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It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!

Updated on July 4, 2015

Girl Scout Cookie Time!

Those illusive cookies are almost here. This lens will address for leaders and volunteers how to have a positive cookie sale. There are several keys to having a prosperous and growing experience for your girls. This can be the biggest fundraiser for your troop. It is also one of the best learning experiences for your troop! Whatever happens - positive or negative - your troop will learn! We will focus on having learning experiences that don't cost your troop money - but the girls will gain knowledge! Lemonsqueezy has a great lens on selling Girl Scout cookies also - Sell Girl Scout Cookies - you should check it out for additional information.

Girl Scout Cookie Videos

Cookie Seller Advice

"Selling cookies helped me to realize that you needed to have a certain way to communicate with people. You also needed business skills. You knew you needed to sell a certain amount of boxes, so that gave me some business sense." - Maria Bartiromo, CNBC business news anchor

Cookie Mom

If you are a leader - you have a very important job! The next most important job in your troop is your Cookie Mom! They need a lot of support from you and your parents. This is a position of extreme trust - they will be handling a lot of money. Make sure you choose your cookie mom wisely. There are stories every year of those that have problems. Make sure this choice is a positive experience!

If you have stepped up to be cookie mom - THANK YOU! You have a very important job! You will help your daughter's troop to fund all those wonderful projects they have planned! You will work hand in hand with the leaders to order cookies and set up cookie booths - a very important part of the cookie sale!

Old Girl Scout Cookies Commercial

Pre-Selling

Who can resist this smiling face?!

The time period before cookies are actually delivered to troops is called the pre-sell period. Girls take cookie orders from friends and family. Family and friends want to see girls succeed so they will be supported. However, you will occasionally encounter adults that tell the girls they are on a diet or money is an issue or they have given up sweets for a specific time frame. The girls can tell the adults that the cookies can be frozen so they can be enjoyed later (Thin Mints are the BEST straight out of the freezer!). However if they say that diet or money is the issue than the girls can suggest a direct donation that will benefit the troop directly. This can make the adult feel that they are directly supporting Girl Scouts (they are!) and not contributing to their waistline (they are not!). A win-win!

Girls will collect the money when they distribute the cookies. All money is given to the Troop Cookie Mom.

Cookie Booth Selling

One of the best ways to sell all those extra cookies is the cookie booth. This is where the girls can develop their leadership skills. They get to practice some public speaking. Make sure the girls know how the troop will be using the money. They can share that information with their customers so the customers know the girls have a goal they are working toward.

The key for a good cookie booth is: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! (Also weather and the economy!) On cold wet days you could have the best location in the world and still may not sell any cookies!

Cookies & Community Service

In the past few years I have heard of troops sending cases of cookies to military troops. This is a great service project. There are many ways troops can get the public to help with this. At cookie booths, you can ask your customers to support the troops by buying an extra box of cookies - they will then be sent to a military troop. You could get a connection before the booth sales so that the girls could tell their customers where the cookies may be heading.

Don't forget that we have military all over the world - they deserve some attention also! There are many ways to find a troop that would like cookies - ask your families if they have any relatives in the military. This will make the connection closer for the girls. Contact your closes military base or National Guard to inquire if you could donate cookies to a group.

Shipping those cookies can be costly. Ask your customers when they buy a box to add an extra amount to offset shipping costs. Or you could get a sponsor to offset the cost of shipment. You never know until you ask!

Girl Scout Cookies & The Military

Girl Scout Cookie Videos

Cookies & Badges

Each level offers the girls an opportunity to earn a try-it, badge, or interest project patch. Each of these badges will help support the information the girls will be learning while selling cookies. If they work on the badges it will make them better salesmen for their cookie sale.

© 2015 LakeMom

Girl Scout Cookie Lovers Speak Out!

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      Shorebirdie 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I just got my first box a couple weeks ago. Do-si-dos!

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      Ah, brings back memories of my years in the Girl Scouts.

      I love all the Girl Scout cookies.

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      Holley Web 5 years ago

      Who can resist them? I have 5 flavors in the #1 position :)

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      Girl Scout Cookies, ya gotta love em" I can't even pick a favorite because I love them all. Nice job!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      It warms my heart to see this page and to hear of somebody volunteering their precious time to work with the Girls Scouts organization. Many years ago, growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, my own mother was a Girl Scout Leader ... I wasn't old enough to be a girl scout, at the time, but we accompanied them on their outings. A memory I cherish to this day ... along with girl scout cookies!!

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      klaird 5 years ago

      If we are not home when the girl scouts come around our neighborhood, we can count on a troop being set up out in front of Walmart or Blockbuster Video on the weekends. Even if I do order from the girls who come to my house, I also usually buy more from the booths in front of Walmart. I wish they would sell these all year long in local stores, or at least twice per year! What a fabulous fundraiser!

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      Addy Bell 6 years ago

      This year, I saw some Girl Scouts with a table set up around the corner from the Apple store. It was the day the iPad 2 was released so there was a line out the door and around the corner -- and the Girl Scouts set up between the store and the bart station entrance. I thought that was pretty smart!

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      TheyCallMeVarmit 6 years ago

      Great lens! Lensrolled to my "adventure of a Girl Scout" lens. this lens will come in handy since Cookie Time is just around the corner.

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      It has been a while since I've been around to visit you my friend. This is my favorite time of year. Bring on the Girl Scout Cookies! :) Excellent suggestions and ~Blessed by a Squid Angel~ :)

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      MAJArch 8 years ago

      I ordered mine, and they should be in soon!

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      MAJArch 8 years ago

      I ordered mine, and they should be in soon!

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      Tom Fattes 8 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Great job and great advice. One of the things we do when selling boy scout popcorn at a booth is have a donation tin, which then goes towards purchasing product for the troops. This allows anyone with a dollar to contribute and you'd be surprised how many people will drop five. Make it easy for them to donate or buy. Welcome to the Scouting group. ofp.