The Facts About Girl Scout Cookies – Talking Points

During Cookie Season, outside entities with clear agendas may take the opportunity to feed false information about Girl Scouts and the Cookie Program to the public.  Please use these talking points in addressing these issues.  As always, we encourage you to follow safety guidelines and if you ever feel unsafe in any situation, remove yourself and your girls from the situation by going into a store or leaving a house, close down your booth, or call 911.  Approaching girls with salacious materials or aggressive agendas at a cookie sale is not acceptable.

Cookie Troop 100!

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Unlock this cool patch in just 4 easy steps!

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STEP 1 – Set a troop goal and share the plan for your cookie money – what cool stuff will you do to improve your community this year?

STEP 2Earn a Cookie Business badge – you can take your pick!

STEP 3 – As a troop, ask 100 NEW customers to buy cookies.

STEP 4Bling Your Booth. Gather your troop and get those creative juices flowing to come up with a fun theme – a party, a race, a cookie disco – what will it be? You can include a Cookie 100th twist. Just remember to snap a cool photo!

Once you have done the above steps, you can purchase the patch for $1 each.

Check out the FAQ’s for additional information.

Click HERE for all of the rules.

NEW! Cookie Guide for Girls Mailing

NEW this year! In the next few days all Girl Scouts in Orange County will receive a mailing from GSOC. The mailing will include:

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  • Cookie Guide for Girls – A wonderful resource to help girls to optamize their Cookie business
  • Parent Letter – A letter explaining the packet
  • Order Card – Cookie Order Card for girls to use while selling. DO NOT take orders before January 29th
  • Money Envelope – To collect money in and turn into Troop Cookie Coordinator frequently
  • Camp Scherman Invitation 

Be on the lookout for this mailing. You won’t want to miss all that it had to offer!

Mega Delivery Volunteer Info

A Mega Delivery takes the hard work and dedication of over 1200 people and most of them are volunteers, just like you. It’s an awesome adventure and we thank you in advance for being prepared to help this process move smoothly!

  1. Recruit 1 adult volunteer per Troop for your Service Unit Shift.  Inform your SUCM who is your troop’s Mega Delivery volunteer.
  2. Sign in at the Mega Delivery Volunteer Check-in table prior to orientation.
  3. Volunteer cannot be same person picking up cookies.
  4. Volunteers must be physically able to see, hear, stand, walk, & lift up to 10lbs.
  5. Volunteers do NOT have to be Girl Scouts!  Great fun for Dads, grandparents, neighbors & friends.
  6. For safety reasons, no children permitted.
  7. Bring a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, hat & dress for the weather.  We will be outdoors in a parking lot with no amenities except a porta-potty

See the Saddleback Church Mega Instructions OR the Cal State Fullerton Mega Instructions for more details.

Please Print the Mega Helper Dashboard Sign and bring it with you. Place it on your dashboard before arriving. Please also print the Cal State Fullerton Mega Helper Map so that you can avoid the pick up line and get to the correct parking lot.

Mega Delivery Pick Up Info – January 28

If your Service Unit & Troop are participating in a Mega Delivery where volunteers & staff will be distributing 80,000+ cases of Girl Scout cookies to 900+ Troops at two sites all in one day please review the following information:

For instructions, please click on your delivery location: Saddleback Church Mega OR Cal State Fullerton Mega

Please print & bring: Saddleback Mega Dashboard Sign OR Cal State Fullerton Mega Dashboard Sign and Pick Up Map

Service Units at Saddleback Church Mega Delivery:
403-Tustin East, 404-Newport Mesa, 405-Newport Harbor, 501-South Irvine, 502-Heart of Irvine, 503-North Irvine, 505-Aliso Viejo, 506-Niguel Coast, 602-Lake Forest, 603-Rancho Portola, 604-Mission Viejo, 605-Rancho Trabuco, 606-Oso Valley, 607-Ladera Ranch
Service Units at OC Cal State Fullerton Mega Delivery:
101-Brea, 102-Fullerton/LaHabra, 103-LaCypressPark, 104-Anaheim, 201-Placentia, 202-Yorba Linda West, 203-Yorba Linda East, 205-Anaheim Hills, 206-Santiago Creek, 302-Garden Valley, 304-Ocean View, 305-HB Pierside, 401-Garden Valley, 402-Tustana, 405-Newport Harbor, 
Determine Who Will Pick-up Cookies
  • Cookie pick-up drivers must be Girl Scouts (Leaders, Troop Cookie Managers or briefed Responsible Adults). Troop is financially responsible for order as signed.
  • Bring enough vehicles to pick up entire order at once.  No RVs or Motorhomes please. *see chart.
  • Bring copy of Troop Initial Order report (See Troop Plan Book page 15).
  •  Do not bring children, pets, or passengers.  It is not safe & you will need all your space for cookies!
  • Yes, you MAY bring another person (not driving) to walk with the car and verify the count.
  • Troops MUST pick up their cookies on Sat., Jan. 29 during their Service Unit time slot.

Arrive During Your Cookie Pick-up Time

  • Arrive anytime within your Service Unit time window.
  • Print out & display Dashboard Sign with Troop #.
  • Follow the Girl Scout signs to the distribution area.
  • All Troop vehicles must be in line together. Otherwise you will have to pull out of line, wait for the late car, exit and line up again together.
  • Drivers remain inside their vehicles. Cookies will be counted and loaded into your vehicle for you!  Ensure Dashboard Sign is visible.
  • Delivery will take about ½ hour. However, we cannot predict busy times, so you may have to wait.
  • Each Troop will be accompanied by a Counter and directed to a loading station.
  • Stop at Check Out station to sign verifying product count. Only a Girl Scout Responsible Adult may pick-up and sign for cookies.  You will also receive a troop packet of program materials.
  • Please proceed to the exit as soon as your order is complete or pull over & park in designated area to double check cookie count or ask questions at the Information booth.

Mystery House Hosts Needed

February 21 – March 12, 2017

Our Mystery House promotion is to encourage girls to keep going door-to-door after the booth sale period begins. The goal is to have at least one Mystery House in every Service Unit. The first Girl Scout selling cookies to stop by this secret location will earn a special patch!

Would you like to host a Mystery House for your Service Unit? Do you know someone who might be interested in doing this? CLICK HERE to sign up. For more information, see the Mystery House Host Flyer.

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Troop Initial Order Due by January 10th

The only way to GUARANTEE having the cookies you want is to place an initial order in SNAP by 11:59pm on January 10th.  We encourage troops to place an initial order for 85% of the cookies their troop plans to sell.  But actually there are no limits (minimum or maximum) on initial orders!

All troops should include a booth sale order with their initial cookie order to guarantee they will have cookies.  Cupboards and Cookie Jars will open on February 2nd and they will be very busy the first couple of weeks of the sale.  Partner with your Troop Leaders to determine your initial booth sale order before January 10, 2017.

If you need advice on how to determine your initial order please contact your Service Unit Cookie Manager.

For more information see the Pink Troop Plan Book pages 11-13.

Troop Proceeds

This year, Girl Scout Troops across Orange County will earn guaranteed proceeds of 71¢ per package of cookies they sell and have the opportunity to earn up to a 80¢ per package!

Our Council’s Shared Goal
Orange County girls, volunteers, parents and staff are working together to make this year’s Cookie Program the best ever. That’s why Orange County’s proceeds structure is based on overall council wide sales goals. When Orange County reaches its goals,
everyone benefits!

The full proceed plan information see the Cookie Troop Proceeds flyer.

Happy Holidays!

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During the holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn to those who have joined us in building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Thank you so much for everything you do to help Orange County Girl Scouts discover their passions, follow their dreams, and make amazing things happen every day. Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

Sincerely,

Product Sales Department, GSOC

 

 

Holiday Closure Schedule

May the Holiday Season and the Coming Year Bring Lots of Reasons to Smile!

Girl Scouts of Orange County offices & Irvine retail shop will be closed for the holidays from December 22 to January 3, 2017. Our offices & shop will be open at the regular time on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Troop Cookie Coordinators who need help during the holiday break should contact their Service Unit Cookie Manager for assistance.  Be sure to place your initial order for cookies before midnight on January 10, 2017.

During the holidays you can still access the online Troop Cookie Coordinator training!

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Troops: Set Goals and Create and Action Plan

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Goal Setting is an important part of a successful Cookie Program and having a girl led Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Leaders and Troop Cookie Coordinators can guide girls in the process and help them learn to divide up a large project into more manageable actions.  Find easy ways to help your girls with their Goal Setting at http://www.abcsmartcookies.com/15-16-volunteer-resource-magazine and on our Resources & Forms link such as: