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Clean-up cookie time: March 19 through April 27

Clean-up Cookie Time is a great way for troops to earn additional funds from cookie sales and to help GSCB sell leftover cookies still in council cupboards. Troops may participate either in individual girl sales or cookie booths in prime locations and at community events after the official Cookie Program ends.

 

How does it work?
Clean-up cookie booths are arranged through the Service Unit Cookie Booth Coordinator. Troops may take cookies from cookie cupboards to sell at a booth location, a walkabout or for individual girl sales. Unsold cookies may be returned to the cupboard only if taken for a clean-up booth.

 

What does the troop receive?
The troop earns 75¢ per box (up from 70¢ in previous years). Any troop who participates in a clean-up cookie sale, either by booth or individual girl sales, and sells a minimum of 36 boxes will be entered into a drawing for one of five $50 GSCB program certificate.There will be 5 regional drawings, based on the association your service unit is located in. See list below.

 

power of oneTroops who participate in clean-up sales are eligible to receive the Power of 1 patch for each girl who participates in a clean-up booth when 60+ boxes, taken from a cupboard, are sold at the booth or for each girl who sells 60 individual boxes of cookies.

 

Can troops still collect for OTH?
Girls and troops may collect donations for Operation Taste of Home through the clean-up cookie period. 
These boxes count toward troop proceeds, the $50 program certificate and the Power of 1 patches.  

 

How can our troop participate in a Clean-up Cookie Booth?
To participate in a clean-up booth, talk to your Service Cookie Booth Coordinator or check eBudde under the Booth Sites tab for open booths.

The following SU cookie cupboards are remaining open for at least the beginning of the cleanup period:  SU 1, SU 4, SU11, SU 14, SU 15, SU 31, SU 34, SU 36, SU 88, SU 89, Camden- Dover, PRC and NRC. To get more cookies please contact your SU Cookie Cupboard Manager. 

For troops that would like to pickup cookies from the PRC or NCR cookie cupboards please call the appropriate cupboard line. 
(PRC 410-742-5107 ext. 104. NRC 302-456-7121) The council cupboards at the PRC and NRC will be open on Wednesday evenings (4-7) and Saturday mornings (8 a.m. - noon) beginning on Wednesday, March, 19.  If you need to make an appointment for a time outside of these hours please contact Paula Garner in the NRC at 302-456-7150 ext. 7196. 

 

Cookies picked up for firm orders should be paid for at the time of pickup with a troop check, $3.25 per box. Cookies picked up for cookie booths, walkabouts, etc. should be paid for with a troop check at the time of the cookie return.  All unsold cookies must be returned to the cupboard no later than Wednesday, April 30 or an earlier date set by your SU Cookie Cupboard Manager. Cookies not returned by this date will be considered sold and the troop will be billed for them.

 

Regional Drawing List

1 – SUs 89, 6, 7, 10, 14, 15, 97

2 – SUs 4, 34, 36, 88

3 – SUs 11, 12, 13, 30, 31, 33

4 – 1, 2, 18, 19, 39, 45

5 – 24, 25, 27, 629

 

 

5 steps to GS Cookie Program success

Help girls have a great cookie season by guiding them through these simple steps to success:


1. Set group goals One of the most important lessons to teach a girl is how to set a challenging goal and reach it. Just imagine how far she will go in life if she knows, step by step, she can achieve her dreams. Encourage girls to set two kinds of group goals:

  • What can we do with our cookie money to help others?

  • What can we do with our cookie money for fun and learning?

Do girls need goal ideas? Check out these goal-setting activities. How much will it cost? Help girls estimate the cost of their goal with
this Goal Action Planner.
2. Set personal goals Girls want to make the group successful. How many packages must she sell?  You can guide her toward figuring it out with a simple activity.
 
3. Hold a family meeting If adults understand the importance of the GS Cookie Program, they give it their full support and help girls do everything it takes to be successful. Here are some ideas for talking to families.
 
4. Sell beyond family and friends Girl Scout families and friends make great cookie customers! But if girls plan to reach an ambitious goal, they need to expand their circle of customers. Here are some fun activities to help them get ready.
 
5. Track progress and celebrate success Invite girls to create a goal poster or cut out and use the one in your DBJ or CSA Volunteer Guide.
As sales add up, encourage girls to record them and track their success. When girls reach 100%, it’s time to celebrate!


Cookie booths play an important part of a successful Cookie Program.
Research tells us that more that 85% of those contacted  purchase Girl Scout Cookies. However, nearly 35% of all possible customers are never asked to buy.


Cookie booths bring the cookies to customers who would never be reached at home during door-to-door selling. Girls sell cookies on weekends and after schools; many customers are not home during these times.


Cookie booths give customers a chance to purchase cookies a second, third or maybe even forth time. Customers are likely to purchase more than once during a sale if given the opportunity to do so.


5 Easy Steps to a Successful Cookie Booth!

Step 1: Pick a busy place and time! Check eBudde to see what cookie booth locations are available and sign up.
Step 2: Stock Up! Check out plenty of cookies and take orders to deliver later if you run out
Step 3: Advertise! It pays to advertise! Involve the girls in brainstorming ways to attract customers to your cookie booth. Place posters announcing your upcoming cookie booth around town in places seen by many people.
Step 4: Recruit Adult Help! All cookie booths must have 2 unrelated adults. This insures girls’ safety.
Step 5: Be Prepared! Practice sales techniques. Know detailed information about each of the cookies. Girls should be able to explain Operation Taste of Home to their customers. Brush up on money-handling skills. Remind the girls to wear their uniform!
Safety First at Cookie Booths!  Be sure girls and adults understand cookie booth guidelines found in the Troop Cookie Program Manual.

 

 

Girl Scout Cookie Wonderland - For every girl who has ever wondered How! (Coming January 11, 2014.)


On January 11, girls can open the doors to the most magical bakery in the world – Little Brownie Bakers. Through this lively, interactive video, they’ll take a virtual field trip to 3 Cookie Lane and learn the secrets behind the taste sensations. Plus, they’ll meet other Girl Scouts just like them and learn how they run their own successful cookie businesses. Since it’s the land of Girl Scout Cookies, there is sure to be excitement around every corner!


It’s fun and easy to use this history-making video as the centerpiece of your own cookie rally party. Learn more and get lots of great Cookie Wonderland party ideas at the volunteer blog – blog.littlebrowniebakers.com. Or check us out on Pinterest #CookieWonderland.

 

Cookie Rallies - Kick off Cookie Season with a Cookie Rally!

 

Calling all Girl Scouts! Kick off this Cookie Program with a high energy, activity packed Cookie Rally while you show girls how to be successful in the Cookie Program.  We've put together irresistible ideas for bringing lots of fun, learning and girl motivation together into one big cookie kick-off event.  Whether you participate in our second annual national cookie kick-off, Cookies Live!, or decide to design your own rally, it's a skill building good time that generates great results.

 

Here's just a taste of what's in store . . .
Go behind the scenes. Cookies Live! features a video tour of the most magical bakery in the world - Little Brownie Bakers.
Show this video at your rally (premiering January 11, 2014) and take girls on a virtual field trip to 3 Cookie Lane.

 


Be a chef.  Every future food scientist, chef and cookie taster will want to don one of these DIY chef hats.
Take photos in a "cook-e-ologist" photo booth.  Encourage girls to create their own "recipes".


Craft with a purpose.  Learning cookie skills can take the form of a skit, a necklace craft, a flower pot craft or a hopscotch game!
Most cookie rallies last about two hours and feature large-group and small-group fun and learning activities that take place in stations.
Download your Girl Scout Cookie Rally Guide, a step-by-step planning guide, filled with lots of activities and ideas.


Must-Have Stations
Every successful rally is sure to include the following stations. Little Brownie has developed fun activity suggestions for each. 
Many activities can be adjusted to work with either small or large groups.


NEW World of Good Goal Necklace; NEW Cookie Message Clip; World of Goals Zipper Pulls; Let the T-shirts do the talking 
(Download the T-shirt activity sheet, and designs 1, 2, or 3)

More great tools:

 

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