of cookies checked out to a paren and may require payment of outstanding cookies before releasing additional inventory.
  • Check your email for instructions to sign into Digital Cookie and help your girls set up her online business page.

 Cookie Booth Basics

  • A Girl Scout must be present at the booth and must be wearing Girl Scout attire.
  • A registered, background-checked adult must be at each booth to handle money and cookies.
  • Make sure your troop number is visible.
  • Prices of cookies must be displayed.
  • No siblings or other non-Girl Scouts should be at your booth.
  • Gift of Caring should be promoted.
  • Girls may not block ATMs or entrances/exits.
  • Troops must follow the proper adult-girl ratio.
  • Booth setup and breakdown should occur no more than 5 minutes before the start or end of a booth. Be ready to do a quick turnover.