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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: www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies.

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: https://cookieclub.littlebrownie.com.

5.    Leaders enter participating girls on the site https://cookie.club.littlebrownie.com  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.

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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.
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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 Bernies@gsmw.org. You may also contact Roberta Lynch at 1-800-736-5243 or Robertal@gsmw.org.

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

1st Annual Cookie Rally Sleepover Jan 25-26

1st National Girl Scout Cookie Rally Slumber Party!

Day: Friday, January 25th

Location: Gold Hill Lutheran Church.924 Placer St

Patch: Girls do not have to spend the night to earn the patch, but we would like to see all the GS in Butte turn out for this fun night of games, and learning!

Start Time: 6:00 pm. We will be providing an evening snack but please make sure your daughter has had dinner before she comes. Girls may be picked up at 9:00pm if she isn’t spending the night.

Pick Up Time: 9:00 to 10:00 am. Saturday January 26th

Important Information: Pre-Sale season starts January 26th, if your daughter does not come to the slumber party on Friday, they can pick up packets on January 26th from the slumber party pick up time in the morning from 9:00 to 10:00 am. There are NO EARLY SALES. If you have any questions, please contact your daughters Troop Leader for more information.

We Need: Adult volunteers for supervision, set up and clean up and to help with our fun activities!!!! We plan on having a lot of girls come to the slumber party and the more adult volunteers we have to stay the night to help us watch the girls, pass food, setup/clean up the better. There will be Troop leaders and Co-leaders there to supervise but we need more help!

January 26th is the start of Girl Scout Cookie selling season! To start our fundraiser off right we are going to have a slumber party to make learning fun. At the slumber party the girls will be learning about: financial management, how to present themselves/selling techniques to the public, safety rules…the do’s and don’ts to keep our Girl Scouts safe when they sell and to learn about our exciting cookie products!

We will also have games, songs, activities and watch an appropriately rated G movie, i.e. Disney or the equivalent movie for entertainment! We will be having a lot of fun!

We will provide a snack in the evening after the girls arrive and are settled in for the night and the activities start. We also will provide the girls with a breakfast, which has been generously donated, consisting of milk, juice, fruit, yogurt, and other healthy breakfast options.

Prior to girls being dropped off they MUST have a properly filled out Activity/Permission health History Card and Emergency Contact Information. We must know about any medications, allergies or other arrangements for health/ hygiene and safety to properly look after your daughter, prior to her arrival.

Please be prepared for late night calls and or requests to come pick up your daughter in case of social anxiety, nightmares or other unforeseen occurrences where it might be in the best interest for your daughter to go home earlier than planned.

Electronic devices will be allowed but please heed this warning: Troop leaders, Co-leaders, and adult volunteers will not be responsible for the damage or loss ofany items, regardless of what is brought to the slumber party. Any items or devices that are improperly used or cause problems or disturbances may be temporarily confiscated and returned when your daughter leaves in the morning.

The following is a list of items that required and suggested for your daughter to bring to make her sleepover fun and comfortable.

Please have your daughter bring the following:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat/ Camping mat/ Exercise mat/ Area rug/ Cot/ Inflatable bed or some other sleeping cushion for your daughter to put her sleeping bag on.
  • Pillow
  • Clothes for the next day
  • Warm pajamas and extra set of pajamas in case of spills or accidents.
  • Warm socks to sleep in
  • Sweater in case they are cold at night or a warm blanket for extra warmth
  • Any medication or health and hygiene equipment/needs and explicit instructions for use
  • A comfort item like a bear or doll if your daughter wishes

Please contact your Troop Leader for more information.

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