Cookie booths are temporary pop-up sites in areas with a lot of foot traffic. They are a popular way for girls to participate in the cookie program as a team. Booth locations are approved by Girl Scouts San Diego in places that are legally open to, accessible, and safe for all girls and potential customers. Girl Scouts San Diego does not authorize marketing cookies in front of or inside places of business that the girls themselves cannot legally patronize.
An important message from Girl Scouts of the USA: We have been steadfastly combating the unauthorized use of the Girl Scout trademark by the cannabis community, which has been marketing—without authorization—certain cannabis products under our youth-appealing brand. We are continuing to aggressively fight the unauthorized uses of the Girl Scout brand and hope that our councils and volunteers will join Girl Scouts of the USA’s effort by discouraging cookie booths at such locations.
Follow these Cookie Booth Safety Guidelines:
Have volunteers present at all times, including at least one registered adult member who has had a background check.
Make sure there is enough space for a table, cookie products, and girls, and that pedestrians, bikes, and cars can pass.
Keep the cash box against a wall or behind a barrier of cookie boxes or have an adult volunteer keep the money in a front-facing pouch secured at the waist.
Consider reducing cash transactions by accepting credit card payments.
Keep the booth at a safe distance from cars and set a safety barrier between cars and the booth. For example, have volunteers park their cars in spaces near the booth.
Don’t allow the booth to block a store entrance, exit, or walkway.
Make sure girls know what to do in case of theft. Let girls know it’s not safe to confront or engage with an irate customer—call police for assistance instead. Report the incident to Girl Scouts San Diego.