Election Week Cookie Sales (EWCS) is a limited fall cookie sale that is part of our council’s Girl Scout Cookie Program®. EWCS offers customers a chance to stock up on their favorite Girl Scout Cookies and is an opportunity for Girl Scouts to help build their troop treasuries so they can participate in programs and events they help choose. It is also an opportunity for Girl Scouts to gain experience in the five skills of the Girl Scout Cookie Program—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—and learn to think like entrepreneurs.
Please note that, this year, all cookies are $6 per package, including Girl Scout S’mores® and cookies purchased for the Cookies for Heroes program.
In-person booth sales are pop-up-style cookie shops where a troop or
family sells cookies directly to the public. EWCS in-person booth
sales are generally held in front of polling places, local businesses,
or at community events with high foot traffic. Booth sales can also
be held in a Girl Scout’s neighborhood (think lemonade stand at the
end of the driveway/in front of the home) or at a parent/caregiver or
other adult’s workplace.
Different types of in-person booth sales are the troop booth sale, family booth sale, and drive-thru booth sale.
IMPORTANT: for safety information, please refer to the Safety Guidelines drop-down menu below. Troop volunteers/families are responsible for reviewing this information prior to participating in EWCS, regardless of the type of participation.
In addition to the guidelines listed below, please refer to the information specific to each type of in-person booth sale in the drop-down menus below. The following guidance applies to all in-person booth sales (Troop Booth Sale, Family Booth Sale, and Drive-thru Booth Sale). There is additional, more specific, information under each type of in-person sale:
What to Bring to an In-person Booth Sale
Troop Booth Sale
Organized at the troop level and is open to all Girl Scouts in the troop. In addition to the items applicable to all in-person booth types, which were outlined previously, the following are specific to Troop Booth Sale:
Family Booth Sale
Organized by a family with one or more Girl Scouts taking part; only Girl Scouts in the same family may participate.
Drive-Thru Booth Sale
This type of booth sale can be organized by a service unit, troop, or family. Girl Scout participation depends on whether it is a troop or family booth sale.
Taking orders from family and friends during EWCS is just like order taking during the Initial Order Taking Period in the spring. Girls can craft their sales pitch and practice it on their loyal customers! Girls can record their in-person sales on the cookie order card.
A walkabout is a cookie sale in a neighborhood familiar to a Girl Scout(s) and her/their families. Girl Scouts can walk their neighborhood selling cookies door-to-door, offering customers the option to purchase and receive cookies right away. Troops can also hold walkabouts in familiar neighborhoods. This is a great way to reach customers who might not be aware of EWCS and are eager to stock up on their favorite Girl Scout Cookies ahead of the holiday season!
Top tips for a successful cookie walkabout:
▪️ Door hangers should include cookie prices, which forms of payment are accepted, and contact information for a troop adult/parent/caregiver in case customers have questions or want to purchase cookies.
Virtual booths are hosted on social media and give girls an engaging way to reach out to all the communities they are a part of. Girl Scouts, with adult supervision, can create a social media event or schedule a live stream on Facebook or Instagram and invite potential customers through social media, email, and text.
Top tips for hosting a successful virtual booth:
▪️ Consider the following: what the troop will do with proceeds earned, what the Girl Scout has learned through participating in the cookie program, how a donation purchase for the Cookies for Heroes Program benefits the troop AND active duty and retired service members and local heroes, and, of course, the cookie varieties and prices.
Girl Scouts of Connecticut emphasizes safety for everyone participating in the cookie program. Please review the safety guidelines below and share them with Girl Scouts/families when deciding how to participate in EWCS.
In-person Booth Sales (including in-person troop booth sales, family booth sales, and drive-thru booth sales)
Virtual Sales Guidelines (including virtual booth sales and using social media/email to take orders from family and friends)
Regardless of how a troop or Girl Scout/family participates in EWCS, they will need cookies!
1. Reserving cookies
2. Picking up cookies
3. Returning unsold cookies
4. Reporting a sell-out
▪️ Cookies for Heroes Box Wrap | PDF
▪️ Cookies for Heroes Flyer | PDF
Order EWCS patches here.
Girl Scouts are eligible to earn the limited edition 2023 EWCS patch when the following requirements are met:
Cash and checks payable to GSOFCT are accepted payments; however, troops/Girl Scouts/families should carefully consider taking checks from customers not known to Girl Scouts and families. Troops/Girl Scouts/families may also accept credit cards by using the troop's credit card reader. NOTE: Digital Cookie is not available for EWCS.
Girl Scout/family payment to the troop
If a Girl Scout/family collects cash or check payments from customers, these funds must be turned over to the troop no later than November 17 to ensure funds are available for the ACH payment to the council scheduled for November 30.
Troop payment to the council
Troop payment to the council is via an ACH payment from the troop’s bank account. The council will initiate this payment on or after Tuesday, November 30. A troop volunteer, who is also a signer on the troop’s bank account, MUST complete the 2023-2024 ACH authorization form no later than October 20. This authorization form must be completed for each membership year; authorizations submitted before August 14, 2023, are NOT valid for the current membership year.