- Girl Scouts River Valleys will support booths as community guidance allows. Refer to the Cookie Dial on Cookie Central for the most current information. Cookie booths can be held from February 19-March 27.
- Each booth location may have different requirements for masking, social distancing, and vaccination. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with those requirements, as well as any requirements from Girl Scouts River Valleys, plus state and local guidance.
- Troops have a range of booth-hosting options—from virtual to differing levels of in-person—to support a comfortable, safe experience for all girls. Look for our participation icons to guide booth decisions and options.
We highly encourage girls and troops to accept contactless payments at booths. Girls/troops can do this using Smart Cookies on a mobile device.
- How it works: You can ask the customer to hold up their card while you type it in to your Smart Cookies account, or set up a booth QR code for customers to scan to process payments. Refer to the Smart Cookies Guide for instructions.
Getting Ready for Your Booth
- Sign up in Smart Cookies. Refer to the Smart Cookies Guide for instructions, including step-by-step instructions for setting up a booth QR code for processing contactless payments.
- Check out the store policies on masking, social distancing, and vaccination, if it is available.
- View the sales per hour information in the booth notes in Smart Cookies to help you determine the amount of inventory the troop will need for the booth.
- Pack your supplies: Cookies (of course), a booth tally sheet, payments accepted flier, posters, a cash bag and change, pens, calculators, a table and chairs (if needed), and your smart phone for taking credit card payments. Keep a stock of masks handy so everyone has one if/when they need it.
- Remind girls to dress for the weather, in case the cookie booth is located outside.
During and After Your Booth
- Remember to bring your Girl Scout spirit! This means having a positive and friendly energy, while respecting the space and people around you.
- Track your sales using the tally sheet, and then enter them into Smart Cookies using the Smart Booth Divider when you get home. Count your starting cookie inventory and starting cash/change before your booth begins then again at the end of the booth. It should all add up!
Booth Types & Participation Options
Visit Cookie Central for the most
up-to-date cookie booth information.
Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. Cookie Finder Direct Ship Troop Sales
All troops participating in the 2022 Cookie Season will be added to the GSUSA Cookie Finder webpage. The Cookie Finder displays nearby cookie booths. Plus, customers who visit this site will also see local troops and can purchase cookies from them for direct ship or for cookie donations. At the end of the sale, you’ll transfer these sales to participating girls. Watch for details in The Cookie Press and on Cookie Central.
Virtual Cookie Booths for Online Sales or Curbside Pick Up
Your troop will be able to share your virtual cookie booth link to friends and family using social media, text, email, or web meetings (like a Facebook live event). Your troops can share a link just for direct ship OR for curbside pickup. Troops can announce and share the date, time, and location of their curbside pickup and customers can order, pay online, and then pick up cookies, while staying in their vehicle. Troops have orders ahead of time so they know the cookie inventory needed to fill the customer orders.
In-Person Cookie Booths
Council-Secured booths are arranged by Girl Scouts River Valleys staff with our corporate and community partners. The sign-up process is in two phases for these booths: Lottery and firstcome, first-served (FCFS). A calendar of signup date and times will be published on Cookie Central and in The Cookie Press.
Troop-Secured booths are arranged by troops at local businesses that don’t have an existing partnership with Girl Scouts River Valleys. Having your troop contact local businesses is a great way for girls to learn business strategy and people skills.
Lemonades Stands are group sales on a person’s property. Girls can gather together in pairs or more and sell right from their yard! The troop can enter this as a troop secured booth to allow for Booth Credit Cards to be taken, and enter sales in the Smart Booth Divider to distribute credit to everyone who was there.
Check out the Smart Cookies Guides to review the steps for scheduling council-secured booths, entering lottery choices, and entering troop-secured booths.
No Matter Which Booth(s) you Participate in…
Make it a Learning Opportunity
Booths are great learning experiences for girls to see what it’s like to run a small business. Assign out roles—like, greeter, order packer, change-maker, etc.—to girls to help them stay engaged and learn new skills. Roles can always be adjusted depending on girls’ interests. Feature important information like your troop number, your troop’s chosen donation recipient, your sales goal, and creative signage to draw customers in.
Enter Sales Into Smart Cookies
Since cookies sold at booths come from troop inventory, girls aren’t financially responsible for them. You’ll find the Smart Booth Divider instructions in the Smart Cookies Guides to learn how to allocate cookies for booths.
Congratulate yourself for completing a booth and getting one step closer to reaching your goals.
Summary of Resources
- Cookie Booth Policy – Read the Girl Scouts River Valleys Cookie Booth Policy before planning your cookie booth sale.
- Cookie Central – Your one-stop hub for all things cookies.
- GirlScoutsRV.org/Cookie-Donations – Learn more about Cookie Care donation options.
- ABCSmartCookies.com – Use Smart Cookies online to sign up for a council-arranged booth, request a troop-arranged booth, report booth sales with the booth divider, and so much more. Sellers and volunteers are able to use their online account starting November/December.
- Smart Cookies Guide – Use these step-by-step tutorials to guide you through signing up for a council-arranged booth, requesting a troop-arranged booth, reporting booth sales with the booth divider, and so much more.
- GirlScoutsRV.box.com/Booth-Instructions – Each council-arranged booth location has a special set of instructions.
- GirlScoutsRV.Box.com/Historical-Booth-Data – View historical booth data from past years. These sales are self-reported and are not a guarantee of sales.
- Mid-Season Sales Data – Check sales at your booth location for an estimate of how many cookies to bring. These sales are self-reported and are not a guarantee of sales.
- Cookie Booth Locations-Do Not Contact List – Includes all potential council-secured cookie booth locations. Please review this list prior to securing your own troop cookie booths to ensure that you don’t call a location that is already council arranged. Finalized council-secured cookie booth locations are listed in Smart Cookies.
Cookie Booth Kit
- Meet the Cookies Poster – Show customers all available cookie varieties by posting this colorful poster at your booth.
- Cookie Business Cards Sheet – Girls can write their troop numbers on these fillable business cards and share with customers.
- Cookie Door Hanger – Troops can leave these customizable door hangers with customers.
- 5 for 25 Poster – Encourage customers to purchase cookies by posting this colorful poster at your booth.
- Can’t Eat ‘Em, Treat ‘Em Poster – Encourage customers to donate a boxes of Girl Scout cookies by posting this colorful poster at your booth.
- Cookie Booth and Sales Guide – Are your girls ready to sell at cookie booths? Here is your go-to for tips, how to get started, what to bring, and more!
- Payments Accepted Flyer – Post this at your cookie booth to show what type of payments your booth accepts.
- Tally Sheet – Use this sheet to keep track of the cookies sold at each cookie booth and to help report your sales in Smart Cookies.