Girl-led: Girls play an active part in figuring out the what, where, when, how, and why of their activities. They lead the planning and decision making as much as possible.
Girl Scout activities like the Girl Scout Cookie Program and the selling of nuts and/or magazines through licensed vendors helps girls have a ton of fun, make friends, create life-long memories, all while developing five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
Through these activities, girls are also able to earn money towards fun and exciting girl-planned program activities, and contribute to their council’s ability to provide activities in the community. They are also able to make a difference in their communities by carrying out amazing service projects that make the world a better place for everyone.
Adults act as coaches who help girls develop leadership skills by using these three processes:
Learning by doing: Girls engage in continuous cycles of action and reflection that result in deeper understanding of concepts and mastery of practical skills.
Cooperative learning: Girls work together toward common goals in an atmosphere of respect and collaboration that encourages the sharing of skills, knowledge, and learning.
Safety Is Our Top Priority
Before participating in any money-earning Girl Scout activity, it is super important that girls and adults review the following materials—and remember to print and sign the Internet Safety Pledge.
Safety in Technology Based Sales
Girl Scouts use the Internet for a variety of reasons including the online marketing and sale of approved Girl Scout related products. Below are some key points to keep in mind for all online sales and marketing:
- Girls must read, understand and accept the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge, prior to conducting any online sales or marketing activities.
- Girls may send email messages to alert friends and relatives about product sales and accept customer commitments via email.
- Social media sites may be used to market product, however, all applicable GSUSA and council guidelines must be followed.
- Girls writing product emails or announcements online should sign with their first names only, their troop/group number or name and their council name.
- Personal emails or street addresses of girls should never be used. Instead, use one of the following:
- A blind return address account where the girls’ name or personal e‐mail is not revealed to the customer and is instead hosted on a secure site
- A group account, monitored by an adult
- An adult’s email account, which is supervised by that adult
For Digital Cookie there are additional, specific guidelines, some of which are:
- Girls must read and accept the Girl Scout Digital Cookie Pledge before they can participate in Digital Cookie
- Volunteers must read and accept the Digital Cookie Terms and Conditions for Volunteers before they can participate in Digital Cookie
- Girls may only post about their participation on Digital Cookie on social media that allows them to restrict access to friends and family (e.g. Facebook).
- Parents/guardians must approve the content of a girl’s Digital Cookie web page before it goes live
- For girls under 13 years old, a parent/guardian must manage the girl’s web site and be responsible for all content. In other words, girls under 13 are not allowed to post anything to their websites; it must be done by their parent/guardian.
Note that Girl Scout Product Activity Checkpoints and the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge apply to all council product sales (cookies, nuts and candy, magazines), with one exception: customers may submit orders and online payment for magazines, because that product is not handled directly by the girl. Girls send out emails in a protected environment to customers, who then choose magazines online. Offline sales materials are also available for magazines, as this function may not be available in your council. (Note: in the fall, both nut vendors are continuing an online pilot with a limited number of councils. Girls and adults must follow the specific guidelines given to them by their council if participating in a pilot project.)
For more information, read the resources provided here along with materials provided by your council and vendor. Attend training at the council, service unit, or troop level, whether you are an adult working with girls or an adult volunteering to help the Girl Scout in your family meet her goals. In addition, check out the Volunteer Packet from your local Girl Scout council.
Girl Scout Cookie Badges and Activity Pin
Every girl who participates in the Girl Scout Cookie Program can earn badges representing proficiency in the 5 Skills—ranging from financial management to philanthropy, from business planning to customer insights and more. Learn more about the badges a girl can earn by selling cookies.
All girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program are eligible to earn the annual Cookie Activity pin. The pin recognizes the 5 Skills learned and practiced during the sale, and a different colored pin can be earned each year. How fun! Find out more about the Cookie Activity pin for Girl Scout Daisies to Ambassadors (PDF) - English | Español
Take a look at these great resources designed specifically for adults working with girls and their parents:
- Girl Scout Cookie Program: 5 Skills for Girls Toolkit (facing pages) (PDF) — English | Español
- Girl Scout Cookie Program: 5 Skills for Girls Toolkit (single-page format) (PDF) — English | Español
- Financial Empowerment, the K–12 Program (facing pages) (PDF) — English | Español
- Financial Empowerment, the K–12 Program (single-page format) (PDF) — English | Español
Handouts from "5 Skills for Girls" Toolkit
- The 5 Skills—Shaping Your Girl's Future (PDF) — English | Español
- The 5 Skills in Action (PDF) — English | Español
- The 5 Skills and Leadership Outcomes (PDF) — English | Español
- Coaching Your Budding Businesswoman (PDF) — English | Español
- Creating Cookie Success (PDF) — English | Español
- Girl Scout Cookie Activity Pin (PDF) — English | Español
- Safety Tips for Product Sales (PDF)
Cookie Program Certificates
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