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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. 

The 2020-21 Family Guide is coming soon!

 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. 11 – Order-taking begins with Digital Cookie and Girl Order Card
Jan. 5 – Reward opt-out form due to CPM. Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops only.
Jan. 6 – Troop initial order due in eBudde
Jan. 20 – Booth selection begins in eBudde at 7 p.m. Eastern
Jan. 22-23 – Mega Cookie Drop: Initial deliveries to communities 
Jan. 25-Feb. 27 – Cookie warehouses and cupboards open
Jan. 29-Feb. 28 – Cookie booths
Feb. 19-21 – National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
March 7 – Girl Scout Cookie Program ends in Gateway Council

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 Boxes Troop Earnings Per Box  
1-249 80 cents  
250-349 85 cents  
350-449 95 cents  
450+ $1.05  

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


 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.