Welcome to the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program!
Thanks to our amazing volunteers, we are ready to launch on Sunday, January 31.
This Smart Cookie email is delivered to all troop cookie managers each week during the program. Our goal is to provide you with quick and easy tips and reminders to guide you through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is powered by girls – but they couldn’t do it without you! If you know someone who should have received this but didn’t please send them this link to be added to the list. (Also, if you prefer not to receive this weekly email, use the link to let us know to remove you from the list.)
Saturday, January 30 is Marin Cookie Delivery Day
Troops pick up their initial orders of cookie inventory from sites around the state. Please make sure you have enough space in your vehicle to pick up your order. Check the graphic on page 24 of the Troop Cookie Manager Guide to see how many cases of cookies your vehicle can hold. Also, don’t forget you’ll need to wear a face covering, stay in your vehicle, and have completed a COVID pre-screen before you arrive to pick up cookies.
Troops without an ACH on file will not be allowed to pick up cookies. A new ACH must be completed each year.
Get Prepped for Delivery Day
Troop cookie managers – look for a short, just-in-time video to post to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel this week. You can share it with all the delivery day, cookie pick up volunteers in your troop too!
Go Day is Sunday, January 31
New this year – electronic permission forms! Parents/caregivers can complete the form online and request that a copy of the form is emailed to the troop cookie manager! Make sure you have signed permission forms for all the girls in your troop before you distribute cookie inventory to families. Be sure to use receipts for all cookie transactions.
If your girls have planned My Sales booth sites, make sure they’ve been approved by the service unit cookie manager at least 48 hours prior to the booth. Planning a drive-thru booth or virtual booth? Check out the new Booth Guideand the mini guides on the GSCO Cookie Resources page!
Cookie Customer Questions
While your girls and their families are out and about selling Girl Scout Cookies, they get asked about Girl Scouts and might even meet someone who wants to become a Girl Scout. Let’s show all our cookie customers how the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial program prepares girls to lead, learn, and succeed all while making it possible for them to embark on amazing adventures, form a lifetime of memories, and make the world a better place. Share this two-sided sheet with girls and families for tips on how to answer, “Why Girl Scouts” like a pro! Troop volunteers can also take a look at this Booth Essentials sheetto prepare for scenarios that sometimes come up while selling cookies.
Booth Selection Dates
Due to the delays in confirming some council locations, we have made the decision to move the dates of the council booth selection rounds.
Booth selection rounds are open in eBudde from 6 – 11:59 p.m. (MST) on the dates listed below. Booths must be selected during time slots for each round. They cannot be added by council to a troops’ booth tally between rounds.
- Thursday, January 28– Booth Round 1 – each troop will receive one booth selection.
- Friday, January 29 – Booth Round 2 – each troop will receive two booth selections.
- Monday, February 1 – Booth Round 3 – each troop will have a limit of up to ten booth selections in total.
- Monday, February 8 – Booth Round 4 – each troop will have a limit of up to 20 booth selections, in addition to booths already selected.
Read More on the GSCO Blog
Posting Digital Cookie Link in Public Locations
Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scouts of the USA has revised its guidance around the posting of individual Digital Cookie urls in public locations. Girl Scouts may share their Digital Cookie url on public sites, but they cannot post to sales sites such as Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or eBay. Caregivers should be involved in all decisions about where to post and to whom cookies can be delivered and follow all safety guidelines.
Digital Cookie- Girl Delivery
New this year! Girl Scouts started setting-up their Digital Cookie sites when it opened on January 17. Lots of great cookie entrepreneur videos were uploaded as girls customized their sites and reached out to customers – kicking off their cookie season with lots of enthusiasm!
Girls can start delivering cookie orders as soon as January 31 when they have cookies in-hand.
Want to share contactless cookie delivery tips with the girls in your troop? Send Girl Scout families the No Contact Deliveries Tip Sheet.
Girl can also earn a free, custom Porch Pixie patch after they make their first delivery! To get the patch, they need to complete the form on January 31 or after.
National Cookie Link Launches February 1
This year GSUSA is running a national campaign to encourage and support the 2021 cookie program by creating a national cookie link, or URL. Customers can enter their zip code and search the Cookie Finder to find a troop in their area that is selling cookies!
NOTE: Customers will have ONLY the options to place an order for shipped or donated when they select a troop URL. TCMs will be responsible for equally dividing the troop link cookie sales amongst the girls in the troop.
TCMs can activate their troop URL, direct ship/donate link in Digital Cookie. Once the troop URL link is activated, it will appear in the Cookie Finder on February 1.
For more detailed information and steps to activate link, check out these Digital Cookie Tip Sheets:
Troop Direct Ship Link
Troop Link Enabling Delivery
Cookie Cupboards Open February 4
Cupboards across the state will begin opening on Thursday, February 4. Days and hours of operation for each cupboard may vary due to the type of cupboard and location. Check eBudde for the latest information.
Place all orders to pick up from a cupboard through the Transactions tab in eBudde, 72 hours prior to your intended pickup time.
Earn Custom Patches During the 2021 Cookie Program
Colorado Girl Scouts who host a virtual cookie booth on Super Bowl weekend, February 6-7 will receive a FREE Virtual Cookie Booth patch if they complete the online form no later than Tuesday, February 9, 2021. This form will not open until February 6. Learn more about hosting a virtual booth by downloading the Virtual Cookie Booth Guide on the GSCO Cookie Resources page.
Girl Scouts can also earn a FREE Pandemic Perseverance patch by doing the following:
- Take a photo showcasing how you’re persevering to reach your cookie goal. This can be a photo of you working on your Digital Cookie website, hosting a virtual cookie booth, dropping off cookies on a friend or family member’s doorstep, etc.
- Upload your photo(s) and story using the Share Your Stories form on the GSCO Blog. The best photos and stories will be shared on the GSCO Blog and social media networks.
- Complete the Pandemic Perseverance patch form no later than Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
- You can also share your photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #GirlScoutCookies.
*These patches are for Colorado Girl Scouts only.
Cookie Program Proceeds
Please remember troop members share in the proceeds from a successful product program; proceeds aren’t distributed to individual girl members. Girls are eligible for rewards and Cookie Credits that they put toward council-sponsored camps, programs, and items in the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.