Nominate a Girl Scout K-12 to be a Celebrate Leadership Girl Representative

Celebrate Leadership is a Girl Scout Council of Orange County annual fundraising event, and we’re looking for a few great Girl Scout representatives! Selected Girl Scouts, Daisy to Ambassador, will have the opportunity to share their Girl Scout story with 400+ community leaders, receive professional speaking training and coaching, participate in a professional photo shoot with an OC community leader and more! To learn more, click here!

Volunteer Network Retirement

Girl Scouts of Orange County is upgrading some of our online systems. As part of this process, the determination has been made to retire the Volunteer Network by the end of March. Members who are currently accessing resources still housed on the Volunteer Network, such as Volunteer Training and Recognition Records, Service Unit Rosters, and Product Sales Resources, will receive a separate communication with instructions for where they can access the resource once the Volunteer Network has been retired. If you have any questions about this communication, please contact customercare@girlscoutsoc.org.

Sell Remaining Cookie Inventory Through March 31, 2019!

With permission from the Service Unit Cookie Manager and Booth Coordinator, troops may continue to sell their remaining cookie inventory through March 31, 2019. These cookies should be allocated to girls in ABCSmartCookies for recognitions, since girls will be selling them, and final paperwork should be completed. Girls and Troops may sell cookies door-to-door in residential neighborhoods, at a cookie stand on their own OC property, and to friends and family throughout the month of March. Anything else requires permission from the SU Booth Sale Coordinator. Cookies may NOT be sold after March 31 without special permission from GSOC.

2019 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 2019 Cookie Program! With your support, our girls were able to reach beyond their goals! The Product Sales 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!

Powered by Girl Scout Cookies- A Story from a Girl Scout Parent

Submitted by Girl Scout Volunteer Amy Thach

“I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship and digital devices lately. Granted, it’s because I am a college professor who is constantly catching my students on them in class. So many of the digital devices that supposedly connect us are leaving many of us, myself included, feeling a bit disconnected. I notice this as there is much less chatter amongst my students. Online relationships, though they can be enjoyable, cannot replace real, live, in-person connection. There is just something magical about being physically present with another human being.

This is where Girl Scout cookies come in. My daughter, Kate, had an impressive goal of selling 750 cookies this year to raise money for her San Francisco bridging trip. She was 16 boxes shy of meeting her goal. This is where her good friend, Zaleeya, stepped in. Since Zaleeya had already reached her goal, she supported Kate by going with her to a booth sale. Zaleeya was physically present for Kate, and helped her exceed selling 750 boxes!

I think we can all agree there is something magical about Girl Scout cookies. Beyond that, they can spawn wonderful relationships. And no, there is not – and I can’t imagine there ever will be – an app for that.”

Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is February 22-24, 2019! 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! See below for some ways to celebrate!

  • Wear your Girl Scout uniform to school (vest/sash, GS pins, white shirt, and khaki bottoms)
  • Host a Cookie Stand on an Orange County residence
  • Ask your TCC how to participate in a Booth Sale
  • Use ABCSmartCookies to set goals
  • Use ABCSmartCookies to sell cookies online
  • Earn a Cookie Business Badge
  • 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!

Find these Selling Tools and more at girlscoutsoc.org/cookietools and GSCookiesEtc.org:

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.

Valentine in the Morning $5K Cookie Buy

Valentine In The Morning could buy $5,000 in cookies from your troop! All the cookies purchased will be donated to The Bob Hope USO at LAX, strengthening America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country. Click here to enter!

Important Dates:

  • Submissions: Friday 2/8 at 6:00am – Wednesday 2/20 at 11:59pm
  • Voting: Friday 2/22 at 6am – Thursday 3/7 at 10am
  • Winner will be announced Friday 3/8 with Valentine

Selling in the Rain Patch

Girl Scout’s don’t let a little rain get in their way! Tag us @GirlScoutsOC on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with a photo of your Girl Scout or troop selling in the rain. Then come into our Irvine or Yorba Linda Girl Scout Shop and show us the post to pick up a FREE Selling in the Rain patch for each girl in the photo. Bring your Girl Scouts in full uniform and you’ll also get an extra FREE uniform patch for each girl!

Selling in the Rain Patches will be available for pick up starting Tuesday, February 19.

Be One Smart Cookie, Dress for Success all Season!

When you wear your Girl Scout Uniform, you stand out in the crowd and your leadership shines. Girls who come into the shop February 11th through March 10th in full uniform, as stated by GSUSA, will get a Level Vest Fun Patch for FREE. The adult who comes in-store with the girl will get 15% off an Adult Apparel Item.

Full uniform, as defined by GSUSA is Vest, Sash or Tunic, Wavy Flag, Council ID, Troop Numbers, Insignia Tab, WAGGGS Pin, Membership Pin, Solid White Shirt, Khaki Pants or Skirt (Daisies/Brownies have full uniform available), and Scarf.

Support girl-led programs in Orange County when you purchase from the Girl Scout Shop!

A Message About the New Gluten-Free Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie

Direct ship sales of the Gluten Free Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie are tracking significantly higher than anticipated and ABC Bakers recently notified us that the cookie is sold out on online. Due to high demand, Girl Scouts of Orange County has also sold out of the supply of any additional cookies we had available to troops. Troops who ordered the cookie in advance of the sale may still have it in their inventory.

Girl Scouts of Orange County will alert our members if we receive notice from ABC Bakers if they become available again online.

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

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.

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.

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!