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2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program Updates

Cookie Program 2.0
Virtual Cookie Booths

UPDATED: June 5, 2020

Girl Scout Cookies in Connecticut Price Chopper stores.

Recently Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) reached out to Girl Scouts of Connecticut asking for our assistance with their cookie program. GSNENY received the delivery of their cookie inventory but due to COVID-19 related restrictions, was not able to get the cookies to girls and volunteers.

GSNENY requested, with the approval of GSUSA, to permit the one-time sale of Girl Scout Cookies to take place in Price Chopper stores to help them reduce their inventory more quickly.  After very careful consideration, we have agreed to allow Price Chopper stores in Connecticut to sell some of GSNENY’s cookie inventory as a way to assist a sister council in need.  

The cookies sold by Price Chopper will be sold at the same price as GSOFCT Girl Scout Cookies.  They will not be selling specialty cookies - Girl Scout S’mores and Toffee-tastics. A portion of the proceeds of all Price Chopper sales of Girl Scout Cookies in Connecticut will go to our council and to the service units where the Price Chopper stores are located. 

This special sale will take place in the month of June.  The cookies will come from GSNENY’s inventory and any unsold cookies will be donated by Price Chopper to an organization in need.  

Any questions from the public or the media regarding the sale of Girl Scout Cookies in Price Chopper stores, should be directed to Melissa Bellanceau, GSOFCT Chief External Relations Officer.  If you are asked by members of your community, you can say that GSOFCT is allowing the sale of Girl Scout Cookies in Price Chopper only to help a Girl Scout council in New York whose cookie sale could not take place because of COVID-19.  

Cookie Program 2.0 continues through June 28! Our cookie cupboards are well stocked, and we encourage girls and troops to let their cookie customers know that cookies can still be purchased. Check out our Cookie 2.0 flyer for complete information.

UPDATE ON COOKIE BOOTH SALES

Due to the ongoing concerns with COVID-19 and the necessary public interaction with customers at cookie booths, GSOFCT has made the decision to NOT hold any further cookie booth/public sales of cookies through the end of the 2019-2020 cookie program. Any troop that has concerns about unsold cookie inventory should contact the Product Sales Team.

Local in-person sales of cookies can continue with appropriate safety precautions in place.

·        If comfortable doing so, girls/families can use contactless payment methods, such as Venmo and PayPal, to collect payment from customers and then do a porch drop-off of cookies to customers. NOTE: Ensure that both the family AND customer are comfortable with this arrangement.

  •  Alternatively, girls can take orders from customers and deliver cookies/collect payment once they fill comfortable doing so.
  •  All guidance from the governor and state health officials regarding wearing masks and maintaining adequate physical distance of at least six feet must be followed.

If you need to pick up additional cookies, please reach out to the cupboard contacts listed below to make arrangements.

Bristol
Chris/Brianna Hoffmann

Dayville/Killingly
Jenn Hyatt

East Lyme
Lisa Deschnow

Hartford
Erica Elliott

Monroe
Sue Pratt

North Haven
Lisa Deschnow

Wilton
Sue Pratt

FAQs about the 2020 cookie program and the coronavirus pandemic.

When is the last day for cookie sales during Cookie Program 2.0? Cookie Program 2.0 will wrap up on June 28. ALL pickups/returns MUST be made prior to June 28. Please be sure to check with the cupboard manager of the cupboard you wish to visit to confirm what the last day of operation will be for that particular cupboard.

When is payment due for cookies sold during Cookie Program 2.0? Council will initiate an ACH payment for amounts due for cookies picked up from a cupboard and sold between April 24 and June 28 in early July. We will take into account any cookies sold via girl Digital Cookie sites between April 24 and June 15 when calculating amounts due. If money is owed to the troop for online sales, the amount owed will be deposited via an ACH payment in early July.

TOP TIP: Consider a virtual cookie booth! Hosted on social media with appropriate adult supervision, virtual cookie booths allow girls to reach a large number of customers, share why the cookie program is important to them and their troop, and gives them an opportunity to try out a new marketing technique!

Where can I find a financial summary of my troop’s 2020 cookie program? A summary of the troop’s cookie program finances can be found in eBudde (click on the Sales Report tab). Here is a link to a short tutorial that explains the ins and outs of the troop sales report. This report includes the troop’s total sale amount, the amount earned in troop proceeds, and the total amount due to council.

My troop did not have sufficient funds in the troop bank account when the ACH payments were initiated and the payment bounced. What do I do? The first step is to confirm the information on the troop sales report in eBudde (on the Sales Report tab). If the payment bounced, the bounced payment will be reflected in the Payments Made section (ACH Bounceback).

If you see that there is an ACH Bounceback and the troop now has sufficient funds to cover the amount due to council listed on the troop sales report, please reach out to Sunny Johnson to advise. Be sure to include your 5-digit troop number and the amount due to council on the troop sales report when emailing Sunny.

If there is an ACH Bounceback on the troop sales report and the troop does NOT have the funds to cover the amount due to council, please reach out to the Product Sales department as soon as possible so we can assist.

How will the cookies be delivered to the hospitals and community health care organizations for the medical professionals to enjoy? GSOFCT will deliver these cookies in a safe manner following the protocol of the receiving facility. 

 

Whether you're a girl or a volunteer, we have cookie program resources specifically for you! Check out the drop down menus below for resources that will ensure you WOW this cookie season! Be sure to check back as more resources become available. 

 

  

Resources for Cookie Sellers

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world? It’s true—and it’s pretty amazing! When girls participate in the cookie program, they learn super useful life skills, gain a ton of confidence, and discover their inner leader! Selling cookies = big fun, great friends, and the opportunity to positively impact your community!

Ask your troop leader about participating in this year’s program. Below are some links to additional resources that will help you have a WOW experience in the 2020 cookie program.

Cookie Program Calendar

Coming soon! 

Cookies for Heroes

Cookies for Heroes is GSOFCT’s Gift of Caring Program. Girls can offer customers the opportunity to support the Girl Scout troop AND donate cookies to women and men serving in the military, veterans, and local heroes. 

Digital Cookie

The Digital Cookie platform is returning for the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program! Troop volunteers will receive their Digital Cookie registration email on December 16, and girl registration emails will be sent on December 18.

In order to receive a troop volunteer registration email, the volunteer must:

  • be registered for the 2020 membership year 
  • have the co-leader or troop cookie manager role assigned to their membership record.

In order for a parent/guardian to receive a girl registration email, the girl must:

  • be registered for the 2020 membership year
  • have a date of birth as part of her membership record
  • have a valid parent/guardian email address as part of her membership record
  • be OPTED IN to emails in her membership record

If a parent/guardian is unsure whether their Girl Scout’s record is all set for Digital Cookie participation, please contact Customer Care

NOTE: If a troop volunteer also has a Girl Scout who will be participating on the Digital Cookie platform, they can use the same login credentials to set up their own Girl Scout(s) Digital Cookie site as they use for troop access to Digital Cookie. BUT, the volunteer will not be able to register their Girl Scout until the parent access date on December 18.

The registration email will come from email@email.girlscouts.org. If you cannot find the registration in your inbox:

  • Do a search for email@email.girlscouts.org to see if you can find the email
  • For Gmail accounts, check the Promotions folder as that is likely where the registration email landed

If you still cannot find the registration email, follow these steps.

Check out the tip sheets below for step-by-step instructions on getting your Girl Scout(s) Digital Cookie online storefront ready for customers. Digital Cookie online storefronts will go live for customers on Saturday, January 4, 2020. 

eBudde

eBudde, the online application used by volunteers and council to manage the cookie program, is now open for the 2020 cookie program. eBudde can be accessed by going to cookieportal.littlebrownie.com

 

Finance

Payment from customers ordering cookies

For orders taken in person on the order card, cookies are paid for when the cookies are delivered. Cash or check payable to GSOFCT are accepted in-person payments and should be given to the girl/parent when cookies are delivered. GSOFCT does NOT require payment prior to delivery.

For cookies ordered via a Girl Scout’s Digital Cookie site (either through the website OR on the mobile app), the customer will pay with a credit card at the point of sale, regardless of the delivery option the customer chooses—donated, shipped, or in-person delivery. Girls/families do NOT need to collect payment from these customers.

Payment to the troop from families

The troop cookie manager is responsible for keeping track of product distributed to girls/families and payment amounts received from each girl’s family. Payments received from families should be deposited PROMPTLY into the troop bank account and recorded in the girls’ records in eBudde.

Payment from troops to council

These payments will be made via an ACH payment from the troop’s bank account. Troops must submit the ACH authorization form  for this membership year (October 1, 2019-September 30, 2020). ACH authorizations submitted PRIOR to September 1, 2019, are NOT valid for payment in the 2020 cookie program.

The deadline to submit the ACH authorization  for the 2020 cookie program is Friday, February 7, 2020.

NOTE: If a troop submitted an ACH authorization form for the 2019 Treats & Reads Program OR the 2019 Election Day Booth Sale portion of the cookie program, it does NOT need to submit another authorization form.

The ACH authorization must be completed by a volunteer who is a signer on the troop’s bank account.

Two ACH withdrawals will take place: March 20 and April 10, 2020.

The amount withdrawn on March 20 will be for 60% of the amount due to council per the Troop Sales Report in eBudde as of March 18. The balance due after the March 20th payment is the amount that will be withdrawn on April 10.

Credit card payments from customers for online orders will be credited to the troop in eBudde and will be accounted for on the Troop Sales Report. These payments will be included in the calculation of the amount due to council.

All troop proceeds and bonuses will be calculated prior to the April 10 payment and will remain in the troop’s bank account.

Please reach out to your service unit cookie manager with any questions about the ACH withdrawals or troop finances in the cookie program.

Key Resources
Booth Sale Resources

Cookie Program Rewards

  • Participation Patch
    30+ Packages

  • SOAR Flying Disc
    65+ Packages

  • Mini Plush Dangler
    90+ packages

  • Plush Butterfly
    125+ packages

  • Do WOW Things! T-shirt AND $10 Cookie Credit 
    150+ packages

  • Butterfly Wall Tapestry AND $15 Cookie Credit
    200+ packages

  • Adventure Kit (water bottle, carabiner, bandana, and string bag) OR Climbing and Zip Lining on April 25 or May 3, 2020 at The Adventure Park at either The Discover Museum (ages 5+) or at Storrs (ages 7+) AND $25 Cookie Credit
    300+ packages

  • Bracelet and two charms (butterfly and cookie booth) OR three charms (butterfly, cookie booth, and milk and cookies) AND $35 Cookie Credit
    400+ packages

  • Weekender Kit (travel case, toothbrush holder, and duffle) PLUS 500+ patch AND $50 Cookie Credit
    500+ packages

  • Two tickets and a buffet lunch to Lake Compounce on June 13, 2020 OR GSOFCT sweatshirt PLUS 700+ patch AND $75 Cookie Credit
    750+ packages

  • Enjoy a special event with the CEO on May 30, 2020 PLUS 1000+ patch AND $100 Cookie Credit
    1000+ packages

  • Apple Airpods with wireless charging case OR Yogibo Short bean bag chair OR One week at GSOFCT Day Camp ($250 value)
    1300+ packages

  • Canon Powershot SX740 and 16 gb memory card OR Camping Adventure Kit (outdoor sleeping bag, hiking backpack, and 4-6 person tent) OR One week at GSOFCT Resident Camp (up to $450 value)
    1600+ packages

  • G.I.R.L. 2020 Convention in Orlando, FL! Join other Girl Scouts from GSOFCT at the 55th National Council Session. Reward includes airfare, hotel for five nights, most meals, one day pass to Disney or Universal Studios, and convention cost.
    2020+ packages

 

 

Girl Initial Order Reward
Earn the Cookie Shake Blanket Sack with an initial order of 125+ packages! 

 

Troop Initial Order Reward
Troops with a per girl selling average of 125+ packages on the Initial Order will earn the SOAR T-shirt for each girl with an Initial Order.

Cookie Crossover Patch
Eligible girls can earn the personalized Cookie Crossover patch! To earn the patch:

  • Girls must have sent 15+ emails and created a Me2 avatar during the Treats & Reads Program AND
  • Sell at least 140+ packages during the 2019-2020 Cookie Program.

Gift of Caring Rewards

  • Gift of Caring Patch
    Sell at least one package for Cookies for Heroes OR for a local Gift of Caring initiative.

  • Magic Wash Cloth AND Spa Headband
    Sell at least 15+ packages for Cookies for Heroes

 

Cookie Techie Rewards
Sell 45+ packages through the Digital Cookie Platform to earn the Light-Up Butterfly Set (three lights) AND the Cookie Techie Patch

Philanthropic Reward Option
This year girls will have the opportunity to choose to donate toward The Shoe That Grows program in place of a reward item. The option to donate will be at the 90, 125, and 200 package levels. Older girl troops that are opting for additional proceeds can also contribute toward this initiative. Contact the Product Sales department for more information.