Thursday, January 5, 2017

Parents and Cookie Program Success

How do parents get their Girl Scouts involved in the 2017 Cookie Program? We're glad you asked!

Managing the Cookie Program on top of soccer games, dance recitals and important school work can be a challenge. But participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program provides girls with a leadership experience that helps them build skills they will use today and tomorrow. The Cookie Program began as a way for Girl Scouts to fund their activities 100 years ago. The purpose hasn’t changed today. As the largest girl-led business in the country, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is a unique opportunity for girls to become leaders in their own lives and in the world around them.

When she has her family’s support, there’s nothing a Girl Scout can’t do! The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a great opportunity for families to discuss being responsible with money. It is not just the largest girl-led business in the country; it’s also the largest financial literacy program for girls. Financial literacy – knowing how to make, manage, spend and invest money – is a critical skill that impacts the quality of your Girl Scout’s future. The Girl Scout Cookie Program activities are designed to help your Girl Scout move toward a financially independent future.


Use this checklist to help your Girl Scout stay on track and meet deadlines and to help your Girl Scout reach her goals. 

Get started 
• Make sure your Girl Scout is registered for the 2016 – 2017 membership year.
• Complete the parent permission and responsibility form.
• Attend your troop’s cookie meeting. It’s important to understand what your and your Girl Scout’s responsibilities will be during the Cookie Program. This is also a great time to volunteer to help with cookie booths or delivery.

Help with goal setting 
Register your Girl Scout for COCO (Cookie Command) to help her track and reach her goals. COCO can be found at abcsmartcookies.com.

Go over safety guidelines
 A list of safety guidelines can be found on pg. 10

Practice makes perfect! 
Use the “Nine Steps to Cookie Selling Success” guide on pg.12 to help your Girl Scout get the most out of her cookie experience.

Celebrate her success 
Check on her progress throughout the program. Celebrate with her when she reaches milestones in her goal. Let your friends and family know how proud you are of your Girl Scout and her participation in the Cookie Program.

You're all set! We're so proud to have some of the best parents, and the best support, Girl Scouts could ask for. For more information on the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program or where to find cookies, visit www.gssjc.org and click the "Cookie" tab.