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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?

When you buy Girl Scout Cookies, you power amazing adventures and life-changing opportunities for girls. The more cookies you buy, the more you help every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ build entrepreneurial skills and take the lead, both now and in the future. It's about the experience of running her very own cookie business, working with others—and building a lifetime of confidence as she learns the five skills (goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics) essential to leadership, success, and life.

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 contribute to troop proceeds. Teen girls also have the opportunity to forgo incentives and apply their cookie earnings to specific goals they set for themselves.

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. 

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 much do troops earn?

Troop Earning Items Sold (Per Registered Girl Average)

$0.65 per box 1-149 boxes sold
$0.73 per box 150-199 boxes sold
$0.78 per box 200-249 boxes sold
$0.82 per box 250+ boxes sold

Your troop can use this money to pay for troop activities – anything from programs to trips. 


Boost Troop Earnings
 
What is a booth sale?

A booth sale is a public sale that a troop hosts in front of a buisness.

All booth sales must be prearranged between the troop leader and the business location in advance. 

How do I schedule a booth sale?

All Girl Scout troops planning to conduct one or more booth sales must enter the sale information in eBudde. Once the council verifies there are no conflicts the sale will be approved. 

Booth Approval Form

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. Log into eBudde to place a pending order.

How many cookies should I order for 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.

Location of sale - high traffic?
Number of hours
Weather conditions

  • 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. 

How many cases of cookies will fit in my car?

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

SUV

60

Station Wagon

75

Mini-Van (Seats in)

75

Pickup Truck

100

Cargo Van (Seats in)

100

Where do I pick up the cookies?

Troops picking up cases or boxes of cookies must schedule a pick-up date and time with the council through eBudde. Depots will be open from Thursday, February 22, 2018 until Friday, April 6, 2018. 

Cookie depot locations:

Camp Sacajawea infirmary, Farmingdale 
Ocean Service Center, Toms River

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

Troops may conduct a walkabout, walking through the neighborhood selling cookies directly. Remaining cookies can also be used as the itnital order for subsequent booth sales. Cookies are not returnable. 


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 can be delivered to customers by mail or a girl can deliver them. 

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 can be used as a dontation to the council. It must be done in one of our council shop locations. 

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

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 Order Items From GSUSA?

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.