Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Pro Contest 2018

Participant FAQs

1.     How do I enter the Girl Scout Cookie Pro Contest? 

Entering the contest is simple. Showcase the type of cookie entrepreneur you are by submitting your Cookie Pro Résumé along with a photo. Visit girlscouts.org/cookiepro to review the official contest rules to guide you through submitting your résumé. The contest is open to registered Girl Scouts from participating councils who are selling Girl Scout Cookies during the 2017/2018 cookie season. The contest will be open for submissions from January 2, 2018, to April 30, 2018. Participation is based on individual (not troop) registration.

2.    How do I know if my council is participating? 

Check the list of participating councils (PDF). If you don’t see your council listed please contact your council directly.

3.    Can I participate if I am part of Girl Scouts Overseas?
Yes, if you are a registered Girl Scout selling cookies during the 2017/2018 cookie season and are a legal resident of one of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico, including legal residents currently residing in overseas military installations with a valid APO/FPO mailing address, who applies with a parent or legal guardian who is 18 years old or older as of the date of entry. If the potential prize winners are under 18 years old (or under 19 years old in Nebraska and Alabama), they must have parental approval to enter the contest and claim the prize, which includes the winners’ parent or guardian providing permission. See the rules for more information.

4.    How many Girl Scouts will win? 

Six Girl Scouts (one Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador) will win, be able to participate in the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience, and be featured on our iconic Girl Scout Cookie boxes. Winners will not be limited to one per council but will be determined by the judging criteria found in the Official Rules.

5.    What do Girl Scout cookie pros win? 

Six Girl Scouts, one per Girl Scout grade level (Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador), will be recognized as GSUSA’s Top Cookie Pro of 2018 and will win a trip to New York City for an unforgettable all-expenses-paid (see Official Rules) Cookie Entrepreneur Experience that includes being featured on our iconic Girl Scout Cookie boxes (marketed in fall 2019). In addition, every girl who submits an entry will get the opportunity to unlock a limited-edition Cookie Pro 2018 patch for optional purchase at a cost of $3.95 including shipping and handling. 

6.     How will winners be selected?
Winners will be selected from Girl Scout Cookie Pro Resume submissions. All submissions will be evaluated by Girl Scout grade level and must contain two fully-completed sections to be evaluated starting May 1, 2018. The Sponsor will select thirty-six (36) finalists from the total number of entrants based on Section I of their Girl Scout Cookie Pro Resume submissions. Section I will consist of a series of questions with multiple choice answers. From this section the Sponsor will pick thirty-six (36) finalists with the top scores—six per Girl Scout grade level—to move forward for Section II evaluation. In order to announce the thirty-six (36) finalists, the Sponsor will first confirm their availability to travel to NYC on specific days in July 2018 for the Cookie Entrepreneur experience to be recognized as GSUSA Cookie Pros 2018 and be featured on the iconic Girl Scout Cookie box. In the event of tied scores, GSUSA will determine the finalists based on Entrants’ cookie sales history and how many Girl Scout Badges or Leaves earned. The thirty-six (36) confirmed finalists will be evaluated by a select judging panel of Girl Scouts alumnae, GSUSA staff and entrepreneurs assigned by the Sponsor, who will evaluate submissions based on Section II of the Girl Scout Cookie Pro Resume. Section II consists of a series of open ended questions and statements from which judges will choose one Top Cookie Pro per Girl Scout level for a total of six (6) winners. Two runner-ups will be selected for each grade level in case the winning Cookie Pros can’t travel last minute to NYC for the Cookie Entrepreneur experience scheduled for July 2018. The six (6) winners will be selected by May 12, 2018. Winners will be notified via email by GSUSA within five (5) business days of the selection and will have five (5) business days to claim their Prize with an email response. Winners will also have to comply with all of the terms and conditions of these Official Rules before being awarded the Prize. Prize will be forfeited, if winners are unable to travel to NYC for the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience, or do not claim their prize within five (5) business days of being notified, or do not comply with all of the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and GSUSA will select new winners from among the runner-ups within three (3) business days of the original winners’ disqualification. Runner-ups will be notified via email within three (3) business days of the selection and will have three (3) business days to claim their Prize by responding with an email response to GSUSA. In the event the runner-up of the specific Girl Scout grade level become disqualified for the reasons stated in the Contest Official Rules, this process will be repeated until there is a selection of winners who have claimed their Prize within three (3) business days of being notified and who have complied with all of the terms and conditions of these Official Rules. GSUSA’s decisions about the Contest’s administration and operation and the selection of the potential winners are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. An official external announcement with the six (6) confirmed winners, one Top Cookie Pro per Girl Scout level, will be released by June 1, 2018.

7.    If I win, what expenses will be covered, and who gets to travel with me for the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience? 

GSUSA will cover all expenses related to travel, meals, ground transportation, and activities scheduled as part of the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience for each of the six cookie pros, plus one parent or legal guardian per girl. 

8.     When will the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience take place? What if I am not available?
The Cookie Entrepreneur Experience will take place in New York City between July 11 and July 30, 2018. To win, entrants must commit their availability to this travel window. Specific travel dates will be announced April 2018.

9.     Can I submit more than one entry? 

The contest is limited to one individual entry per registered Girl Scout from participating councils. If a girl submits duplicate entries, only one will be judged. Because GSUSA cookie pros are evaluated based on the judging criteria, winners are not limited to one per council. 


10.    Can I submit an entry on behalf of my troop?
You are permitted to submit an entry for yourself only (or, if you're a minor, your parent/legal guardian must submit the entry for you). This contest is limited to one individual entry per registered Girl Scout from participating councils.

11.    Can I receive the questions that will be asked in advance?
Unfortunately we cannot provide the questions in advance because we want to ensure fairness to all girls from participating councils. Although we didn’t provide the questions in advance this year, it’s our first year running the contest, and we’re always seeking ways to refine and improve. We’ll take your feedback into consideration for GSUSA’s Cookie Pro Contest 2019.

12.    Can I submit a photo that someone else took of me? What if it was taken by a professional photographer?
No, submitted photos must be your original work in order to be eligible to win this contest. Any photos you submit must have been taken by you (or if a minor, your parent/legal guardian). Do not submit photos in which another person or entity owns any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, or other proprietary right (or where a recognizable product that is protectable by copyright or trademark appears).

13.    Can I save part of my entry and finish it later?
No, unfortunately you cannot save your work and finish it later. Completing your submission will take at least 20 minutes, so make sure you have enough time before getting started.

14.    My screen froze while I was submitting my entry. Can you check if it went through?
With such a large influx of entries, we cannot, unfortunately, check on the status of individual submissions. You should have received a confirmation email for your submission. If you don’t see this email in your inbox, please check your spam/junk folder.

15.    I accidentally pressed submit before I was finished with my resume. Can I return it?
Partially completed applications cannot be retrieved, but rest assured that if applications aren’t completed to the final question, they won’t qualify. You may resubmit your application with all information filled out.

16.    Can I still unlock and purchase the Cookie Pro 2018 patch, even if I don’t want to participate in the contest? 
Yes. We will provide an option for you to submit your Cookie Pro Résumé for a chance to unlock and purchase the limited-edition patch. Purchasing the patch is optional and will not increase your chances of winning. 


17.    I didn’t receive an email to unlock my patch, who do I contact?
If you’ve completed your Cookie Pro submission from girlscouts.org/cookiepro and have not received an email confirming your entry, please contact us via email and we will ensure you get all necessary instructions to unlock your patch.

18.    I’ve unlocked the limited-edition Cookie Pro 2018 patch, but it’s showing up in backorder. What do I do?
No worries. We will promptly mail all limited-edition Cookie Pro 2018 patch orders as soon as we receive new stock. If you need to contact a member of our customer service staff regarding your order, feel free to contact us via email.

19.    Why isn’t the patch free? Can you lower the price?
We wish we could offer the patch free of cost, but as a nonprofit, we use proceeds from the sale of merchandise to support the organization and power amazing experiences for girls. Although you will need to purchase the limited-edition patch for $3.95, this price does include shipping and handling.

20.     Can I order the patch in bulk?
No, Cookie Pro 2018 patches cannot be ordered in bulk. Only when a girl submits her personal Cookie Pro Résumé can she gain access to unlock and purchase the patch. However, $3.95 is the total price; the cost of shipping and handling is included.

21.    Will we have the opportunity to apply to be a cookie pro every year? What is the prize for next year? 

Recognizing girls as cookie pros is at the top of our list. After the initial 2018 contest, we will determine how and whether we can continue to showcase future cookie pros and all their amazing skills. Stay tuned for more details.