2018 Cookie 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 $1.00 per package!

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!

For the full proceed plan information see the Cookie Troop Proceeds Flyer.

2018 Cookie Program Series for GSIs

The 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program GSI Series is designed exclusively for independently registered Girl Scouts. Girls will have the opportunity to earn funds to support their favorite Girl Scout activities and participate in parent/daughter booth sales.

RSVP for the upcoming parent meeting for important details and to receive materials. The meeting will be Wednesday, January 24th at 7pm in Irvine. Click here to register.

Can’t attend the meeting? Opt-in to participate in the GSI Cookie Series  and a volunteer will contact you with more information.

Mega Delivery Pick-Up Information

If your Service Unit and Troop are participating in a Mega Delivery on Saturday, January 27, 2018 please review the following information.

For instructions, please click on your delivery location: Saddleback Church or Anaheim Business Complex. Please print and bring dashboard signs and pickup maps.

  • Service Units at Saddleback Church: 604 Mission Viejo, 605 Rancho Trabuco, 405 Newport Harbor, 602 Lake Forest, 606 Oso Valley, 404 Newport Mesa, 607 Ladera Ranch, 501 South Irvine, 506 Niguel Coast, 503 North Irvine, 502 Heart of Irvine, 603 Rancho Portola, 505 Aliso Viejo, and 403 Tustin East
  • Service Units at Anahiem Business Complex: 306 Surf City, 304 Ocean View, 302 West Garden, 203 Yorba Linda East, 103 La Cypress Park, 202 Yorba Linda West, 401 Garden Valley, 206 Santiago Creek, 104 Anaheim, 305 HB Pierside, 402 Tustana, 201 Placentia, 205 Anaheim Hills, 101 Brea, and 204 Orange Villa

Determine Who Will Pick-up Cookies:

  • Cookie pick-up drivers must be Girl Scouts (Leaders, Troop Cookie Coordinators, or Troop Helpers). Troops are financially responsible for order as signed.
  • Bring enough vehicles to pick up entire order at once (no RVs or motorhomes, please). Click here for more information.
  • Bring copy of Troop Initial Order report (see Troop Plan Book page 14).
  • Do not bring children, pets, or passengers. It is not safe and you will need all your space for cookies!
  • You may bring another person (not driving) to walk with the car and verify the count.
  • Troops must pick up their cookies on January 27, 2018 during their Service Unit time slot.

Arrive During Your Cookie Pick-up Time:

  • Arrive anytime within your Service Unit time window.
  • Print out and display dashboard signs with troop number.
  • 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, exit, wait for the late car, and re-enter the queue.
  • 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 30 minutes. 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 Troop Helper 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 and park in designated area to double check cookie count or ask questions at the Information booth.

Volunteers and staff will be distributing 80,000+ cases of Girl Scout cookies to 900+ Troops at two sites all in one day!

Thank you for helping to make this Mega Delivery successful!

Cookie Guide for Girls Mailing

Girl Scouts should have received a mailing last week from GSOC with tools to help them prepare for the 2018 Cookie Program! Included in each packet are the following:

  • Cookie Order Card (Order Card for girls to use while selling. DO NOT take orders before January 28, 2018.)
  • Money Envelope (To collect money in and turn into Troop Cookie Coordinator frequently.)
  • Cookie Guide for Girls (Booklet for girls with key dates, sample scripts, goal charts, tips, and more.)
  • Cookie Entrepreneur Checklist (Shop products and tools for selling reference.)
  • Badge Guide (Listing of cookie business and financial literacy badges girls can earn, by level.)
  • A Special Message Just for Parents (Special flyer for parents on how they can support her cookie success by helping her troop or taking on a volunteer role.)
  • Limited Edition Girl Scouts Friendship Card (Postcard girls can share with friends who are not yet Girl Scouts, encouraging them to join the fun!)

Be on the lookout for this mailing. If girls do not receive this mailing by the end of the week, please contact customercare@girlscoutsoc.org.

Mystery House Hosts Needed

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 and click here to see the Mystery House Host Flyer.

ABCSmartCookies and Volunteer Network

Where are these and how do I get to them?

ABCSmartCookies– The new online system used to mange troop’s cookie sales. Troop Cookie Coordinators will receive their ID and password from their Service Unit Cookie Managers. Girl launch emails will be sent January 22, 2018.

Volunteer Network– A password protected website where forms and other information regarding the cookie program can be found. The ID and password for the Volunteer Network can be found on the front of your plan book (see Resources & Forms tab).

Troop Initial Order Bonus- Duffle Bag and Steller Seller Kit

The Girl Scout Cookie Program will begin on Sunday, January 28, 2018. The only way to have cookies the first day of the cookie program is to place an initial order no later than 11:59pm on January 9, 2018. Be a Smart Cookie and get your order in on time! Each troop will earn a Stellar Seller Kit and also a Quilted Elephant Duffle Bag for each girl! Also, troops will earn eligibility to participate in Case Exchange Day!

To qualify, the following must be completed by January 9, 2018 by 11:59pm:

  1. Troop order placed in Smart Cookies of at least 85% of cookies sold last year
    (based on 2017 Cookie Sales History Report).
  2. Troop Cookie Coordinator has completed training.
  3. Troop has submitted Troop ACH Authorization (TAA) form.

Click here to see the 2018 Cookie Program Initial Order Bonus Flyer for all the details.

Troop Initial Order Due by January 9th!

The only way to guarantee having cookies on the first day of the cookie sale is to place an initial order in ABCSmartCookies by 11:59pm on January 9, 2018. We encourage troops to place an initial order for 85% of the cookies their troop plans to sell. But remember- 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 1st 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 9, 2018.

If you need advice on how to determine your initial order please contact your Service Unit Cookie Manager (Cookie Roster can be found on the Volunteer Network).

Click here to view the Troop Initial Order Bonus Flyer.

Don’t Miss the 2018 Cookie Kick-Off!

Don’t miss the 2018 Cookie Kick-Off on Saturday, January 20, 2018! Girls can grow their business skills while participating in fun activity booths and earn badge/cookie activity pin credit. Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to sample our Girl Scout cookies and much more. Girls, families, and troops all welcome! Click here to register now and here to view the flyer.

Cookie Share Jar for Booth Sales

During Booth Sales, encourage customers to donate cookies to charitable organizations (like the Military or Second Harvest Food Bank) by using a Cookie Share Jar like this!

Find the jar labels here and the soldier pictures for the bottom of the jar here. You can use any jar and any items you want to add to the jar (this is just one idea).

Remember both girls and troops will receive credit for every box donated to Cookie Share!

Happy Holidays!

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