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Tools for Cookie Program Success 

ABC Smart Cookies
Want to make this cookie season the best one yet? Smart Cookies is your cookie business headquarters! Check out this video to see some of the awesome features of the Smart Cookies Online Business Management System: ABC Smart Cookies Demo Video

The Cookie Program Service Project!

Each year the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England selects a local organization to be the recipient of our annual Cookie Program Community Service Project. After multiple rounds of voting by our GSSNE Girl Scout family, the 2020 recipient will be the GSSNE Endowment Fund for Camp Hoffman! Click here to learn more. 

Want to know about all the benefits of selling Girl Scout Cookies? Looking for a one-stop-shop with the latest safety guidelines, information on earning the Girl Scout Cookie Entrepreneur Family Pin, and tips for parents and volunteers working with Girl Scout Cookie professionals? 

Girl Scouts of the USA's Cookie Resources Page
Here you'll find handouts, posters, videos, and other materials to help you have fun and stay safe as you build your cookie business.

2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program Resources

Want to know about all the benefits of selling Girl Scout Cookies? Looking for a one-stop shop with the latest safety guidelines, information on earning the Cookie Entrepreneur Family pin, and tips for parents and volunteers working with Girl Scout Cookie professionals? 

ABC Bakers Smart Cookies Training Videos
Fun Things!
Cookie Booths
Helpful Resources
  • GSUSA's Girl Scout Cookie Redistribution Policy (important)
  • Smart Cookies Flyer
  • GSSNE has an app! We launched an app through Team App for the Cookie Program to keep you up-to-date with news, dates, documents, and much more. It’s great for Troops, Service Units, and Parents/Guardians. To access our app, you will need to download Team App onto your smartphone by visiting www.teamapp.com/app or search for Team App in your phone’s app store.
    • Once downloaded, launch Team App, then:
      1. Sign-up to Team App. You’ll be sent an email to confirm your registration.
      2. Once your registration is confirmed, login to the app. You can then search for our “team”- GSSNE Cookies
      3. Click “Become a member of this team” and request access to the group1. (s) that apply to you. Some groups require approval to join. If you are requesting access, please provide an explanation as to why you want to join, and your request will be approved by GSSNE staff (for example, only Cookie PPCs will be approved to join the Cookie PPC group).
    • Don’t have a smartphone? No problem! Just visit us online at: gssnecookies.teamapp.com
    • GSSNE Cookies Team App Flyer
What Troops Earn

Troop Proceeds

Per Registered Girl Average* Per Package Proceeds
1-99.99 $0.52
100-159.99 $0.65
160-199.99 $0.80
200 or more $0.90

Older Girl Proceeds

Cadette/Senior/Ambassador Girl Scout troops may select to receive additional proceeds by opting out of the main (final) girl recognition program. Troops who opt out of recognitions still receive patches and Troop Leaders are still required to transfer cookies to girls and submit a recognition order at the end of the sale. Older girl proceeds are based on the number of girls who participate in the sale. Older girl troops who opt out of receiving recognitions will receive the following:

Per Registered Girl Average* Award Amount Per Girl Who Sold
100-199.99 $10.00
200-299.99 $20.00
300-399.99 $30.00
400 or more $40.00

The Troop Leader must submit a signed older girl permission slip with their final payment to the council for every girl in the troop in order to receive additional proceeds and it must be a decision made by the entire troop. Troops who choose this option give up the ability to receive girl recognitions and to use cookie camp credits (including transferring cookie camp credits to sisters). Multilevel troops only qualify for the Older Girl Proceeds if the entire troop are Cadettes or older. A separate proceeds check will be mailed to the leader at the completion of the sale.

*All Per Girl Averages are based on registered girls in the troop. Older Girl Proceeds distributed are based on the number of girls who participate in the sale. 

What Girls Earn

Click here for the PDF version of the Girl Recognitions!

What are Summer Camp Cookie Credits?

All registered girls earn twenty cents ($0.20) per package that may be applied as a discount to the cost of attending GSSNE Day Camp, Overnight Camp, or for the per person fee for The Great Escape. Girls in troops who choose Older Girl Proceeds do not earn Camp Cookie Credits. Credits may be pooled by sisters in the same family (click here for the Camp Cookie Credit Transfer Form). Summer Camp Cookie Credits cannot be transferred outside of families. Camp Cookie Credits expire on September 30, 2020 and cannot be used for troop camping, Tall and Small, Into the Woods, or Can U Canoe. 

For the 2021 Cookie Program GSSNE will be making adjustments to the Summer Camp Cookie Credit ranges to bring us into better compliance with GSUSA and IRS guidelines. Camperships will also still be available to those who need them. GSSNE aims to ensure that any Girl Scout who wants to go to camp has that opportunity, regardless of her family’s ability to pay!

What is Cookie Dough?

Cookie Dough is a credit that is an option for girls to select in lieu of recognitions at certain sales levels. These credits can be used in the GSSNE Council Shop or applied to 2020 GSSNE Summer Camp. Cookie Dough credit is nontransferable.  

Cookie Program Online Marketing Policy

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. Please use the following GSUSA guidelines for girl online marketing during the Girl Scout Product Programs:

  • Girls must read and accept the Girl Scouts Internet Safety Pledge before they can participate in the Smart Cookies Online Cookie Program and online marketing of their cookie sale. Parents/guardians of girls must read and accept the Family Adult Permission and Responsibility Form before their daughter can participate in the Smart Cookies Online Cookie Program and online marketing.
  • Girls who are 13 years old or older may use social networking sites to market product, but must follow council and GSUSA guidelines.
  • For girls under 13 years old, a parent/guardian must manage the girl’s Smart Cookies account and be responsible for all content and information posted.
  • Girls sending out product emails or announcements online should sign with their first names only, their troop/group number or name and their council name. Personal e-mails, phone numbers, or street addresses of girls should never be used for contacting or responding to customers.
  • Girls may only post about their participation in the Smart Cookies Program on social media sites that allow them to restrict access to friends and family (ex. Facebook), and not to social media sites open to anyone (ex. Craigslist or e-Bay).
  • Girls can only share the link to their Smart Cookies site with people they know in real life.
  • Due to the fact that the Cookie Program is a girl-led business, friends and family may share girl post or links, but may not personally sell cookies themselves (for example, it is ok to say “my daughter is selling Girl Scout cookies, please contact her to purchase”. Adults cannot say “I am selling Girl Scout cookies”)

The safety of our members is always our first priority. Please remember to be a sister to every Girl Scout during the cookie program, and at all times. Public sales outside of your service unit should first be cleared with the Product Program Coordinator in that service unit.

 

Individually Registered Members and the Cookie Program

Individually Registered Members & the Cookie Program

Individually Registered Members (IRM), formerly referred to as Individually Registered Girls (IRG) or Juliettes, can participate in the Cookie Program. Proceeds cannot be paid to IRMs per GSUSA and IRS guidelines. Instead, they earn Cookie Dough credits. They can also still earn recognition items!

If an IRM would like to participate in the Cookie Program, she will be recorded in Smart Cookies under her service unit’s 5000 number troop, for example, 5001 or 5029. Girls who are actively participating in a troop cannot be considered an IRM for the Product Programs. To participate, please contact your service unit’s Cookie Product Program Coordinator or council.

Cookie Dough credits will be awarded to an IRM who sells 100 or more packages of cookies. Cookie Dough credit cannot be transferred to another Girl Scout and cannot be replaced or refunded.

Cookie Dough can be used in our council shop or applied to GSSNE Summer Camp. Cookie Dough expires on September 30, 2020.

Packages Sold  Cookie Dough Earned
Level 1: 100-199.99 packages  $25
Level 2: 200-349.99 packages $50
Level 3: 350-499.99 packages $75
Level 4: 500+ packages $100
Girl Delivered Option in ABC Smart Cookies

How do I take a Girl Delivered order?

When girls send e-cards to friends and family through ABC Smart Cookies, they have the option of offering their customers a Girl Delivery. This is great for friends and family who are close by or you will be seeing soon to order cookies without paying shipping fees. Check out this video for more information about the girl experience in ABC Smart Cookies, including the Girl Delivered option:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RV4t7yfEGg&feature=youtu.be

First launched in 2019, girls now have the ability to take credit cards straight through the ABC Smart Cookies website or app when they deliver their girl delivered orders. Here's how: 

  • Go into "my orders", "take cookie order". 
  • Enter the order
  • Click "delivered" and "paid". 
  • It will then bring up the option of credit card. Girls can enter the card information on the next screen. The credit card information is not stored anywhere! 
  • The payment will get credited directly to the girl and the troop as a payment the same way the direct ship cookies do.  

For 2020, troops will no longer be responsible for covering the fees associated with using the girl delivered credit card option!

How to check the girl delivered orders for your Girl Scout, troop, or service unit: 

Girls/caregivers can see on the dashboard that their girl has a girl delivered order under the "packages sold" section. To view details of the order, go to "my orders" and "manage my orders". It will list all the orders she has and there's an option that says "print report" which will detail the packages sold, customer info, etc.

Troop leaders and Product Program Coordinators can look up this information through a report. Go to “reports”,  “orders”,  then “mobile and ecard summary”. This will show you what was ordered through girl delivered and through direct ship. Troop leaders will need to account for the girl delivered orders when they place orders with their PPCs, just like you account for paper order cards. 

                   

Key Dates

Please note: these are the dates set by GSSNE for all Troops and Service Units that are important for girls/caregivers. Your Troop Leaders or your service unit's Product Program Coordinator may have separate dates for your Service Unit and Troop. Please be sure to follow all dates set by your Troop Leader and Service Unit. 

December
  • December 20 or before – Troops train girls and Service Units hold cookie rallies
  • December 21 - Girls start taking orders and online marketing begins. Registered girls will receive emails to register with ABC Smart Cookies before this date. Please note, it is optional to start taking orders on this day.
  • December 23-29 - Council office closed for Christmas
January
  • January 1 - Council office closed for New Year’s Day
  • January 4 - Cookie Rally at the URI Ryan Center (click here for the flyer)
  • January 18-26 - Initial deliveries. Direct sale service units will receive initial deliveries January 18-22, order taking service units will receive initial deliveries January 23-26.
  • January 18 - Cookie booths begin
  • January 20 - Council office closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 28 - Reorders begin. Girls/caregivers must make a payment every time cookies are received.                       

*Your service unit’s PPC will let you know if you are an order taking or direct sale service unit.  

February
  • February 28-March 1 - National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

*Booth sales run throughout February and March. Troops and girls are required to continue to make payments throughout the program. 

March
  • March 15 - Regular season booth sales continue until this date. Clear out the cupboard booths run through the end of the month.
  • March 27 - Online sales end
  • March 29 - Last day of booth sales
  • March 30 - Final payments and recognition orders are due to council. 

*Booth Sales run throughout February and March. Troops and girls are required to continue to make payments throughout the program. 

May-June
  • Recognitions are shipped to service units and distributed to troops. Troops should distribute earned recognitions to girls as soon as you receive them from their PPC.
September 30, 2020

All cookie paperwork, including receipts and payment forms must be kept until this date.