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The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. Through it, girls learn life long skills while earning fun rewards and troop proceeds to fuel their adventures. 

The tools and resources we’ve prepared will allow you to select the level of participation and contact that’s comfortable for your family, so that no matter how you participate, your Girl Scout will have a successful program.

Still have questions? Contact the Customer Care Team at 888.350.5090 or by email.


Getting Started with the Cookie Program

The 2022 Girl Scout Cookie Program begins January 7 and runs through March 20. Below you'll find all of the resources you need to get started.

Whether this is your first time participating or your 10th, the resources below will help you participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program as a family.

First-Year Cookie Sellers

We have a video from Little Brownie Bakers for girls who are Cookie Rookies! If girls are new to the Cookie Program, this fun 10-minute video is just what they need to understand the basics. They'll learn:

  • How the program works
  • Cookie names
  • Easy ways to ask a customer to buy
  • Cookie booth essentials
  • Safety rules
  • How to set a goal

Watch the video now!

Caregiver Agreement Form

Be sure to complete the Caregiver Agreement Form so that your Girl Scout can officially particpate in the 2022 Cookie Program!

You'll need to know your troop number and your troop cookie manager's email address when completing this premission form.

Prefer to submit a paper form? Download and print the 2022 Caregiver Agreement Form.

Calendar for Families
  • January 7, 2022 - Opening day of the Girl Scout Cookie Program! Girl Scouts can begin collecting orders and should connect with your troop cookie manager for access to Digital Cookie (online storefront) if you do not receive the access email.
  • January 29, 2022 - Goal Getter Phase begins. Initial Orders will be due sometime prior to this date, connect with your troop cookie manager for your troop's deadline.
  • February 10, 2022 - Last day for Goal Getter orders to be placed in Digital Cookie to count twards the Goal Getter rewards patch.
  • February 11 - 17, 2022 - Cookie Delivery (connect with your troop cookie manager for more details)
  • February 18, 2022 - Troop secured Cookie Booths begin (connect with your troop cookie manager for your troop's potential particpation schedule). Cookie Stands and Drive-Thru booths may also begin. 
  • February 18-20, 2022 - National Cookie Weekend
  • February 25, 2022 - Council secured Cookie Booths begin
  • March 10, 2022 - Girl Delivery option in Digital Cookie shuts off
  • March 18-20, 2022 - Last Chance Weekend! Remind your cookie customers that this is their last chance to stock up.
  • March 20, 2022 - Last day of the Cookie Program. Cookie Booths and Digital Cookie close.
  • April 2022 - Rewards will be dispersed by your troop cookie manager once they receive them.
Cookie Family Guide

The 2022 Cookie Family Guide is the perfect resource to help you navigate through the program. 

 

 

2022 Order Card - download HERE

If you are in need of more paper copies of the 2022 Cookie Order Card, connect with your troop cookie manager for extras. 

Cookie Entrepreneur Family Opportunities

Earning the year-by-year Cookie Entrepreneur Family Pin is the best way to make the Girl Scout Cookie Program a family affair!  The simple, age-specific guidelines have been tailored for her developing skill set, making success a snap.

Learn more about the Cookie Entrepreneur Family Pin opportunity. 

The NEW Cookie Business badges are the best way for Girl Scouts to develop business skills and learn to think like entrepreneurs as they run their own business. Earning a Cookie Business badge gives Girl Scouts a chance to reach new heights and unleash their potential as they work together with their troop to achieve team goals. See What's New and learn more about all of the new badges. 

Addressing Cookie FAQs

Talking With Your Girl about Palm Oil
Questions have been raised about the sustainability and labor practices used in palm oil production, which is used to make Girl Scout cookies– and almost all baked goods, cosmetics and other consumer goods. Little Brownie Bakers, our cookie company, has taken a strong stand to ensure that their sources are using responsible practices and their parent company, Ferrara, has received the top rating from the World Wildlife Fund. Many of our troops responded to this discussion with an interest in using this as an educational opportunity about the global impact we all have with the food and other products we use every day.

This “Discover, Connect, Take Action” approach is exactly what Girl Scouts is about. The following discussion guide contains Girl Scout activities that broadly address “creating a sustainable world,” along with a link to a resource that provides more in-depth information and activities on palm oil issues. The GSWO team created this to support you and your girls as they take the first steps in exploring complex issues.

Girl Scout Guide to Global Issues: Sustainability

Why is palm oil used in Girl Scout Cookies?
Palm oil is an ingredient found in the majority of baked snacks sold in the United States. Per GSUSA's licensed bakers, it continues to be necessary to use palm oil in our cookies to ensure their shelf life, to bring you the highest quality products, and to serve as an alternative to trans fats. While we continue to explore other alternatives, at this time, there are no viable or readily available alternatives on the market

How the Cookie Crumbles: Where Cookie Money Goes

Did you know that 100% of the proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays right here within Girl Scouts of Western Ohio?  That means after paying for the product, the remaining proceeds of every packaged purchased goes directly to troops and our local council. 

Remind your cookie customers the financial benefits of the Girl Scout Cookie program with the How the Cookie Crumbles flier.  

Cookie 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! 

Check out the 2022 Cookie Rewards Lineup!


Digital Dough

At some levels girls can opt for Digital Dough instead of a traditional reward. Digital Dough (sometimes referred to as Cookie Dough) is a council digital gift card that can be used to pay for service unit day camps, council sponsored programs, in the shop, or next year's registration.

The electronic gift card numbers will be emailed to caregivers with redemption instructions by May 2022. Digital Dough expires March 15, 2023.

Girls who sell 1,000-2,500+ packages levels may select a reward from a previous reward level and make up the difference with additional cookie dough!

Redeem your Digital Dough

Virtual Programming: 5 Skills for 5 Days

Looking for a fun way to prepare for the Girl Scout Cookie program, virtually? Then look no further, our 5 Skills for 5 Days vitual programs are perfect for you!

Join us on our Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Facebook Page each evening at 7 p.m. during the week leading up to the Cookie Program, January 3 - 7, 2022. Each day, we'll offer a fun learning opportunity along with an activity for girls to follow along and hear more about the new skills they'll learn through their participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

Can't attend live? Don't worry, replays will be available on Facebook!

Participation for Juliettes

The Juliette program is Girl Scouting custom-made for individually registered Girl Scouts, meaning a girl who is currently waiting for a troop to open in the area or is self-navigating their Girl Scout experience. 

A Juliette can participate in all Girl Scout activities open to her grade level including the Girl Scout Cookie Program! Juliette Girl Scouts participate through their regional office; contact Customer Care at 888.350.5090 or by email to get the specifics for your Girl Scout.


Cookie Participation Options

Participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program is an important part of skill-building process for girls. And, there are lots of options and ways for girls to participate this year! Check out this handy overview.


Virtual & Digital Cookie Participation

Even if you're planning to participate in person this year, virtual is a great way to kickstart your Cookie Business and reach more cookie customers.

Digital Cookie Storefronts for Girls

Go digital to grow your business! The Digital Cookie platform makes reaching out and connecting with your cookie customers easy. Customers can purchase Girl Scout Cookies to be shipped to their home or delivered directly by your Girl Scout, and they can conveniently pay for their cookies online. 

On January 7, 2022 look for an email with your access link to set up your Girl Scout’s very own online storefront through Digital Cookie. Follow the prompts to participate in this online opportunity. If you cannot find the email, you can resend the email from the login page by clicking on the "Need Help" button at digitalcookie.girlscouts.org

For further assistance with helping your Girl Scout set up her Digital Cookie storefront, connect with your troop cookie manager and follow the easy steps to get started with Digital Cookie on page 4 of your Cookie Family Guide!

 

Digital Cookie Tip Sheets

Looking for more detailed assitance with your Digital Cookie account? Check out these tip sheets. 

Inventory and Girl Delivery Settings
Girl Delivery Orders - Approval Steps

For step-by-step instructions on marketing to your clients via email and by sharing your online storefront link, check out the Marketing to Customers tip sheet. 

 


In-Person Cookie Participation

We want to be sure your girl or troop is prepared for this season, should they choose to safely participate in any in-person cookie activities. Check out the resources available to help you do just that!

As a reminder, masks are required for all in-person Girl Scout activities, which includes participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

The safety of our girls and volunteers is our top priority, and we may need to be adjust the Girl Scout Cookie Program as needed in order to ensure everyone can have a safe, fun, and engaging experience. If you are unsure of the current guidelines in place, visit our Girl Scouts of Western Ohio COVID-19 safety guidlines at gswo.org/safety for the most accurate and up-to-date information. 

Cookie Booths

Cookie Booths are a valued aspect of the Cookie Program. Girls learn important communication skills, how to network and manage their own business while being able to provide the sweet cookie treats to the public.

Our Cookie Booth phase of the 2022 Cookie Program officially begins on February 18, 2022. Troops can connect with business partners in their area to set up troop-secured cookie booths. If you know of a business or location that would be willing to host a cookie booth for your troop, be sure to let your troop cookie manager know!

2022 Cookie Booth Guidelines - COMING SOON!

Drive-Thru Cookie Booths

Customers love being able to purchase Girl Scout cookies while on the go. A Drive-Thru Cookie Booth is a great way for troops to offer convenience, distance and a quick cookie transaction experience for those cookie fans. Connect with your troop cookie manager to see if your troop is participating in an area drive-thru cookie booth. 

To aid with tracking of your inventory and sales at cookie booths or cookie stands, download the 2022 Booth Inventory Chart. 

Cookie Stands

Families may work together to host their very own Cookie Stand! A cookie stand is similar to a lemonade stand in that it is ran by girls from one household with their caregiver there to supervise. The caregiver is responsible for the cookies they sign out, and since you are supervising your own Girl Scout, membership and background checks are not required. This will allow your girl to have the booth experience even if the troop may not be participating in troop booths.  

Guidelines are as follows:

  • Family/Household Unit – minimum one adult/caregiver and maximum two girls from same household. 
  • Troop-secured locations only – households can set up at local businesses not already secured by council. If you're unsure of a location or business, ask your troop cookie manager for more details. You may also set up on your own private property.
  • Caregivers must seek approval from troop cookie manager, who will then submit the Cookie Stand on your behalf for council approval. Once approved, the location, date, and time will link to the national Cookie Finder link. If on private home property, the stand does not need to be submitted for approval. 
  • Locations will be approved on first-come-first-served basis; if a troop has already submitted a location for a Cookie Stand/Booth approval, the second request will be denied and encouraged to seek a different date/time from the location to re-submit. 
  • Caregiver must connect with the troop cookie manager to obtain cookie inventory (and sign receipts). As with any time cookies are signed out, the cookies and funds for those cookies are the your responsibility.
  • Households with girls from more than one troop must work with each troop’s cookie manager for inventory calculations and funds due if girls are working a Cookie Stand together. 
  • All general Cookie Booth guidelines as pertaining to etiquette, setup, teardown, and COVID restriction policies must be followed at Cookie Stands. Connect with your troop cookie manager for that information.
Contact-Free Payment with Clover Go
Clover Go

Clover Go is a credit card processing app available for all of our troops and families!  This means troops and girls will be able accept credit cards at booths and when they deliver cookies to customers.. 

When you are ready to delivery cookie orders to your customers, you can easily connect with them to accept the credit card payment over the phone to process manually through the Clover Go app! You can then schedule a porch-drop for that customer as a convenient, contact-free way to safely get cookies into the hands of your supporters! 

Your troop cookie manager will let you know if your troop is participating and how to set up the Clover Go app to connect to your troop

Digital Cookie

If your troop is not utilizing credit card payment through Clover Go, Digital Cookie has a solution! Youccan easily accept credit card payments while making a delivery (if those orders weren't already ordered through Digital Cookie) through the Digital Cookie dashboard. 


Promotional Tools

To help boost your cookie business, we have created a supply of social media graphics, downloadable posters and images and more. Promote your cookie season in lots of different ways by visiting our Marketing Resouces page. 


Cookie Donations

By donating cookies, cookie customers can double their giving efforts by supporting Girl Scouts and donating to others in need at the same time. Plus, girls learn about philanthropy and the power of giving back to their local communities. So, that's a win-win-win. Even better!

Talk with your troop cookie manager about how your troop is handling cookie donations and then be sure to check out the Marketing Resources available to help you promote your support!