Girl Scout Cookie Program 2015
Thank you for saying "yes" to facilitating the Girl Scout Cookie Program for your troop! Over the next few months with your help girls will gain skills that will serve them throughout their life. Important skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. At the same time, the girls will be earning recognitions for themselves and proceeds to help fund future Girl Scout activities.
Step 1: Cookie Training
There are really exciting changes to the Cookie Program this year! Please join us at 2015 Cookie Training so we can show you all of the great things we have in store!
Sign up by contacting Jess or Maureen at 320 252-2952 | 800 955-6032. In your RSVP, include: your name, troop number, service unit (if you know), your town, and the location you want to attend. Please help us spread the word! Share this invitation with Girl Scout Volunteers!
Attend the location and date that fits for you!
Tuesday, November 11, 6:30-8:30 pm
Thursday, November 13, 6:30-8:30 pm
Brainerd Girl Scout Building
St. Cloud, MN
Saturday, November 15, 10 am-noon
River's Edge Convention Center
Grand Rapids, MN
Monday, December 8, 6:30-8:30 pm
Tuesday, December 9, 6:30-8:30 pm
Good Shepherd Church
NEW! Participate in online training beginning Friday, December 12 at www.abcsmartcookieu.com.
You’d be surprised what a Girl Scout Cookie can build!
Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program girls develop five business building skills:
• Goal setting
• Decision making
• Money management
• People skills
• Business Ethics
Cookie Facts Flyer
How the Girl Scout Cookie Crumbles:
.99 Cost of cookies
.97 Troop & girl rewards
2.04 Program support: event, resources,
volunteer development, resident
camp, and financial aid, and
maintenance/ operation of properties
Welcome first timers!
The process for selling nearly a million packages of Girl Scout Cookies together can seem complicated at first! There are many staff and volunteers here to support you. Here’s an overview of how the Cookie Program works to get you started:
Between now and January, troop cookie volunteers help girls gain skills to run their own business using activities from The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, ABC Bakers website and Girl Scouts of the USA's Girl Scout Cookie website. With your guidance, gIrls set goals and learn with fun, engaging activities.
Next, the troop cookie volunteer together with the troop leader will host a family meeting where girls and families will talk about the details of getting, selling, and paying for cookies. A sample meeting layout is provided in the Cookie Program Answer Book. Get your answer book at training or download a copy at ABCSmartCookieU. First you will need to register for COCO a volunteer section of the ABCSmartCookies site, those credentials will populate in SmartCookieU overnight.
As a troop cookie volunteer, you’ll use a software program called Snap. In January, you’ll place an initial order in Snap, this is the amount of cookies your troop agrees to sell.
While they're waiting for the cookies to arrive, girls learn more about their products, set up booth locations, and make their sales plan. This is a good time to get signed up & see how to use COCO, the cookie command center for girls AND volunteers.
Girls can take orders with a paper order card beginning February 9. They can begin delivering cookies to customers on the cookie ‘go’ date – February 14 ...on your honor.
When cookies arrive, they’ll come to a drop site where each troop picks up the cookies and then the troop volunteer gets cookies to girls/families. Every time cookies or money transfer ownership, you’ll count twice and sign a receipt.
Girls sell cookies to friends, family, at booth sales, and door to door. Every week during the sale, troops make deposits into their checking account. Three (3) times during the sale money will be taken from the troop account to pay for the cookies.
When more are needed the troop volunteer places a Planned Order in Snap to be delivered the following week to a cookie cupboard. Cookie cupboards are available in roughly 50 communities throughout our council to supplement planned orders.
Now, there are some details which we'll share at cookie training and in the Answer Book. Thank you for being part of our Cookie team!
Girl Scout Cookies
The Girl Scouts Cookie program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates over $700 million for girls and communities nationwide.
Thank you for your part in making the Girl Scout Cookie Sale successful for girls.