Order 85% of the total of packages your troop sold last year* by Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Initial Order Deadline and receive a special BONUS of a GSOC Branded Patch Jacket for each girl**, and Case Exchange Day+ privilege!
*Returning Troops see minimum order required on 2016 Cookie Sales History Chart. If your troop sold less than 90 cases last year; your troop must order at least 9 cases per girl to receive patch jackets. New troops may qualify for BONUS requirement #1 by ordering 85% of the per girl average for troop level times the number of girls in your troop (see chart below).
**Number of girls in troop is determined by number of girls in Salesforce/Snap by January 10, 2017. Girls who register or transfer into troop after the deadline are not eligible for the patch jacket.
Troop Case Exchange Day
Bonus troops will have the option to participate in a special CASE EXCHANGE DAY+. So if the variety mix isn’t just right, 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! Some limitations apply.
+Case Exchange day is scheduled for March 1, 2017 at the Fullerton Warehouse only. 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 Warehouses and Gluten Free cookies are not included in the Case Exchange Day BONUS.
Did you know that for the 2017 Cookie Program you will not be able to add or delete girls in SNAP+? In order to ensure that girls in your troop are able to participate in the 2017 Cookie Program, please ask your Troop Leaders to log on to MyGS and check your troop roster for accuracy by December 15.
Girls will be uploaded into Snap+ (our Cookie program software) from our membership registration database. This process will help improve our data integrity for both databases. Please begin coaching your Troop Leaders the following:
All girls data will be uploaded from our Girl Scout database twice a week on Monday and Thursday
Troop Cookie Coordinators should check Snap to see if all of their girls are entered. Work with their parents & Leaders to ensure registrations are submitted for any missing girls or submit transfer requests to CustomerCare@GirlScoutsOC.org with “transfer” in the subject line for girls who are no longer participating with their troop by December 15, 2016 to ensure the girls are reflected in Snap+ prior to the start of the cookie program.
Troops will not have access to make changes in Snap+
The Cookie Series is a way for Girl Scout Independents and girls who’s troops have not yet formed to be involved in the Cookie Program. There are events where the girls can earn this year’s cookie pin and learn about the 5 skills associated with the Cookie Program. They can participate in the cookie program and earn prizes as well as Juliette Dollars. CLICK HERE for more information! CLICK HERE to register for the series. Any girl who wishes to participate in any part of the series needs to be registered.
Service Unit Cookie Manager Workshop is at 7pm (be there by 6:57 for “On Time” Drawing) on Wednesday November 30th in the Juliette Gordon Low Conference Room at GSOC Headquarters.
This training will prepare you to facilitate the Cookie program in your Service Unit including distribution, drop shipments, order taking, Cookie Share, Snap website and support for Troop Cookie Managers.
Come join the fun! Snacks, prizes and games make it a fun learning environment!
Want to run booths instead of visit them? Join us for our Cookie Rally meeting on Tuesday, November 29th at 6:30 in the Girl Space room, GSOC in Irvine. Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, Ambassador & Adults are invited to help plan and run activity booths at our Cookie Rally event to be held on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the UCI Bren Center.
Please make sure the adults associated with your troop have the correct roles selected in MyGS. Any adult who plans to volunteer with your troop but are still listed as “Adult Member” will need to change their role to Troop Helper (formerly “Responsible Adult”), Troop Cookie Coordinator, or other designated role. Please advise parents to make updates to their MyGS profile by logging in and selecting the Volunteer Role button at the top of the screen.
Click HERE for tutorial videos on how to select roles.
Be sure to log-in! if you complete training as a guest you won’t get credit for it. Once logged in you will find the training under the Cookies menu.
When you are in the “Troop Cookie Coordinator online certification” link , you need to enroll in class: click on the “Enroll me in this course” link on the right hand side of the screen. Another screen will pop up, click “Enroll Me” then you should be able to complete the training and access the quiz. If you don’t enroll in the class you will not be offered the quiz.
When you have successfully passed both quizzes you will see the certificate of completion at the end of quiz two. Print this screen and send it to your SUCM as proof that you have completed the TCC training.
Family Members Welcome! How to Invite Parents to Help
Have you asked your Girl Scout families for help? Seems likes no one’s reading your emails? Try these 5 techniques for getting more adult involvement.
Ask in a positive upbeat way. Showcase the fun side of each volunteer opportunity. Girl Scouts welcomes family helpers!
Invite parents to a briefing to explain their role. Find fun opportunities for parents to engage in the Girl Scout experience for a day or more!
Match talents to tasks. A parent who is good with numbers will enjoy being a Troop Treasurer, a Dad with a sales background could be a great Troop Cookie Coordinator, and a Grandparent might be willing to be your emergency contact during an outing.
Divide jobs into smaller tasks. Now is the time to recruit a Troop Cookie Support Team where one person does the online computer tasks, another picks-up more cookies at cupboards, and a third person tracks cookies & money using a worksheet and receipts.
Say Thank You! Recognize individual efforts with a Girl Scout ceremony where girls can present adults the Girl Scout pin and a handmade card.
Girl Scout roles such as snack provider and badge helper are supervised by the Leadership Team and have no special requirements. Roles involving girl supervision or money management require adults to become official Volunteers by joining and completing a background screening. See your Volunteer Essentials handbook for more helpful ideas.
Are you thinking about participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program for the first time? Join us for a Cookie Rookie Talk! These are brief informal Q & A sessions for volunteers (especially new Leaders & potential new Troop Cookie Coordinators) to learn about the Cookie Program, how Girl Scouts benefit from participating, what key volunteer roles help your experience be a success, and of course, how to get started. You are welcome to attend any session listed. There is no need to RSVP and walk-ins are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!
Now is the time to recruit your Troop Cookie team to support your girls in running their Girl Scout nut & magazine business.
Volunteers must complete the membership registration/renewal process and select/renew their role and complete the background screening process in order to supervise girls and/or handle money or cookies.
Troop Cookie Coordinator (Dec 2016– May 2017)
Trains parents, girls, and Cookie Support team, manages the SNAP software, receives & distributes cookies to families, collects money & makes deposits, signs up troop for booth sales, receives & distributes recognitions to girls. Must have Excel software and be able to use spreadsheets. Training will be available online and in-person in December.
Initial Order Pick-Up (Jan 28-30)
Picks up & signs for initial cookie order from Service Unit distributor receives training from Troop Cookie Coordinator.
Cookie Distributor (Jan 28-30)
Assists Troop Cookie Coordinator to distribute cookies to parents & girls, helps keep track using receipts & T-2 Excel spreadsheet.
Cookie Pick-Up (Feb 2—Mar 12)
Picks up & signs for cookies from a cookie warehouse, cupboard or jar for Troop Cookie Coordinator. Receives training from Troop Cookie Coordinator.
Booth Sale Helpers (Feb 17—Mar 12)
Supervises girls & money at a cookie booth sale. Must complete Online Booth Sale Training.
For more information about these exciting volunteer opportunities, please contact your Girl Scout Troop leadership team and visit our website at www.GSCookiesETC.org/cookies
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 2 – Earn a Cookie Business badge – you can take your pick!
STEP 3 – As a troop, ask 100 NEW customers to buy cookies.
STEP 4 – Bling 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.