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Booth Sale Edition

In this issue:

Booth Sale Edition 

  • Booth sales begin THIS Friday!
  • Booth sale quick tips 
  • NEW! One-to-one booth sales
  • National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
  • Girl Scout Cookies + Pastry Genius = Extraordinary Desserts
  • Set, Reached ... Matched! Contest UPDATE
  • Operation Thin Mint®
  • Get the facts about Girl Scout cookies!
  • FAQs


Booth sales begin THIS Friday!

Important reminders

  • All sites become available in eBudde Booth Scheduler on Wednesday, Feb. 5. (page 41)

·         IMPORTANT: Due to some confusion across service units regarding new booth scheduling guidelines this year, troops will be allowed 15 sites on the first day the eBudde Booth Scheduler opens, Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7:00 p.m..

    • The allotted 15 sites include live lottery signups, military/older girl online lottery signups, and any sites picked up in eBudde Booth Scheduler.
    • This amendment will result in an adjustment of 3 additional sites allowed for signup on each day following as well - i.e. 18 allowed on Thursday, Feb. 6, 21 allowed on Friday, Feb. 7 and so on (page 41 of TCM Handbook). 
  • A signed Girl Scout Permission Slip is required for booth sale activity. Use the Multi-booth Permission Form to capture permission for all planned booth sales on one easy form.
  • For safety, two adults must be present at each booth sale (one registered and background checked). (page 12)
  • Bring a copy of the eBudde Booth Scheduler confirmation of location and time.
  • Record girls' booth sale credits in the Booth Sale Recorder app or online in eBudde. (page 44)

In the event of a problem:

  • Remember to act respectfully and abide by the Girl Scout Law as a representative of Girl Scouts.
  • If another troop arrives at the same time and place:
    • Troops/1:1 girls should compare eBudde Booth Scheduler confirmations (page 43).
    • If one troop/1:1 girl does not have site confirmation, they must leave.
  • If a serious problem arises with another troop/older girl, politely get the troop number and have the TCM contact the SUCC immediately.
    • Under no circumstance should store management be involved in troop/girl conflicts.  Locations have the right to cancel all remaining booth sales.
  • If a problem arises with the property management, store management or security guards, have the TCM contact the SUCC immediately.

See pages 12-13 for all Booth Sale Policies.


Booth sale quick tips


Visit our Pinterest page for booth decorating ideas!

  • Visit our Cookie Sellers web page for print-ready materials that girls can use to bling their booths. Here, girls will find posters, stickerssigns, and MUCH more! 
  • Display your troop number.
  • Upon arrival, check with location manager/finishing troop for specific instructions.
  • Only approach customers on their way out of the business.
  • Be alert! Ensure an adult is near the girls, money and cookies at all times. 
  • Leave the area cleaner than you found it and take your empty cases home.
  • The last troop of the day should let location management know you are leaving and thank them.


NEW! One-to-one booth sales

Girls currently in 6th grade or above may sell at booth sites with a one-to-one (1:1) girl to adult ratio with her legal guardian who is registered and background checked. (page 12)

  • Recommendation:  Girls should use their own inventory (cookies signed out to them).
    By not using troop inventory, risk is minimized of troops being responsible for unsold inventory.
  • Tips:  Use high volume booth sites (i.e. Saturday sites) for the entire troop. Limit how many 1:1 sites each girl can sign up for during the first weeks of booth sales.


National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Feb. 7-9

  • JOIN the largest virtual Girl Scout cookie party! Party starts February 5. Click here for details. #cookieboss


Girl Scout Cookies + Pastry Genius = Extraordinary Desserts

When America's favorite cookies inspire San Diego's most renowned pastry chef, expect Extraordinary Desserts!

For National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend (Friday-Sunday, Feb. 7-9), Karen Krasne has created three special recipes for her acclaimed Extraordinary Desserts restaurants.

Girl Scout cookie fans can select from Krasne's Thin Mint® Crème Brulee, made with fresh mint and vanilla bean; a coconut-filled Samoas® Chocolate Pot de Crème; or - for peanut butter aficionados - a Hot Fudge Sundae with Tagalongs® Ice Cream.


Set, Reach ... Matched! Contest UPDATE

Thank you to all the troops that participated in the Set, Reach ... Matched! Contest by submitting their troop cookie goals online.

Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen computer glitch, entries submitted before 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 were not captured. Therefore, we are extending the deadline to Monday, Feb. 10, and encouraging the troops affected to re-submit the information.


Please accept our sincere apology for the inconvenience. Good luck in the random drawing to select one winner for doubled troop proceeds.

Questions:  Email


Operation Thin Mint®

The basics OTM logo

  • All cash donations are to be designated for OTM.
  • Use the Booth Sale Recorder to "buy" an OTM box for every $4 received and record it in eBudde.
  • Troops and girls should never ask for or accept donations for their troop.
  • Troops receive proceeds for OTM donations, just like other cookie sales.
  • Girls earn rewards for OTM donations (see Family Guide), which also count towards regular girl rewards.


  • Girls should ask EVERY customer if they would like to make a donation to Operation Thin Mint®. 
  • Have girls track progress on a tally sheet to maintain focus while they're at a booth sale.  

See page 19 for more details on Operation Thin Mint®.


Get the facts about Girl Scout cookies!

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a beloved, 97-year American tradition that helps girls develop valuable life skills. Proceeds fund countless programs, activities and camps, as well as the service projects that make our community a better place. The vast majority of Americans support Girl Scouts, its mission and the cookie program.

Based on a wealth of misinformation, an online flyer is calling for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies. In case you receive an inquiry, here are the facts:

  • Girl Scouts does not give cookie proceeds to other organizations.
    100% of our proceeds stay here in San Diego to support our 30,000 girl and 13,500 adult members.
  • Girl Scouts has not endorsed any person, organization, political party or politician.
    Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. This is not a political mission!
  • Girl Scouts does not take a position on reproductive issues.  We believe these matters are best discussed within the family. Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood. Neither does Girl Scouts San Diego.

This resource contains accurate information about the use of cookie proceeds. You may wish to read it and bring a copy with you while selling.

If you have questions, please contact



Q. How do I log into the Cupboard site?

A. Login: Your email address used in eBudde

Temporary password: Your troop number

You will be prompted to change your password upon your first login. (page 47)


Q. I forgot my password for the Cupboard Website. What do I do?

A. Click on the "I forgot my password!" button and check your spam/junk folder if the email does not appear in your inbox. 


Q. Why are booth sales starting a week earlier this year? 

A. In order to align with our bordering councils' start dates, we moved the start of booth sales up one week. 


Q. Why should our troop use the booth sale recorder?

A. For a cookie volunteer, booth sales can be a record-keeping challenge. Using the Booth Sale Recorder will help you keep track in eBudde which girls should receive credit for the cookies sold, and the data will help troops to know in the future, which cookie booth locations are most successful. (page 44)


Q. When can girls have a standabout (lemonade-style stand) in front of their residence?

A. Standabouts are permitted throughout the entire duration of the cookie program. (page 10)


Q. Are walkabouts permitted on university campuses?

A. No. University campuses are private property and walkabouts are not permitted. (page 10)


Q: Can I place a last minute order at a Cookie Cupboard?

A: Please refer to the Cupboard Locations and Hours page on the Cupboard website to find a cupboard's note regarding availability/procedure for orders needing to be picked up within an hour. Some cupboards cannot accept orders placed within the hour (require advanced notice) while some are happy to help you at the last minute.


Q. Which cookies contain nuts? 

A. Please view the 2014 Food Allergens Guide.


Q. What if I see a troop/girl(s) violating policies? 

A. In the event that a disregard of policy is observed, assume good intent as mistakes happen to everyone. Simply ask (politely and respectfully) for the girl's name and/or troop number and share it with your SUCC and/or the Product Sales team via No further action should be taken by the reporting party - troops/parents should not attempt to resolve the issue themselves nor harass any other girls/adults. Please remember to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, respectful of others, and a sister to every Girl Scout.



Thank you!



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All page numbers referenced throughout Cookie Chat refer to the 2014 Troop Cookie Manager Handbook unless otherwise noted. The username is "GSSD" and the password is "TCM2014". 


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Upcoming dates

Wednesday, Feb. 5  

All sites become available in eBudde Booth Scheduler


Friday, Feb. 7  

Booth sales begin


Feb. 7-9

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend







Cookie Program 

 The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable benefits for girls, their councils, and their communities.  Girls set cookie sales goals to support their chosen activities, to fund community service/leadership projects, to attend camp, and to travel.


Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls develop five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.


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