5 steps to GS Cookie Program success
Help girls have a great cookie season by guiding them through these simple steps to success:
1. Set group goals One of the most important lessons to teach a girl is how to set a challenging goal and reach it. Just imagine how far she will go in life if she knows, step by step, she can achieve her dreams. Encourage girls to set two kinds of group goals:
Do girls need goal ideas? Check out these goal-setting activities. How much will it cost? Help girls estimate the cost of their goal with
this Goal Action Planner.
2. Set personal goals Girls want to make the group successful. How many packages must she sell? You can guide her toward figuring it out with a simple activity.
3. Hold a family meeting If adults understand the importance of the GS Cookie Program, they give it their full support and help girls do everything it takes to be successful. Here are some ideas for talking to families.
4. Sell beyond family and friends Girl Scout families and friends make great cookie customers! But if girls plan to reach an ambitious goal, they need to expand their circle of customers. Here are some fun activities to help them get ready.
5. Track progress and celebrate success Invite girls to create a goal poster or cut out and use the one in your DBJ or CSA Volunteer Guide.
As sales add up, encourage girls to record them and track their success. When girls reach 100%, it’s time to celebrate!
Cookie booths play an important part of a successful Cookie Program.
Research tells us that more that 85% of those contacted purchase Girl Scout Cookies. However, nearly 35% of all possible customers are never asked to buy.
Cookie booths bring the cookies to customers who would never be reached at home during door-to-door selling. Girls sell cookies on weekends and after schools; many customers are not home during these times.
Cookie booths give customers a chance to purchase cookies a second, third or maybe even forth time. Customers are likely to purchase more than once during a sale if given the opportunity to do so.
5 Easy Steps to a Successful Cookie Booth!
Step 1: Pick a busy place and time! Check eBudde to see what cookie booth locations are available and sign up.
Step 2: Stock Up! Check out plenty of cookies and take orders to deliver later if you run out
Step 3: Advertise! It pays to advertise! Involve the girls in brainstorming ways to attract customers to your cookie booth. Place posters announcing your upcoming cookie booth around town in places seen by many people.
Step 4: Recruit Adult Help! All cookie booths must have 2 unrelated adults. This insures girls’ safety.
Step 5: Be Prepared! Practice sales techniques. Know detailed information about each of the cookies. Girls should be able to explain Operation Taste of Home to their customers. Brush up on money-handling skills. Remind the girls to wear their uniform!
Safety First at Cookie Booths! Be sure girls and adults understand cookie booth guidelines found in the Troop Cookie Program Manual.
Girl Scout Cookie Wonderland - For every girl who has ever wondered How! (Coming January 11, 2014.)
On January 11, girls can open the doors to the most magical bakery in the world – Little Brownie Bakers. Through this lively, interactive video, they’ll take a virtual field trip to 3 Cookie Lane and learn the secrets behind the taste sensations. Plus, they’ll meet other Girl Scouts just like them and learn how they run their own successful cookie businesses. Since it’s the land of Girl Scout Cookies, there is sure to be excitement around every corner!
It’s fun and easy to use this history-making video as the centerpiece of your own cookie rally party. Learn more and get lots of great Cookie Wonderland party ideas at the volunteer blog – blog.littlebrowniebakers.com. Or check us out on Pinterest #CookieWonderland.
Cookie Rallies - Kick off Cookie Season with a Cookie Rally!
Calling all Girl Scouts! Kick off this Cookie Program with a high energy, activity packed Cookie Rally while you show girls how to be successful in the Cookie Program. We've put together irresistible ideas for bringing lots of fun, learning and girl motivation together into one big cookie kick-off event. Whether you participate in our second annual national cookie kick-off, Cookies Live!, or decide to design your own rally, it's a skill building good time that generates great results.
Here's just a taste of what's in store . . .
Go behind the scenes. Cookies Live! features a video tour of the most magical bakery in the world - Little Brownie Bakers.
Show this video at your rally (premiering January 11, 2014) and take girls on a virtual field trip to 3 Cookie Lane.
Be a chef. Every future food scientist, chef and cookie taster will want to don one of these DIY chef hats.
Take photos in a "cook-e-ologist" photo booth. Encourage girls to create their own "recipes".
Craft with a purpose. Learning cookie skills can take the form of a skit, a necklace craft, a flower pot craft or a hopscotch game!
Most cookie rallies last about two hours and feature large-group and small-group fun and learning activities that take place in stations.
Download your Girl Scout Cookie Rally Guide, a step-by-step planning guide, filled with lots of activities and ideas.
Every successful rally is sure to include the following stations. Little Brownie has developed fun activity suggestions for each.
Many activities can be adjusted to work with either small or large groups.
NEW World of Good Goal Necklace; NEW Cookie Message Clip; World of Goals Zipper Pulls; Let the T-shirts do the talking
(Download the T-shirt activity sheet, and designs 1, 2, or 3)
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