Selling Girl Scout cookies is a fun way to develop skills that will last a lifetime; however there are some safety guidelines that all girls need to follow to have a secure and successful sale.
- Show you’re a Girl Scout. Wear your Girl Scout membership pins and/or Girl Scout clothing to identify yourself as a Girl Scout.
- Buddy up. Always use the buddy system. Not only is it safer, it’s more fun!
- Be streetwise. Become familiar with the areas and neighborhoods where you will be selling cookies.
- Partner with adults. Adults must accompany Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors when they are selling and/or delivering product. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors must be supervised by an adult when they are selling and/or delivering product. Adults should always be present at cookie booths.
- Plan ahead. Always have a plan for safeguarding money–avoid walking around with large amounts of it or keeping it at home or school. Be sure to give cookie money to supervising adults who should deposit it as soon as possible.
- Do not enter. Never enter the home or vehicle of a person when you are selling and/or making deliveries. Avoid selling to people in vehicles or going into alleys.
- Sell in the daytime. Only go door-to-door during daylight hours, unless accompanied by an adult.
- Protect privacy. Girls’ name, addresses, and email addresses should never be given out to customers. Use a group contact number or address overseen by an adult for customers to request information, reorder, or give comments. Protect customer privacy by not sharing their information except for during the Cookie Program. Girls should never take down credit card numbers.
- Be safe on the road. Always follow safe pedestrian practices, especially when crossing at intersections or walking along roadways. Be aware of traffic when unloading product and passengers from vehicles.
- Be net wise. Take the GSUSA Internet Safety Pledge before going online and follow the specific guidelines related to marketing online.
Girls’ safety is a top priority to River Valleys, and when rules are followed, every girl will have a positive cookie selling experience.
Be sure to share these guidelines with your troop or Girl Scout to ensure all members are prepared.
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