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Online Cookie Sales? BEST PRACTICES!

Cookie Selling Guidelines for Online and Facebook

For Girls

1.    Girls who are 13 years or older may use social networking sites to market product; however, they must follow council and GSUSA guidelines:

2.    Girls should use their first names only, their troop number, and their council name. Full names, personal emails, or street addresses of girls should never be used.

3.    Girls are NOT permitted to collect payment online. Girls should deliver cookies and collect payment in person. If the product needs to be shipped, the girl/parent is responsible for shipping charges.

4.    Girls under the age of 13 that would like to utilize the internet to boost their cookie sales may do so with the guidance of their parents through the Girl Scout Cookie Club:

5.    Leaders enter participating girls on the site  and distribute passwords to parents. Girls can then send out emails to obtain “cookie promises”.

For Adults

1.    Parents may post on their Facebook page that their daughter is selling Girl Scout Cookies. They must, however, arrange for a time for their daughter to visit a potential customer or business. They may NOT collect orders over Facebook. Sample Messaging would be-

“My daughter is selling Girl Scout cookies. If you would like buy a box, send me a message with your address, and a convenient time to stop by.”

2.    Social media locations such as “Facebook Online Yard Sale” and e-Bay are not an acceptable location to promote Girl Scout Cookies.

3.    If a parent has a question as to what is an acceptable selling practice they should contact their local Community Development Manager.


Butte Girl Scouts on Ice program on Saturday, March 23rd Register by March 11!!!

Butte Girl Scouts on Ice program on Saturday, March 23rd.  Registration for this event closes on Monday, March 11th   Just scheduled! More details to follow!

Girl Scouts on Ice-Butte (Grades K-12)

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 6:30 PM 8:00 PM
Cost: $5/Girl; $5/Adult
Location: Butte Community Ice Center (By Clarks Park!) Butte, MT

Stand, glide, and spin your way around the ice skating rink. Work with instructors and hockey coaches to learn the basics of skating such as standing to more advanced moves like spinning. Let’s hit the ice and go ice skating on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 from 6:30-8:00pm! After learning the basics from local instructors, spend some free time on the ice perfecting your moves.

For the skaters’ safety, helmets are recommended but not provided by the rink. Please feel free to bring your own bicycle helmet.

Skates and instruction will be provided by the rink and are included in the registration fee. Parents are encouraged to participate with their K-12 skater so register today. Dress warm and join in the winter fun.

This event is open to girls in grades K-12 and supervising adults.

Registration deadline: March 11
Girl min/max: 15/30
Adult min/max: 5/20


Note from our GSLE Program Planner Sarah Megyesi

Once the online registration has closed for an event you must send a check into Billings HQ (GSMW, 2303 Grand Ave., Billings, MT 59102) along with the registration forms.  Please let me know if you are sending in additional registrations for the February 11th Journey Jamboree, so I can tell HQ whether or not we are going ahead with the program.  If we don’t get more girls, funding may not be approved to send me there with the materials to run the program.  Let’s make it happen!!!

Just so you know, I have arranged a Butte Girl Scouts on Ice program for Saturday, March 23rd.  Registration for this event closes on Monday, March 11thwe cannot continue to register girls late, so please let me know if you need help working out the registration process.  I will be sending out an instructional email in the next couple weeks.  It will clarify the differences between “council” and “service unit” events and how to register for council events online or through email, mail, or fax.

Here is the link to registration instructions:  Share this on your web page and with the leaders in your area, please.

(+++ Editor note: Submit a completed Individual Program Registration Form or Group Program Registration Form to council headquarters with payment (if applicable) unless otherwise stated. The registration form and program fee must be in by registration deadline to secure a slot at the event.

If attending with girl as an adult, the Individual Program Registration Form serves as your registration. If enrolling yourself and a girl, please check all participating boxes that apply (Girl; Program Aide; Adult; Adult volunteer).

Registrations may be submitted in three ways:

  • Mailed to GSMW, 2303 Grand Avenue, Billings, MT 59102
  • Faxed to (406)252-4063
  • Emailed to ONLY if paying with with credit card (please complete payment information on registration form).

Please note a completed Registration Form must still be submitted if registering for a free event.

If you submit a program registration electronically, you should receive an email reply confirming that your registration was received, complete and being processed. Please contact the GSMW office if you do not receive a reply within two days of submission.

Note: It is not recommended that you email credit card information, to protect your credit card account. +++)

Also, visit to see a full list of programs in surrounding areas.  Your girls may like the Globetrotters night, or the K-3rd grade night at the museum, or the Scout Day at the Museum of the Rockies.

Butte Wacky Science Night is scheduled for April 8th (registration closes March 25th).  Also, plans are in the works for a patch program at the World Museum of Mining.  Registration for this event is not yet open, but the event is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th with registration closing April 29th.

In addition, don’t forget about Girl Scouts swim days after school at the YMCA on the last Tuesday and Thursday of the month!  Just show up, pay the $2 and voila!  You’re swimming!

Great American Can Roundup Scout Council Challenge Jan 15-April 30

cid:image001.jpg@01CDEA83.88F18F40Dear Girl Scouts,
Here is an extraordinary opportunity to show your recycling spirit, earn CASH and bring honor to your Council. Your Troop can win $500 plus the value of the cans. Scout leaders can take advantage of free patches, stuffed guys, t-shirts, baseball caps, aluminum bottles and more to stimulate greater aluminum can recycling. The Troop/Council Challenge is open to Boy and Girl Scout Troops and their Councils. Go to to register your unit and find everything you need to help you generate recycling enthusiasm and initiate a successful Roundup. Show your true green spirit and environmental leadership by rallying your troop and
Council to recycle aluminum cans between Jan. 15 and April 30. Cash prizes through 6th place will go to the top per capita aluminum can recycling troops. Troop verified poundage will be added together to recognize the National Recycling Champion and Reserve Champion Councils along with $800 for Scout activities.
Sincerely, Al the Can

It would be great to see Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming on the Great American Can Roundup Scout Council Challenge leader board.  This is your opportunity for your Council and troops to win cash awards, bring honor to your council and show your recycling spirit.  In addition to the value of the aluminum cans, the Can Manufacturers Institute will be giving $2,150 in cash to top recyclers.  Last year a total of 28 troops participated, so your chances of winning are excellent.  Don’t be left out.  Please help us let Girl Scout leaders learn about the Scout Council Challenge and encourage them to register at where they will find everything needed for a success roundup. Let’s rally your troops to recycle between January 15 and April 30, 2013 and make every can count.  Game-on at      Recycle to win.  Go Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming!     Sincerely,   Jenny Day

Can Manufacturers Institute   1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW   Suite 1000   Washington, DC 20036   202/232-4677   Fax:  202/232-5756

Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye,

1:  Register at     2:  Recycle       3:  Win!

The Scout/Council Challenge is a nationwide environmental fundraiser with prize money and rewards/awards.  The contest starts on January 15 and runs through April 30th with receipts or Great American Can Roundup Log Sheet/Verification Forms due by May 15.  Register at where you will find virtually everything you need for a successful Roundup.  On the website, you can even scope out the level of recycling by the 28  units sending in receipts last year to calculate your goal.  It’s easy, fun and environmentally friendly.

Scout Units recycling the most beverage cans per capita from January 15 to April 30, 2013, earn top recycling honors and a total of $1,350 cash in addition to the value of the cans.

Champion — $500; Reserve – $300; 3rd Place – $200; 4th Place — $150; 5th Place – $100; 6th Place — $100

Individual Scout Awards/Rewards

35 Pound GACR Club Patch – 35 lbs.                         Al the Can stuffed guy – 125 lbs.

Al the Can t-shirt – 200 lbs.                                          Cans—Infinitely Recyclable Baseball cap – 300 lbs. aluminum “collector’s edition” bottle – 400 lbs.

Councils recycling the most aluminum beverage cans:  Champion –  $500; Reserve  – $300, bragging rights and distinctive plaques to celebrate.  For individual Scouts, there are free patches, stuffed guys, t-shirts, baseball caps, aluminum bottles and more to stimulate greater aluminum can recycling.


Powder Puff Derby in Anaconda March 23

Girl Scout Powder Puff Derby
Date: March 23, 2013
Cost: $6
Check-in/Inspection Time: 1:00 to 1:45 PM
Race Time:2:00 PM
Location: Elks-upstairs_221 Main St, Anaconda (across from Post Office)

The following are inspection points:
The car weight shall not exceed 5.0 ounces. The official race scale shall be considered final.
The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches.
The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2 ¾ inches.
The car must have 1 ¾ inches clearance between the wheels.
The car must have ⅜ inch clearance underneath the body.
The wood provided in the kit must be used. The block may be shaped any way that is desired.
The wheels supplied with the kit must be used. The wheels may not be cut, drilled, beveled or rounded. You may remove the seam from the wheels.
The axles supplied with the kit must be used. They may be polished or lubricated.
Wheel bearing, washers or bushings are prohibited.
The car must not ride on any springs.
The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.
No loose material of any kind, such as lead shot, may be used.
Girls are encouraged to be creative when designing and decorating their cars. “Bling” is encouraged.
Each car must pass inspection by the official inspection committee before it will be allowed to compete. The Inspection committee has the responsibility to disqualify those cars that do not meet these specifications.
If a girl cannot attend the race, she may have her car run in absentia as long as arrangements have been made prior to race.
Every Girl Scout will receive a patch and trophies will be awarded based on race results.

    There will be an open class if any friends, siblings, leaders or parents would like to compete.

Cars can be purchased at Fran Johnsons (Butte), Michaels (Bozeman & Missoula) or on-line $4-$5
Please direct all Powder Puff questions to Tonia King, Anaconda Service Unit, at 691-4152.

Cookie Club Info, Online marketing for Girl Scouts, and More Resources for a successful Cookie Season!

Cookie Club Helps girls reach their goals!
  • There is a safe and easy way to help girls boost their sales and reach their goals. Sign them up for the online Cookie Club, which enables them to send emails asking for cookie “promises.” This program is offered through Little Brownie Bakers.
  • Girl Scouts throughout Montana and Wyoming can supercharge their sales!
  • The Cookie Club is a safe and easy way to enhance the Cookie Program. Ask your Troop Leader for more information and get started today. Troop Leaders can get more information on how to sign up for the Cookie Club on the Little Brownie Bakers website.
Online marketing for Girl Scouts
Resources    For more information specifically for adults working with girls and parents, check out the following downloads:

Cookie Dates 2013

For Girl Scouts & Parents

Our Annual Girl Scout Cookie Program will kickoff of January 26, 2013. So when your local Girl Scouts come calling with this year’s best- selling cookies, remember you’re saying hello to tomorrow’s business leaders.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country! Everything girls do in Girl Scouting is designed to help them grow into leaders of courage, confidence and character. Girls set cookie goals to support their chosen Girl Scout activities for the year, to fund community service and leadership projects, to attend summer camp, to travel to destinations near and far, and much more. Plus, our cookie customers get a great product and support girls right here in Montana and Wyoming.

Learning Life Skills

The activity of selling cookies is directly related to our purpose of helping all girls realize their full potential and become strong, confident and resourceful citizens. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program girls develop five essential skills:

  • Goal setting
  • Decision making
  • Money management
  • People skills
  • Business ethics

What’s New?

For the first time in thirteen years, the Girl Scouts of the USA has changed its iconic cookie box! The boxes sport not only a new look, but a new purpose: to showcase the five lifelong financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches. You will notice that each individual cookie will be wearing a sash that will explain the different opportunities and badges that individual girls can earn.

Always remember to follow safety rules as we begin the pre-sale. If you have any questions, please contact Bernie Steffan, Product Sales Manager at 1-800-736-5243 or You may also contact Roberta Lynch at 1-800-736-5243 or

Important Dates (2013) to remember:

December 3-6, 2012: Wyoming Cookie Training Dates

January 5-12, 2013: Montana Cookie Training Dates

January 12-26, 2013: Cookie Rallies

January 26, 2013: Cookie Program Begins! NO EARLY STARTS!

February 10, 2013: Pre-Sale Ends

February 13, 2013: All orders and pre-sale incentives entered in to e-Budde

February 14, 2013: Orders due to the service unit

February 15, 2013 All service unit orders submitted to the council

March 4, 2013: Delivery begins

March 16 – April 7, 2013: Booth Sales

April 8, 2013: Money due to the troops

April 10, 2013: Deposits due to the council

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