How to Prepare Your Cookie Pro For Questions About Prop 65

In accordance with new regulations, which took effect in August of 2018, we are required to print California’s Proposition 65 Warning this year on cookie order cards and rewards flyers and display the warning at booth sales. The new regulations impact many California retailers, restaurants, and grocery stores.

We are confident that customers will still want to enjoy Girl Scout Cookies – a time-honored treat. If you do have customers ask about the Prop 65 warning, we have created the resource “How to prepare your Cookie Pro for questions about Prop 65” to support you and your Girl Scout with this year’s program.

Copies of the notice were sent to your Service Unit Materials Coordinator. Your Troop Cookie Coordinator can provide you with a notice for your table. A printable version is also available here. For additional guidance around Prop 65, please review our 2019 Cookie Program FAQ and Girl Scouts’ Proposition 65 FAQ.

If you have additional questions that these materials do not answer, contact us at customercare@girlscoutsoc.org.

2019 Initial Order Bonus Troops

Click here to view the troops who have ordered enough cookies to qualify for the 2019 Cookie Program Initial Order Bonus. If you believe your troop should be on this list and is not please complete the Cooke Initial Order Bonus Inquiry Form. Your inquiry will be reviewed next week. Please note, if your troop was not listed on the report, you will not receive Initial Order Bonus Stellar Seller kits at the Service Unit or Mega Deliveries next weekend.

Cookie Guide for Girls Mailing

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

  • Cookie Guide for Girls: Guide containing goal tracking tools, Cooke Share information, a script for girls to use while going door-to-door, and more!
  • “Hey Parent” letter: A letter for parents explaining the Cookie Program.
  • Order Card: Cookie Order Card for girls to use while selling. DO NOT take orders before January 27.
  • Money Envelope: To keep track of the money girls collect.

Be on the lookout for this mailing. If girls do not receive this mailing by January 28, please contact customercare@girlscoutsoc.org.

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 $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!

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

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. For more information, see the Mystery House Host Flyer.

ABCSmartCookies and Volunteer Network

Where are these and how do I get to them?

ABCSmartCookies– The online system used to manger your troop’s cookie program. Your ID and password will be given to you by your Service Unit Cookie Manager. Girl launch emails will be sent January 21, 2019.

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.

Please email customercare@girlscoutsoc.org for any additional questions.

Troop Initial Order Due by January 8, 2019!

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 8, 2019. 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 will open on January 31, 2019 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 8, 2019.

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.

Cookie Chats Coming Soon!

Questions about Getting Started? Next Steps? Booth Sales? End of Sale Processing? Make sure to check-out our optional Cookie Chats throughout the 2019 Cookie Program for tips and tricks!

Register for 2019 Cookie Kickoff!

Registration is open for our 2019 Cookie Kickoff Event on Saturday, January 19 at the Phoenix Club of Anaheim! Girl Scouts, troop leaders, volunteers, and families are invited to come together and experience skill-building booths, participate in tastings, meet entrepreneurial experts, check out new merch at the Girl Scout shop, and of course, earn a special edition patch. Plus, get pumped up for the best Girl Scout Cookie Season yet with cheers and fun at the Cookie Pep Rally!

Click here for more information!

How Do Troops Know How Many Cookies to Order?

Troops are encouraged to place an initial order to 85% of the cookies their troop plan to sell and then get more cookies as they need them. To determine this amount girls should set personal goals and troops should have family meetings to set troop goals. Initial orders are due no later than midnight on January 8, 2019. Do not wait until the last minute to place your order!

A personalized chart showing how many cookies your troop sold last year can be found here. Click here to view the 2019 Initial Order Bonus Flyer.

GS Cookie Pro Contest Open for Entries!

Cookie pros! It’s time to unleash your G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ potential and put that I-can-do-anything super hero cape into motion for a chance to win BIG! Are you ready to show the world your barrier-breaking, goal-crushing, world-changing superpower? Your VIP adventure at Warner Bros. Studios  featuring the bold and brave DC Super Hero Girls awaits! Click here to enter now and download the mini graphic novel template to get started!

Open for Entries – Cookie Pro Contest

Cookie pros! It’s time to unleash your G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ potential and put that I-can-do-anything super hero cape into motion for a chance to win BIG! Are you ready to show the world your barrier-breaking, goal-crushing, world-changing superpower? Your VIP adventure at Warner Bros. Studios in sunny California featuring the bold and brave DC Super Hero Girls awaits! Enter now and download our mini graphic novel template to get started: https://bit.ly/2PXvRDw

Posted by Girl Scouts on Monday, December 17, 2018

Irvine Cookie Cupboard Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help pass out cookies at our Irvine Cookie Cupboard once a week for 3 hour shifts (9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm). The cupboard will be open Monday-Thursday from January 31-March 10, 2019. Step up to help for 4-6 shifts so our Irvine Cookie Cupboard can better meet the needs of our Troop Cookie Coordinators!

Please email customercare@girlscoutsoc.org for for information.

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

Holiday Closure Schedule

Girl Scouts of Orange County offices and the Irvine Retail Shop will be closed for the holidays from December 24, 2018 – January 1, 2019. Our office and shop will be open at the regular time on January 2, 2019.

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 8, 2019.

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

Troops: Set Goals and Create an Action Plan!

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 on our Resources & Forms link such as:

Check Login and Password for Online Training Before Winter Break

The online Troop Cookie Coordinator training will be available through the holidays. Troop Cookie Coordinators should check their login and password prior to GSOC’s winter break to ensure they have access to GSOCLearning.com website.

The online Troop Cookie Coordinator Training will be available through March for those who wish to review segments later and for new troops who join in after the classroom trainings are completed.

Our final classroom training is January 12, 2019 at the Council office in Irvine. Please register online, walk-ins are also welcome.

Volunteer Role Selection in MyGS

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, 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.

Email CustomerCare@GirlScoutsOC.org with any additional questions.