Learn how to use Smart Cookies, our online cookie selling platform, by taking these online trainings for girls with your troop or individually with an adult.
The 2018 Girl Scout Cookie sale is February 3-March 18.
Cookie Selling Resources
Follow these tips and guidelines to make the most of your sale!
Complete the Online Girl Training
Follow Safety Guidelines
All girls who participate in the Cookie Program must follow the safety guidelines from Girl Scouts of the USA below.
- Show you’re a Girl Scout. Wear your Girl Scout membership pin and/or Girl Scout clothing to identify yourself as a Girl Scout.
- Buddy up. Always use the buddy system. It’s not just safe, 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 or delivering product. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors must be supervised by an adult when they are selling or delivering product. They must never sell alone. Adults should be present at cookie booths at all times. Volunteers can consult the Troop Cookie Manager Guidebook for more specific details on cookie booth supervision.
- Plan ahead. Always have a plan for safeguarding money—avoid walking around with large amounts of it or keeping it at home or school. 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 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’ names, 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 elsewhere. 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 internet savvy. Take the GSUSA Internet Safety Pledge before going online and follow the specific guidelines related to marketing online.
Sell Cookies Creatively
There are a variety of opportunities to sell cookies beyond door-to-door sales and cookie booths—below are suggestions for selling cookies. Do you have ideas not covered here? Consider sharing them on our Facebook page or contact form to have your idea shared with fellow Girl Scouts.
- Ask away! The number one reason people don’t buy cookies is because they were never asked.
- Encourage customers to buy enough cookies to last until the following cookie season. A hot summer day is the perfect time for a frozen Thin Mint.
- Always tell customers your goals for selling cookies. Decorate t-shirts, paint posters, or make signs explaining your goals.
- Host a troop door-to-door sales party. Split into teams and walk door-to-door in designated neighborhoods, then meet as a troop to warm up and celebrate the troop’s success. Consider recognizing each team for a unique accomplishment: most cookies sold, most Caramel deLites sold, best manners, best energy, etc.
- Save your order cards from year-to-year and contact previous buyers first.
- Offer Girl Scout Cookie recipes.
Know What to Say to Negative Comments
It can be upsetting to be approached with negative information while you are selling cookies, especially if girls are involved, so we want to make it easier for you to know what to say. Please feel free to share the points below:
- All cookie money stays local.
- Neither my local Girl Scout council nor the national office has a relationship with Planned Parenthood.
- The Cookie Program is about the Girl Scouts who are learning skills and earning money for their troops. The council proceeds are reinvested into the girls and troops through grants, subsidizing camp fees, and providing programming.
- Let’s keep adult conversations away from girls. Those with additional questions can check out our Where Cookie Money Goes page, or reach out to the council for more information.
Additional Resources for Cookie Sellers
- Sales Goal Poster (PDF) – This fillable poster will help you track your cookies sales goal progress.
- Thank You Card (PDF) – Let your customers know how grateful you are for their support. Print this card and personalize it with your own message.
- Cookie Receipt (PDF) – Use these optional receipts for your cookie customers.
- Family Responsibility Form (PDF) – Each Girl Scout family must submit this completed form to their troop cookie manager prior to participating in the Cookie Program, including cookie booths. Talk to your troop leader for more information.
- Cookie Varieties Handout (PDF) – You can print this list of available cookies to hang up at your booth or hand out.
- Cookie Order Card in color (PDF) or in black and white (PDF) – These printer-friendly order cards can be used if you fill up the order card you started the sale with.
- Cookie Safety Activity Checkpoints (PDF) – When participating in activities related to the Cookie sale, be sure to follow these safety instructions.
- GirlScoutCookies.org – Download posters, banners, name tags, receipts, thank-you cards, and more to make your booth the best booth ever.