Safety is the top priority while selling Girl Scout Cookies and other
products. Volunteers, caregivers and girls should be familiar with and
practice the following:
Girl Scout council-sponsored Product Programs, which include
magazines, candy, and nuts, as well as cookies, give girls proven
opportunities to earn money and/or credits for their Girl Scout
program activities. These programs also contribute significantly to
the girls’ local councils and communities through take action
projects. In order to ensure the emotional and physical safety and
well-being of girls, which is always a top priority in any activity,
read and understand the following guidelines.
Communicate with Caregivers
Ensure that the caregivers of all girls participating in
Product Programs are fully informed about the activity including the:
- Safety precautions in place
- Need for appropriate
clothing and/or supplies
- Need for advance arrangements for
all transportation and confirmation of these plans
- Need for
written permission from them in order for their girl to
- Location of designated sale areas, which are also
communicated to the Council
Arrange for Volunteer Supervision
Approved Girl Scout volunteers provide supervision and guidance
for all grade levels, and must accompany Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies,
and Juniors when they are selling, taking orders for or delivering
products. Volunteers must be present at booth activities, regardless
of the age of the girls (see also the section “Knowing How Many
Volunteers You Need”). Adults who oversee Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors
and Ambassadors must:
- Be aware of how, when and where the girls are selling
- Be on call when girls are participating in product
- Be readily available to them should they need
- Help girls understand how to be safe in their
surroundings, and always enforce the use of the buddy system.
Volunteer supervision for all Girl Scouts extends to any online
activity. Consult the “Computer/Online Use” Safety Activity
Checkpoints for specific information about safe online practices for
all activities, and to obtain a copy of the Girl Scout Internet Safety
Pledge. If someone takes money or cookies from your booth, do not
attempt to physically recover the stolen items and do not allow the
girls to do so. Instead, get a good description of the offender(s),
call 911, and alert local security (if applicable). Make sure girls
know what to do in case of theft. Report any incidents to your local
council according to its guidelines.
Plan for Safeguarding Money
Girls should always have a
plan for safeguarding money, which includes such things as:
- Don’t walk around with large amounts of money.
the cash box against a wall or behind a barrier of cookie
- Don’t keep money at home or school.
cookie money to supervising volunteers, who will deposit the money
as soon as possible.
- Have an adult volunteer keep the money
secure, for example in a front-facing pouch tied around their
Use the Buddy System
Girls are divided into teams of two, with each girl choosing a
buddy. Girls are responsible for staying with their buddy at all times and:
- Warning her buddy of danger
- Giving her buddy
immediate assistance if safe to do so
- Seeking help when the
situation warrants it
Be Streetwise and Follow Your Instincts
In order to ensure the
safety of girls while selling door-to-door, you and the girls should
become familiar with the areas and neighborhoods in which girls
would like to sell. In addition, girls should:
- Participate in door-to-door sales only during daylight
- Wear a membership pin, uniform, or Girl Scout clothing
(e.g., Girl Scout T-shirt) to clearly identify themselves as Girl
- Avoid a house or person that makes them
uncomfortable. They should walk away and find the next person/place
that does not make them uncomfortable.
- Call 9-1-1 if they
see someone that seems to be acting in a way that makes them feel
unsafe. This could include, but is not limited to, any person who is
staring at them for long periods, seems to be following them for no
apparent reason or takes pictures of them.
- Use safe
pedestrian practices, such as crossing at corners and obeying walk
- Do not enter the home or vehicle of a stranger.
- Avoid selling to people in vehicles (except at drive-thru cookie
booths) or going into alleys.
- No one should carry large
amounts of money, see “Plan for Safeguarding Money” above.