Updated as of March 26, 8:00 am (CST)
Dear Cookie Volunteer,
Due to the shelter-in-place orders announced today in Minnesota and earlier this week in Wisconsin, all in-person activities related to the Girl Scout Cookie Program are canceled, effective immediately.
- No donation cookie deliveries or any remaining girl cookie deliveries (including porch drops for orders previously taken) may be made.
- No additional cookie booths (either troop or council-arranged) will be allowed.
- No door-to-door or any other face-to-face selling is allowed.
The cookie program will end April 12. Until this date, girls may sell cookies through Smart Cookies for Direct Ship. This is the only selling option allowed.
We will keep Cookies for a Cause running until April 26 so that people may contribute cookies to COVID-19 heroes. Troops will receive proceeds from this program and all council proceeds will be used to increase our financial assistance budget.
We know this is a huge disappointment for many of our troops and girls who have worked so hard to reach their goals. Unfortunately, this has been an unprecedented cookie program season for all of us.
We are working on all the instructions for completing the program, finishing up Smart Cookies data entry, banking options, and the return process, which will occur either after the shelter-in-place order has ended, or using an approved process that fits within state guidelines. We will send those to you as we can (we are aiming to have as many details as possible in this week’s Cookie Press which will deliver on Friday, March 27). We appreciate your patience as the situation is extremely fluid.
Thank you for being Girl Scouts and for giving so much of your time and energy to ensure opportunities for girls.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Director of Product Program
Chief Operating Officer
- Cookie booths, door-to-door sales, workplace sales, mobile booths, “lemonade stands” and any other in-person activities are canceled.
- Online sales are allowed.
- All returns will be accepted.
- The cookie program will end on April 12.
These measures are in effect until further notice. We will provide more details as they are available. Our staff will be working remotely, and available to answer your calls and questions. You can reach us at 800-845-0787 or email@example.com.
Q. What are ways girls can sell online and use social media? Have the rules changed this year?
Girl Scouts of the USA sets these rules, and they did update them for the 2020 program.
This year, girls have the ability to share their Smart Cookies link to people beyond their friends and families. Our resources for cookie sellers page has lots of helpful hints and tips.
Here’s the short version of the updated rules:
Girls may conduct Cookie Program sales activities online using the baker-provided online system – that’s Smart Cookies, and there’s lots of online and social options in that platform.
Girls are allowed to market their Cookie Program activities on social media. The keyword here is girls. This is a girl program and girls should be doing this, not parents. Girls and parents should review and sign the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge and Supplemental Safety Tips for Online Marketing before they market on social media.
Girls must never post their last name, address, phone number, or email address on social media, or those of any other girl.
Links to a girl’s online sales page must not be posted on resale or marketplace type sites, such as Craigslist, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Amazon.
Does this mean that girls can advertise on Facebook and Nextdoor? Yes it does. But take all the above steps first, and make sure it’s not a “resale or marketplace” site.