Cookie booths—that is, cookie pop-up sales in areas with lots of foot traffic—are a fun way for girls to connect with their community and practice their sales pitch with new customers. Booth locations must be approved by councils, facilitated within council jurisdiction, and participants must follow all council guidelines with regard to setting up, running, and taking down a booth.
Create a great cookie booth experience for your girls by:
- Using your best judgment in setting up cookie booths in locations that will be open, accessible, and safe for all girls and potential customers.
- Choosing a high traffic area—this could be your local supermarket, mall, or park—where you’ll maximize the number of visitors to your booth.
- Checking out your booth site ahead of the sale. Talk to business owners in the area so they’ll know what to expect. Find out what security measures are in place—these may include lights for evening sales and whether a security camera watches the booth area—and where the nearest bathrooms are located.
- Respecting the surrounding businesses by making sure your booth isn’t blocking a store entrance or exit.
- Encouraging your girls to unleash their creativity—and work on their advertising skills—to make colorful signs and booth decorations that potential customers can’t resist! Remind girls to be polite and to have their sales pitch ready for interested customers.
And keep in mind:
- A minimum of two volunteers (at least one of whom is a registered Girl Scout volunteer with the required background check) and one girl should be present at the booth at all times. With two or more volunteers, you’ll have adequate booth coverage if the girls need to be accompanied to the restroom.
- If your Daisies are still learning how to make correct change, help them handle money as needed. But remember that girls make all sales at the booth!
- Changing your cookie booth hours or location? Keep your customers in the loop and update your baker’s Digital Cookie system with the new details. All scheduled booths are available on the Cookie Finder App (IOS or Android).
- Certain locations may be inappropriate for young girls based on the standards of your local community, may negatively impact the cookie program experience for girls, and/or may negatively impact our brand in your community. For additional clarity, girls should not sell in or in front of establishments that they themselves cannot legally patronize.
- Additionally, with respect to marijuana dispensaries, we have been steadfastly combating the unauthorized uses of the Girl Scout trademark by the cannabis community, which has been marketing—without our authorization—certain cannabis products under our youth-appealing brand. We are continuing to aggressively fight these unauthorized uses of the Girl Scout brand and hope that our councils and volunteers will join Girl Scouts of the USA’s efforts by discouraging cookie booth locations at such locations.
For more tips to make your booth a success, check out our Cookie Booth Essentials.
In case of accident anytime professional assistance is required, complete the following steps immediately after the incident:
1. Complete an Accident/Incident Report Form.
2. Complete all questions on the Mutual of Omaha Insurance Claim Form.
a. There is a section for the injured or parent of injured to complete and sign as well as the "leader."
b. Please make sure that in the "troop validation or authorized activity representative's validation" section that the signature there is NOT the injured or the injured's parent. For example, if the leader or the leader's daughter is the one that got hurt, then the co-leader needs to sign here.
c. If you received any type of paperwork/invoice/detailed receipt/diagnosis at your first doctor or hospital visit, please attach it.
d. If you don't receive anything, please return the claim form without any attachments.
e. Please have the injured keep a copy of everything.
3. Troop leaders retain a copy of the Accident/Incident Report Form and a copy of the Mutual of Omaha Claim Form.
4. Mail, within 48 hours of the accident, the original Mutual of Omaha Claim Form with any available attachments and a completed Accident/Incident Report Form to the Leadership and Learning Center, Attn: Accident/Incident Report, 10008 Dupont Circle Drive East, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 or hand deliver to any GSNI-M Service Center.
5. Council staff will forward the completed insurance claim form to Mutual of Omaha to initiate the opening of a claim.
6. Mutual of Omaha will contact the parent/guardian directly and give them the claim number and directions for the submission of claim-related information.
7. At this point, the injured or her parent/guardian should work directly with Mutual of Omaha. Please do not send or bring any additional receipts to GSNI-M. Everything should go directly to Mutual of Omaha after the claim form has been sent.
An Accident/Incident Report Form and the Mutual of Omaha Claim Form are available on the council website. Please print them out and take them with you on each Girl Scout outing.