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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. The 2021 recipient will be the Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL). The Providence Animal Rescue League is a nonprofit organization dedicated to pets and the people who love them! Programs include cat, dog, and small animal adoptions and low-cost spay/neuter, pet food assistance, and vaccine services for community pets. Your donations will ensure that vital animal care and community support programs can continue. Girls and troops can choose to donate a portion of their cookie proceeds to support PARL. It is also a great opportunity for girls to learn about the importance of giving back to their communities! Check out this great video about this year's GSSNE and Providence Animal Rescue League partnership!

2021 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? On the Girl Scouts of the USA's Cookie Resources Page, you'll find handouts, posters, videos, and other materials to help you have fun and stay safe as you build your cookie business!

Safe Selling During COVID

Safety is top-of-mind every year for our girls and volunteers. As always, girl participation is not mandatory. This booth grid is here to help parents/guardians, volunteers, girls, and families, understand how sales and cookie booths will work for the 2021 cookie season. Due to ever-changing conditions and comfort levels differing person-to-person, we’ve made updates to the way booths will work this year. Girls are able to participate fully online, do a hybrid of in-person and online, or do a combination of all the options. If booths aren’t a good fit, just remember girls can fully participate online and/or with contactless porch drop-offs.

You can find customizable business cards and door hangers under the "Fun Things" drop-down on this page, these will help girls connect with their customers in a safe way. We completely understand girls or parent/caregivers not wanting to participate in-person this year, and we hope some of these selling options will work for your family.

Here’s what you need to know:

Click the image above or here to view the PDF version of this chart!

ABC Bakers Smart Cookies Training Videos
Fun Things!
Cookie Booths
Helpful Resources
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 an older girl permission form 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?

For the 2021 Cookie Program GSSNE has adjusted 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!

Cookie credits begin at $10 for 50 packages and go up in $5 increments for every 25 packages sold. Credits may be pooled by sisters in the same family (if transferring, the Camp Cookie Credit Transfer form must be completed). Summer Camp Cookie Credits cannot be transferred outside of families and can only be applied to GSSNE Summer Camp. Camp Cookie Credits expire on September 30, 2021 and cannot be used for troop camping or family camp.

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 2021 GSSNE Summer Camp. Cookie Dough credit is nontransferable.  

Cookie Program Online Marketing Policy

No girl, or adult acting on behalf of girl members, can collect money online for Girl Scout products or a money-earning activity online. The exception to this is GSUSA approved product programs.

  • The Girl Scout Product Programs are girl-led programs, and online marketing and sales efforts should always be led by a girl while also being supervised by her parents or caregivers.
  • Friends and family of a girl participating in Girl Scout Product Programs must not market or share a girl’s contact information, sales links, or sales information on online resale sites (examples: Craigslist, yard sale sites, Facebook Marketplace, neighborhood sites, Amazon, or e-Bay). They also should not share their sales link with any news outlets.
  • For safety purposes, girls should consider truncating or removing their last name when using social media sites to protect their identity.
  • Should any online marketing activities be identified as in violation of this policy, GSUSA or GSSNE reserves the right to intervene and request removal or remove the post.
  • To protect your personal identity, NEVER direct message with people you do not know online or on social media platforms.
  • Always use your Girl Scout online sales link for customer orders.
  • Parents or guardians must approve all girl delivered online orders and supervise all communications and product delivery logistics with any customers girl don’t personally know. As a reminder, girls should never deliver cookies alone.
  • If your Girl Scout sales link is posted on a public facing site, be aware the link is now searchable by anyone and could potentially appear anywhere on the internet.
  • Never share your personal information (e.g., last name, phone number, email, or street address).
  • Never share your personal location information, including your booth location.

If engaging in online marketing and sales efforts beyond friends and family, review and apply the Digital Marketing Tips for Cookie Entrepreneurs and Families. Continue to adhere to the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge and Digital Cookie Pledge. You must also review and apply the Supplemental Safety Tips for Online MarketingAll girls participating in online Girl Scout activities should read and sign the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge

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 (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, 2021.

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.  

As of the 2020 cookie season, troops are 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. 

Additional information regarding Girl Delivered orders will be coming soon for the 2021 season!

Parent/Caregiver Resources

                   

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 13 or before – Troops train girls and service units hold cookie rallies
  • December 14 - 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 24-31 - Council office closed for Christmas
January
  • January 1 - Council office closed for New Year’s Day
  • January 9 - Cookie Rally via Zoom. Register Today!
  • January 18 - Council office closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 21-24 & 26-29 - Initial deliveries for all service units
  • January 21 - Cookie booths begin
  • January 26 - Reorders begin. Girls/caregivers must make a payment every time cookies are received.    
February
  • February 19-21 - 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 14 - Regular season booth sales continue until this date. Clear out the cupboard booths run through the end of the month.
  • March 28 - Online sales end
  • March 28 - 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, 2021

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