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Bling Your Cookie Booth Challenge

Banish the boring! If you want to attract lots and lots of customers, it's time to "bling" your cookie booth. Anything fun, bright, colorful, energetic and creative will bring customers running.

The Bling Your Booth Challenge, sponsored by GSUSA allows eligible troops to submit a photo of their decorated Girl Scout Cookie Booth through the GSUSA Facebook page application using the #blingyourbooth hashtag along with a short blurb of why the troop chose the theme and their cookie season goals to enter a user generated photo gallery. The troop will then encourage family and friends to vote on their cookie booth picture. The entrant with the highest votes in the photo gallery will receive $500 cash prize. The challenge runs from January 5, 2015 to April 30, 2015.

What kind of bling is your thing? These ideas are just the beginning.

  • Power up your posters
  • Make 'em fun. Make 'em exciting. What will you say? How about...
  • Girl Scout cookies are here!
  • Our cookie goal is…
  • Cookie bundles are bliss!

Make it sing
Catchy tunes will catch some attention. Play a recording or sing along with your friends.

Color it bright
Balloons and colorful tablecloths will guarantee you’re not missed! Create savvy signage with a cookie booth overhead sign.

Set an outrageous theme
Maybe your booth will look like a fair or carnival, complete with a corn hole toss. Maybe you’ll create a booth that looks like it should be at Hogwarts. You decide!

Dress for success
Wear cookie costumes or dress up to fit your theme. Maybe you’ll be divas for the day. Or cowgirls. Be sure customers can still see your Girl Scout identification.

Wrap up the fun
Imagine a display of beautifully wrapped bundles of cookies. Each bundle of three boxes is topped with a fun bow. In the center of the table is a pretty platter with free, bite-size cookie samples. What flair! What sales!

Show off your goal poster
How can you make it shine? Customers want to see how sales are stacking up and will help you reach your goals.

One More Bite

One More Bite is a contest is sponsored by GSUSA and runs from February 6, 2015 to March 6, 2015. Girls will be encouraged to participate in One More Bite by uploading a creative photo of Girl Scout Cookies to the GSUSA Instagram account.

How girls can enter the contest:

  • Follow @Girlscouts on Instagram
  • Upload a creative photo of/with a Girl Scout Cookie to Instagram using the hashtag #OneMoreBite
  • Entrants are limited to submitting one photograph per 24-hour period
  • Entrants and Facebook community members may vote on their favorite submission once per hour.

GSCI will promote all entries of members to increase voting. Voting is done on www.facebook.com/GirlScoutCookieProgram

The winning entry at the end of the contest will win 1 year supply (52 boxes) of Girl Scout Cookies of their choice.

The 5 Skills and Girl Scout Leadership Outcomes

Why do they matter?
Because when your Girl Scout has learned these skills, she’ll be poised for success in her career.
Think about it:

When employers interview job candidates, they all look for the same things. This is true whether the employer is a bank, high-tech company, university, hospital, publishing house, car dealership, accounting firm - or even the local pet store! They want: 

Someone who can set goals and meet deadlines.
Blowing a deadline can mean blowing a deal!

Someone who works well with others.
Who wants to deal with strife and complaining in the workplace? Not the boss!

Someone who understands customers.
It doesn’t matter whether the “customers” are hospital patients, TV viewers, or other companies—every business has to know its customers and what they want.

Someone who can influence others.
This doesn’t just mean selling a product. Employers want people who can sell ideas, pitch projects and convince other employees to help out. OR sell ideas, pitch projects and make deals.

Someone who is honest, trustworthy and reliable.
Kind of goes without saying—or it should! 

Sound like anyone you know? 
That’s your Girl Scout, using the 5 Skills she learned in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

How to Support Your Girl Scout

Family support is the key to success. Girls have greater success in Girl Scout Cookie Program activities when family adults are informed and involved. These tips will help you turn “cookie time” into “family time” and provide important ways you can guide and support her to cookie success!

  1. Make sure your Girl Scout is a registered member of Girl Scouts of the USA for the current Girl Scout membership year.
  2. Attend her troop/group cookie training. Be sure to ask the cookie volunteer for your Girl Scout’s troop or group how you can help with meetings or with other tasks.
  3. Understand The 5 Skills for Girls and how they impact your Girl Scout.
  4. Work with her to set goals and track her progress. Encourage her to set up an account on COCO, your Girl Scout’s online Cookie Command for goal setting, planning and marketing.
  5. Encourage her to make a telephone or email contact list of her friends and family. She can create and send eCards in the Online Cookie Marketing section of COCO.
  6. Review and discuss Cookie Activity Safety Guidelines.
  7. Coach her in selling techniques, including how to share her goals, and suggest additional reasons to purchase cookies.
  8. Accompany your Girl Scout to support her as she sells.
  9. Discuss how you can help her reach her goals, such as giving rides when she needs them or safeguarding her cookie money. Remember, closing the sale is her responsibility.
  10. Allow your Girl Scout to participate in a booth sale and volunteer to help. Ask friends, vendors, and colleagues if they will allow a booth sale at their location, and/or be a driver or a supervising adult for a booth sale.
  11. Check on her progress during the sale. Help her live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and discuss how it applies to business ethics throughout the activity.
  12. Let your friends know how proud you are of your Girl Scout and her participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Check out Girl Scout Shouts, a collection of fun badges and art designed for sharing via social media or printing.

Cookie Selling Safety

The Girl Scout Cookie Sale is lots of fun! Just be sure to stay safe when you’re selling cookies. Please use these simple rules for a safe and successful cookie activity:

  • Show you’re a Girl Scout. Wear the Girl Scout membership pin and/or Girl Scout clothing to identify you as a Girl Scout.
  • Buddy Up. Always use the buddy system. It’s not just safe, it’s more fun!
  • Be Streetwise. Become familiar with the areas and neighborhoods where you will be selling Girl Scout Cookies. Avoid accepting anything larger than a twenty-dollar bill.
  • Partner with Adults. Adults must accompany Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors whenever they are taking orders for, selling, or delivering cookies. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors must be supervised by an adult when selling door-to-door and must never sell alone. Adults should be present at a cookie booth in any public place at all times with the girls.
  • Plan Ahead. Always have a plan for safeguarding money—avoid walking around with large amounts of it or keeping it at home or school. Give proceeds to supervising adults to deposit as directed by your Girl Scout council as soon as possible.
  • Do Not Enter. Never enter the home of a person when you are selling or making deliveries. Never go up to a car on a street or follow a customer into a building or alley.
  • Sell in the Daytime. Sell only during daylight hours, unless accompanied by an adult.
  • Learn the 411 on online marketing and read and sign the Internet Safety Pledge at www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/cookie_activity.asp. Make sure you have adult permission and supervision for online activities, then talk to the Girl Scout adult in charge about how you can use the Internet to connect with friends and family and bring the cookie program right to them! Be sure to follow the activities appropriate for your grade level.
  • Protect Privacy. Girls’ names, addresses, or email addresses should never be given out to customers. Instead, a designated adult’s telephone number and/or group email overseen by an adult is given for reorders or complaints.
  • Be Safe on the Road. Always follow safe pedestrian practices, especially when crossing at intersections or walking along roadways. Be aware of traffic when unloading cookies and passengers from vehicles.
  • Follow the Council Lead. This includes booth sale guidelines, program dates, donation programs, etc. Know whom to call if you encounter a problem or issue.
  • Be sure to check for any Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints updates at www.girlscouts.org under Girl Scout Central: Cookies.