Hear from Roni Luckenbill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, as
she shares important information about the 2020 Cookie Program!
Thank you for your incredible commitment to our girls during this
crisis. We are sensitive to the challenges you face at home, work, and
with your families.
With these challenges in mind, and continued challenges we face from
this pandemic, we have made the decision to end the Cookie Program
on Friday, April 24, 2020. We want to assure you, no troop will
be penalized for any leftover inventory or face financial hardship if
these extra cookies are due to the pandemic.
So what does that mean for your troop?
We are asking every Troop Cookie Manager to complete an online form
choosing the scenario that best describes your troop’s intent as it
relates to the Cookie Program. With this information we can help
ensure our troops have all the resources they need and close out the
Cookie Program without further delays.
- Option 1: Ready to finish and no cookies left to sell
- Option 2: Troop has cookies left to sell and is eager to do
- Option 3: Troop is done selling but has remaining
Please complete the
Cookie Closeout Survey by April 24
to select which option is best for your troop.
If you want to continue, and girls in your troop have not yet
reached their goals and still want to sell – we will support you and
your troop in finding those opportunities. Details on how to sell
virtually can be found below.
If your troop has extra cookies due to this pandemic, we ask that
you donate the cookies to a worthy community organization of your
choice, when it is safe to do so. Please document your donation for
your records, and share photos of your service on the GSWO Facebook page.
Troops should make the decision best for them and their families,
and we fully respect the choices that are made. No matter how you
choose to move forward with your troop’s cookie program, no troop will
be financially penalized for any leftover inventory due to COVID-19.
More detailed information will be shared with Troop Cookie Managers
through eBudde and with Service Unit Cookie Coordinators, so please be
on the lookout for next steps. Please read this information carefully;
it is critical that each and every troop select an option and submit
the online form, so we can best support you moving forward.
Thank you again. We are so inspired by all of you—our girls,
volunteers and families—who are stepping up to make the world a better
place and showing others what Girl Scouts is all about.
If you would like to continue selling Girl Scout Cookies...
Current promotions are outlined below. Please note that 40% of your
troop's balance due will be withdrawn from your troop bank account
on April 10. You will receive an email at the beginning of April
with the total balance we will withdraw from your troop's bank account.
Business Bosses Supporting Cookie Bosses
Through media and individual outreach, we are actively seeking
businesses who want to differentiate themselves by supporting local
Girl Scouts. Businesses can sell (or donate) 4 or more cases of
cookies on behalf of the troop.
Troops can complete this form to request to be matched with a
business. If you would like to invite one or more businesses in
your community to participate, you can send them to our Business Bosses Supporting Cookie
Bosses webpage, or share posts from our social media.
Virtual Cookie Booths
To facilitate online sales, we have temporarily relaxed the
restriction on sharing cookie links on public pages.
Permitted: Posts to Closed or Private Facebook Community
Groups or other local community social media.
Not Permitted: Posts to Public pages such as Marketplace,
Craigslist, eBay, or Amazon are still not allowed per safety
- Customers can purchase digitally and pay via
Clover (or other methods) and arrange porch drop offs.
- Many troops have had success sharing videos of girls shown with
their remaining inventory, creating cookie “Quarantine Survival
Kits,” and inviting friends and neighbors to donate to Troop Gift of
Eat. Share. Show Communities We Care.
You may have seen a promotion from GSUSA, our national organization,
called “Eat. Share. Show Communities We Care.” We took the initiative
to launch Business
Bosses Supporting Cookie Bosses (for companies who want to
purchase cookies) and the Cookie
Relief Fund (for donors who want to support girls who lost
sales) before the national campaign. Therefore, we are not
participating in the national promotion. To help local Girl Scouts,
please support and share one or both of these efforts.
Please know that we are continuing to work on other initiatives to
ensure the disruption to the Girl Scout Cookie Program does not
cause financial hardships for troops, volunteers, and/or families.