Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is February 23-25, 2018. Purchasing cookies from Girl Scouts not only yields delicious treats but also powers the Girl Scout Movement and gives back to the community by funding troops’ important work!

Ways to Celebrate:

  • Wear your Girl Scout uniform to school
    • Vest/sash, GS pins, white shirt, and khaki bottoms
    • Bonus: See if your Troop can lead the pledge or make announcements!
  • Host a Cookie Stand on your own Orange County residence
  • Ask your Troop Cookie Coordinator how to participate in a Booth Sale
  • Use ABCSmartCookies to set goals
  • Use ABCSmartCookies to sell cookies online and download the app
    • Bonus: Earn the Online Patch by selling 12 packages online!
  • Earn a Cookie Business Badge
    • See your Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting Handbook for requirements
  • Print out Cookie Share Receipts and sell Cookie Share to spread the joy of Girl Scout cookies to our military and food bank recipients
  • Go on a Walkabout with your troop and try to find a Mystery House!

Selling Tools and More:

Tell us how you celebrated National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend! Have your parent post a photo to our Facebook page or email MarCom@GirlScoutsOC.org.

Waze Booth Sales

GSOC will advertise specific booth sale sites in each Service Unit using Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. If troops sign up for a Waze Booth Sale, they must guarantee to be at the booth with a mix of cookie varieties and also sell Cookie Share. If a troop must cancel a Waze booth shift, it is mandatory to cancel the shift in the Booth Sale Scheduler in ABCSmartCookies by 10am the Monday prior. For more information, see page 22 of your Troop Plan Book.

Cancel Unwanted Booth Sales in ABCSmartCookies

If your troop has booked booth sales in ABCSmartCookies that you have decided not to attend, troops must cancel unwanted booth sales in the ABCSmartCookies Booth Scheduler at least 24 hours in advance. We have many troops still looking to sign up for booth sales and they could use these valuable locations!

Please note that Waze Booth Sale locations must be canceled by 10am the Monday prior. For more information, see page 22 of your Troop Plan Book.

Mystery House Begins TODAY!

Get out and find those Mystery Houses in your town!

Starting today, if you are the first girl to knock on the door of a Mystery House, or leave a door hanger on a Mystery House door, you will be presented with a certificate and GSOC will mail you a very special patch!

Clues will start to dribble out later in the sale via our Facebook page.

Click here for more details!

The Cookie Swap Site is LIVE!

The Cookie Swap Site is now active! This site allows troops to facilitate exchanges of extra cookies. Instead of placing an order with a cookie warehouse, cupboard or jar, Girl Scouts can help out their sister troops by participating in a cookie “swap.”

To login to the Cookie Swap Site use the current email that you have in ABCSmartCookies and Volunteer Network password. If you are unable to login, please contact your Service Unit Cookie Manager.

Booth Sales Begin Today!

Remember that all booth sales must be arraigned though your Service Unit Booth Sale Coordinator to ensure permissions and insurance requirements are met.

Make sure to run the Booth Sale Location Report in ABCSmartCookies to see all of your troop’s reserved booth sales with full address information and notes about a location’s special circumstances. Make sure to bring a copy of this report to every booth sale!

Stellar Skills Contest: February 12 – March 31, 2018

Calling all Orange County Girl Scouts who have standout cookie business skills! We want first-time sellers and veteran cookie pros alike to enter the Stellar Skills contest. One girl will be selected to represent each of the 5 Skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, People Skills, Business Ethics, and Money Management. Our Stellar Skills girls and their families will be invited to attend the Stellar Sellers Dinner, receive a special recognition of their Stellar Skills, and earn a fun patch! Completing the online entry form by March 31, 2018 to enter. Official contest rules are available here.

Need some inspiration for crafting your Stellar Skills story? Read Writing Stellar Skills Stories.

Introducing the GSOC Marketplace Competition Toolkit

Every Cookie Season, our Girl Scout Cookie Bosses help raise public awareness of Girl Scouts. Following Boy Scouts of America’s announcement regarding opening its program to girls, you or your Girl Scout may receive questions from friends, family, and the larger community about what this news means for Girl Scouts. We have created the GSOC Marketplace Competition Toolkit to provide you with resources to confidently navigate these conversations. What’s in the toolkit?

The Girl Scout Difference
Share this flyer with friends and family, prospective Girl Scouts, and anyone interested in learning more about how Girl Scouts helps girls thrive.

Talking Points for Volunteers about Girl Scouts
Familiarize yourself with these data-driven, research-backed statements to enhance your conversations about the power of Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scout Advantage: FAQs
Read through these FAQs for answers to questions you may have or may receive from friends, family, and the community.

Cookie Season Readiness Sheet
This resource created by GSUSA helps volunteers, parents, and girls answer questions about “Why Girl Scouts?” like a pro!

“What to do if someone asks your Girl Scout about Boy Scouts”
Use this booth sale resource and run through the scenario, “What to do if someone asks your Girl Scout about Boy Scouts opening its program to girls,” with your girl before you begin booth sales.

We hope you and your Girl Scout are having a fantastic cookie season! By participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls power new, unique, and amazing experiences that broaden her world, help her learn essential life skills, and prepare her for a lifetime of leadership.

Good luck on a fantastic sale! Should you have any questions regarding this toolkit, please contact Customer Care with the subject line: GSOC Marketplace Competition Toolkit.

Collect and Deposit Cookie Money Frequently

As you collect money during the cookie sale promptly deposit it into your Troop bank account. Make sure to enter all girl payments in ABCSmartCookies.

If you’re having problems collecting from parents, let your Service Unit Cookie Manager know right away. The troop should deposit sufficient funds into the troop account no later than February 20, 2018 to cover the first payment.

Notify Council by 3pm on February 20, 2018 if the troop payment amount needs to be adjusted due to insufficient funds by completing the online Payment Adjustment Form.

See pages 25-29 in the Troop Plan Book for more information.

Spanish Adult Booth Sale Training

Adult Booth Sale Training will be offered in Spanish at the Anaheim Program Center on Monday, February 12 from 7-8pm. Click here for more information and to register.

Additional Spanish Resources:

Case Exchange Day Bonus!

Initial Order Bonus troops will have the option to participate in a special Case Exchange Day. So if the variety mix isn’t just right, Initial Order Bonus troops can exchange full cases for a different variety. So if you accidentally order too many Shortbread, you can swap them for Thin Mints! Case Exchange Day is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 9am-noon. Some limitations apply:

Quantities are limited to stock on hand and exchanged first come, first served. Troops may exchange up to 50% of any variety from their Initial Order in full cases only. No mixed cases accepted. Cases must be unopened and in good condition. Cookies picked-up at Cupboards or Cookie Jars are not included in the Case Exchange Day Bonus.

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Time: 9am-noon
Location: Berger Transfer and Storage (1400 Manhattan Ave, Fullerton, CA 9283)

First come, first served. Lines will be long in the morning!

Troops Can Now Run Booth Sale Reports in ABCSmartCookies

Run the Booked Booth Sales Summary report in ABCSmartCookies and verify that your troop has been scheduled for the booth sale locations and times you received at the lottery. Report any errors to your Service Unit Booth Sale Coordinator right away.

Troops may also run the Available Booth Sales Summary report in ABCSmartCookies to find booth sale shifts that are still available. Booth sale locations will be identified by each Service Unit’s three-digit report code in front of the store name. Using this code will help you identify which locations belong to your Service Unit since the report will list all available locations Council-wide.

What is Cookie Share?

Cookie Share is a Girl Scout community service project where customers purchase cookies to be donated. Because your customers have chosen to donate the cookies, their purchase is tax deductible. Girl Scouts of Orange County donates the cookies to the military and local food banks. What a great way to help your Girl Scout troop, community, and Council!

Need Additional Cookies?

The only way to order additional cookies is to place a Planned Order in ABCSmartCookies with your nearest Cupboard or Cookie Jar beginning February 1, 2018. Cupboards and Cookie Jars will not be able to fulfill call-in, email, or drive-up orders.

Directions on how to place a Planned Order are on pages 17-20 of your Troop Plan Book. Please note that email confirmations from the Cupboards and Cookie Jars will be sent within 24-48 hours of your pickup time.

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 for Volunteers in addressing these issues. As always, we encourage you to follow safety guidelines. Approaching girls with salacious materials or aggressive agendas at a cookie booth is not acceptable.