Ways to use your Cookie Credits

Our Girl Scouts and volunteers made the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program an AMAZING success, rising to every challenge with energy, creativity, and true Girl Scout spirit! It’s time to celebrate your perseverance and hard work.

One way to do that is to plan to make the most of the Cookie Credits girls earned by participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program or Fall Product Program.

There are so many exciting ways to use Cookie Credits, including:

  • Girls can use the Cookie Credit reimbursement form to get reimbursed for their Girl Scout membership fee. Complete the form on the GSCO website. (See link below.)
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado shop – in-person or via phone order – Cookie Credits cannot be processed for online store purchases.
  • GSCO troop or service unit trip, event, or activity with a per girl fee
  • GSCO sponsored or hosted event or activity
  • EF Tours
  • Girl Scout destinations
  • Highest Awards materials and fees
  • Volunteer-run day camps or events with a per girl cost
  • GSCO summer camp* (Cookie Credits can be held at GSCO and applied to camp registration – OR – Cookie Credits are mailed directly to girls.)

*Important Note: In accordance with IRS guidelines, you cannot use Cookie Credits to attend Girl Scout camps in other states/councils.

Cookie Credits will be mailed to directly to girls in May, unless the girl requested that they be held at council to pay for camp. Troops and girls can be reimbursed for these activities using the Cookie Credit Reimbursement Form. For GSCO camp, redeem the credits use the Credit Redemption Form for Camp. 

Cookie Credits may NOT be used to pay fees to outside vendors for individual girls, purchase items not in the Girl Scouts of Colorado shop, or pay for travel expenses for adults or those not related to Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Cookie Credits may only be used by GSCO girl members and an active membership is required.  For questions about what Cookie Credits can be used for, please contact: financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Cookie Credits do not have a cash value. Cookie Credits expire 10 years from date of issue. Cookie Credits will not be re-issued if lost.

Cookie Pro Tip: Take a photo of the Cookie Credits card and save the photo as a backup file in case the card gets lost.

Cookie Credit FAQs
I was previously told that I could not use Cookie Credits to renew membership, so why is GSCO making this change now?
In 2016 Girl Scouts of Colorado stopped allowing Cookie Credits to renew girl membership, however new guidance has come out from Girl Scouts of the USA and now Cookie Credits may be used to pay for girl membership; they may not be used to pay for adult membership.

Can troops use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?
No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can Juliettes use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?
No.

Can I use Cookie Credits to attend a Girl Scouts of Colorado-sponsored or hosted event/activity?
Yes, as long as there is a per girl cost.

Can I use Cookie Credits to host an event for Girl Scouts?
No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

How can I find out how much I have in Cookie Credits?
You can verify the amount remaining on your cookie card by going to the web address or calling the number on the back of the card.

Can troops pool their Cookie Credits together to pursue a troop activity?
Yes, with the full consent of the girls in the troop, a troop may pool their credits for reimbursement for a Girl Scout-related cost that complies with the guidelines above.