Read on for information about Cookie Central, Troop Cookie Training, Troop & Girl Cookie Materials & Supplies, Cookie Cupboard Updates, Service Unit Training FAQ’s, Troop Training Toolkit, Cookie Rally Order Reminder, and more.
In this edition:
- Welcome Troop Leaders & Cookie Managers
- Cookie Central
- Troop Cookie Training
- Troop & Girl Cookie Materials & Supplies Shipping the Week of December 26
For Service Unit Cookie Managers
- Service Unit Virtual Training FAQ’s & Online Training
- Troop Training Toolkit
- Service Unit Cookie Rally Order Reminder
Welcome Troop Leaders & Troop Cookie Managers
Welcome to the first edition of The Cookie Press for troops! Our staff has been focused on designing a program to help your Girl Scouts succeed in 2023. No matter how they participate this year, they will benefit by learning the five skills of the Cookie Program: decision-making, money management, goal setting, and people skills. Each week, we are here to pass along program updates and give you those “just in time” reminders to keep you on track. Soon, you’ll complete cookie training, receive your cookie materials and supplies, plus, receive access to Smart Cookies, the online cookie management system. It’s a busy time of year, but stick with us, and we’ll keep you on track.
Thank you for sharing your time and talent to help equip Girl Scouts with the confidence and know-how they need to dream big and do bigger! We’re excited to watch you “Go Bright Ahead” this cookie season!
Cookie Central is your online hub for all important cookie resources. Find quick links to online training, your Troop Cookie Manager Guidebook (coming soon), The Cookie Press blog, Smart Cookies Guides for Families, Smart Cookies Guides for Volunteers, and more! You’ll want to bookmark this webpage on all your devices.
Make sure to also direct your families to Cookie Central. Families can find everything they need to help guide their Girl Scout’s Cookie Program participation, including resources like the online Family Cookie Responsibility Form, Smart Cookies account setup information, and fun stuff like the Girl Scout rewards info. We continue to update Cookie Central through Cookie Go Day (and beyond).
Troop Cookie Training
Completing cookie training each year ensures you understand important program dates, what’s new this year, and your role in helping Girl Scouts reach their goals. Your Service Unit cookie manager will provide you with details for available training options.
The self-serve Troop Cookie Manager Online Training will be available on our Cookie Training page and via Cookie Central next week! If you are a new troop cookie manager, first watch our Troop Cookie Basics Video. This will help orient you to your role and responsibilities before learning more about this year’s Cookie Program details.
Troop & Girl Cookie Materials & Supplies Shipping the Week of December 26
Troop cookie materials will be shipping to Service Units the week of December 26.
Troop Cookie Materials
- Troop Cookie Companion
- Cookie Booth & Sales Kit with the Cookie Booth Guide
- Receipt books
- A package of Trefoils for the troop to sample
Girl Scout Materials (One per Girl Scout)
- Order cards
- Reward fliers
- Cookie Program Family Guides
- Cookie door hangers & business cards
- Money envelopes
Your Service Unit cookie manager will be in touch to coordinate your pick-up of troop materials.
Smart Cookies Registration Links
The week of December 19, troop leaders and cookie managers will receive their links to access Smart Cookies, the online cookie management system. Add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe senders list so the email comes straight to your inbox. Watch for more details on the important first steps to complete in Smart Cookies in next week’s post.
Service Unit Virtual Training FAQs & Online Training
Thank you to all of you who attended one of our virtual Service Unit Cookie Training sessions this past week! We are so inspired by your creativity, thoughtfulness, and excitement regarding the program.
We will be compiling a list of the most asked questions throughout the training sessions and will be emailing the answers soon. As always, feel free to contact us if you have more questions—we’re here to support you!
Just a reminder that if you were not able to attend one of our virtual Service Unit Cookie Manager training sessions, our self-serve Service Unit Cookie Manager Online Training will be available next week. Remember that you must have attended a virtual training session or completed the online training as a part of your Service Unit level role. Plus, one of the requirements to earn the annual Service Unit proceeds is to have at least one Service Unit volunteer complete cookie training by February 1.
Troop Training Toolkit
Now that you’ve completed your Service Unit Cookie Training, it’s time to train the troops! Connect with your troops to inform them of their training opportunities, whether you’ll be holding an in-person training or directing them to online opportunities. Use our Troop Training Toolkit to determine the option that will work best for you. The goal is to provide troops with a high-level overview of the Cookie Program, why it’s important, what participation does for the Girl Scouts, and general “how to’s.” We’ve included a training outline, training tips, and a presentation to lead you through the discussion. Don’t forget to direct troops to the Online Troop Cookie Responsibility Form which is due by February 1.
Service Unit Cookie Rally Cookie Order Reminder
If you’re hosting a Service Unit Cookie Rally for troops and Girl Scouts in your area, this is your friendly reminder to order your cookies and optional rewards kits! No late orders will be accepted, so be sure to place your order by Wednesday, December 21.