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Cookie Sale Troops

The 2019 cookie season will begin January 1, 2019!

For Cookie Troops

Welcome Troop Cookie Team!
Thanks to our Girl Scout troops the cookie sale runs smoothly for girls and their parents. You play a big supporting role in the largest girl-led business in the world! A troop receives $1.00/box of cookies sold. Direct proceeds to troops in Virginia Skyline Council totaled $450,000 last year! Thanks for all your hard work & dedication.

IMPORTANT DATES
Jan. 1: 
Cookie Sale begins! Order-taking begins by girls.
Jan. 5: troop initial orders due
Jan. 14-19: cookie delivery first week
Jan. 18: booth sales start
Feb. 1-3: Super Bowl Weekend (highest booth sales)
Feb. 14 (15-17): Valentine's Day/Weekend (2nd highest booth sales)
Feb. 22-24: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend (3rd highest booth sales)
Feb. 24: first payment due from troops to service unit cookie mgrs
Mar. 23: money due to troops from girls
Mar. 31: Cookie Sale ends
Mar. 31: troop money & paperwork due to service unit cookie mgrs
Mar. 31: final troop payments due
Apr. 1-30: time you may sell remainder of cookies leftover from sale
May 4: String of Pearls Reception (highest selling troops & highest sellers in Fall Product Sale & Cookie Sale programs)

DETAILED COOKIE SALE TIMELINE IS HERE

 

The Essentials: Plan Books, Forms, Videos & Websites
Everything You Need for Cookie-Selling Success!

Cookie Sale Kick-Off/Rally Guide
Our Girl Scouts have unique, strong personalities and talents that are worth lifting up and celebrating! This year’s theme (Stand Up. Stand Out!) calls out everything that makes each Girl Scout special, from her incredible smarts to her boundless creativity, enthusiasm and loyalty. Our big-hearted Elephant mascot (who can’t help but stand out in a crowd) will take Girl Scouts on an exciting jungle expedition that encourages them to proudly stand up for all the traits that make up their amazing selves.

Cookie Sale Marketing Kit & Cookie Cart
The Skyline Shop sells a Cookie Sale Marketing Kit ($25) and a Cookie Cart ($29). This year's marketing kit includes the following: yard sign, car magnet, tablecloth and a GSVSC reusable tote bag. The cookie cart dimensions, specs and photos are on our Facebook page. To order, please email or call The Skyline Shop at 540-777-5136.

Cookie Sale PR Resources
Name tags, goal charts, posters, business cards, banners, signs and more. Click here to find great tools to help you get the word out on your cookie experience.

Cookie Clipart & Photos
Get your cookie clipart, logos, photographs and other PR items hereTo download from this Flickr site: right-click your mouse over the image and you'll be offered a variety of sizes and resolutions. After you choose what you want – then you'll be able to download from there.

Join & Volunteer Postcards
Help spread the word about Girl Scouting
 in your local community while selling cookies! Print out these "Join the Cookie Fun" postcards and "Where the Cookie Money Goes/The Girl Scout Difference" half-sheets to pass-out your booth sales. Or ask your local council staff member for these postcards at your next service unit meeting.

Cookie Costumes
Cookie costumes (Thin Mint, Carmel deLite, Shortbread, etc.) can be reserved for free ($25 refundable deposit) from the council headquarters by sending in a Program Resources Reservation (#2159). Email to info@gsvsc.org or mail to: Girl Scouts, 3663 Peters Creek Rd, Roanoke VA 24019

PR Cookies
This year we received over 600 boxes of cookies to use in our PR efforts — thank-you's to delivery station hosts, local media pitches, big community collaborators, etc. We ordered a mix of each cookie including the new Gluten-Free Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie. Also free PR bags and cookie sale flyers are available as well. If you have a specific PR cookies request, please contact us.

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend: Feb. 22-24

On this weekend, Girl Scouts across the nation will band together to speak as a single, powerful voice to raise awareness of the Girl Scout Cookie Program and to drive cookie sales. Make sure you have a cookie booth somewhere in a well-traveled or well-visited location on this weekend. There's also a National GS Cookie Weekend Patch too! Available through The Skyline Shop (in store & online).

Cookie Pro 2019 Contest
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Join the nationwide celebration by entering the Cookie Pro™ contest from January 2 through April 30, 2019, and let us know!

Girl Scouts and the bold and brave DC Super Hero Girls™ are teaming up to help young cookie entrepreneurs across the country unleash that unstoppable G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ shine, share their unique cookie stories of skill and strength with the world like a super hero, and enter for a chance to win an epic adventure they’ll never forget.

Our incredible Cookie program participants will have the chance to win the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience of a lifetime featuring the similarly self-starting, passionate, and creative DC Super Hero Girls. They'll also get to meet prominent entrepreneurs, tour Warner Bros. Studios, and best of all, put their I-can-do-anything capes in motion to accomplish amazing things!

Grand Prize

Twenty-four girls nationwide—four per Girl Scout grade level—will be selected for the epic opportunity to:

  • Travel to sunny southern California for an all-expenses paid Cookie Entrepreneur Experience
  • Go on an incredible behind-the-scenes VIP adventure at Warner Bros. Studios
  • Take part in super-cool activities featuring the inspiring DC Super Hero Girls™
  • Meet successful entrepreneurs and business leaders
  • Attend a very special Girl Scout Cookie Pro recognition event
  • And more!

Sounds pretty amazing, right? So get ready to unleash your very own superpowers in this cookie season for your ultimate chance to SHINE!     

As part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program—the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world—girls gain essential skills that stay with them forever. And the Cookie Pro contest highlights those accomplishments for everyone to see. 

When you participate, you'll show the world how the Cookie Program prepares girls like you to lead, learn, and succeed not just for today, but for the future, too!  

Preparing Your Cookie Pro Entry

Use our handy tip sheet and mini graphic novel template to start preparing your entry. Then come back when the contest opens January 2 to submit your entry. Please note that a one-page mini graphic novel is required if you’re a Daisy, Brownie, or Junior, and a two-page one is required if you’re a Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador. 

 Mini Graphic Novel Tips & Template (PDF)

Limited-Edition Patch

Every girl who enters GSUSA’s Cookie Pro Contest 2019 will receive instructions by email on how to unlock this awesome, limited-edition Cookie Pro 2019 patch for optional purchase.

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Cookie College 2018-19
Cookie College 2018

Cookie College: Northern Region
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville
Open to all girls: Daisies-Ambassadors

Cookie College: Southern Region
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Hollins University, Roanoke
Open to all girls: Daisies-Ambassadors

At Cookie College, girls earn their diplomas in everything cookies! They learn about the business of selling, the history of Girl Scout Cookies, and much more. Sessions are built upon the five skills of the Girl Scout Cookie program: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics. Local business leaders as well as top sellers are involved in teaching the sessions. Cookie College positions girls for a successful and fun cookie sale!

Enjoy lots of special treats: photo booth, karaoke, mobile Skyline Shop filled with cookie PR materials & Cookie College event-only items, cookie awards/incentives display, and cookie media kits station. Special drawings for gift certificates and cookie carts!

Freezing My Cookies Off Patch Program

Earn the Freezing My Cookies Off Patch by holding a cookie booth outside and reference the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council and display the GSVSC goal poster.

  • Participants on the TOP 3 coldest days will receive a choice of $25 Council Dollars, a Cookie PR Kit or Cookie Cart. 
  • One troop or individual seller will be drawn at random from all entries to tour a television weather forecasting department and learn about meteorology.
  • Troop size must be at least five girls or more. 

Submit a photo, girl names, troop number, contact info and any details about the day including the temperature by March 31, 2019, to productsale@gsvsc.org

Cookie Walkabout Patch Program

Earn the Cookie Walkabout Patch by selling cookies in your neighborhood or local community with your wagon, cart or bag of cookies. Take the Girl Scout Cookie Sale to the front doors of your friends and neighbors. 

  • Drawing from all participants for three gift certificates: your choice of $25 Council Dollars , a Cookie PR Kit or Cookie Cart.
  • Troop size must be at least five girls or more. 

Submit photo, girls’ names, troop number and contact info by March 31, 2019, to productsale@gsvsc.org

Cookie Sale Rally Patch Program

Cookie Sale Rally Guide (click here to download)
Kick-off your cookie sale season with a Cookie Rally. This activity-packed party combines learning and fun to kick-off the cookie season the right way. 

  • Attend as a girl & earn a patch.
  • Troops (five girls or more with 80% attendance) will be entered in a drawing for $25 Council Dollars, a Cookie PR Kit or a Cookie Cart.
  • Troop size must be at least five girls or more. 

The Cookie Rally event organizer should submit entries with photo, girl names & troop number for patches, and troop info with number attending and contacts for the troop dollars by March 31, 2019, to productsale@gsvsc.org

Operation Cookie Share (Donations to Our Military) Patch Program

Operation Cookie Share is a Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline council-wide service project that allows girls the opportunity to sell virtual "Cookie Share" packages. Cookie Share cookies are distributed to the military and local food banks. The council delivers the products to the organizations directly from the bakery or from one of our warehouses. This gives customers an alternative to not buying for themselves or purchasing an extra box to share.

Click here to download and print a flyer to share at you cookie booth sale.

Earn the SHARE Patch: 12+ Cookie SHARE Donations
Support our military troops and build a girl’s courage, confidence, and character! Each $5 donation will be used to donate a Cookie Sale item to the brave men and women serving in our military. Energize our military troops with a tasty treat from home! Troops earn proceeds and orders apply to girl’s recognitions.

Girls selling 12 or more donated items will earn the SHARE patch. All SHARE items purchased through GSVSC will be donated to the Lance Corporal Cody S. Childers Memorial Fund, a nonprofit based in Chesapeake, Virginia. This fund primarily donates its resources to Marines that are deployed in Afghanistan.

Bling Your Booth Contest

Participate by decorating your booth with information about one or more of the 5 skills (Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics.) you have learned by participating in the Girl Scout Cookie program. Display the GSVSC Goal Poster within your booth. 

  • Each participant receives a patch.
  • Drawing from all participants for three awards: choice of $25 Council Dollars, a Cookie PR Kit or Cookie Cart.
  • Drawing from all participants for one troop or individual seller to visit a marketing agency to learn more about how to present your image and product (i.e. Kessler Designs which is co-owned by a woman).

Submit a photo of your booth, girls’ names, troop number, contact info and any details about the day by March 31, 2019, to productsale@gsvsc.org

The Creative Girl Scout Contest

Create your own poem, jingle, song or work of art by recording, writing, drawing or painting your submission! Tell your story through words, song or pictures about what Girl Scouts and the cookie program mean to you. 

  • Each participant receives a patch. 
  • Drawing from all participants for three awards: choice of $25 Council Dollars, a Cookie PR Kit or Cookie Cart. 
  • One entry will be chosen (judged by GSVSC staff) to visit The Children’s Theatre, Kid’s Square or the Taubman Museum, depending on age and availability at venues (a similar venue may be chosen for your area).

Submit entry with girls’ names, troop number, contact info and anything you want to say about your creation by March 31, 2019. to productsale@gsvsc.org (please scan or snap a photo of drawings and paintings).

Girl Scouts Got Cookie Talent! Contest

Produce your own video of two minutes or less: you and/or your troop talking, singing, dancing or however you choose to get your message across about what Girl Scouts and the cookie sale program mean to you.

  • Each participant receives a patch. 
  • Drawing from all participants for three awards: choice of $25 Council Dollars, a Cookie PR Kit or Cookie Cart. 
  • The top video chosen (judged by GSVSC staff) will win a visit to a local production company like VPS or VRS and see what it is like behind the scenes (a similar venue may be chosen for your area). 

Submit video via a YouTube format with girls’ names, troop number, contact info and anything you want to say about making the video by March 31, 2019, to productsale@gsvsc.org

Troop Cookie Sale Participation Incentive: Pizza Party

Troop Award
Drawing from each service unit for one winner of a Pizza Party in a Box (along with party favors). 

How to Earn
100% of girls in troop participate in the Cookie Sale (each girl must sell at least four cases of cookies). Entry is automatic; no action necessary. 

History of Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies are an icon of American culture. For over 100 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families, have helped ensure the success of the annual sale. From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, selling Girl Scout Cookies has helped girls have fun, develop valuable life skills, and make their communities a better place. Click here to learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie history!