The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world! By selling cookies, girls develop five essential skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—all of which help them succeed today and in the future. They grow their confidence and practice leadership, too.
Taking part in this entrepreneurship opportunity is easy! There are three ways to participate:
1. Order Cards:
One of the most popular ways for Girl Scouts to sell cookies is to use a paper order card. Girls can pick up their paper order card during their Service Unit Cookie Rally or from their troop leader if they are unable to attend this fun event. By reaching out to friends and family, going door to door, or visiting parents’ workplaces, their family’s place of worship or other gathering places (with permission), girls use their order card to write down what kind of cookies each customer wants and then promptly deliver the orders when the cookies come in. Some Service Units collect money up front and others collect all money when the cookies are delivered – so be sure to check with your troop leader. Taking cookie orders in person is a great way for girls to build confidence as they practice their cookie pitch and work on their communication skills. See Girl Safety Tips
2. Digital Cookie:
The newest way to sell Girl Scout Cookies is through the Digital Cookie platform! With Digital Cookie, girls can develop their very own online storefront on a secure, safe website developed by Girl Scouts of the USA. Here, they can share their Cookie Program goals and send emails to friends and family – including those who live out of the area – asking if they’d like to help hit their milestones. Digital Cookie is a great way to reach even more customers and for girls to get experience with digital marketing techniques!
If your Girl Scout needs help getting signed up for Digital Cookie, please contact GSofSI at 800.345.6858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Cookie Booths:
At a Girl Scout Cookie Booth, girls can work together with their troop to raise funds with their own store in front of local businesses, athletic events, or other establishments. At a Cookie Booth, girls have cookies directly in hand to sell to customers. Some troops even chose to use modern technology in the form of credit/debit card readers. Cookie Booths are a great way to build team spirit and sharpen entrepreneurial skills such as inventory control, money management, and customer service. Get Cookie Booth Resources
Note: Gift of Caring:
Customers have the option to donate to Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' Gift of Caring campaign through all methods of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Through Gift of Caring, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois partners with area nonprofit H.E.R.O.E.S. Care to send Girl Scout Cookies to current and veteran U.S. Military Members as a token of our appreciation. Learn more about Gift of Caring