GSCB is closely monitoring state and local restrictions surrounding COVID-19 to ensure the safety of our girls, volunteers, caregivers and staff during the Cookie Program. We will strive to be timely and transparent about unknowns and provide guidance for hosting Cookie Booths and other public-facing selling as best we can. Please be aware that any rules or guidance around public-facing selling are tentative and subject to change throughout the program.
Cookie Booths are a direct sale of cookies to the public, in a public location. Cookie Booths help girls broaden their troop experience, develop skills in public relations, marketing and finance, increase troop sales through teamwork, assist in reaching troop and individual goals, reduce troop cookie inventory, and give girls opportunity to reach more customers. Booths are a troop effort are NEVER conducted by individual family members or girls, with the exception of Juliettes. Cookies sold at booths are distributed equally among the girls that participated.
There are multiple ways for girls to participate in a Cookie Booth:
- Traditional Cookie Booth – Set up at high-traffic community businesses or other locations in the Service Unit boundaries.
- Council/GSUSA Sponsored -Booths that GSCB or GSUSA assist SU’s in securing the actual dates and times/locations or gather details about booths and offer to the SU to add to their booth selections/lotteries including but not limited to:
- Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club (Currently not allowing selling at stores, updates will come in January)
- Wawa (Will know availability in January or later)
- Dunkin (Currently not allowing selling at stores, updates will come in January)
- Joann Fabrics (Availability updates coming soon)
- GSCB will also be reaching out to Royal Farms, but availability still unknown.
- Milk and Cookies Breaks – Milk and Cookies breaks are sales purchased by an employer, in bulk, for their employees. Cookie booths may also be set up at places of employment, with permission, to promote additional cookie sales.
- Troops should inform the Service Unit Booth Coordinator of these cookie booths at all times. If booths are outside of the SU jurisdiction, GSCB Product Program team may need to be informed so they can notify the Booth Coordinator for that location.
- Milk and Cookies breaks follow normal GSCB Booth Guidelines.
- Walkabouts – Walkabouts are portable Cookie Booths. Girls fill up wagons, trucks, sleds, mini-vans, etc. with the assistance of a buddy and adult(s) to canvas their neighborhood, apartment complexes, senior citizen facilities or local college dorms. Approval from the business/location is required prior to the walkabout and the Booth Coordinator must be informed. Girls can use blowhorns, posters, flags and other portable decorations like cookie costumes.
- Drive-Thru Booths – Drive-Thru booths are a new way to manage contactless Cookie Booth purchases. Locations that are willing to rent out an actual drive-thru for cars for free is acceptable, but you can also create a drive-thru in locations with the help of the business. While at a drive-thru, continue to use appropriate PPE gear including masks, gloves (when handling money), hand sanitizers, etc. Watch our How to Host a Cookie Drive Thru video.
- Locations with large parking lots and/or unused parking could be ideal spots for a Drive-Thru.
- Consider using a pop-up tent and/or posters to draw attention to the booth. Create a line using cones, ribbons, and “Slow”/”Enter Only” signs. It’s important to encourage cars to drive slowly through the drive-thru line.
- Normal GSCB Cookie Booth guidelines still apply to drive-thru booths. Girls should maintain 6-feet of distance between themselves and vehicles while taking orders.
- Virtual Cookie Booths – Virtual Cookie Booths are another booth alternative that can be done entirely online. A troop leader can set up a Facebook Live session, a recorded sales pitch, a password-protected Zoom session, or a YouTube video where girls present their cookie booth to customers.
- REMEMBER: All online activity should be done via a private account for the family and/or by the troop leader for girl safety. For online security tips, see GSUSA guidelines.
- Girl’s full names should NEVER be used and under no circumstances should the girl’s booth “location” be shared. The troop should use their online Digital Cookie account to take orders, not a specific girl’s DOC link. The Troop Leader can move cookies to the appropriate girls in the system at the end of the booth.
Cookie Booths are set up by the SU Booth Coordinator and GSCB only. If your troop has an idea for a Cookie Booth, be sure to check with your SU Booth Coordinator and have them work with you and the location to set up that booth. This ensures the booth isn’t already set up in your Service Unit, and if it’s in another Service Unit’s boundaries, that the appropriate approval is met. If a booth is being requested outside the SU boundaries, the Service Unit Booth Coordinator needs to contact GSCB Product Program team to work as a liaison between the SUBC’s so the booth can be secured fairly.
All booths must be scheduled and registered in eBudde.
For more about how and when to sign up for Cookie Booths, visit Ebudde for TCMs.
- Drive-Thru Cookie Booths are a low-contact option for holding a booth. These are most successful at high-traffic locations that allow a safe area away from the business for girls to setup. Girls/volunteers can set up a “booth” (or a tent, in the case of inclement weather) that customers can drive “thru” and purchase cookies without leaving their car. Locations such as supermarkets and Cabela’s have allowed Drive-Thru Cookie Booths in the past.
- Virtual Cookie Booths became popular last cookie season, and continue to be a worthwhile alternative to a physical booth. Host a Facebook Live Cookie Booth, or invite friends and family to a Zoom call and make your cookie pitch! For more details, check out this Step-by-Step Guide for Virtual Cookie Booths.
Be sure to consider the booth’s location (how busy it is), your time slot, the weather and other factors when planning the number of cookies you’ll need for your booth(s). All booths are different and although you want to be prepared, you will also want to be mindful of your selection of cookies. These are suggested numbers by booth times and variety averages only – not required amounts. Again, every booth is different! If this is your first time, try reaching out to other volunteers in your SU who have done a booth at that location before – they may have some advice!
- Drive-Thru Sign (36″ x 24″)
- Drive-Thru Sign (10′ x 6′)
- Social Distancing (Table Top)
- Social Distancing (Floor)
- Stop Signs
- Table Tent Option 1
- Table Tent Option 2
- Table Tent Option 3
- Social Distancing Sign Provided by the state of Maryland
- Printable Mask and Social Distancing Signs provided by the State of Delaware
- Face Mask Sign provided by the State of Virginia
Cookie Booth Rules and Etiquette
Cookie Booths are Girl Scouts’ opportunity to SHINE in their community! Smile, be polite, have fun and demonstrate what it means to be a Girl Scout.
To help us all SHINE, here are some guidelines for cookie booths:
- Girls must be present. The minimum is 1 girl and 2 unrelated adults (one of the two adults must be background checked and a registered member of GSCB.), and the maximum is 2 girls and 2 unrelated adults. No tag-a-long family members or siblings.
- Bring your booth confirmation printed from eBudde and ensure you arrive and leave on time.
- Dress for winter weather. You can always show your Girl Scout pride by wearing your uniform over your jacket/coat, or by wearing girl scout pins or other insignia.
- Use your manners – Smile and say please and thank you!
- Keep track of your inventory – Count packages before and after to verify.
- Come prepared with cash – Do not ask the business your at or near for change.
- Come with all necessary supplies including cash box, counterfeit money checking pen, pens, Digital Cookie app for Cookies-In-Hand transactions, eBudde Booth Recorder app, posters to tell your troop story, etc.
- Do not eat or drink at the booth, if possible.
- Complete the Cookie Booth COVID-19 Safety Checklist at the start of each booth time slot or shift change
- Keep your booth area clean and pick up all empty boxes/cases.
- Follow any store guidelines – they are allowing us to be part of their business!
- Don’t be a NO SHOW – Customers find booths on Cookie Finder. If you can’t attend, please release it.
Safety at cookie booths is more important than ever. We ask all Girl Scout volunteers to take the Booth Behavior Promise, committing to COVID-19 safety guidelines. We encourage sharing with your troop to take the promise as well.
*Those in violation of these measure will face up to immediate dismissal, cookie fund confiscated, forfeit of rewards, or suspension of all Girl Scout activities.
If you have any questions about GrubHub booths, please let us know by emailing the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Grubhub Booth Troop Training
GSCB requires the eligible, interested Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador troop adults to view this recorded training prior to their booth selection for GrubHub. Emails are captured upon registration to view training, so each person involved must use their own information. *This is especially important for any troops participating in the STEM Lodge/Country Center Booth Opportunity as we are ONLY sending the lockbox code to get into the building, via email to those troops after they’ve viewed training.
Please click the link below to the left (and fill out all required answers) to watch the training. The required passcode is below the link to log into the training recording.
There's More Than Traditional Cookie Booths...
Girl Scouts never fail to impress us with their new and innovative ways of reaching customers and selling cookies. Last year’s cookie season was a challenge, but also showcased the resiliency of our Girl Scouts and their adaptability. If you can’t or don’t want to host a Cookie Booth, there are still plenty of opportunities to participate in the direct sale portion of the Cookie Program.
Please note the below are stock images taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. During any in-person activities, all participants must wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Using the online selling platform, girls can personalize their Digital Cookie storefront and send emails to invite friends and family to buy cookies with the option for in-person delivery or direct shipment to their home or even donate to Operation Taste of Home online.
Learn more about Digital Cookie.
Set up your Drive-Thru in a pre-approved area, and follow local guidelines for staying safe such as wearing gloves, having hand sanitizer available before and after each transaction, wear masks and have signs that read “Stay In Your Car”. Drive-Thrus must be approved by the location and the SU Booth Coordinator.
Watch our How to Host a Cookie Drive Thru Video.
Virtual Cookie Booth
Host a virtual booth via Facebook Live or other social media platform and market your cookies just like you would at a regular booth. Make signs, wear your uniform, give your cookie pitch. Keep your troop safe by sharing your troop number and girl’s first names ONLY.
For more details, check out this Step-by-Step Guide for Virtual Cookie Booths.
Girls can either make sales pitches to local businesses or go with a parent to their workplace to take orders, if approval is given to the employee prior to visit.
*This activity may need to be adapted to virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Cookie House Party*
During a Girl Scout Cookie House Party, girls come together under one roof to sell cookies by the case. With 12 packages per case, sales add up fast!
*This activity may need to be adapted to virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Host a Cookie Rally
When Girl Scouts band together, they are unstoppable! Celebrate the Girl Scout sisterhood by hosting a cookie rally to encourage girls to grow and learn as a team through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Whether you gather in person or via a virtual event, use these resources for inspirational and informative activities that will help each girl realize she can do anything – especially with her sisters by her side.
Cookie Rally Guidebook – Use this guidebook to help you plan your rally event from start to finish!
Cookie Rally Activities – Download activity instructions and materials for girls to complete during your event.
Cookie Rally Resources – Download extra resources to help support your rally event.
Not ready to host a rally on your own? GSCB is hosting a 3-part rally series December – January. Check out our Events Calendar to find out more and encourage your Girl Scouts to sign up. (P.S. FREE patches are available for participating in the Rally Round-up!)
Are your Girl Scouts seasoned Cookie Pros? Are they ready to lend their cookie knowledge to first-timers? The Cookie Captain patch program is the perfect opportunity for older girls (Cadettes – Ambassadors) to practice their leadership skills and guide younger girls to success. Girls who complete the Cookie Captain program will receive her program level Service to Girl Scouting Bar, a Cookie Captain Patch and a Cookie Captain reward.