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2022 Virtual Cookie Kick-off

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will again be hosting a Virtual Cookie Kick-off premiering on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 1 p.m.

Register now! Participation is free, but registration is required to receive the YouTube link to be part of the premier! The optional patch is $3 and will be mailed after the event. Deadline to register is Thursday, December 9, 2021.


2022 Girl Scout Cookie Program

Girl Scout Cookie Program Resources for volunteers, Girl Scouts and parents.

The 2022 Cookie Program starts on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Early Bird online ONLY using Digital Cookie 8.0 starts Monday, December 13, 2021. All Girl Scouts must be registered members for the 2021-2022 membership year to participate in the Cookie Program.

How do troops get started?
The Troop Cookie Chair or a Troop Leader must complete the 2022 Mandatory Troop Online Cookie Program Training available now on gsLearn in order to receive the troop’s program supplies and materials from their Service Unit Cookie Coordinator. For assistance logging into gsLearn, use this guide.

A volunteer must be a registered member of Girl Scouts for the 21-22 membership year and completed a GSNI background check. All volunteers with the assigned volunteer role of Troop Cookie Chair or Troop Leader will receive an invitation email to take the training and it will be listed on the volunteer’s gsLearn home page. Follow the steps below.
• Choose Product Program Cookie Training (415 2022 Troop Cookie Training)
• Click continue this course (green button near bottom)
• Click play button and watch training. Approximately 30 minutes.
• Click Next at the bottom of the screen.
• Take quiz and check your answers.
• Read Troop Cookie Chair Volunteer Position Description and click “I agree…” at the bottom of the screen.
• Click Exit at the top right of the screen.
• You will see a screen saying 100% completed.
• You will receive a confirmation email from gsLearn with the subject: Congratulations on completing your 2022 Cookie Chair Training. This email can be used as proof of completing the training to receive your troop’s program materials.
If a troop volunteer needs the role of Troop Cookie Chair assigned to their membership and/or the training assigned to their gsLearn home page, please contact your Member Support Specialist or cookies4you@girlscoutsni.org.

Use the drop-down menus below for all the forms, information, and training materials to assist Troop Cookie Chairs, Troop Leaders, Parents, and Girl Scouts through the 2022 Cookie Program.

2022 Cookie Program Schedule
December 11—Virtual Cookie Kick-Off
December 13—Early Bird Online ONLY Sales starts
January 5—Initial Order Taking begins
January 29—Initial Order Taking ends
January 31—Troop Initial Order and Initial Reward submit deadline
February 17-22—Delivery of Initial Order cookies to troops (varies by SU)
February 25—Cookie Booths begin
March 20—Cookie Booths and Cookie Program ends

 

Introducing the NEW Adventurefuls cookie which will be added to the cookie line-up for 2022! Indulgent brownie-inspired cookies topped with caramel flavored crème with a hint of sea salt.


Manuals & Schedules
Online Trainings

2022 Fall Product Program Mandatory Online Training is available on gsLearn. Please use this guide for assistance logging in to gsLearn. Volunteers must be registered members and designated as Troop Cookie Chair or Troop Leader to access the training in gsLearn. If a troop volunteer needs the role of Troop Cookie Chair assigned to their membership and/or the training assigned to their gsLearn home page, please contact your Member Support Specialist or cookies4you@girlscoutsni.org.

Mandatory Troop Online Cookie Program Training – notes PDF

The following training is not required, but HIGHLY recommended!
Digital Cookie 8.0 Online Training
Digital Cookie 8.0 Online Training – notes PDF

Virtual Q&A Open Houses @ 7-8 p.m.
GSNI Product Program Team will be available via Zoom to answer any questions from volunteers and parents about the 2022 Cookie Program. Passcode is GSNI for all meetings.
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Little Brownie Baker – eBudde Microburst trainings
Troop Initial Order
Troop Girl Orders Tab
Troop Rewards Orders
Troop Cupboard Order Scheduling
Troop Pending Order Transactions
Troop-to-Troop Cookie Exchange
Troop Booth Council
Troop Booths My Sales
Troop Booth Record Sales
Troop Sales Report
eBudde App Overview
eBudde App Troop Dashboard
eBudde App Cupboard Order Scheduling

2022 Little Brownie Bakers Videos
Get Ready to Climb with Courage!
2022 Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scouts are Goal Scouts!
Go to Little Brownie Bakers' YouTube Channel for more videos!

Cookies
Digital Cookie 8.0
Volunteer Resources
Forms and Tools
Booth Sales & Cookie Cupboards

Try a Virtual, Drive Thru or Popup Cookie Booth
Digital Cookie Troop Link/Site Tips

GSNI Cookie Booth COVID Requirements

GSNI Council Cupboards – locations and hours
See eBudde™ Reports tab or Help Center for list of all cupboards including volunteer run cupboards.

GSNI Cookie Booth Etiquette
How Many Cookies to Order for a Cookie Booth?
Cookie Booth Essentials
Build Your Best Cookie Booth
Cookie Program Readiness

Alternate Booth Resources
Virtual Cookie Booth Guide
Drive-Thru Tip Sheet
Pop Up Tip Sheet

Booth Marketing Materials
Menu Board
Drive-Thru Arrow Signs (36”x24” – 2 up)
Drive-Thru Banner (10’x6’)
Stop Signs
Table Tent (2 packages – 8.5x11)
Table Tent (4 packages – 8.5x11)
Thank you and Reorder slip
Walking Sandwich Posters
Window Clings and Magnets

Booth Activities
Walking Sandwich Board
Bandana Mask
Facemask Decorating

Reminder: After entering My Sales both sites into eBudde a troop's request will be reviewed and either approved or denied. Reasons a site may be denied include, but are not limited to, deemed inappropriate*, reserved by another troop, complete address not provided, a Council Sales site, monopolizing a site, or a safety concern.

*Inappropriate is defined as an establishment that girls themselves cannot patronize. This includes, but is not limited to, Cannabis/Marijuana retailers, Vaping retailers, Liquor/Alcohol retailers, Gambling retailers, etc. However, a retail location such as a grocery store that sells liquor/alcohol, but that is not it's primary product, is an acceptable and appropriate location.

Rewards

Multi-Girl Scout Family Special Rewards Offer and entry form
500+ boxes Rewards – FAQ
3200+ boxes Trip Rewards – FAQ
Opt-out or Take Rewards?

Little Brownie
My Cookie Friend
Get Ready to Climb with Courage video

Entrepreneurship Badges and Cookie Entrepreneur Family Pins

Entrepreneurship Badges and Pins

Cookie Entrepreneur Family pins—The Cookie Entrepreneur Family pin enables girls and their families to learn to think like entrepreneurs as they participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Each Girl Scout level has its own set of requirements to help families guide their girl Scout as she runs her own cookie business year after year. Girls can earn all 13 pins in the collection—one unique pin for every year they participate. Below are the requirements for each level and activity resources.
Daisy—#1 Set a Goal-Daisy Cookie Goal Tracker, #3 Practice with money-Cost of Cookie Packages, Play Money
Brownie—#1 Go for a Goal-Brownie Cookie Goal Tracker, #3 Be a money master-Cost of Cookie Packages, Play Money
Junior—#1 Strategize your sales-Junior Cookie Goal Tracker. #5 Know your product-Know the Cookies, 2022 Girl Scout Cookie flyer
Cadette—#1 Hit those benchmarks-Cadette Cookie Goal Tracker, #4 Grow your network-Customer Pitch
Senior—#1Take note!-Senior Goal Tracker, #4 Segment your customers-Customer Targeting
Ambassador—#1 Get information-Ambassador Goal Tracker, #4 Be a sister to every Girl Scout-Sister Girl Scout

NEW—Cookie Business Badges
When Girl Scouts sell Girl Scout Cookies, they are practicing-goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—as they learn to think like an entrepreneur. Girl Scouts can earn badges each year they run their own Girl Scout Cookie business.
Daisy—My First Cookie Business, Cookie Goal Setter
Brownie—My Cookie Customers, Cookie Decision Maker
Junior—My Cookie Team, Cookie Collaborator
Cadette—My Cookie Venture, Cookie Market Research, Cookie Innovator
Senior—My Cookie Network, Cookie Boss
Ambassador—My Cookie Business Resume, Cookie Influencer

Entrepreneurship Badges
Dreaming about creating a business that can make a difference? With the Entrepreneurship badges, girls will create and pitch a product or service that solves a real-life problem. Then they build a business plan and think about topics like production, cost, profit, marketing, and competition.
Daisy Toy Business Designer Badge
Brownie Budding Entrepreneur Badge
Junior Business Jumpstart Badge
Cadette Business Creator Badge
Senior Business Start-up Badge
Ambassador Entrepreneur Accelerator Badge

Contests

GSNI will be offering Cookie Craver Contest, Gift of Caring Opportunity, and Cookie Business Challenge. For details on these contests, go to the Contest page. For details on these contests, go to the Cookie Contest page.

2021 Cookie Program Contests

Cookie Craver Contest
Cookie Craver Order Card
Cookie Craver Order Submission form

Gift of Caring Opportunity and entry form

Cookie Business Challenge and entry form

Cookie House Party
COVID-19 Guidelines

GSNI Cookie Delivery COVID Requirements
GSNI Cookie Booth COVID Requirements

Our top priority at GSNI has always been and will always remain the safety and well-being of our inspiring girls, their supportive families, and our dedicated volunteers. Thank you for sticking with Girl Scouts!

Girl Scout participation in any of GSNI’s Product Programs should always be a Girl Scout/family decision. For the 2022 Cookie Program, we encourage Girl Scouts to discuss with their families the most appropriate and safest way to participate, based on their family needs.

Using Digital Cookie 8.0 in conjunction with social media, texting, emails, calls, video chats, door hangers, or even video presentations allow for contactless, safe selling to friends and family! Product pick-up and deliveries to customers can be done through arranged porch drop-offs, curbside, or other contactless or reduced contact procedures. Girl Scouts also have the option to ask customers to choose shipping as their preferred method of delivery.

Follow current GSNI and Illinois mandates in regard to properly worn face masks and social distancing, during the 2022 Cookie Program.

Any pictures shared on social media or as part of GSNI contests, MUST display girls and volunteers/parents following all current COVID-19 requirements.

Updates to any requirements will be communicated to volunteers and girls/parents through emails, website postings, social media posts, etc. We appreciate your cooperation.

Cookie Program Guidelines

Social and General Media Posting Policies
Posting to any allowed social or general media may ONLY be done during GSNI Cookie Program sales dates listed below.

Posts ALLOWED
• Dates allowed:
• Posts during early bird online ONLY sales, December 13, 2021-January 4, 2022, may only refer to online Digital Cookie ordering.
• Information regarding all types of sales may be posted January 5-March 20.
• Information regarding booth sales may be posted February 25-March 20.
• Posting to personal social media sites is permitted. Be cognizant of settings (private vs. public).
• Posting to LOCAL public social media sites (approved membership or public) with Girl Scout or Troop Digital Cookie link for online direct ship orders and public pick-up of girl delivery orders. We remind parents and troop volunteers to be safety conscious and cautious providing a Digital Cookie link to unknown customers. ALWAYS meet in a public location for distribution of Girl Delivery orders from unknown customers.
• Posting to LOCAL public social media sites (approved membership or public) for the promotion of cookie booths, cookie stands, or to take traditional orders. ALWAYS meet in a public location for distribution of orders from unknown customers.
• Creation of a special social media site with a Girl Scout or Troop Digital Cookie link is allowed. It should include the sales goal of the Girl Scout or troop and how the troop plans to use troop proceeds.

Posts NOT ALLOWED
• Posting to national sites such as, but not limited to, eBay, Craigslist, Amazon, Facebook Marketplace, etc. is NOT permitted.
• NO paid advertising of any kind on social media or general media is allowed.
GSNI reminds everyone that the Girl Scout Cookie Program is a girl-led program and girls should be involved as much as safely possible in social media and online sales. We also recommend parents use caution when posting to ANY social media site and taking orders from strangers. The safety of Girl Scouts and their families is first and foremost. Parents should use their best judgement when approving in-person delivery orders versus shipped-only orders, to customers they don’t know. A girl should be accompanied by an adult at all times when delivering cookies. Abuse or misuse of a girl’s Digital Cookie site may result in council inactivating the girl’s site.


Adhere to GSNI Cookie Program sale dates, pricing, council boundaries and cookies.
Sale dates and pricing are specific for each Girl Scout council. It is important that troops, girls, and families follow the sale dates and pricing for our council. Between Monday, December 13, 2021, and Tuesday, January 4, 2022, Girl Scouts may ONLY utilize Digital Cookie 8.0 for online ordering. Girls may NOT take in-person orders including going door-to-door, posting order cards at parent workplace, etc. prior to Wednesday, January 5, 2022, with the exception of taking advanced orders in-person from family during the holiday season. Additionally, booth sales may only occur during the designated booth sale dates of February 25-March 20, 2022. However, troops may hold booths both on the weekends and on weekdays. Troops may face consequences if sale dates and pricing are not followed.

All GSNI troops must keep in-person sales within the boundaries of GSNI. No booth sites or door-to-door selling may occur outside of GSNI boundaries. To confirm if a retail location or city is within GSNI boundaries, please contact the Product Program Team. If you see a troop selling within GSNI boundaries which you suspect is not from our council, DO NOT confront the troop, be argumentative, or engage in a conflict. Please make specific note of the date, time, location, and troop number and report the information to your SU Cookie Coordinator or Product Program Team. GSNI will follow up with the appropriate council.

Finally, only cookies offered by GSNI’s contracted baker, Little Brownie Bakers (listed on page 3) may be sold. No other cookies are to be sold by GSNI Girl Scouts or troops and ALL packages must be sold for $5/package.


Troop Penalties
All programs have requirements, expectations, and rules for participants. The Cookie Program is no different. It is important that troops and Girl Scouts have equal opportunities to sell cookies. GSNI would hope parents, Girl Scouts, Troop Leaders, Troop Cookie Chairs, etc. would all act appropriately, but unfortunately this does not always happen. If GSNI confirms a report that a troop or a girl within a troop has broken any rules or requirements of the program, including but not limited to, early selling, selling at higher pricing, selling outside of council boundaries, posting to restricted social media sites, or selling rewards, GSNI may enforce penalties. Troops may incur penalties through a reduction in troop proceeds of up to $50. This is not something GSNI wants to do, but as a result of prior incidents, it is unfortunately something that needs to be enforced.

As a Troop Leader or Troop Cookie Chair, we expect you to explain the requirements and do’s and don’ts of the program to your Girl Scouts and their parents along with the explanation that if even one girl in the troop breaks the rules, the entire troop may be penalized.

Reports of inappropriate selling activities will be accepted and investigated by GSNI Product Program Team. Girl Scouts, parents, Troop Leaders, and Troop Cookie Chairs should not confront the troop, be argumentative, or engage in a conflict. Reports should include specific information such as date, time, location, troop number and/or name when possible.


Troop Size Requirement
In an effort to ensure GSNI abides by IRS guidelines revolving around product sales, troop size guidelines as they pertain to product program troop proceeds (fall product and cookies) have been created. It is important we comply with IRS guidelines so as not to endanger the not-for-profit status of GSNI, GSUSA and Girl Scout councils nationwide.

This policy has been in effect since September 2016.
• Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Troops: Minimum size is 5 girls (from multiple families) and 2 unrelated leaders, one of which is female.
• Girl Scouts Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Troops: Minimum size is 3 girls (from multiple families) and 2 unrelated leaders, one of which is female.
• Girls in troops that have not met these minimums will be treated as Juliettes for the purposes of troop proceeds.
• For the 2021 Cookie Program, the minimum must be met by Saturday, January 29.
What DOES this mean?
• If your troop does not meet the minimum size as outlined above, your troop will automatically be treated as a group of Juliettes and no troop proceeds will be awarded. Individual girl and troop rewards will not be affected.
• During sweeps, your troop account will be swept for the entire cost of product sold. Proceeds are NOT kept by the troop. Girls will earn S’more Dough in place of troop proceeds.
• Notes on S’more Dough:
o S’more Dough is distributed similar to Cookie Dough.
o The amount of S’more Dough a girl earns is based on ranges of product sold.
o S’more Dough uses and restrictions are similar to Cookie Dough.
o For more information on S’more Dough ranges and Juliette participation, contact your SU Cookie Coordinator or the GSNI Product Program Team.
What DOESN’T this mean?
It does NOT mean your troop will no longer be a troop. Your troop remains intact and would be included in the Opportunity Catalog for additional girls to join.


Requirements for Additional Money Earning Activities
Troops must submit a money-earning application. In order for the application to be considered:
• Troops are encouraged to participate in GSNI product programs as their primary money-earning activities. The troop must participate at the minimum levels listed below in both the Fall Product and Cookie Programs in order to apply for any additional money-earning activities.
o Fall Product Program: Troops must have at least 25% of registered girls participate and achieve $150 troop total sales.
o Cookie Program: Troops must have at least 50% of registered girls participate and achieve at least 180 pkgs troop total sales.
• Juliettes must also submit a money-earning application, be in good financial standing with council, have permission from parent/guardian and participate in both the Fall Product and Cookie Programs at the minimum levels listed below.
o Fall Product Program: Juliettes must participate and have minimum sales of $15.
o Cookie Program: Juliettes must participate and have minimum sales of 18 packages.
• Girl Scouts in troops interested in additional money-earning activities as part of earning their Bronze or Silver Awards, must follow all the troop guidelines listed above for approval. A Girl Scout earning her Gold Award, must follow and meet the guidelines of a Juliette to receive approval for an additional money-earning activity. This difference is due to the fact that Bronze and Silver Awards are earned as a troop or small group within the troop. Gold Awards are earned as an individual.
In an effort to preserve the integrity of the Fall Product and Cookie Programs, troops must avoid holding money-earning activities targeted to the public between September 15-October 31 and December 15-March 31.

GSNI Messages

August 10, 2017

Subject Title: GSNI Cookies Updates: Introducing Standardized Pricing 

Following on the heels of the announcement today by GSUSA that S’mores will be here again in 2018, we’d like to share some updates to the Girl Scout Cookie Program from our Council perspective.

Over the past few months, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois has been exploring the implementation of standardized pricing for the sale of a box of cookies. After discussion between volunteers and staff, and an analysis of data from other Councils who have moved to standardize prices, we have made a decision. Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will be offering all varieties of the Girl Scout cookie lineup at $5 per box for the upcoming season in 2018.

We considered multiple factors before making this decision. In our Council, the price to the consumer has not been raised for 8 years, despite rising ingredient and production costs passed on to us from the baker over this time. Next year, more than a third of Councils nationwide will be selling cookies at a minimum price of $5. Many will be selling at two price points: $5 for the traditional varieties and $6 for S’mores and Toffeetastics, as the cost for these specialty cookies, which require special ingredients and/or separate production lines, is a dollar more than for the traditional varieties. We not only believe standardized pricing of $5 for all varieties is the best option for everyone involved with Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois but this also aligns us with two of our neighbors, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.

Standardized pricing makes it easier for girls to communicate costs to their customers, as Toffee-tastic and S’mores cookies were sold at a dollar more box last year than our traditional varieties. Girls will continue to earn rewards, as they learn important financial and entrepreneurial skills through participation in the cookie program, the biggest girl-led business in the world. Our reward structure for 2018 will remain essentially the same and allow the most successful girls the opportunity to visit Disney or, new for 2018 for the highest sellers, a program with Sea Turtles.

Troops will also benefit from the standardized pricing. Troop proceeds will increase 25 cents per box sold, at Tier 1 with Rewards, compared to 2017. With the new two tiered pricing model (see chart below), troops can earn more to fund their own experiences!

New Troop Proceeds: Tier 1 Tier 2
Troop Proceeds w/ Rewards $0.85 $0.90

Troop Proceeds w/out Rewards

(opt-out CAD, SR, AMB only)

$0.95 $1.00

At the troop level, girls are engaged in the decision-making process to determine how to spend their troop cookie money and they often reinvest it in their communities through service projects. Other troops, for example, have chosen to fund travel opportunities in the US and beyond, go camping or fund membership and uniform purchases.

When consumers purchase Girl Scout Cookies, they are not just buying a sweet treat, but, more importantly, investing in the future of girls to experience the four focus areas Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois offers: Practical Life Skills, Travel & the Global Community, Career & Interest Exploration, and Outdoor Activities & Adventures and providing the foundation for girls to learn leadership and undertake community service. Net proceeds stay within the council and help us deliver quality troop and council-led Girl Scout programs and experiences in the 16 counties we serve. GSNI is using its resources wisely and through the Long Range Property Plan have strategies to reinvest in our four camps to enhance girls’ experiences and allow them to choose their adventure.

You may be asking yourself how the “cookie crumbles”. Where do the revenues from a $5 box of cookies go? We have to make some assumptions here to be able to generalize, as costs depend on the number of specialty cookies sold within the entire cookie mix. Specialty cookies cost a dollar more than traditional cookies. Payments to troops also fluctuate with the volume sold and whether girl rewards are opted in or out (only available for older girls).

On average and with our best planning assumptions over the next few years, we expect about 28% of the $5 to cover the cost of running the cookie program: buying the cookies, transportation, storage, marketing, personnel and so on. About 22% of the $5 covers rewards and cookie dough paid to girls, troop proceeds and SU rewards. The remaining 50% is retained by the Council and will provide us with about 70% of our total annual revenue to invest in our programs, our camps and support Troops and Service Units.

We look forward to all the opportunities that standardized pricing has to offer all of us in Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. Based on other Councils’ experiences, this can be a WIN for all of us: girls, troops, service units and the Council and provide us with the resources to continue to grow.
 


GSNI is encouraging service units to offer a local in-person Cookie Rally for troops in their service unit. The Service Unit Cookie Rally Guide is being provided to assist service units plan an event.


Troop Leaders, Cookie Chairs or Parents….

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding any aspects of the Cookie Program, please email the Product Program Team at cookies4you@girlscoutsni.org or call the Cookie Hotline at 847-214-9295.


Tools for Cookie Program Success

Little Brownie Bakers 
Want to make this cookie season the best one yet? Check out some of the fun activities and materials for girls from our partners at Little Brownie Bakers. 

 

Girl Scouts of the USA's Cookie Resources Page 
Here you'll find handouts, posters, videos, and other materials to help you have fun and stay safe as you build your cookie business. 


 

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