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We are so thankful you are leading your troop through the Cookie Program- the cornerstone of the Girl Scout experience with over 100 years of success! Before the sale begins, there are a few steps you'll have to take:

  • Log into Cookie Tech Portal, our new single sign on platform for all things Cookie. Please view our first time user guide for assistance as needed.
  • Complete training.
  • Set the troop up in eBudde (online cookie management system).
  • Pick up your girl materials from your Service Unit Cookie Manager.
  • Lead a girl and parent training with troop.
Cookie Calendar 2020-2021

Date

Description

October 24

Cookie Service Unit Training

November 2

Troop Cookie Training Available

December 2

Digital Cookie Troop Volunteer Emails Go Out

December 8

Digital Cookie Parent Emails Go Out

December 15

Digital Cookie Opens

January 15

Troop Starting Orders Due, Order Card Taking Begins

January 24-25

Starting Order Cookie pick-up by troops

January 27

My Sale Booths Begin

January 29

Booth Sales Begin

February 9

First ACH Draft Money Due

February 19-21

National Cookie Weekend

February 28

Traditional Sales Ends, DOC Girl Delivery Ends, County Cupboards Close

March 6-7

Cookie Clean Up Weekend

March 13-14

Cookie Clean Up Weekend

March 15

All money due for final ACH draw must be deposited in troop account; troop rewards due; troops locked out of eBudde.

March 30

Digital Cookie Shipped and In-Hand Ends, GSHNC Cupboard Closes

April 12

Rewards Ship

April 15

Unpaid Funds Report Deadline

* Dates subject to change

Training

Troop Online Training:

Events & Promotions

Cookie Rally - January 9, 2021
Our 2021 Cookie Rally is going virtual! Join Girl Scouts from across our Council on January 9, 2021 as we get pumped about the Cookie Program! At our virtual pep rally from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, girls will participate in fun activities, meet this year’s mascot (Hope, the horse), and learn valuable lessons along the way.

Registration is $5.00 per girl and includes a Cookie Rally kit containing all materials you will need for our activities. Register for the Cookie Rally today!

Cookie Techie Contest - February 1 through 28, 2021
For every order (TOTAL orders, not individual cookie packages) secured* via Digital Cookie, whether shipped, girl delivered and/or donated, between February 1 and 28, Girl Scouts will receive an entry for a chance to win a pair of red Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones (1 winner) or a light-up Awesome Sign (20 winners). Learn more here.

National Cookie Weekend - February 19-21, 2021
Girl Scouts nationwide will participate in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2021, celebrating the impactful entrepreneurial program that has sparked the success of millions of women. The Girl Scout Cookie Program®, the largest annual investment in girls in the United States, powers amazing experiences for girls as they learn invaluable entrepreneurial skills and make the world a better place.

Super 6 Patch Program
Complete six of the following eight cookie activities to earn the Super Cookies 2021 patch. Watch for your official entry postcard in the mail.

Thin Mint – Set-up your Digital Cookie page and send 20 emails
Samoas - Attend a cookie rally (troop, Service Unit or Council)(in-person or virtually)
Tagalong – Complete a training activity with your troop or Council
Lemon-Ups – Sell 1 package Cookies for a Cause cookies
Trefoils - Participate in a cookie booth (in-person or virtually)
Do-si-dos – Sell cookies in your neighborhood (use a door hanger, walkabout or Facebook Group)
S’mores - Send out Thank Yous in-person or through Digital Cookie
• Toffee-tastic – Celebrate your Cookie success

Cookie House Party
A Cookie House Party is a sweet strategy that encourages girls to invite their best customers to a cookie-themed gathering to have fun, enjoy snacks.. and buy cookies by the case! Girls share thier BIG goals, and customers make BIG purchases. Cookies are in the house! From invitations to yummy recipes, Little Brownie makes it easy!

  • The complete Cookie House Party Hostess Guide provides step-by-step guidance and lots of fun resources. Find more at Blog.LittleBrownieBakers.com
  • A fun promotional video with lots of ideas in action will inspire you and the girls alike. What marketing ideas can your girls brainstorm?
  • So there are 12 boxes in a case, 12 months in a year. Little Brownie has created a year's worth of recipes girls can give away to customers who buy a whole case.
Tips and Resources

Troop Resources:

LBB Resources

  • Built By Me Cookie Meeting Planner
    • An online tool to help plan a custom cookie season.
  • Volunteer Blog
    • Check out the volunteer blog for exciting girl activities and booth ideas.
  • eBudde App
    • The eBudde app enables volunteers to place initial orders and much more from their mobile devices. Video training and eBudde help are built right in. Check out the eBudde Help Center for more information. With the Booth Sale Recorder - now part of the eBudde app - volunteers can enter the number of cookie packages sold at the cookie booth, select which girls will receive credit and send the information directly to their eBudde accounts.
  • Booth Scheduler
    • Volunteers, please keep the Booth Scheduler in eBudde up-to-date so customers can find you with the Cookie Finder mobile app.

Resources for Leading Girl/Parent Meeting:

 

Girl & Troop Rewards

Girl Rewards

  • Use the back of the girl order card to set rewards goals with your girls. All rewards are cumulative.
  • Older girl troops that opt out of rewards will get an additional $.05 per package instead of rewards/patches. This option must be selected before submitting your initial order.
  • Initial order reward will be given out with the initial cookie orders.
  • Rewards will be available for troops to pickup from their Service Unit Cookie Managers in April and May.
  • Any rewards not picked up from the Service Unit Cookie Manager will be held at GSHNC.
  • Any discrepancies must be reported to GSHNC by June 30, 2021
  • All top level rewards will be distributed by GSHNC. Exact items may vary.

Troop Starting Order Reward

  • Troops with Starting Orders of 70%+ of their last year's total sales will receive cooling fabric bandanas for each registered girl, plus two troop leaders. 
  • Troops with Starting Orders of 80%+ of their last year's total sales will receive a Girl Scout Cookies troop banner. 

Troop Per Girl Average (PGA) Reward

  • Troops that achieve a 225 PGA (per girl average) will receive a Mint to Achieve t-shirt for each girl selling, plus two troop leaders.
  • Troop that achieve a 275 PGA (per girl average) will a Mint to Achieve fleece bag for each girl selling, plus two troop leaders. 

Troop Proceeds & Service Unit Bonus

  • Troops earn $.55 per package of Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, new cookie, and Cookies for a Cause.
  • Troops earn $.65 per package of the Toffee-Tastic and Girl Scout S’mores.
  • Troops can earn an additional $.05 per package by achieving a 168 PGA (Per Girl Average).
  • Troops can earn an additional $.10 per package by achieving a 216 PGA.
  • If troops “Opt Out of Rewards” they can earn an additional $.05 per package.
  • Only Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops may “opt out of Rewards.”
    • It must be selected on the “Settings” tab of eBudde prior to submitting your initial order.
    • Troops will not receive any rewards, including patches.
  • Service Unit Bonus of 1/2 cent on every package sold will be achieved when the Service Unit’s goal % participation is met and Service Unit has exceeded packages sold from last year. 
Cookies for a Cause

Committed to giving back to our community, Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council’s Cookies for a Cause program supports our military, hometown heroes, frontline workers, and local cause champions.

Important Reminders:

  • Encourage girls to ask EVERY customer if they would like to donate cookies for our heroes (hometown or abroad) or cause champions.
  • Remember to enter the orders into the “Donated Boxes of Cookies” column on the order form.
  • Gets get full credit towards rewards accepting $4 donations for Cookies for a Cause packages.
  • Troops/girls will collect and turn in all donated funds for Cookies for a Cookies packages, but will NOT receive or manage the cookie inventory (donated cookies do not come from troop cookies). 
  • After the sale ends, GSHNC will contact troops interested in assisting with Cookies for a Cause distribution based on troops that nominated their favorite charities.
  • Girls receive a Cookies for a Cause patch for selling 20 packages, a Samoa dangler for 40 packages, a fashion beanie for 80 packages, and a backpack purse for 140 packages for the Cookies for a Cause program. 
  • For every $4 donation, one package of cookies goes to our heroes at home and abroad. GSHNC will handle the details of cookie distribution. 
    • 68% of cookies go directly to men and women serving the US military.
    • 21% of last year’s donated cookies supported local charities.
    • 11% of last year’s donated cookies were gifted to our hometown heroes  (Fire, Police, and First Responders) and frontline workers. 
Digital Cookie - Getting Started

Through Digital Cookie, girls create customized websites and send emails to people they know, asking them to buy cookies. Customers place online orders and have the option for the cookies to be shipped directly to their homes, request for the Girl Scout to deliver the cookies or donate the cookies to our Cookies for a Cause program. Digital Cookie orders appear automatically in eBudde. Learn more about Digital Cookie on our Digital Cookie webpage

How to register - For girls to register on the Digital Cookie site, watch for the email, “Ready. Set. Register for Digital Cookie” and follow instructions to register. If they did not receive the registration email, follow these instructions on next steps. Forgot password? Click here!

Remember to visit the site regularly to ensure girls/parents are using the site, approving orders in a timely fashion and your troop has the needed inventory for any girl delivery orders.

Digital Cookie Troop Dashboard &  Troop Link Instructions - PDF
Digital Cookie Troop Dashboard & Troop Link Instructions - Video