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 troop 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 training so you are aware
of the systems and helpful tools available.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program and the fall product 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 cookie
manager (SUCM) or fall product manager (SUFPM) manager when you‘re
feeling stuck, and you can build a cookie team to provide the support
your troop needs. Each troop will have one Troop Cookie Manager and a
Fall Product Manager as the product program lead, but you can recruit
other adults to support the girls and to help you manage the program.
You can also reach out to GSCO product program staff for support.
Product Program Safety
Girl safety is the top priority while selling Girl
Scout Cookies and other products. Volunteers, families, and girls
should be familiar with and practice the safety guidelines outlined in
local program resources as well as those available in the safety section of girlscoutcookies.org.
Find more information and support on reporting incidents that happen
during the product programs under the accident/illness
reporting section of Volunteer Essentials.
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. Before girls use their Digital Cookie or Smart Cookie
site, they should partner with their families to learn how to safely
run their business online.
A few more online safety practices to keep in mind:
- The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a girl-led program, and
online marketing and sales efforts should always be led by a girl,
with the supervision of her parent or caregiver.
engaging in online sales and marketing must review and apply the Digital
Marketing Tips for Cookie Entrepreneurs and Families
- Girls, volunteers, and parents must review
and adhere to the Girl
Scout Internet Safety Pledge, the
Safety Tips for Online Marketing
, and Girl Scouts’
Safety Activity Checkpoints for
and Internet Use
and Product Sales (with the exception that they may share
beyond friends and family).
- Girl sales links should never
be posted to resale sites (Craigslist, eBay, Facebook Marketplace,
- Girls must adhere to all terms and conditions on
Digital Cookie and Smart Cookie platforms. For copies of terms and
conditions, please contact GSUSA, ABC, Little Brownie, or M2 as
- GSUSA reserves the right to remove or disable the
link for any reason including violation of guidance, inventory
fulfillment issues, safety issues, or if sales and marketing
activity goes viral and otherwise creates unanticipated
Additionally, families, girls, and volunteers should contact and
collaborate with their councils and GSUSA in advance on any national
news media opportunities tied to girls’ online marketing and sales efforts.
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.