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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 $5.00 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.

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)

$0.70 per box 1-149 boxes sold
$0.75 per box 150-199 boxes sold
$0.80 per box 200-249 boxes sold
$0.85 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 Wednesday, February 24 - Wednesday, APril 7.

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?

Booth Sale Alternatives

Virtual Booths
Virtual booths—hosted on social media—gives girls a way to achieve their sales goals without leaving home. In fact, girls may find this allows them to discover new ways to take the lead in their cookie business and stay connected through virtual means. 

Cookie Drive-Thrus
Troops work with local business to secure a safe location.  This gives customers a convenient way to get their cookies by offering a “drive-thru” service.  Troops can share locations with their community.  Drive thrus require the council’s booth approval.

Lemonade Stands
What is a Lemonade Stand? Lemonade Stands work like booth sales but are held on personal property. Families must work with their troop cookie manager to get inventory and should turn in money to their troop right away, following regular troop procedures for money collection.  These do not require approval from GSJS.

Community Walkabouts and Wagon Sales (mobile cookie booths)
Grab that cart or wagon and cart cookies around the neighborhood.  Get the word out by leaving flyers or door hangers informing everyone how and when girls are planning on selling.

No-Contact Deliveries
Communicate with customers to determine where they would like their cookies dropped off.  Consider scheduling trunk pick-ups at a central location and scheduling customer pick-up times to minimize the number of people there at once.

Covid-19 Guidance for Booth Sales & Alternatives

  • Girls and families should not attend if they are exhibiting any signs of illness; have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19; have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not yet been cleared as non-contagious. 
  • Use a table as a barrier - maintain social distancing and limit number of participants according to space/activity planned.  Recommend 2 adults and 2-3 girls at a booth at any given time.
  • Face masks must be worn at all times, covering nose and mouth, by all participants. All participants must bring and use their own face masks and other desired PPE.  
  • Minimize shared equipment or materials and sanitize any must-have shared equipment between users. Use of hand sanitizer should be encouraged.
  • Use contactless pay where possible  (example Square & Zelle).
  • Follow council COVID guidelines as listed on our website for up-to-date  changes.  

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. 

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 productsales@gsfun.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 Ferrara USA.

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?

Customers who choose girl delivery will prepay online with a credit card; because the Girl Scout will deliver the Girl Scout Cookies herself, no shipping or handling fees apply. If you choose to have your order shipped to you, the Girl Scout will receive credit for the order and you will be charged 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 donation 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?

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?

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


Palm Oil

 
Why does Girl Scouts use palm oil in their cookies?

Palm oil is an ingredient found in the majority of baked snacks sold in the United States. GSUSA's licensed bakers tell us it continues to be necessary to use palm oil in Girl Scout Cookies to ensure their shelf life, to bring you the highest quality products, and to serve as an alternative to trans fats. While GSUSA continues to explore other alternatives, at this time, there are no viable or readily available alternatives on the market.

Why can't GSUSA's licensed bakers use something different?

The world's food supply is intricately tied to the use of palm oil, so the licensed bakers believe promoting proper manufacturing principles is the most responsible approach to how Girl Scouts and Girl Scout Cookie development is advanced. While the bakers continue to explore other alternatives, at this time, there are no viable or readily available alternatives on the market.

What corrective actions is GSUSA taking to prevent child labor?

To be very clear, child labor has no place in the production of Girl Scout Cookies. If certain suppliers are not following best practices, we expect our bakers and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), of which GSUSA is an affiliate member, to take action quickly to rectify those exceptions.

Why should I buy Girl Scout Cookies?

When you buy Girl Scout Cookies, you support Girl Scouts and you power amazing experiences and life-changing opportunities for girls year-round—from awesome trips to community projects to outdoor adventures. Through your support, you help Girl Scouts build essential skills as they begin to think like entrepreneurs and learn to take the lead, both now and in the future. Girls gain these skills from working with others, setting goals, and connecting with customers. It's about the experience a girl has running her very own cookie business, gaining five essential skills (goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics) as she learns to think like an entrepreneur. Because proceeds from your purchase stay local, you also help create positive change in your community.