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For Cookie Sellers

Booths are Back!

GUIDELINES | COOKIE BOOTHS | CURBSIDE PICKUP | WHY COOKIES | SHARE YOUR COOKIE STORY

All Girl Scouts and volunteers are expected to follow the guidelines below when participating in these efforts to close out our 2020 cookie program.

Updated Cookie Booth Guidelines

 

Basics
  • All parents and guardians must approve if their child goes to a cookie booth.  
  • Girls should wear Girl Scout apparel or display their Girl Scout pins.
  • You must remain at your booth site the entire duration of the hours you signed up for, or until you sell out of cookies.
  • Arrive no more than 10 minutes before your scheduled time. The troop before you is scheduled until the end of their time slot. You cannot sell cookies before the beginning of your time slot. Manage the transition with the previous troop smoothly, keeping social distancing in the forefront.
  • If the troop following you has not shown up, you may continue to sell until they arrive.
  • Consider donating a box of cookies as a courtesy to the business that agreed to host your booth.
  • At the end of your shift, quietly pack up all items, clean up, take all your trash with you, and leave the area cleaner than you found it.
  • If you are the last booth slot, please leave on time.
  • If you must cancel, contact Conchetta Jones at 708-658-2331.
What to Bring to Your Booth
  • Table, chairs if needed/allowed by the store that gave you permission to sell.
  • Popular Girl Scout cookie varieties (i.e. Thin Mints, Samoas) are a MUST!  Take advantage of the cookie swap opportunities that will be happening beginning July 13, 2020.
  • Cash box/bag with enough cash to make change
  • Card reader
  • PPE includes hand sanitizer, masks for all, gloves if desired.  Keep social distancing in mind.
  • Posters (large enough for passers-by to see from a distance.) Anyone holding a poster should be with/near an adult and should not be on the street or curbside.  Safety first.
  • Pop-up tent optional. (The tent should attract people…large lettered posters on the tent would be a plus!)
Safety Precautions
  • Social distancing is required.
  • Create a boundary in front of table to maintain social distancing from customers.
  • Do not hand out samples at your booth.
  • Girls/adults should eat and drink away from the booth site. No food or drink should be on the booth site display.
  • No smoking by adults/girls anywhere near the cookie booth.
  • Bling your booth! Include posters, cookie costumes, music.
  • Think about accepting credit cards and display a sign stating, “We accept credit cards!”
  • Consider the possibility that rest rooms may not be available for the duration of your cookie booth. In the event there are restrooms, girls should use the buddy system when visiting the restroom. All safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 should be followed.
Security
  • Cookie booths should be attended by two adults and two girls. Additional girls and adults can be present to guide customers to the booth, up to a maximum of 6 people total.
    • Note: Girls do not need to be present at a cookie booth during our reboot. Booths can be attended by adults only during COVID-19.
  • For the well-being of the girls, only adults should be handling money or credit card transactions during COVID-19.
  • Use caution as booths may be set up in a parking lot.
    • Cookie booth locations can utilize additional girls/adults to guide traffic to the booth location. As an example, girls can hold posters at a street corner to advertise their cookie booth (an adult must also be present and think safety.)
  • Girls should stay close to their booth with no running around.
  • Take away all garbage and cookie cases when you leave your site. Remember, Girl Scouts always leave a place cleaner than they found it!
  • If confronted by an angry or upset individual, do not engage in debate. Refer the individual to the product program team at 855-ILOVEGS, ext. 6722 or productprogram@girlscoutsgcnwi.org. If you feel threatened, call 911.
  • Remember, we are all responsible for the reputation of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Protect that reputation and our relationships with the businesses that support us with booth site opportunities by treating people and places with respect and following all safety protocols.

Securing a Booth

You may secure and host your own cookie booth site from now through August 31, 2020. 

How to Secure Your Own Booth Site

You are welcome to sell your Girl Scout cookie inventory and/or secure your own booth site until August 31, 2020. The cookies have a sell-by date of September 1, 2020, so you cannot sell past that date.

If you plan to set up your own cookie booth… think “out of the box” during COVID-19.  Where are people who are going out actually going? To grocery stores, car washes, where else? Try to find a site that is well populated.

Please email CJ directly at cjones@girlscoutsgcnwi.org if you need a Certificate of Insurance (COI) for any booth site, and if you want to add your booth to GSUSA's Cookie Finder, which will drive traffic to your booth once word gets out!

CloverGo Credit Card Reader

For troops accepting credit card payments using the Clover card reader, access will be available, and the council will continue to pay the fees until September 1, 2020. Learn more about CloverGo.


Thank you for hanging in there with us during these unprecedented times. Together you have helped make this year’s Cookie Program a success!

Please contact the Product Program Team at 855- ILOVEGS (456-8347) ext. 6722 with any questions.


Why Cookies?

When you sell Girl Scout Cookies, you're doing more than helping your customers stock up on delicious treats (and having lots of fun). You're doing it with a goal in mind—a goal to power new, unique, and amazing experiences for yourself and your troop all year long!

Whether that goal is an unforgettable trip to an exciting new place, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) project that will change the way you look at the world, or an opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp and make a lifetime of memories, you know how many boxes you need to sell to make it happen. 

When you participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program you're part of the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world—and that’s kind of a huge deal!

Having the opportunity to run your very own cookie business gives you skills essential for success today and in the future:

   Goal Setting

   Decision Making

   Money Management 

   People Skills

   Business Ethics


Getting Started

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Resources and printables

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