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The Girl Scout Cookie Program has grown into a leading business and economic literacy program that is run by and for girls. The program provides an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop five key skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics.
We're excited to announce many positive changes this year, including using a Hybrid Direct Sale format.
A Hybrid Direct Sale format will provide your troop more opportunity in sales and troop profit. Girls will earn Cookie Dough and recognitions throughout the entire program, including during Cookie Booths.
To help jump start the cookie program your Girl Scouts may presell using the order card and social media beginning December 20, 2013.
Cookie Varieties- $4.00 per box
National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend - February 7-8, 2014
National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is February 7 and 8, 2014. It celebrates the world’s largest girl-led business and the five essential skills girls lean by participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girl Scout Cookie fans and girls can join fun events nationwide and online to support the program, which brings Girl Scouting to local communities. The National Girl Scout Cookie Program
Introducing Our New Cookie - Cranberry Citrus Crisp
A crispy cookie made with whole grain, full of tangy cranberry bits, with a zesty citrus flavor.
Change the World - 2014 Cookie Patch Program
Welcome to the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Activity! This patch program is designed to help bring the cookie activity into your troop meetings and make it a learning experience for girls. The Girl Scout Cookie Activity provides an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop five key skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
In order for girls to earn the Change the World cookie patch they must complete five activities, return signed parent permission form to their leader for the cookie sale, and complete a goal setting activity. When the girls in your troop are ready to receive their patches, complete the attached order form and return with payment to: Girl Scouts of Central Illinois – Decatur Urban Program Center, Attn: Robin Howard, 1100 E Pershing Rd., Decatur, IL 62526. Patches will be mailed 7-10 days after the patch deadline date of February 20, 2014.
2014 Cookie Program for Juliettes
The Girl Scout Cookie Program has grown into a leading business and economic literacy program that is run by and for girls. The program provides an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop five key skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics.
Last year was the first year Girl Scouts of Central Illinois used the direct sale format, and our Girl Scouts and troops were very successful. By using the direct sale format, troop profits increased by 25%, 35% more girls earned free membership, girls earned 26% more Cookie Dough and recognitions, and girls reaching the 250 and 500 boxes sold level was up over 110%.
Of course, we also experienced some growing pains while getting used to the direct sale process. To make the process smoother for our volunteers, members, parents, and staff, the product sales team met with cookie focus groups and have also reviewed the troop leader and parent surveys in order to improve our 2014 Cookie Program. You will notice several improvements this year, and we are thankful for all our volunteers who provided us with honest and helpful suggestions to help make this year’s program better than ever.
Please take time to thoroughly review the 2014 Juliette Cookie Guide. This guide will inform you of the many new improvements to our program and will answer most of your questions. Also, please don't forget to have your parent/guardian complete the Parent Permission Form for you participation.
Operation Cookie Share
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois kicked off Operation Cookie Share in 2010. Since that time over 190,000 boxes of delectable Girl Scout cookies have been shipped to our service men and women at home and abroad. Girl Scouts of Central Illinois has provided more than $825,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies to the women and men of our armed forces at home and abroad. In fact, our Girl Scouts were so successful that this achievement is entered in the Illinois Congressional Records.
Operation Cookie Share is a program that allows customers to let military troops know that we appreciate their service by purchasing cookies for them. Operation Cookie Share is simple and fun and is a great way for communities to show support for military troops through the purchase of Girl Scout cookies.
How Operation Cookie Share Works
Even though we are using a modified Direct Sale format this year, girls should still take along their order cards. On each girl’s order card there is a column listing each variety of cookie plus one additional column labeled “Cookie Share.” When the girls go out with cookies in hand (and during cookie booths!) please encourage them to not only ask the customer to purchase Girl Scout cookies for themselves but also ask the customers to purchase cookies for our military troops. Girls will enter the number of boxes each customer donates on the cookie share column. Customers do not have a choice of the variety of cookies to be sent to troops. Operation Cookie Share cookies are held in a “virtual warehouse” so troops do not take possession of the Operation Cookie Share cookies. At the end of the Cookie Program, all Operation Cookie Share orders are accounted for and then shipped to our military soldiers at home and abroad.
How are the Cookie Delivered to Military Troops
A special thanks to our Good Neighbor, State Farm! State Farm will deliver many of the Cookie Share cookies through their Adopt-a-Soldier program. GSCI will deliver Cookie Share cookies to the State Farm corporate office in Bloomington and State Farm will distribute Cookie Share cookies at home and abroad. Operation Cookie share has reached military troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Haiti.