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Cookie Sale FAQs


Cookie Sale Basics
 
How much do Girl Scout cookies cost?

Girl Scout Cookies sold by the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore cost $4 for the traditional six varieties. The two "specialty cookies - Toffee-Tastic (gluten free) and S’mores are $5.50 per box.

Who should checks be made out to?

The best thing to do is ask for checks to be made out to “GSJS” as it covers all. This way the checks can be deposited into a troop account as well as being submitted to the council.

How does the Girl Scout cookie sale benefit my daughter?

The cookie sale provides a girl with valuable experiences that will last her entire life, something that could not be learned if she were just given money from her family or the council. Through her yearly participation, she becomes skilled at setting goals and working with others. Cookie activities also develop her self-confidence and teach money management skills. 

What do girls receive by participating in the Girl Scout cookie sale?

By selling cookies, girls establish individual goals that entitle them to incentives as well as the ability to earn cookie credits. Teen girls also have the opportunity to forgo incentives and apply their cookie earnings to specific goals they set for themselves.

What will top cookie sellers earn this year?

Girls who sell more than 500 cookie boxes will receive $50 American Girl or American Eagle Outfitters Gift Card and a 500+ bar patch. They will also be recognized for their achievement with an invitation to a special event for top sellers in June 2017.

Girls who sell more than 750 boxes also receive $100 in council credit in the form of a gift card and a 1,000+ bar patch.

Those who sell more than 1,250 boxes receive a Coleman Weather Master six person tent, tent kit lanterns and a sleeping bag. They also receive a 1,000+ bar patch. 

Girls who sell more than 2,000 boxes receive the choice of a $1,000 council credit in the form of a gift card or a GoPro Hero4 Silver.

Girls who sell more than 3,000 boxes receive two nights for four people at Camelback Resort with four passes for its outdoor waterpark (open Memorial Day through Labor Day).

How can the Girl Scout cookie sale reduce the cost of my daughter’s Girl Scout activities?

Your daughter’s troop receives money for every box of cookies she sells. The troop can use this money to fund activities. In addition, your daughter can choose to earn cookie credits instead of incentives. Cookie credits can be used for any council-sponsored activity, including trips, day camp, and council store purchases.

How do product sales affect the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore?

Half of the council’s income every year comes directly from product sales. This money is used to reduce the cost of programs for girls; train more than 5,000 adult volunteers; provide financial aid and camperships; expand current opportunities for girls, and create new girl opportunities.

How much of the council’s total income benefits girls?

Every year, the council’s finances are evaluated by an independent auditor. Every year, approximately 87 cents of every dollar earned is used to support girl opportunities, including camp, programs, after-school activities, leader training, facility improvements and financial assistance.

How do troops benefit from product sales?

Every troop receives at least 65 cents for each box of cookies sold. Troops with a per girl average of 150-199 receive 78 cents per box. Troops with a per girl average of 200 or more earn 82 cents per box. Your troop can use this money to pay for troop activities – anything from programs to trips. 

How much money do troops earn?

In past years, troops have earned an average of almost $450 per troop.


Boost Troop Earnings
 
What is a booth sale?

During booth sales, Girl Scouts sell cookies directly to the public with proper adult supervision.

How do I schedule a booth sale?

All Girl Scout troops planning to conduct one or more booth sales must enter the sale information into the council's online booth sale scheduling software. Once the council verifies there are no conflicts the sale will be approved. You will see this approval when you return to the booth sale website.

How do I order cookies for a booth sale?

Booth sale cookies can be ordered with your initial order and/or through one of the council’s cookie depots. Call ahead to place a booth order to ensure availability.

How many cookies should I order for my booth sale?

Troops picking up cases or boxes of cookies must schedule a pick-up date and time with the council.

How many cases of cookies will fit in my car?

Cookie depots are located at the Camp Sacajawea infirmary, Farmingdale and at the Ocean Service Center, Toms River. Please call for a schedule of hours or this website.

When do I pick up the cookies?

The answer to this question depends on the size of your car. You can fit a lot more in a Humvee compared to a Smart Car. In general, follow these guidelines.

Vehicle Type

Cases

Compact

23

Hatchback

30

Mid-sized Sedan

35

Sport Utility Vehicle

60

Station Wagon

75

Mini-Van (Seats in)

75

Pickup Truck

100

Cargo Van (Seats in)

100

Where do I pick up the cookies?

You can sell any cookies remaining directly to customers during a walk-about in your community or use them as the initial stock for an additional booth sale. Cookies may not be returned once an order is fulfilled.

What do I do with any cookies that are remaining after my booth sale?

Listed below are suggestions from the bakery for the number of case needed for your booth sales. Please keep in mind the following things to also assist in determining what you will need. Remember, these are only suggestions.

  • Three-hour sale
    • Two cases of Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Samoas
    • One case each of Do-Si-Dos & Trefoils. 
  • Six-hour sale
    • Five cases of Thin Mints
    • Four cases of Tagalongs & Samoas 
    • Two cases of Do-Si-Dos & Trefoils
  • Nine-hour sale
    • Eight cases of Thin Mints
    • Four cases of Tagalongs & Samoas
    • Two cases of the rest

Note that the above list only includes the five main varieties. When choosing, you may want to add in smaller amounts of the other varieties. 

Also, don't forget that the location of the sale, length of sale and weather conditions can all affect your success. 


Digital Cookie
 
What is Digital Cookie?

Digital Cookie is a way for Girl Scouts to add an online option to their Girl Scout Cookie Program experiences. Digital Cookie is managed and coordinated by GSUSA with the majority of its 112 councils participating. 

What is the purpose of Digital Cookie?

Digital Cookie is an enhancement of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, coupling traditional sales activities with online sales experiences that teach girls online marketing and ecommerce––all in a digital space that puts an emphasis on learning, fun, and safety. Future versions of Digital Cookie will expand the online program as an educational tool for girls and as an outlet for customers. 

Does Digital Cookie replace regular order taking?

No, it does not. Digital Cookie is a new tool available to Girl Scouts but it does not replace the traditional method of selling and buying Girl Scout cookies. Because this is the first year of the program, we STRONGLY encourage all Girl Scouts to conduct the product sale as they always have and view Digital Cookie as a new way to reach customers who were previously out-of-reach. We believe the traditional method of cookie sales enhanced with Digital Cookie is the best way to find success. 

Is Digital Cookie a replacement for traditional Girl Scout Cookie activities?

No, it is not. Digital Cookie is a tool available to Girl Scouts but it does not replace the traditional method of selling and buying Girl Scout cookies. We STRONGLY encourage all Girl Scouts to conduct the product sale as they always have and view Digital Cookie as an enhancement to reach customers who were previously out-of-reach. We believe the traditional method of cookie sales enhanced with Digital Cookie is the best way to find success. 

How can I order cookies online?

Cookies can only be ordered through a girl and only when girls are actively selling Girl Scout Cookies. Ask a Girl Scout you know if she’s participating. If you need to be put in contact with a Girl Scout to order online, send an email to digitalcookie@girlscoutsjs.org. The council will forward your request to a Girl Scout who is participating in the Digital Cookie program. 

Will I be able to order all Girl Scout cookie varieties through Digital Cookie?

You will be able to order all Girl Scout Cookie varieties that are manufactured through Little Brownie Bakers, a division of Kellogg’s.

How are Digital Cookie orders delivered?

Digital cookie orders are delivered to customers by mail.

Are there extra expenses for Digital Cookie?

An order a girl receives through Digital Cookie is treated the same as an order she receives through traditional methods. Those who choose to order online must pay a shipping and handling fee. This fee has been established by GSUSA. Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore has no ability to adjust or change these.


Cookie Reward Cards

 
How Do I Check My Balance?

You can check your balance online at www.mercury-gift.com Simply enter your complete card number (19 digits – 5 digits) plus the two digits to the far right and click submit.

I Lost My Card, What Can I Do?

GSJS is not responsible for replacing lost cards. However, if a parent can provide the specific sale the card was attributed to, the council will make an attempt to verify the lost card number, the remaining balance and issue a new card. Replacement fee for a lost card is $2.

May I Use My Reward Card To Make A Donation To The Council?

Cookie reward cards cannot be used for Fund Development donations.

Do Cookie Reward Cards Expire?

Cookie reward cards expire one year after the reward is earned. For example, reward cards earned during the 2017 cookie sale must be redeemed by Sept 30, 2018.

May I Use My Reward Card To Pay For An Adult Registering For A Qualifying Event?

Reward cards are to be used by girls only and they are not to be used by adults registering for the same event or program.

May I Use My Reward Card To Order Items From GSUSA?

No. Cards are council specific and can only be used at GSJS.