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Resources for Cookie Volunteers

COVID Guidelines and Processes

The sale types that could require interaction with customers outside of your household (hybrid and in-person) are allowed with the understanding that Cookie COVID-19 Guidelines must be met and can change at any time during the 2021 Cookie Program.

COVID Guidelines

During the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program, the safety of our girls, volunteers, and families is our top priority. The pandemic continues to affect every decision we make regarding this cookie season, and we are working diligently to adapt processes and procedures to ensure girls have an amazing Cookie Program experience while staying safe.

The tools and resources below will allow you to select the level of participation and contact that’s comfortable for your family. Throughout all phases of the Cookie Program, we are committed to minimizing contact and will be updating the GSCSNJ COVID-19 page regularly to enable you to have a successful program!

Check back often to stay up to date. Cookie COVID Guidelines last updated Friday, January 8, 2021.

Getting Started!

Participating in the largest girl-led business may seem daunting, but it doesn't need to be! Below is everything you need to get started with the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

If you haven't already, don't forget to register a Troop Cookie Manager for your troop and sign the Troop Cookie Manager Agreement Form.

2021 Key Dates
Key Cookie Program Dates
  • November 6: Troop Cookie Manager Uploads into Smart Cookies
  • December 4: Girl Upload into Smart Cookies begins
  • December 13: Initial Orders Due in Smart Cookies
  • December 5-13: Initial Order Deliveries
  • January 14: Cookie Program Starts!
  • January 29: 1st ACH Withdraw
  • February 19: 2nd ACH Withdraw
  • February 19-21: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
  • March 1: Begin Creating Girl Recognition Orders in Smart Cookies
  • March 1: Contact Parents/Guardians for Unsold Inventory
  • March 19: 3rd ACH Withdraw
  • March 28: Cookie Program Ends!
  • March 28 - April 2: Girl Money and Paperwork due to Troop
  • April 2: Delinquent Parent Paperwork Due to Council
  • April 9: Final ACH Withdraw
  • Mid-May: Girl Rewards Delivered to Service Unit
GSCSNJ Team App

Get the GSCSNJ's cookie app!

It’s great to keep Troops and Service Units up-to-date on cookie news, important dates, documents, and much more! To access all of the features, download Team App on your smartphone - it’s 100% free.

Launch Team App and search for GSCSNJ Cookies. Then:

  1. Sign-up to Team App. You'll be sent an email to confirm your registration.
  2. Search for Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ in the App and request access.

Don't have a smart phone? No problem! Just visit us online.

Troop Cookie Manager Guide (PDF)

The guide has all things cookies, important dates, cookie booths, COVID-19 Guidelines, and more!” - The guide has all things cookie - important dates, cookie booth information, COVID-19 Guidelines, and more!

Cookie Program Family Guide (PDF)

Join the tradition of making memories, practicing entrepreneurial skills, and being part of something great! You can still do amazing things in these uncertain times.

First-Year Cookie Manager Tips

 

Being a volunteer in a Girl Scout Troop for the first time is a big job and participating in the largest girl-led business may seem daunting, but the Girl Scout Cookie Program doesn’t need to be!

 

Here are some quick tips to make your first cookie season a success:

  • Hold a caregiver meeting: This is your first change to get girls and caregivers on the same page and for your troop leader to assist in setting goals. Use the 2021 Cookie Family Guide as your outline for the meeting. You are here to help the girls with their Cookie Business so it’s important to set clear guidelines and expectations for girls and families.
  • Ask for help!: The Cookie Program runs from January-March and there are plenty of opportunities for you to recruit helpers in your troop.
  • Stay Organized: The most tried and true tip for any Troop Cookie Manager is to stay organized! Grab a binder and put your Troop Cookie Manager Guide with all important paperwork inside. Use clear protectors to hold girl documents and all signed receipts from the caregivers. Keeping all of your paperwork in one place is vital for success.
Smart Cookies Resources
Troop to Girl Transfers (Video)

Learn how to transfer cookie inventory from the Troop inventory to a girl.

 

Creating a Recognition Order (Video)

Directions for how to create and manage recognition orders in Smart Cookies.

 

Creating a Planned Order (Video)

Planned Orders placed for pickup at a cupboard by a troop informs Council of how many cases of each variety we need to have stocked based on troop demand.

 

Online Sales Management (Video)

Managing online cookie sales with Smart Cookies.

 

How to Create Virtual Cookie Booth Link (Video)

Smart Cookies Virtual Booth Sale feature provides a way for consumers to purchase delicious Girl Scout Cookies through touchless transactions.

 

Entering Damages (PDF)

When there are packages of cookies that have been damaged in a manner that is deemed unfit to sell to the customers, those packages will need to be documented in the Damaged Orders section of Smart Cookies.

 

Manage Orders (PDF)

The Manage Orders page displays all transactions related to the troop and provides access to view/edit/delete orders as needed during the sale.  Filters allow the user to quickly find specific orders or types of orders and information can be exported easily. 

 

Virtual Cookie Share (PDF)

The Virtual Cookie Share page is used for entering orders for the Virtual Cookie Share program, to record cookie donations so the Troops and the Girls are credited for those sales.

 

Girl/Family Smart Cookie Resources (Webpage)

Girls use the Smart Cookies site to set their cookie goals, manage their cookie sales, track their progress, view recognitions, and send Smart Cookies e-cards to customers.

 

Family Meeting Guides

It is important that you discuss the Cookie Program with your caregivers.

Hold your Family Meeting for the Cookie Season with confidence using these brand new meeting guides courtesy of GSUSA!

Troop Activities For Endless Cookie Fun!

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is so much more than selling cookies. Through the experience, girls build 5 skills that will last a lifetime: goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Fun cookie activities, like the ones below, can provide girls with opportunities to think about these skills and how to put them into action as a team.  

Virual Cookie Rally

Build excitement around the Cookie Program with a cookie event at the Service Unit or Troop level. Girls of all ages learn how to think like an entrepreneur as they sell cookies and build the 5 skills through participation in these activities, interactive stations, and fun!

 

Journey of a Girl Scout Cookie Patch Program

The journey of a Girl Scout Cookie is far and wide! From forecasting to baking and shipping, the delicious and iconic Girl Scout Cookie has a long path before customers get to enjoy them and Girl Scouts get to benefit from the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world!

 

Cookie Entrepreneur Family Pins

Each Girl Scout grade level has its own set of requirements to help families guide their Girl Scout as she runs her own cookie business year after year. Girls can earn all 13 pins in the collection—one unique pin for every year they participate and meet the requirements. Guidelines for each program level linked below.

Rewards, Incentives, and More!

Troop Volunteer Incentive

Troops can earn two (2) mesh tote bags by completing the following criteria by April 2, 2021:

  1. Complete weekly troop to girl transfers
    • At least 6 out of the 9 weeks of the Cookie Program
  2. No bounced ACH withdrawals
  3. Final cookie balance paid by the last ACH withdrawal
  4. All girl hoodie and shirt sizes entered into Smart Cookies
Check out the mesh tote bag on the  Volunteer Incentive Flyer!
Girl Rewards

Girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program will not only learn awesome skills they will use the rest of their life, they'll also earn rewards! 

View Girl Rewards
Cookie Contests
Cookie Contests

Click the button below for more information on our 2021 Cookie Contests and how your girl/troop can participate.

Option for Cadette, Senior & Ambassador Troops

Older girl troops (grades 6-12) can opt-out of Cookie Program rewards and earn higher proceeds. Girls may choose to do this because they prefer the extra proceeds to help their entire troop complete activities instead of receiving individual rewards.

Older Girl Troops that opt-out of rewards for higher proceeds will still earn patches and the 500, 1000, and 1,100 prize levels. This decision must be made by a troop as a whole.

 

Review and complete the Older Girl Reward Opt-Out form.

Please Note: This form must be submitted with troop's final paperwork and turned into the Service Unit Cookie Manager.