We are thrilled to celebrate all of our Top Selling Girl Scouts for their outstanding accomplishments during the 2023 Cookie Program. Your determination, enthusiasm, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit was inspiring!
Thank you and Congratulations on another successful Cookie Program!
Check out our amazing Top Selling Cookie Club Members below!
Help us evaluate your Cookie Program experience by completing the online Cookie Program online evaluation. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will close on Monday, April 3, 2023.
Congratulations to all of our Orange County Girl Scouts and Volunteers on a great Cookie program!
With the end of the Cookie Program, there are so many exciting Rewards and Experiences to look forward to. Make sure you save the date for these exciting Experiences. Parents/ Guardians of qualifying Girl Scouts should be on the lookout for invitations coming soon.
Troop Cookie Coordinators: Don’t forget to complete your troop’s Final Recognition Order in ABC Smart Cookies to make your entrepreneurs are recognized for their hard work. (Refer to page 37 in your Troop Plan Book for instructions.)
Girl Scouts of Orange County 2023 Cookie Program Sunday, January 15, 2023 – Sunday, March 19, 2023
Cookie Program Update – Extending Cookie Sale
We understand that the recent storms have made it difficult for many troops to host cookie booth sales. We heard your concerns. In response, we are happy to announce that we are expanding the cookie sales window through March 19th!
We want to support our troops that have inventory to sell and help all troops reach $1 per package proceeds. And we’re very close to reaching that goal! As an example, if every troop selling took an additional three cases from cookie cupboards, troops would benefit from greater proceeds to support their group plans.
To help you reach your sales goals, we have included a few top seller tips to consider:
Place a small dry erase board at your booth and list your hourly goal. Keep updating it so customers can see how close you are to reaching your goal.
Check your Smart Cookies account to see if customers want to order more cookies. Send e-Cards to friends and family, inviting them to help you reach your goals by ordering Cookie Share online with no shipping costs!
One of our stellar sellers shared that she is using her cookie order card to take customers’ orders and will deliver the cookies when she replenishes her cookie inventory.
Post pictures (with parent approval) on social media featuring:
your booth with your goal tracker and announce where you will be selling cookies
enticing ways to eat your favorite cookies
We know that some troops may not want to continue selling cookies through March 19th, and that’s okay. For those who do, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
Below are updated dates for the end of the cookie program.
March 17 – Start collecting girls’ final balance due to the troop.
March 17 – 21 – End of Program Processing
March 19 – Cookie Program Ends
By March 21 – Final deposits to be made into troop account to cover final payment. Payment Adjustment form submitted, if needed.
March 22 by 9:00 AM – Troop final reports due to Service Unit by 9:00 AM.
March 23 – ACH of final troop payment to council begins.
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. We hope this one-week extension will help our troops reach their goals and achieve even greater success!
After much consideration and consultation with GSUSA and the Product Program Steering Committee, ABC will not be able to put the Raspberry Rally cookie back online on March 4. Although we did produce the planned production for the season, demand is so high and quantity so limited that we are not able to guarantee that we will not incur backorders as we did during the last release.
We will put a banner on our Smart Cookies Direct Ship next Wednesday, March 1, indicating that the item is sold out for the season. This should give you time to communicate with your membership. We will also work directly with the councils that were not able to sell any of this item to ensure the best possible outcome for their girls.
In addition, we expect to be temporarily out of stock on Caramel Chocolate Chip, our gluten free cookie, within the next few days. We will have more production to our fulfillment center by March 7. The banner on Smart Cookies Direct Ship will say “Out of Stock” when that happens.
We apologize for any inconvenience to you, your members or consumers.
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 All Stars Celebration, receive a special recognition of their Stellar Skills, and earn a fun patch!
How can girls participate? By submitting their personalized Stellar Skills story & photo by April 9. Apply online using the online entry form!
Stellar Skills Contest Details
One girl will be selected to represent each of the 5 Skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, People Skills, Business Ethics, and Money Management.
Who can participate in this contest? All registered Girl Scouts who are selling cookies during the Girl Scout cookie season, regardless of the number of Girl Scout Cookie Packages sold, can participate in the STELLAR SKILLS contest.
Each girl’s Stellar Skills story should include:
A photo of herself looking like a Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneur!
Cookie badges she has earned and/or skills she has learned. Browse badges at girlscouts.org/badges.
Memorable, detailed experiences highlighting how she has grown in one of the 5 skills linked to the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
Each girl’s Stellar Skills story should include:
A photo of herself looking like a Girl Scout Cookie Entrepreneur
Our Cookie Share program allows girls to learn about philanthropy and giving back to the community, while earning proceeds for their troop and credit towards their rewards.
The council virtual Cookie Share Program is a cookie donation opportunity for customers to buy cookies to be distributed to our nation’s military and local food banks. These purchases will be delivered directly from the council to our community partners.
The benefits to participate in the Council Virtual Cookie Share are:
Girls receive credit towards their rewards for virtual Cookie Share sales.
Troops receive proceeds for each package of virtual Cookie Share sold.
Customers are given the chance to give to others while supporting Girl Scouts.
Virtual Cookie Share donations are tax deductible.
Cookie inventory is managed by the Council.
Cookie Delivery is handled by the Council.
More information on Cookie Share can be found in your Troop Plan Book, pages 8, and 34-38.
How Do I Enter Cookie Share in ABC?
Girls should report any online Girl Delivery Cookie Share purchases to their Troop Cookie Coordinator. The Troop Cookie Coordinator must allocate these Cookie Share packages to the girl in ABC Smart Cookies.
Option One – If the troop is participating in the council’s VIRTUAL Cookie Share program, the Troop Cookie Coordinator makes the entry for the girl using the “Virtual Cookie Share” feature under the “Orders” tab in ABC Smart Cookies.
Option Two – If the troop is donating cookies to their own organization (Troop’s Own Cookie Share), the Troop Cookie Coordinator will order their cookie share packages from a cupboard and allocate those cookie packages to the girls who sold them using the “Transfer” feature under the “Orders” tab in ABC Smart Cookies.
Cookie Share orders placed through the direct ship option will automatically show up in the girl’s totals and will be included in the council’s VIRTUAL Cookie Share Program. To see these totals run the “Girl Cookie Order Detail Summary” under reports. The direct ship Cookie Share orders will appear under the Cookie Share column on the report. These orders cannot be switched to be included in a Troop’s Own Cookie Share donation.
We want to update you on information recently received from ABC Bakers, GSOC’s cookie supplier.
This past weekend, ABC Bakers oversold Raspberry Rally cookies, resulting in the cancellation of some orders that contained the Raspberry Rally cookies. Below is background leading to this action.
On Friday, February 10, ABC Bakers released additional Raspberry Rally cookies for sale. By Sunday, February 12, Girl Scouts had already sold through this inventory (in less than 48 hours).
We were recently made aware that ABC Bakers accidentally oversold their available quantity of Raspberry Rally cookies. Due to limitations within the Smart Cookies platform, ABC Bakers is not able to fulfill partial orders and had to cancel and refund all orders of Raspberry Rally Cookies, including orders that contained Raspberry Rally Cookies and additional flavors. Customers whose orders were cancelled have been notified by ABC Bakers.
As Girl Scouts across Orange County continue to fulfill the demand for everyone’s favorite cookies, please remember to share the wide variety of delicious flavors we have through our remaining nine varieties.
Thank you for all you to do to support Girl Scouts in Orange County.
Due to extremely high demand, Raspberry Rally cookies are currently out of stock again. We are excited by the success of the online only cookie and the potential it holds for Girl Scouts selling skills!
Make sure to mark your calendars! Raspberry Rally Cookies will be back one final time in a very limited quantity on March 4th at 12:00 AM EST to allow late starting Councils an opportunity to sell. This will be the final release of inventory and we will be sold out for the season once stock is depleted.