New French Toast-Inspired Toast-Yay! Girl Scout Cookie Joins Orange County Lineup for 2021 Season

It’s official! Girl Scouts announced that there will be a new cookie available in Orange County and other markets across the country starting in January 2021: Toast-Yay!, a French toast-inspired cookie dipped in delicious icing and full of flavor in every bite.

Girl Scouts of Orange County’s cookie season kicks off on January 11, 2021.

 

Cookie Dough, OC Bucks & Juliette Dollars Expiring April 30 will be extended until December 31, 2020

All unused Cookie Dough, OC Bucks, and Juliette Dollars with the expiration date of April 30, 2020 will be extended to December 31, 2020. Girls can use their certificates for events and activities that have been postponed, to pay for Day Camp, Council Service Fees, Service Unit and Council Events or redeem to their Troop for approved Troop Travel plans using the Cookie Dough Reimbursement form. See our Cookie Dough FAQs for more information.

Any Cookie Dough, OC Bucks and Juliette Dollars that were used to pay for camp and council events that have now been cancelled will be reissued for the amount used to pay for the camp/event and will expire on April 30, 2021.

Top Cookie Sellers – Save the Date!

Due to the evolving situation involving COVID 19 – all upcoming top seller experiences may be postponed and rescheduled. All Girl Scout experiences prior to May 15 are currently being rescheduled. For more information click here.

Girls will receive invitations via mail and email once event dates are confirmed.

If you have questions in the meantime, please contact GSOC’s Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsoc.org.

2020 Cookie Program Has Ended!

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers, parents, families, and friends who supported all of our Orange County Cookie Bosses this year during the 2020 Cookie Program! With your support, our girls were able to reach beyond their goals! The Entrepreneurship Team is tallying up all final numbers and we will have more updates for you soon. Be on the lookout for the final top seller lists in April!

Stellar Skills Contest: Through March 31

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 Steller 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 to enter. Click here for more information.

Troop Initial Order Bonus

The Girl Scout Cookie Program will begin on Sunday, January 26, 2020. 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 Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Be a Smart Cookie and get your order in on time! Each troop will earn a Hip Bag and a Stellar Seller Kit! Also, troops will earn eligibility to participate in Case Exchange Day!

To qualify, the following must be completed by January 7, 2020:

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! More information about Case Exchange day coming soon!

Click here to see the 2020 Cookie Program Initial Order Bonus Flyer for all the details.

Happy Holidays from Girl Scouts of Orange County

From all of us at Girl Scouts of Orange County, thank you for your extraordinary support throughout the year! Here’s to reaching more girls across Orange County in 2020 with the life-changing benefits that Girls Scouts provides. Between the power of your support and our proven Girl Scout Leadership Experience, there is no challenge our girls can’t overcome, no goal they can’t reach.

Happy holidays and warm wishes for a beautiful new year from your Girl Scout family.

Holiday Closure Schedule

Girl Scouts of Orange County offices and the Irvine Retail Shop will be closed for the holidays from Wednesday, December 25, 2019 through Sunday, January 5, 2020. . Our office and shop will be open at the regular time on Monday, January 6, 2020.

Troop Cookie Coordinators who need help during the holiday break should contact their Service Unit Cookie Manager for assistance. During the holidays you can still access the online Troop Cookie Coordinator Training!

Be sure to place your initial order for cookies before midnight on January 7, 2020. Click here for more information. Additional questions? Email customercare@girlscoutsoc.org.

2020 Cookie Kick-Off Update

Update: Location has been moved to GSOC HQ (9500 Toledo Way, Irvine). Registration is still open for our 2020 Cookie Kick-Off Program Event on Sunday, January 19! 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 more! 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.

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.

Tips for Troops!

Be ready to participate in our 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program! See below for some Tips for Troops or click here for a printable flyer.

  1. Ensure all Girl Scouts are registered for 2020.
    • Check your Girl Roster in the Volunteer Toolkit.
    • If any girl is not showing up, determine if she needs to register, renew or complete a transfer request. Email CustomerCare@GirlScoutsOC.org for assistance.
  2. Recruit a Cookie Team of adult volunteers.
    • Refer to our flyer for ideas on how to divide up the tasks.
    • Don’t do it all yourself.
  3. Ensure your Cookie Team is ready for training!
    • Check to see if adult volunteers are registered with a current background screening on file.
    • Volunteers should register for classroom training or set-up an ID and password for GSOCLearning site to complete training online.
  4. Submit Troop Banking form.
  5. Set Goals with Girls!
    • What do your girls want to learn this year? Who do they want to help? Where would they like to go?
    • Once your girls have set goals, you can determine how much money is needed to fund their plans…that’s your troop’s cookie goal!
  6. Be in the know!

Register for 2020 Cookie Kick-Off

Registration is open for our 2020 Cookie Kick-Off Program Event on Sunday, January 19 at GSOC HQ in Irvine! 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 more! 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 to Invite Parents to Help!

Have you asked your Girl Scouts families for help? Seems like no one is reading your emails? Try these five techniques for getting more adult involvement:

  1.  Ask in a positive, upbeat way! Showcase the fun side of each volunteer opportunity. Girl Scouts welcomes family helpers!
  2. 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!
  3. Match talents to tasks! A mom 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.
  4. 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 and money.
  5. Say Thank You! Recognize individual efforts with a Girl Scout ceremony where girls can present adults with a Girl Scout pin and a handmade card.

Girl Scout roles such as snack provider or 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 and completing a background screening. See your Volunteer Essentials Handbook for more helpful ideas!

Troop Initial Order Bonus

The Girl Scout Cookie Program will begin on Sunday, January 26, 2020. 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 Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Be a Smart Cookie and get your order in on time! Each troop will earn a Hip Bag and a Stellar Seller Kit! Also, troops will earn eligibility to participate in Case Exchange Day!

To qualify, the following must be completed by January 7, 2020:

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! More information about Case Exchange day coming soon!

Click here to see the 2020 Cookie Program Initial Order Bonus Flyer for all the details.

NEW! Early Initial Order Reward!

Troops who commit their Initial Order by 11:59pm on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 will earn a special Cookie Entrepreneur Patch Pin for every girl member registered in ABC Smart Cookies! We are offering this Early Initial Order Reward to encourage troops to commit their Initial Order in December, so they may enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

Troops will receive their Cookie Entrepreneur Patch Pins at their Initial Order pick-up in January so they may proudly wear them during the 2020 Cookie Program. Click here for more information!