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Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Product Program

The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Product Program department focuses on money-earning activities that help sustain our Council and troops through two annual programs - the fall MagNut (acronym for magazines and snacks, nuts and chocolate) Program and the spring Cookie Program. Proceeds earned from both programs can offset either all, or a large part, of the cost of Girl Scout activities (and relieve parents of this obligation, too!) 

Participating in a Girl Scout Product Program is more than just a girl handing over a box of cookies or a can of nuts for money. It’s about learning the five financial literacy skills essential to success and to life: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics. Each age level has their own financial literacy and cookie badges that girls can earn while participating in the sale. All patches can be purchased through the council shop, La Tienda.

Below, you will find more indepth information about our Product Program as well as generalized information from GSUSA.  Still have questions?  Contact us at [email protected].

Plan a Girl And Parent Meeting

At the beginning of the membership year and before your troop participates in a sale, the troop must schedule a meeting with girls and parents to discuss the troops goals and individual participation in the sale. What plans does the troop have for the year? What will it cost to accomplish those plans?

Sample Agenda

  • Vote on Troop Goals/Activities (membership fees, books, uniforms, badges, bronze and silver Take Action projects, camp, events, supplies, year-end celebrations, field trips)
  • How much money is needed for the year
  • How much will the troop earn in proceeds from the MagNut and Cookie Sale
  • How much can parents contribute
  • Ask for parent volunteers (troop treasurer, outdoor activities, cookie booth supervisor)
  • Discuss money deadlines, reward deadlines, sale dates and important dates.

Once you’ve put a plan in place for year’s troop activities with the girls, share these goals with the parents; let them know how much money is needed in order to reach the girls goals. Let them know how much the troop will earn if they participate in the sale and ask the parents how they are willing to support and participate in the sale? Having a plan in place will help your troop reach their goal and it’s one of the requirements for earning the financial literacy badges!

This meeting is a good time to collect membership forms and product permission forms. All forms must be submitted to council prior to participation.

Troop Participation Requirements for Product Sales

  • A troop consists of a minimum of five girls and two council approved volunteers
  • Attend Troop Training
  • Sign and submit the Troop Chair Agreement and Troop ACH form at training
  • Submit product permission forms for each girl to council
  • Must be debt free with council
Door-to-door Sales

Girls must wear their uniform as they visit neighbors, family and friends. When going door to door, the buddy system must be enforced.  Daisies, Brownies and Juniors must be accompanied by an adult; Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors must be supervised by an adult. Only sell in familiar areas of your neighborhood and do not carry large amounts of cash.  Always be aware of strange animals.  Never sell to people in cars or in other areas away from public access.  Never enter anyone’s home while you are selling.

Cookie Sale Only:  Use the mobile app to accept credit cards as payments.  

Online Store

The online stores are specific to each sale.  It allows girls to have their very own e-commerce store where customers can shop and pay for product online. Girls manage their business online with tools to: set goals, compile a contact list of names, phone numbers and email addresses, send emails with the store link to customers where product can be paid for online with the option to have them shipped or delivered by their favorite Girl Scout!

Online Safety Rules

The Girl Scout Cookie Sale is a Financial Literacy Program. While your commitment and dedication to your Girl Scout is much appreciated, adults cannot sell cookies on a girl’s behalf. Parents may facilitate their personal social networking sites to get the word out about their daughter selling cookies. Parents can use this approved message:

“Hello family and friends. My troop and I are raising money for our Girl Scout activities. We would appreciate your support by purchasing Girl Scout cookies. Our troop and/or my goal is _____. If you are interested in making a purchase, please click this link (insert link here) to purchase your cookies online. Please do not share or repost. Only parents can assist their Girl Scout in online marketing.”

  • DO: While girls may use email or text messaging to inform and take orders from friends/family/ previous customers, sending blast emails to a work distribution list is not acceptable. Girls who are 13 years old or older and their parents may use social networking sites such as Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat to promote their cookie sale and share their online store link. However, they must adhere to council and GSUSA guidelines. www.girlscouts. org/en/ cookies/all-about-cookies.html
  • DON’T: Girls and/or parents or other adults may not place online ads for Girl Scout cookies on public sites such as Craigslist, Ebay, Facebook Groups, Pinterest, Yard Sale Groups, etc. Girls and family members may not sell product through their personal Facebook accounts or public sites such as Ebay or Craig’s List. All online sales should be conducted through the online store. Each family should receive a copy of the GS Internet Safety Pledge at training. This is yours to keep for reference during the sale.

It is essential that all girls follow the GSUSA and GSNMT policies and procedures for Council sponsored product programs.

Online Resources

Council website: www.nmgirlscouts.org

The council website will have general information on both the fall MagNut Sale and the spring Cookie Sale as well as videos, tip sheets, forms and a link to register as a Girl Scout.

Product Program Facebook Group: www.facebook. com

This group page is used by council staff, Service Unit chairs and troop product chairs only. It was created for troops to easily communicate with each other during the sale (example discussion items; product transfers, cookie booth location information, notification of last minute booth cancellations). This group is a secret group and members can be added by invitation from council or Service Unit Chairs.  To receive an invitation to this group, please contact Council Product Program Manager, Kimberly Hammon or your Service Unit MagNut/Cookie Chair.

Fall MagNut Program

Our council uses the M2 Operating System to manage the fall sale for Magazines and Snacks. This system is used to place orders, record sales by girl and troop and a tool for troop chairs, service unit chairs and council staff to communicate.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program

eBudde is the engine that drives the business of Girl Scout Cookies. This cookie order management system links troops, service units, councils, and Little Brownie Baker so communications and orders run smoothly. The eBudde Help Center is designed to guide you through the basics and help you overcome any special challenges that may come your way. In the Help Center, you’re connected to a world of resources specially designed to help you have a great cookie season. eBudde is also available as a free app on iTunes and Google Play.

Digital Cookie Store (Also known as DOC | Digital Order Card)

The Digital Cookie site is where girls conduct their online sales. Troop Chairs also have troop access to view sales for each member of the troop. Each user will have their own login for the site once they have been verified as a registered Girl Scout and submitted a Troop Chair Agreement (Troop Chair) or a Product Permission form (girl).  Also available as a free app on iTunes and Google Play.

Transactions

TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN TROOP AND COUNCIL.

Troops are responsible for selling all product ordered. MagNut product is preordered through girl order cards and the girl online store. Cookies are ordered by the troop based on council recommendations, troop sales history, girl order card, Digital Order Card and booth sales. Council will issue receipts for all product delivered to troops.

TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN GIRL AND TROOP

All transactions between the girl/family need to be documented by receipt and both parties must sign and date the receipt. When you check out product to the girls make sure that you and a parent count, double-count, and triple check the number of product in their order. When a troop collects money from a girl, the troop must issue a receipt and keep a signed copy. When a troop distributes product to the girl/parent, the troop must issue a receipt and keep a signed copy.

During the cookie sale, troops cannot check out more than $300 of product to any one girl/family. Troops may choose to make an exception if you have a girl that is an experienced seller. A girl must turn in all collected money from her original pick up before she is allowed to pick up any additional cookies.

MONEY TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN GIRL AND CUSTOMER

Girls can collect money from a customer upon delivery of product. Cash and credit cards can be accepted as payment for any products. Checks can be accepted but should only be accepted by people you know. The council will not reimburse troops for NSF checks or bank fees therefore it is up to each individual troop to decide whether or not to accept credit cards.
 

ACH & Outstanding Balances

TROOP ACH

The Council will debit money owed from the troop account for the money owed from the sale through ACH payment (electronic payment).  All participating troops must sign the ACH authorization form and submit it to council before the sale along with either a voided check or a copy of the troop bank statement that shows their bank routing number and troop account number. Council will notify the Troop via email one week before the ACH withdrawal and will include the amount to be debited and the date it will be withdrawn.

Troops should set a deadline for parents to turn money into the troop. Keep in mind to give yourself time to deposit the money into your troop account and for checks to clear so that it is available the day before the scheduled ACH.

OUTSTANDING BALANCES

If a parent fails to pay the troop for the products that were checked out to the girl by the troop deadline:

  • Notify the council product program team immediately as they will guide you through this process.  In the meantime, speak to the parent and work with the parent to come to a solution.
  • If you are not collect the money from the parent, then you will need to complete and submit an Outstanding Balance Form to council.  Submitting this form relieves the troop of financial responsibility for the product and places it on the individual parent (the one who signed the product permission form).  Council will deduct the outstanding balance amount from the troop amount owed to council and council will work with the parent to collect the money owed.  The troop will still receive their proceeds in full.
  • If the issue is unsold product, ask the other parents in the troop if they need or are willing to sell the extra product.  The troop can then transfer the product to the other girl and the money owed transfers to the family that will sell the product.
  • All unpaid balances will be turned over to a collection agency 30 days after the conclusion of the sale.  In an effort to maintain the spirit of earning individual and troop rewards through participation, girls must have paid their cookie balance in full by the troop deadline (typically a few days before the ACH withdrawal). Failure to do so will result in forfeiting rewards. No exceptions.
Gift of Caring Donation Program

The Gift of Caring Program is a great option for customers that want to support the troop but do not want to purchase product for themselves.

Troops receive the money and girls receive credit for their sales, but neither will take possession of the donated product. Council works with local food pantries/banks and Blue Star Moms to distribute the donations from the sales.

MagNut Program (Fall)

The MagNut Sale is a pre-order sale that is short and easy allowing for troops to earn start-up money at the beginning of the membership year.  The sale is six weeks and is a combination of door-to-door and online with the last 3 weeks being online only.

THE PRODUCT

Nuts and Chocolate

  • Available to order from the girl order card or the online store
  • Additional nut and chocolate items are available to order online
  • Online exclusives and gift sets
  • Donation option available (donations sent to local food banks/pantries)

Magazine Subscriptions

  • Available to order online only
  • Offering digital and in person subscriptions as well as magazine gift cards.
  • Donation option available (donations sent to deployed military)

GIRL REWARDS & TROOP PROCEEDS

  • Girls earn individual rewards as listed on the girl order card based on their selections.
  • Troops will earn 15% of their total online and paper sales.

SAMPLE TIMELINE

Troop training happens in August and September.  Girls collect door-to-door sales in late September through mid-October.  The online sale is extended for three more weeks and normally ends in mid-November.  The product from door-to-door sales is delivered to the troops in mid-November and the money collected from those sales must be turned into the troop a minimum of five days before the troop ACH.  Girl rewards are sent to the troops in mid-December.

Cookie Program (Spring)

The cookie sale is approximately six weeks long and runs from mid-February through the end of March.  Cookies are sold by girls going door-to-door, participating in public booth sales and through their online store known as the Digital Order Card.

THE PRODUCT

Six Core flavors

  • Thin Mints Crisp wafers covered in chocolaty coating made with natural oil of peppermint
  • Samoas Crisp cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and striped with dark chocolaty coating
  • Tagalongs Crisp cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and striped with dark chocolaty coating
  • Do-si-dos Crunchy oatmeal sandwich cookies with creamy peanut butter filling
  • Trefoils Traditional shortbread cookies that are delightfully simple and satisfying

Two Specialty Flavors

  • S’Mores All natural ingredients crunchy graham sandwich cookies with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling
  • Toffee-tastic Gluten-free rich, buttery cookies with sweet, crunchy toffee bits

 


 

Service Unit Proceeds

Service Units will earn two cents for every box of cookies sold by girls in their Service Unit.

Girl Rewards & Troop Proceeds

Girls earn rewards as listed on the girl order card based on their selections.

Troops earn 75 cents for every box of cookies that they sell.

In addition, troops that participate in both product program sales are eligible for troop rewards.  These rewards change every membership year and are discussed during training.

  • Program Vouchers: At specific levels, Program Vouchers are offered. A girl must choose either the themed reward OR the Program Voucher. Program Vouchers are valid for one year- beginning May 1 of the year earned through April 30 of the following year and can be redeemed through council for program events, camp sessions and service unit events. Program vouchers are cumulative, so if a girl selects program vouchers for each level they are offered (starting at 185 boxes, on up), she will have a total of $375 in program vouchers. Program vouchers are transferable.
  • Girl Experience Reward:  Girl experiences are similar to programs; they are offered to girls on specific, pre-determined dates so that girls eligible for the girl experience have the experience as a group. Girl rewards/ benefits must support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (camp, travel, events, and similar). Travel & events related to GS programming are highly encouraged by GSUSA and fall within the IRS guidelines. However, if a girl cannot attend the set event date, she cannot and will not be reimbursed. Council Product Program staff create quality, mission-related girl experiences that girls can experience together.

SAMPLE TIMELINE

The Troop Cookie Chair(s) attend training in December and January.  In January, troops hold their planning meeting with girls and parents to determine their goals.  This meeting will help decide the amount of cookies for the troop’s initial order in late January. Girls attend the local cookie rally to learn the five financial literacy skills and prepare them for the sale in January and February.  Cookies from the initial order are delivered in mid-February the first week of the sale.  The first two weeks of the sale are for friends and family and door-to-door.  Booth sales run the last four weeks of the sale and end in late-March.  Cookie money owed to council for the sale will be withdrawn three times (twice in March and once in April).   Girl rewards are sent to the troops in mid-May.

BOOTH SALES

A cookie booth sale is when troops get together to sell cookies in front of approved businesses during the weekday evenings and weekends in the month of March.  Some location examples of cookie booths include grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants, places of worship, private schools, sporting events, fairs, malls and coffee shops.  All girls must be in uniform during booth sales. All booths must be secured by the troop cookie chair; no exceptions.

Booths may not be held in empty lots, sidewalks, liquor stores, medical dispensaries, store parking lots, casinos, or other locations deemed inappropriate by Council.


 

 

Product Program (GSUSA)

As the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world, the Girl Scout Cookie Program and the Girl Scout fall product program are foundational experiences during which girls learn to think like entrepreneurs and to develop vital business skills. Plus, Girl Scout Cookie proceeds power fun and enriching experiences for Girl Scout troops year-round!  

Teaching Essential Skills for a Lifetime of Leadership

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls as young as five develop these five essential skills that will help them be successful today and throughout their lives:  

  • Goal setting: Girls learn to create a plan to reach their goals.  
  • Decision making: Girls learn to make decisions on their own and as a team.  
  • Money management: Girls learn to create a budget and handle money.  
  • People skills: Girls find their voice and up their confidence through customer interactions that build relationships. 
  • Business ethics: Girls learn to act responsibly and honestly, both in business and in life.  

Check out our 5 Skills for Girls Toolkit to see how you can foster these keys to success with your troop. 

But the exciting skill building isn’t just tied to the cookies themselves! Girls continue to hone their entrepreneurial skills and go-getting spirit by earning  Cookie Business badges and Financial Literacy badges. 

Before your cookie bosses open shop, be sure to check out these helpful resources that will empower you to:

  • Manage your troop’s funds.
  • Learn how girls participate in money earning. 
  • Discover how your troop can reach its financial goals. 
  • Understand just how much your girls are capable of by grade level and how their entrepreneurial skills progress. 
A Sweet Tradition

It has been decades since Girl Scouts began selling home-baked cookies to raise money. The idea was so popular that in 1936 Girl Scouts enlisted bakers to handle the growing demand—and the rest is history. Explore Girl Scout Cookie History  to find out how cookies have bolstered generations of girls who make the world a better place. 

Where Cookie Proceeds Go

After paying for the cost of cookies and materials, Girl Scout Cookie proceeds stay local and help councils provide Girl Scout programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the outdoors, life skills, entrepreneurship, and more—in camps, through leadership training, and multiple other ways. A portion of the proceeds is directly managed by girls, and it’s up to them to decide how to invest their troop’s share of the earnings. Check out the “Where the Cookie Money Goes” handout to learn more.  

Your council will provide a breakdown of how cookie program proceeds support Girl Scout activities locally. Please share this information with girls and their families so everyone understands that product program sales make it possible for your Girl Scout council to serve girls.

Troop members share in the proceeds from a successful product program; proceeds aren’t distributed to individual girl members. Girls, however, may be eligible for rewards and credits that they put toward council-sponsored camps, programs, and Girl Scout swag. The council plan for rewards applies equally to all girls participating in the product program activity. Visit the cookie section [Council: hyperlink] of your council website for more information about individual rewards and troop proceeds locally. 

The Girl Scout Blue Book of Basic Documents specifies that: 

“All money and other assets, including property, that are raised, earned, or otherwise received in the name of and for the benefit of Girl Scouting must be held and authorized by a Girl Scout council or Girl Scouts of the USA. Such money and other assets must be used for the purposes of Girl Scouting.” 
 —“Ownership of Assets,” Blue Book of Basic Documents (February 2019), page 22

Making s’mores under the stars, creating a lasting impact on your community, or ordering supplies for an eye-opening STEM project—there are limitless ways to put troop proceeds toward dynamic Girl Scout experiences! There are a few things, however, that don’t qualify for “purposes of Girl Scouting,” for instance, using troop proceeds to purchase memberships in or uniforms for another organization. We encourage all councils to remind their volunteers of this policy in order to protect the all-girl environment and to avoid diversion of Girl Scout funds.

Your Council’s Role

When you are set up for success, you are better able to set up your girls for success! That’s why every year, your council provides trainings, guidelines, and procedures for conducting the Girl Scout Cookie Program and fall product program and determines how the proceeds and product rewards system will be managed. Check the cookie section [Council: hyperlink] of your council’s website to find the answers you need as well as local trainings and resources. 

Each council also selects the vendors of its choice to provide the products for their product programs. Two commercial bakers are licensed by GSUSA to produce Girl Scout Cookies: Little Brownie Bakers and ABC Bakers. For additional information on cookie varieties, including nutritional details, visit the Meet the Cookies section on girlscoutcookies.org. 

Councils also work with vendors to offer magazine subscriptions, nut and candy products, and more for the fall product program. These companies are Ashdon FarmsTrophy NutQSP/GAO and M2 Media group. Each provides online tools and activities for girls to download. Magazine selection and sales may take place online—check with your council for more details.

Your Role

You play an exciting role in giving your girls opportunities to practice the five skills in a girl-led, cooperative setting. Some of the things you’ll do include: 

  • Get girls excited about the opportunities to support her troop (but allowing her participation to be voluntary).
  • Support both competitive and apprehensive cookie bosses, helping all your girls set meaningful goals for themselves. 
  • Fostering partnerships with each girl’s family to ensure cookie season success, whatever that may look like for her. Check out the Creating Cookie Success and Coaching Your Budding Businesswoman resources that will help you build a positive partnership with girls and families. 

Not only can girls sell individually, both in-person and using the online tools provided by each vendor, they can also participate in group booth sales during product programs. Your local council has additional guidance and processes to market and ensure every booth is in a safe and appropriate location for girls

As your girls grow, your role will evolve from a hands-on one to providing oversight and support where needed. No matter their ages, remember that volunteers and parents/caregivers do not sell the product. Your role is to encourage your girls and let their entrepreneurial spirit soar. Learning by doing is exactly how your girls develop the business savvy and communication skills that will empower them to reach any goals they set for themselves.

Another critical task for each troop is to establish a clear accounting system for all proceeds and product during the programs. It's up to you to make sure that money is spent wisely, that excellent records are kept (remember to keep copies of all receipts in a binder or folder), and that all product is tracked. For older girls, your job is to oversee their work as they learn to keep impeccable records. Be sure to attend product program orientation or training so you are aware of the systems and helpful tools available. 

The Girl Scout Cookie Program and the fall product program can be exhilarating and busy times during the troop year, but you’re never alone in your efforts! You can reach out to your service unit product program manager when you‘re feeling stuck, or you can build a cookie team to provide the support your troop needs. 

Product Program Safety
Girl safety is the top priority while selling Girl Scout Cookies and other products. Volunteers, families, and girls should be familiar with and practice the safety guidelines outlined in local program resources as well as those available in the safety section of girlscoutcookies.org.

[Council: You may want to insert your incident-reporting guidelines here.]

Selling Cookies Online
Will your troop use the Digital Cookie® platform to manage its cookie business? Check the specific guidelines provided by each cookie vendor before participating. Remember that:

  • Girls may only post about their participation on Digital Cookie in a way that allows them to restrict access to family and friends, such as on Facebook.
  • Parents/guardians must approve the content of a girl’s Digital Cookie webpage before it goes live.
  • For girls under age 13, a parent/guardian must manage the girl’s web site and be responsible for all content. 

The Buddy System
Using the buddy system, girls are divided into teams of two. Each girl is responsible for staying with her buddy at all times, warning her buddy of danger, giving her buddy immediate assistance if safe to do so, and seeking help if needed. Girls are encouraged to stay near the group or buddy with another team of two so that in the event someone is injured, one person cares for the patient while two others seek help.

Preparing for Your Girl Scout Cookie Booth

Cookie booths—that is, cookie pop-up sales in areas with lots of foot traffic—are a fun way for girls to connect with their community and practice their sales pitch with new customers. Booth locations must be approved by councils, facilitated within council jurisdiction, and participants must follow all council guidelines with regard to setting up, running, and taking down a booth. 

 [Council: You may want to insert information about cookie booth locations and processes here.]Create a great cookie booth experience for your girls by: 

  • Using your best judgment in setting up cookie booths in locations that will be open, accessible, and safe for all girls and potential customers.  
  • Choosing a high traffic area—this could be your local supermarket, mall, or park—where you’ll maximize the number of visitors to your booth.  
  • Checking out your booth site ahead of the sale. Talk to business owners in the area so they’ll know what to expect. Find out what security measures are in place—these may include lights for evening sales and whether a security camera watches the booth area—and where the nearest bathrooms are located. 
  • Respecting the surrounding businesses by making sure your booth isn’t blocking a store entrance or exit. 
  • Encouraging your girls to unleash their creativity—and work on their advertising skills—to make colorful signs and booth decorations that potential customers can’t resist! Remind girls to be polite and to have their sales pitch ready for interested customers. 

And keep in mind: 

  • A minimum of two volunteers (at least one of whom is a registered Girl Scout volunteer with the required background check) and one girl should be present at the booth at all times. With two or more volunteers, you’ll have adequate booth coverage if the girls need to be accompanied to the restroom. 
  • If your Daisies are still learning how to make correct change, help them handle money as needed. But remember that girls make all sales at the booth! 
  • Changing your cookie booth hours or location? Keep your customers in the loop and update your baker’s Digital Cookie system with the new details. All scheduled booths are available on the Cookie Finder App (IOS or  Android). 
  • Certain locations may be inappropriate for young girls based on the standards of your local community, may negatively impact the cookie program experience for girls, and/or may negatively impact our brand in your community. For additional clarity, girls should not sell in or in front of establishments that they themselves cannot legally patronize.  
  • Additionally, with respect to marijuana dispensaries, we have been steadfastly combating the unauthorized uses of the Girl Scout trademark by the cannabis community, which has been marketing—without our authorization—certain cannabis products under our youth-appealing brand. We are continuing to aggressively fight these unauthorized uses of the Girl Scout brand and hope that our councils and volunteers will join Girl Scouts of the USA’s efforts by discouraging cookie booth locations at such locations.  

For more tips to make your booth a success, check out our Cookie Booth Essentials. For additional information about setting up a booth and safety and security suggestions, consult your council guidelines

[Council: You may want to insert your incident-reporting guidelines here.]

Cookie Donation Programs

Cookies also help girls make a big impact in their community! Your council may have an established cookie donation program where customers can purchase cookies that will be donated to an organization by your council. Cookie donations are not only a great talking point for girls to share with their customers—they’re also a thoughtful way to show girls how cookies can help them give back. 

With cookie donations, remember that: 

  • All cookie donation programs must be approved by your council. 
  • Donated cookies must stay within the council jurisdiction unless your council has the approval from other council jurisdictions.  
  • Donated products cannot be resold and must be used in a responsible and ethical way. 
  • Donated products are used in a way that does not undermine the work of councils or jeopardize the integrity of the Girl Scout brand.  
Handling Product Complaints

Girl Scout Cookies are well loved and for good reason—it has always been the practice of Girl Scout councils and the bakers to guarantee customer satisfaction with their delicious cookies. If a customer is not satisfied with the quality of their cookies for some reason, they can contact the baker via the phone number printed on the side of the cookie package.

Troops should notify their council if they are aware of any customer dissatisfaction.

Recognizing Cookie Sellers in the Media

The Girl Scout Cookie Program has always been about and focused on the program outcomes through which girls learn important entrepreneurial and life skills and invest their earnings to positively affect their local communities. The cookie program has never been about and does not focus on individual girls’ sales results. 

  • There are many impressive cookie bosses throughout the United States, and the Girl Scout organization will continue to recognize dynamic cookie sellers for various achievements tied to the Girl Scout Cookie Program.  
  • Girl Scouts of the USA does not currently track the top seller(s) of Girl Scout Cookies on a national level and does not identify a specific Girl Scout as the number one or “record-breaking” national cookie seller. 
  • Girl Scout councils should not reference such girls as “top sellers” in the media. Doing so detracts from the essence of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which is based on offering girls important experiences in entrepreneurship, business, and finance from a young age as well as providing girls and local Girl Scout councils with the funds necessary to power amazing experiences and opportunities for Girl Scouts year-round. 
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