Cookie – Troop

Helpful information for the 2020 Cookie Program

We appreciate your patience as we manage the fallout from COVID-19 on our Cookie Program and overall council activity. On behalf of every staff member and volunteer involved in the decision-making, we can assure you that YOU are front of mind in every decision we make. We are in this together and will do right by our members, regardless of the financial implications to our council.

We are suspending the Cookie Program
What does this mean? It means you must discontinue all public activity, including booths, walkabouts and lemonade stands effective immediately. We know many troops have already wrapped up their sale. We also know there are troops that strongly wish to continue selling. If this is your troop, we recommend you limit any activity to promoting online options like direct ship and Cookies4Heroes.

We have also been asked about friends and family efforts, “porch drops” and social media. We are realistic and understand some of you may continue selling cookies to friends and family or dropping off cookies on someone’s porch, but we ask you to first consider advice by local public health officials.

Regarding social media, please refrain from making broad asks for help on large audience sites. A post on your page asking friends and family to support your troop is okay. Posting to a marketplace or neighborhood site is not.

We are closing all cookie cupboards
We are so thankful to our cupboard volunteers and appreciate their willingness – and for many, the desire – to remain open. However, we are closing cupboards effectively immediately.

If you are concerned about your troop inventory…
We understand many of you are concerned about your troop inventory. Please be patient and allow us time to finalize our contingency plans. Please trust that our troops and members will be at the forefront of every decision we continue to make, and please understand it will take time for us to gather and finalize information.

We need you to update your troop in Smart Cookies
As a next step, we need you to assign cookies and finalize girl transfers in Smart Cookies immediately but no later than Wednesday, March 25. This will be incredibly helpful as we finalize our contingency plans for remaining inventory, troop sales goals and girl rewards.

We promise to keep you informed along the way and appreciate your support and grace as we organize and move forward as quickly as possible.




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WELCOME TO The COOKIE Program

Every year, both Girl Scouts and the public eagerly look forward to cookie season. Girls begin by setting goals and then taking orders from friends, family, neighbors and others for delicious Girl Scout Cookies. By participating in the Cookie Program, girls gain valuable experiences, earn rewards and earn proceeds for their troop to fund their activities and projects.

Being involved in the Cookie Program ensures girls are learning to become leaders. A girl becomes a leader by discovering, connecting and taking action to make the world a better place. For girls to become leaders, they need to:

  • Understand their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore their world (Discover)
  • Care about, inspire and team with others locally (Connect)
  • Act to make the world a better place and to make a difference in their communities (Take Action)

Funds generated from this program also offset the cost of girl programs, volunteer trainings and even camp reservations, keeping them low for all of our membership.

Did you know...

  • The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world.
  • Troop proceeds in our council for the 2019 Cookie Program were more than $3.2 million - that's a lot of money for girls to fund their activities and service projects!
  • Girls can send emails through ABC Smart Cookies to reach people they may not see on a regular basis.
  • Troops and girls will have the opportunity to accept bank card payments (credit and debit) for cookie orders, if their troop opts-in.

 


Troops: don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a fun rewarding program, provide girls with great opportunities and earn money for your troop. Each troop needs a volunteer cookie manager. Volunteer to be your troop's cookie manager today! It's easy, just complete the following steps:

    • Let your troop's leadership team know you are willing to volunteer
    • Be a member in good standing for the 2019-2020 membership year
    • Declare your role as the troop cookie manager through your MyGS login
    • Complete the in-person or online Cookie Basics (troop cookie manager training)
    • Have a current approved criminal background check on file (must be renewed every three years)

Please contact customerservice@sjgs.org or call 713-292-0300 if you need assistance completing any of these steps.

This site is designed to support you through the Cookie Program.  You will find all the resources you need here to help the girls in your troop be successful.