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For Cookie Volunteers

We recognize the hard work that our caregivers and volunteers put into the Cookie Season. This page has regularly updated resources that will help you and your girl's get your #cookieboss on!

The Girl Scouts of Hawaii Council Cookie team is available should you have any questions or concerns.   Stay tuned to this page for more resources and information from our Council!

Additional resources for Cookie Volunteers can be found here:

            Girl Scouts of the USA Cookie Resources

            Little Brownie Bakers

Important Dates
Below are important dates/deadlines for the 2020-2021 Cookie Season
Oct. 26 – Nov. 30
Troop Cookie Manager Training  (via gsLearn)
Dec. 1
eBudde opens for TLs/TCMs
Dec. 9
Digital Cookie opens for TLs/TCMs
Dec. 14
Digital Cookie opens for girls/parents
Jan. 2
Cookie Pre-sales begin!
Jan. 9
Cookie University
Jan. 11
Booth Selection Round 1 (via eBudde, 6 pm)
Jan. 13
Booth Selection Round 2 (via eBudde, 6 pm)
Jan. 18
Booth Selection Round 3 (via eBudde, 6 pm )
Jan. 19
Open Booth Selection opens (via eBudde, 6 pm)
Jan. 19
Square Reader Sign-up opens
Jan. 20
Cookie Pre-sales end – Troop initial orders and rewards due to SUCM
Jan. 21
Goal-getter sales begin
Jan. 22
Deadline to input Troop bank information in eBudde
Jan. 24
Service Unit initial orders and rewards due to Council
Jan. 29
Delivery Day sign-up opens for Troops (via eBudde, 6 pm)
Feb. 17
Cookie delivery day: Kona
Feb. 18
Cookie delivery day: Oahu/ Maui/ Hilo/ Kauai/ Molokai
Feb. 18
Goal-getter sales end
Feb. 19
First day of booth sales!
Feb. 19-21
National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
Mar. 21
Last day to accept Digital Cookie Girl-Delivery orders
Mar. 28
Last day of cookie sales!
Mar. 31
Troop cookie monies due to Council
Mar. 31
Troop final rewards due to SUCM
Apr. 4
Service Unit final rewards due to Council
Apr. 15
First ACH transfer of proceeds (for troops who submitted all monies by 3/31.)
Cookie Training

Check out our GSH Cookie YouTube playlist, where we house all of our videos for anything related to the cookie program. This playlist includes eBudde microburst training, meeting recordings and more! *moved from bottom*

Troop Cookie training is required for all troops who plan to participate in the Cookie Program. Our annual Troop Cookie Training has moved online to gsLearn! Be sure to complete your Troop Cookie Manager Agreement Form to get access. Remember – this training MUST be completed by either a Troop Leader or Troop Cookie Manager in order to get access to eBudde.

For instructions on how to login to gsLearn, click here. Once logged in, you will see a tile on your dashboard for the 2021 cookie training or you can type “Cookie Training” in the search bar. If you do not see the training, contact cookies@gshawaii.org

Cookie Bites eNewsletter

Cookie Bites is our weekly e-newsletter emailed to Troop Leaders and Troop Cookie Managers during the cookie season to keep everyone up-to-date on all things cookies! It contains important and timely information about upcoming deadlines, promotions and answers to common questions.

If you not receiving these communications in your inbox, be sure to check if you’re opted in to receive emails from us! To do this, login to MyGS, click ‘My Account’ and edit member details under the ‘My Household’ menu.

If you not receiving these communications in your inbox, be sure to check if you've opted in to receive emails from us! To do this, login to MyGS, click ‘My Account’ and edit member details under the ‘My Household’ men

You can find all our past Cookie Bites communications at our Cookie Bites Blog!

Cookie Program Manuals, Guides, and Handouts
eBudde

eBudde is the platform used to manage your troop’s cookie program. This is “Cookie Central” and is where cookies and rewards are ordered, booth sites are selected, and entries regarding banking and deposits are recorded. Be sure to download the eBudde Mobile app to have eBudde whenever and wherever you need it! Available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

Check out our GSH Cookie YouTube playlist, where we house all of our videos for anything related to the cookie program. This playlist includes eBudde microburst trainings, meeting recordings and more!

Digital Cookie

Watch your Girl Scout build her online marketing skills as she sets up her very own Digital Cookie website. She can send out her personal website link to family and friends via email to increase her sales through online orders. Digital Cookie will allow customers to shop from your Girl Scout’s website and choose to have their cookies shipped directly to them or have them delivered by a Girl Scout.

[NEW!] Troops can also create a Digital Cookie site to use as a virtual booth! Girls can share goals, stories, and learnings from the Cookie Program with customers through a link or e-card with this on-line marketing tool.

Check out our resources and tip sheets below!

Cookie Captains

Does your troop have service-oriented Cadettes, Seniors or Ambassadors that love COOKIES? Then encourage them to register to be a Cookie Captain for the 2020-21 cookie season! As a Cookie Captain, they can impact the Girl Scout Community by mentoring younger Girl Scouts and/or first-time Cookie sellers in the art of selling Girl Scout Cookies. Have them read the Cookie Captain job description and register below for this year’s online training! 

If have a registered Cookie Captain in your Troop, remind them to log into our Cookie Captain Classroom for service hour opportunities and more! Having trouble accessing the classroom? Email cookies@gshawaii.org.

Cookie Booths

Girl Scouts and Troops are given options when participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program so they can determine the pathway that is right for them. Troops have a range of booth-hosting options— from virtual to differing levels of in-person booths. We value our booth partners and are grateful for their support of Girl Scouts. Troops need to follow GSH booth etiquette and print paperwork from eBudde in advance. 

Download our 2021 Cookie Booth Guide to find out all you need to know about Council, My Sales, and alternative booths! Perfect for volunteers and Girl Scout families, the booth guide includes detailed safety guidelines, the DIY tabletop shield, drive-thru booth safety and set-up guidelines, tips for virtual booths, no-contact deliveries and our new My Family Sales.

COVID-19 Safety Protocol for Cookie Sellers

Girls and families are given options when participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program so they can determine the pathway that is right for them. Check out all of the ways girls can participate in this year’s cookie sales here.

Troops have a range of booth-hosting options—from virtual to differing levels of in-person—to support a comfortable, safe experience for all girls. Girls and volunteers who exhibit signs of illness may not participate in booth and door-to-door sales and deliveries. Girls who are engaging in in-person or booth sales must have a COVID-19 waiver submitted to their troop leader. Cookie Booth Options

Digital Cookie: With the help of her parent/caregiver, a Girl Scout sets up Digital Cookie to sell online. Orders opened January 2, in-person contactless deliveries will begin February 19. This is a digital pathway where money is not exchanged. Girls may drop cookies on front porches or engage in other contactless forms of cookie delivery. Customers may also opt to purchase and donate cookies to first responders and essential workers through our Community Cookie program through their Digital Cookie online purchases. 
 
In-Person Sales: Starting January 2, and based on comfort level, a girl can begin selling in person. Girls may sell door-to-door, to family and friends, teammates, and beyond, asking her network of contacts to support her goals. Girls must wear face coverings, follow proper hand sanitizing procedures, and maintain social distancing when visiting homes in her community. 
 
Family Booth Sales: Girls and their families can work with their Troop Cookie Manager to set up and signup for family booth sales starting February 19 as a new way to reach more customers. My Family Booth Sales can be at a location secured by Council or Troop (TCM will need to sign family up via eBudde) OR can be outside the home on private property. Girls and adults must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth and maintain social distance. Additionally, hand sanitizer should be available for girls, adults and customers. Parents/caregivers and Girl Scouts hosting a My Family Sales Booth must be from the same household. No more than two adults and three Girl Scouts can be present. No non-member siblings are permitted. 
 
Troop and Council Booth Sales: Starting February 19, girls can participate in Troop Booth Sales and Council Booth Sales with local partners like grocery stores and more. Council Booth Sale locations are secured by Girl Scouts of Hawaii and troops can sign up for slots in eBudde, our Cookie Program software. Girls and adults must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth and maintain social distance. Some vendors may have additional requirements to which girls will be expected to adhere in accordance with our partner agreements. Additionally, hand sanitizer should be available for girls, adults and customers. When hosting a Troop Booth, be sure to follow all state and county COVID-19 safety guidelines. No non-member siblings are permitted. Some vendor partners may have additional limitations on the number of girls and adults that are allowed to be present at booth sales. 

Virtual Booth Sales: Check out the Virtual Girl Scout Cookie Booth Guide 2021 for tips on how to host a virtual cookie booth!

Additional Safety Guidelines and Expectations

Contactless payments: We highly encourage girls and troops to accept contactless payments. Girls/troops can do this using the Digital Cookie mobile app. As a reminder, girls must have a Digital Cookie site setup in order to use the mobile app.

Contactless Cookie Delivery: Girls and volunteers will need to provide contactless cookie delivery to their customers. This means porch drop-offs for in-person girl deliveries (send customers a text when a safe distance away to verify they received their order) or placing of cookies into the back of a customer’s vehicle instead of being handed directly to the customer.


Follow All Safety Guidelines: Girls and volunteers must follow all local and GSH Council guidance. This includes wearing safety masks at all booth locations. Businesses may have specific safety requirements (like the number of girls, cleaning protocols) that girls and troops must follow. These instructions will be included in eBudde.

My Sales Booth (My Family Sale/Troop-secured booth)

My Sale Booths are booth sales organized in partnership with local retailers NOT listed as a Council Booth Partner. My Sale Booths can be run as a My Family Sale or a Troop-secured booth. Troops and families may NOT set up agreements with retailers until 1/19/2021 or after. 

Troops and families cannot approach any GSH Council Partner (listed below) to set up a My Sale Booth.  

Council Booth Partners: 
Aloha Gas, Aloha Island Mart, American Savings Bank, Ben Franklin, Big Save, ChoiceMART, City Mill, Dunkin Donuts, Foodland/Foodland Farms, GNC, GrubHub, HPM Building Supply, Ishihara, Island Grocery Depot, Kai Store, KTA, Malama Market, Menehune Food Mart, PetCo, Sack N Save, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Sueoka, Takata, Times, Walgreens, Walmart, Zippys.   
My Sale Request Process:
  1. Identify a store, restaurant or location that you can ask to partner with you to sell Girl Scout cookies. Don’t forget, this cannot be a Council Booth Partner! 
  2. Contact the manager or representative who has the authority to give you permission to schedule a booth sale with their location. Explain that you are asking for approval to sell Girl Scout cookies at their location and what dates and times you are most interested in.  
  3. If the location requires paperwork or insurance, contact  cookies@gshawaii.org  with all of the location information as well as the dates and times of the booths and we will work with you to get the necessary paperwork completed.  
  4. TCMs can enter the request in the My Sale Portal and in eBudde, the software we use to manage our Cookie Program (see steps below). 
  5. Council will review the My Sale Request information, confirm that there is not already a booth approved at that location for the same date and time, and approve if it meets all requirements. Once approved, eBudde will send an  email to the TCM through the system with a notification of a change in the booth’s status.
How to enter the My Sale Request in eBudde
  1. Log into eBudde. 
  2. Click on the Booth Sites Tab. 
  3.  From the drop-down menu, change the selection from Council Sales to My Sales. 
  4. Enter the information for the My Sale Booth by clicking "Add A Location." Enter the information listed on the My Sale Request Form and click "Add." 
  5. Wait for Council to review the booth sale in eBudde. 
Drive-thru Booths

Is your troop interested in doing a drive-thru booth this season? Be sure to check out council-secured booths in eBudde. If you are submitting a My Sale Booth request for a location you secured for your troop, take a look at our drive-thru booth configuration guide below for ideas on how to set-up your drive-thru!

GrubHub Booths

A new national partnership between GSUSA and Grubhub has been established for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program! GSUSA and Grubhub have created a girl-led, hands-on experience in managing e-commerce for Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. For more information, see the guide below.

Grubhub Booth Guide 

Square/Accepting Credit Cards at Booths

Troops and girls with a Digital Cookie page set up can use the Digital Cookie Mobile App on both iPhone and Android devices to accept payments at point of delivery. Transactions will automatically upload to the troop’s eBudde account and deposit money directly into Girl Scouts of Hawaii’s bank account, so troops can worry less about collecting monies from girls/families.

Troops can use a Square reader to accept payment of cookies at booths. Although you may have signed up for a Square account in previous seasons, you will still need to sign up and have your account activated. If you would like to use Square for the 2021 cookie season, submit the 2021 Square Reader Application on-line.

Booth Resources
Virtual Booths
Cookie Rewards

Check out this year’s cookie rewards! [NEW THIS YEAR!] At select levels, girls can choose to receive either the reward item or Cookie Dough Program Credits to cover other costs of camp, events, shop items, their Girl Scout membership fee, and more! All girls are eligible to receive these rewards.

2021 Cookie Program Reward Card

Cookie Campaigns
Be a Goal-Getter!

Girls that sell at least 48 packages of cookies between January 21 and February 18 will earn the Goal-Getter patch! This is the time period after the initial orders are submitted but before Cookie Delivery Day, and we want to encourage girls to keep selling during this period to help reach their goals. Girls can use the Goal Getter Order card or Digital Order Card to keep track of their individual sales. And don't worry, Troops can get additional cookies from the Cookie Buffer (after February 22) if needed! Download the 2021 Goal Getter Card

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

(February 19 - 21, 2021)

Girls that sell 100 or more packages of cookies during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend will earn the 2021 National Girl Scout Weekend patch! Sales can be from a combination of individual girl sales, booth sales and Digital Cookie but must be sold during the National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. Troop Cookie Managers must notify Council of all girls that qualify for this patch by filling out the 2021 NGSCW Patch Form. The deadline to submit the form is March 10, 2021.

Perfect Pitch Challenge

(January 2 - March 28, 2021)

We know that our Girl Scout entrepreneurs work hard to master marketing and customer service skills, so we want to see you proudly share them in your most compelling sales pitch. Whether a song, slogan, rap, or elevator pitch, we want to hear them! Your challenge is to film your “perfect pitch” in 60 seconds (or less!) and share it with us for the chance to win a Girl Scout Online Store gift card. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm on March 28 via this Perfect Pitch Challenge Entry Form. See the document linked here for more information.

Cookie Marketing
Forms
COVID-19 Safety Protocol for Cookie Sellers

Girls and families are given options when participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program so they can determine the pathway that is right for them. Check out all of the ways girls can participate in this year’s cookie sales here.

Troops have a range of booth-hosting options—from virtual to differing levels of in-person—to support a comfortable, safe experience for all girls. Girls and volunteers who exhibit signs of illness may not participate in booth and door-to-door sales and deliveries. Girls who are engaging in in-person or booth sales must have a COVID-19 waiver submitted to their troop leader.

Digital Cookie: With the help of her parent/caregiver, a Girl Scout sets up Digital Cookie to sell online. Orders opened January 2, in-person contactless deliveries will begin February 19. This is a digital pathway where money is not exchanged. Girls may drop cookies on front porches or engage in other contactless forms of cookie delivery. Customers may also opt to purchase and donate cookies to first responders and essential workers through our Community Cookie program through their Digital Cookie online purchases. 
 
In-Person Sales: Starting January 2, and based on comfort level, a girl can begin selling in person. Girls may sell door-to-door, to family and friends, teammates, and beyond, asking her network of contacts to support her goals. Girls must wear face coverings, follow proper hand sanitizing procedures, and maintain social distancing when visiting homes in her community. 
 
Family Booth Sales: Girls and their families can work with their Troop Cookie Manager to set up and signup for family booth sales starting February 19 as a new way to reach more customers. My Family Booth Sales can be at location secured by Council or Troop (TCM will need to sign family up via eBudde) OR can be outside the home on private property. Girls and adults must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth and maintain social distance. Additionally, hand sanitizer should be available for girls, adults and customers. Parents/caregivers and Girl Scouts hosting a My Family Sales Booth must be from the same household. No more than two adults and three Girl Scouts can be present. No non-member siblings are permitted. 
 
Troop and Council Booth Sales: Starting February 19, girls can participate in Troop Booth Sales and Council Booth Sales with local partners like grocery stores and more. Council Booth Sale locations are secured by Girl Scouts of Hawaii and troops can sign up for slots in eBudde, our Cookie Program software. Girls and adults must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth and maintain social distance. Some vendors may have additional requirements to which girls will be expected to adhere in accordance with our partner agreements. Additionally, hand sanitizer should be available for girls, adults and customers. When hosting a Troop Booth, be sure to follow all state and county COVID-19 safety guidelines. No non-member siblings are permitted. Some vendor partners may have additional limitations on the number of girls and adults that are allowed to be present at booth sales. 

Virtual Booth Sales: Check out the Virtual Girl Scout Cookie Booth Guide 2021 for tips on how to host a virtual cookie booth!

Additional Safety Guidelines and Expectations

Contactless payments: We highly encourage girls and troops to accept contactless payments. Girls/troops can do this using the Digital Cookie mobile app. As a reminder, girls must have a Digital Cookie site setup in order to use the mobile app.

Contactless Cookie Delivery: Girls and volunteers will need to provide contactless cookie delivery to their customers. This means porch drop-offs for in-person girl deliveries (send customers a text when a safe distance away to verify they received their order) or placing of cookies into the back of a customer’s vehicle instead of being handed directly to the customer.

Follow All Safety Guidelines: Girls and volunteers must follow all local and GSH Council guidance. This includes wearing safety masks at all booth locations. Businesses may have specific safety requirements (like the number of girls, cleaning protocols) that girls and troops must follow. These instructions will be included in eBudde.

Booth Kits

Is your troop signed up to do in-person booths this year? We've put together an awesome booth kit to get your troop set for success! Booth Kits will include over $45 worth of items:

  • (1) Temperature gun
  • (4) Plastic cones
  •  (1) Acrylic tabletop sign holder
  •  (1) Double-sided cookie sign
  • (1) Yard sign
  • (1) Empty spray bottle for disinfectant spray
  • (1) Pocket hand sanitizer
  • (1) Cookie roller-banner
  • (2) Face masks
  • (2) Face shields
  • (1) 'Ask me about cookies' button
  • (1) Social distancing signs

Booth Kits will be just $10 and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis for those troops who have signed up for at least TWO in-person booths As there are a limited amount available, troops who wish to purchase more than 1 kit can purchase additional kits for $40 each. Kits will need to be picked up from Council. Information on where to pick-up the kits will be provided upon purchase. Fill out the form below to reserve yours today!

2021 Booth Kit Order Form

Buffer

We encourage Troops to plan ahead and get more cookies from a cookie buffer a few days in advance of a booth. Cookie orders and appointments should be made on eBudde/eBudde app at least 24 hours in advance.

Damaged boxes of Girl Scout Cookies can be returned to the Cookie Buffer, in exchange for a good box of the same flavor. You will not be able to exchange the damaged box for a different flavor. No appointment is needed for only a damage box exchange – the Buffer staff will be happy to assist you.