Welcome to the 2024 Girl Scout Cookie Program! This year's theme is Own Your Magic!
The Girl Scout Cookie Program has been a part of American tradition for over 100 years! Through the dedication and service of everyone involved, the Girl Scout Cookie Program spreads the word about Girl Scouting in a positive way.
Girl Scouting provides local girls with precious lifelong experiences and values that are important to our families and our community. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a key part of her experience and much more than a way to raise money.
The Cookie Program is a hands-on leadership and entrepreneurial program. Girls learn, not from a book, but from real-life experiences. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country that helps girls develop key business and leadership skills that last a lifetime.
Thank you for your participation and support.
Lisa Y. Johnson
CEO, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida
The Cookie Program is an amazing opportunity for your Girl Scouts to participate in a quality council-sponsored program that will develop life skills and help raise for their own troop activities. When you guide girls through a cookie sale, you will get a firsthand look at the skills and confidence girls develop along the way. Your support during the program makes all the difference and we truly appreciate your time and dedication to the girls in your troop. Getting started is easy:
There are several ways Girl Scouts can achieve their cookie goals and earn some awesome rewards. While booth sales are February 1 through February 29, 2024, you don’t wait until then to get your sale started. Use the time between now and February to build your online sale, collect Cookies for the Military donations, earn the Corporate Cookie Connections patch, learn new skills at SMART Cookie, and build momentum for booming booth sales! Learn easy ways to build your sale now!
While troops won't have cookies until just a few days before the sale begins, they can use their paper order cards to begin marketing their sale starting December 1, 2023—as long as your troop has completed training and received the materials. While girls may secure support for their sale, they may not deliver cookies or collect money before February 1, 2024. Girls can, however, set up and use their Digital Cookie site starting December 1, 2023 for girl delivery and donations only.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a group effort. A troop leader will need a troop cookie sale manager that runs the logistics of the sale. A troop cookie sale manager will need parents to help with picking up Girl Scout Cookies, chaperoning booth sales, and more. Build your team and you will build a great experience for the girls - minus the stress! Read the Troop Cookie Manager envelope for helpful hints, dates, and other important information.
Troops should plan their sale with a specific goal of selling enough cookies to generate the proceeds they need for planned activities or by using an average number of boxes girls can be asked to sell. The average number of boxes sold in 2023 was 369 boxes per girl.
Avoid making extra trips to the cupboards and order enough cookies during the initial order to make sure your troop can reach their goal. it is STRONGLY recommended that troops place an Initial Order equal to 100% of what they believe they will sell during the season. We will bring in all additional cases that we can above the Initial Order submitted by troops, but our supply will be limited, and troops should secure their inventory for the season by placing a strong Initial Order. Place an initial order that you think will provide your girls with enough inventory to get through the sale and reach their goals.
If this is your first time selling cookies, use 350 boxes per girl as a benchmark and talk to your Service Unit Product Sale Coordinator (SUPSC). They can assist you in deciding on a good Initial Order based on your troop size.
Troops will also have the option of "bailing out" up to 10% of their Initial Order of traditional varieties on Wednesday, February 13, 2024.
Troop Leader should host a parent meeting, receive signed permission forms, and distribute girl materials. Make sure the troop has a current ACH Banking Process Authorization Form with a valid troop check on file with our council. Make sure this same information is reflected on the vendor site (eBudde under Settings Tab). Confirm your email is up-to-date with GSSEF in order to receive your Digital Cookie log-in information.
Girls may begin marketing the Cookie Sale Program and may launch their digital site. Digital Cookie lets her market her sale anywhere using the Direct Delivery option or locally using the Girl Delivered option. See the Digital Cookie flyer for more details.
eBudde Booth Lottery Begins.
Test ACH withdrawal of $0.02.
Bank information cutoff for Initial Order Submission
Troop initial orders are due in eBudde.
Initial Order pickup. See the Troop Cookie Manager Guide for guidelines on how many cases will fit in a vehicle. Your Service Unit Product Sale Coordinator (SUPSC) will share instructions on the pickup process at training.
First day of Cookie Booth Sales. Reorders available. Cupboards are open. Check their hours of operation and submit reorders in eBudde
GSSEF will withdraw, via ACH, from your troop account, 60% of the initial order that your troop placed on January 10. If you earned the initial order reward, the ACH withdrawal will be 35%.
The final day of Cookie booth sales. Digital Cookie closes.
Last day for Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops to opt-out of rewards. Troop reward selections are due in eBudde
Final ACH payment - all funds due from your troop for the 2024 Cookie Program.
Troop reward selections DUE in eBudde.
Cookies and Girl Scout Program Pins and Badges: All Girl Scouts who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program are eligible to earn the annual Cookie Activity Pin, which recognizes the five skills learned and practiced during the cookie program. The Activity Pin is available for purchase at the Palm Beach County or Broward County Retail Stores.
Cookie Entrepreneur Family Pin: Make Girl Scout Cookie season a family affair! Earning Cookie Entrepreneur Family pins makes spending time with family easy, fun, and even sweeter during cookie season. Start your collection today, and get ready to rock your Girl Scout pride all season long.
For Parents: Check out our "just in time" training videos on the GSSEF You Tube page.
For Troop Leaders: Log into your gsLearn account for some short, helpful videos. If you are a registered Girl Scout adult volunteer, you can access gsLearn as soon as your membership is active by following these instructions:
Need extra assistance throughout the sale? Reach out to your Troop Cookie Manager, Service Unit Product Sale Coordinator, or contact the GSSEF Product Program Team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you get started!
Customer payment for cookies may be made by cash or credit card. We do not recommend that troops accept checks from anyone that they do not have a personal relationship with. If a check is accepted, it must be payable to the troop and deposited into the troop bank account. All monies should be deposited into the troop bank account regularly throughout the sale.
February 20, 2024: GSSEF will withdraw, via ACH, from your troop account, 60%
of the initial order that your troop placed on January 9, 2024. Funds should be in your account no later than February 16, 2024 to ensure availability of funds on February 20, 2024. If you earned the Initial Order reward, the ACH withdrawal will be 35%. See the Initial Reward flyer included in the troop envelope, for details.
March 7, 2024: GSSEF will withdraw, via ACH, from your troop account, all funds due from your troop for the 2023 Cookie Sale. Funds should be in your account no later than March 4, 2024 to ensure availability of funds on March 7, 2024.
GSSEF will record your ACH withdrawals and deposits into eBudde. The deposit and current balance owed will be reflected on your Troop Sales Report. Troop Leaders should provide a receipt to parents/guardians for any cookies received and money turned in during the sale. Troop Leaders allocate cookies and payment sto each girl order record in eBuddge througout the sale. At the end of the sale, print the Troop Sales Report and verify that all of the information is accurate. The Troop Sales Report should have a zero balance.
There are lots of options to increase your troop's cookie proceeds throughout the year. Help your troop earn up to $1.06 per box!
Little Brownie Bakers has put together great resources to help parents and girls promote their sale via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more. Not only do they provide a variety of graphics to choose from, but also suggested post copy to use. So all you need to do is download the image you like, copy and paste the wording, and click post on the social media platform of your choice!