You play an exciting role in giving your girls opportunities to
practice the five skills in a girl-led, cooperative setting. Some of
the things you’ll do include:
- Get girls excited about the opportunities to support her troop
(but allowing her participation to be voluntary).
both competitive and apprehensive cookie bosses, helping all your
girls set meaningful goals for themselves.
partnerships with each girl’s family to ensure cookie season
success, whatever that may look like for her. Check out the Creating Cookie Success and Coaching Your Budding Businesswoman resources
that will help you build a positive partnership with girls and
Not only can girls sell individually, both in-person and using the
online tools provided by each vendor, they can also participate in
group booth sales during product programs. Your local council has
additional guidance and processes to market and ensure every booth is
in a safe and appropriate location for girls
As your girls grow, your role will evolve from a hands-on one to
providing oversight and support where needed. No matter their ages,
remember that volunteers and parents/caregivers do not
sell the product. Your role is to encourage your girls and let their
entrepreneurial spirit soar. Learning by doing is exactly how your
girls develop the business savvy and communication skills that will
empower them to reach any goals they set for themselves.
Another critical task for each troop is to establish a clear
accounting system for all proceeds and product during the programs.
It's up to you to make sure that money is spent wisely, that excellent
records are kept (remember to keep copies of all receipts in a binder
or folder), and that all product is tracked. For older girls, your job
is to oversee their work as they learn to keep impeccable records. Be
sure to attend product program orientation or training so you are
aware of the systems and helpful tools available.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program can be exhilarating and busy times
during the troop year, but you’re never alone in your efforts! You can
reach out to your service unit product program manager when you‘re
feeling stuck, or you can build a cookie
team to provide the support your troop needs.
Product Program Safety
Girl safety is the top priority while selling Girl Scout
Cookies. Volunteers, families, and girls should be familiar with and
practice the safety guidelines outlined in our safety
guidelines as well as those available in the safety section of girlscoutcookies.org.
Girl Scout council-sponsored product sales, which includes the
Cookie Program gives girls proven opportunities to earn money and/or
credits for their Girl Scout program activities. These sales also
contribute significantly to the girls’ local councils and communities
through take-action projects. In order to ensure the emotional and
physical safety and well-being of girls, which is always a top
priority in any activity, you need to read and understand the
Communicate with Parents
Ensure that the parents/guardians of all girls participating in
product sales are fully informed about the activity including the:
- Participation in product sales program training and/or
- Safety precautions in place.
- Need for
appropriate clothing and/or supplies.
- Need for advance
arrangements for all transportation and confirmation of these
- Need for written permission from them in order for
their daughter to participate.
- Location of designated sale
areas, which are also communicated to the Council.
Communicate with Your Local Police Department
Establish a relationship with your local Police Department to
determine any support they may be able to provide during product
sales, especially those related to cookie booths, and any safety
precautions they might suggest. While Police Departments vary from
state to state and city to city, many of them have resources such as:
- School Resource Officers who have specific training for
communicating with young people.
- Community Volunteers who
may be able to assist by being present during booth sales.
- Police departments can also provide information on areas and
addresses to avoid, as well as access to known sex offender
Prepare for Emergencies
Regardless of the type of activity, you need to be prepared for
emergencies involving girls or other adults. This should include
having a first aid kit always available and making sure that if
someone is injured and needs help, that one adult cares for the
injured person while another adult seeks help.
Selling Cookies Online
Will your troop use the Digital Cookie® platform to
manage its cookie business? Check the specific guidelines provided by
each cookie vendor before participating. Remember that:
- Girls may only post about their participation on Digital
Cookie in a way that allows them to restrict access to family and
friends, such as on Facebook.
- Parents/guardians must
approve the content of a girl’s Digital Cookie webpage before it
- For girls under age 13, a parent/guardian must
manage the girl’s website and be responsible for all content.
The Buddy System
Using the buddy system, girls are divided into teams of two.
Each girl is responsible for staying with her buddy at all times,
warning her buddy of danger, giving her buddy immediate assistance if
safe to do so, and seeking help if needed. Girls are encouraged to
stay near the group or buddy with another team of two so that in the
event someone is injured, one person cares for the patient while two
others seek help.
Arrange for Adult Supervision
Adults provide supervision and guidance for all grade levels, and
must accompany Girl Scout Daisies,
Brownies, and Juniors when they are selling, taking orders for or
delivering products. Adults must be present at booth activities,
regardless of the age of the girls (see also the section “Knowing How
Many Volunteers You Need”
Adults who oversee Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors must:
- Be aware of how, when and where the girls are selling
- Be on call when girls are participating in product
- Be readily available to them should they need
- Help girls understand how to be safe in their
surroundings, and always enforce the use of the buddy system.