COOKIE PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE
It’s almost cookie time! We want your cookie experience to be as easy for you and your troop as possible!
Do you have questions or need some ideas on how to get through the 2014 cookie program?
Do you have helpful hints to share that have worked for your troop?
Product staff will be at:
Owensboro PLC Saturday, December 7 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Reminder: 2013 cookie dough will be expiring Dec.10 so it’s a good time to visit the GS shop.
Louisville PLC Tuesday, December 10 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The shop will be open that evening and a reminder that 2013 cookie dough will expire that day.
Elizabethtown PLC Tuesday, January 7 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The shop will be open that evening as usual.
Paducah PLC Saturday, January 18 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
January 18 is the deadline for girls to get their initial cookie orders into their troop leaders and we can help you with your troop entries. The shop will be open that day as usual.
Staff and other volunteers will be available to help with:
Entering your girls in ebudde and navigating through the computer program
Sharing booth ideas, troop profit suggestions and other “best practices” with troop leaders/cookie chairs from other areas/service units
View the girl rewards and learn more about troop rewards
Enjoy some snacks and door prizes
The council product staff and PLC staff will be hosting the cookie open house to answer your questions and let troops share ideas and make the cookie season a fun, exciting experience for the Girl Scout adults in your troop as well as the girls! So, join us at a Cookie Open House near you, have some fun and help your troop travel through the cookie program for 2014.
Click on the Cookie Locator to find a Girl Scout Cookie Booth near YOU!
Sales Tips to promote and increase GS cookie sales
- Make sure to go door to door with cookies in hand, remembering the safety rules! Easy sales and a great way to reach your next reward level. When you deliver your initial orders, be sure to have extra cookies with you.
- Are you in Cookie Club? If not, ask your leader to set up the troop and give you access.Then check Cookie Club often, and see who has sent you an order.
- Do you know all about the 5 for 5 promotion? If not, look in the cookie section on the GSK website and learn all about it. When a customer orders 3 boxes, suggest they make a 2 box donation to Gift of Caring, and they will be eligible to win. Make the same suggestion when you deliver your initial order cookies.
- Have a goal that you can talk to people about – customers will be interested to hear how much you learn through the cookie program.
- Keep track of your sales (you can use Cookie Club) so you will know how close you are to your next reward level.
- Have a Goal Getter card.
- Your troop should have decided where your Gift of Caring donations will go. Remind your customers who you are helping and if they are on a diet, they can still support Girl Scouts.
- Remind customers this is a once a year program. Plan ahead – Girl Scout cookies freeze well!
Cookie Club Promotion
- All troops using cookie club will go into a troop drawing for a $50 Girl Scout shop gift certificate – it is easy to enter your troop.
- Girls sending 20 or more e-cards using cookie club will have a chance to win a pair of Beats headphones.
- The national average of boxes ordered through cookie club is 6 boxes per customer.
- There are goal setting tools and fun activities for the girls on cookie club.
I'll Show You HOW! There's more to Girl Scout Cookies. The Girl Scout cookie program can help girls dream more. Have more opportunities. Give more to their communitities and do more than they ever thought possible.
From Cookie Club to mobile Apps to online trainings girls will join together and continue into the next century of Girl Scouting with new and modern methods to promote and market the Girl Scout cookie brand.
The Girl Scout cookie program is much more than a fundraiser. It's a fun way for girls of all ages to earn the money that fuels their dreams. And it's a powerful, hands-on leadership and entrepreneurial program where girls learn goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
The Girl Scout cookie program can lead to bigger things for girls in business, in society and in life. Helping girls dream more, have more opportunities and do more than they ever thought possible.
Thanks to all of our cookie customers! Remember, the cookie program runs from January 1, 2014 through March 16, 2014. If you want to purchase cookies or donate cookies to the Gift of Caring program click here.
Council Goal: 2.2 Million Packages
- Remember that cookies sell for $3.50 a box and are not to be sold on the Internet (see Safety-Wise rules below).
- Girls, not adults, should be selling the cookies.
- Don't forget to write your customers a thank-you note when they order!
- Remember to encourage recycling of those cartons and boxes.
- Online Training: http://vipetraining.littlebrownie.com
This online training site includes specifics to our council and an overview of information from Little Brownie Bakers. SU cookie chairs and troop cookie chairs with 3 or more years of experience in the cookie chair position may opt to take the online training as their required cookie training this year. Please check with your PLC about cookie trainings.
- Demo Site:http://ebdemo.littlebrownie.com
Click for a demo site for ebudde for troops & service unit chairs to practice and learn about ebudde.
- Main eBudde Site:http://ebudde.littlebrownie.com
eBudde is provided as a service by Little Brownie Bakers™
- Cookie Club Link:http://cookieclub.littlebrowniebakers.com
Click on the link above to access the site for online orders!
Cookie Program Patches - Check the Troop level Cookie Crossroads for more information and order form for these Cookie Program patches.
Girls who can reach the super-high goal of selling 2014 or more boxes of cookies will become members in the Stellar Seller Club and earn fantastic reward choices! All girls reaching this level will not only receive their rewards options for 1-2013 boxes but will also receive the choice of one of the following: IPOD Touch, Laptop/netbook, or 2 sessions at GSK resident camp. Also, a 2014 bar will be awarded to any girl reaching 2014 boxes sold.
Gift of Caring
Troops who decide to participate in the Gift of Caring program choose a charitable organization in their community to visit and deliver boxes of Girl Scout Cookies donated by their customers. Troops can designate as their Gift of Caring recipients firefighters, police officers, shelters, and other non-profit organizations that serve our communities. The cost of cookies bought for Gift of Caring is tax deductible. Check your troop level cookie program booklet for more information on the Gift of Caring program. Check with your Service Center office for information on a “council-wide” Gift of Caring initiative.
Troops earn 55 cents from each package of cookies plus possibly qualify for a bonus, which is based on troops averaging 180+ packages per girl.
Helpful Documents for the Cookie Program
Other Helpful Links
Important Dates 2014
Girls take advance orders. No money is collected at this time (exception is Gift of Caring program).
January 19-March 14
Girls may continue to take orders. These cookies will be filled as additional cookies to the troop. They will not be in the troop's original delivery.
Girl Scouts turn in order cards to troop cookie chair.
January 21 (or before)
Troop order is due to your service unit cookie chair. Please submit initial order through ebudde. Initial ordering is locked for troops at 10:00 pm EST. https://ebudde.littlebrownie .com
Cookies will be delivered. Check with your SU cookie chair or local PLC for delivery days and times. Girls deliver their pre-orders. Money is collected for cookies only upon delivery. Exception: if customer is only purchasing Gift of Caring cookies money can be taken with order.
February 21-March 16
Additional order taking and booth sales. Additional cookies can be obtained. Please check with your SU cookie chair or PLC for information on days and times available for pick up of extra cookies. SU cookie chairs will also be troop's first link on how to set up a cookie booth - where, where and how troops can select available booths.
March 6 Money due to troops for pre-order sales. Please make sure girls' individual order money is turned in often and early. Signed receipts must always be done between families and troops when cookies and money are exchanged.
All final cookie money due from girls to troop cookie chair for deposit into troop checking account.
All troops will have ACH payments this year. Cookie money should be deposited into troop checking account by March 21. The amount due to council will be withdrawn via ACH starting the week of March 24. Troops with families owing must turn in Family owing form on any delinquent accounts by March 21 in order to have the adjusted amount withdrawn. Troops locked out of ebudde 10:00 p.m. EST March 21. Service Units should have all troops checked for rewards submitted. Rewards not submitted by this date may not be available/received.
by May 15
Incentives available for pick up through service unit cookie chairs. Your service unit cookie chair will contact you when rewards are ready for pick up.
A NOTE ON TRANS FATS
We are pleased to announce that all of the Girl Scout Cookies offered in 2014 in our council have 0 grams of trans fat per serving. In addition, several flavors will be made with no hydrogenated oils.
Is the purchase of Girl Scout Cookies tax-deductible?
No, if the customer keeps the cookies. Individuals who buy Girl Scout Cookies and take the cookies home, or consume them, have purchased a product at a fair market value. For this reason, no part of the price of a box of Girl Scout Cookies used in this way is tax-deductible.
Yes, if the customer leaves the cookies with Girl Scouts. Many Girl Scouts ask customers to pay for one or more boxes of cookies for use in their Gift of Caring project. The customers not receiving any Girl Scout Cookies do not benefit directly from paying for them. Those individuals may treat the purchase price of the donated cookies as a charitable contribution. Individuals with specific questions should seek advice from a tax accountant.
Thanks to all the volunteers who help make the Girl Scout Cookie Program great!