Your Go-To Place for Cookie Season Tips Just for YOU…

Now is the perfect time to join the Girl Scout Cookie fun! This time of year, there are more ways than ever to participate and reach your goals! Plus, don’t forget that rewards are cumulative, so keep your eye on the prize!

Is your troop hosting cookie booths? Are you selling online with Digital Cookie? Did you know you can still take orders through the Goal Getter Program?

Girl Scout Cookies are in demand! Hosting a cookie booth is an excellent way for girls to achieve their goals, while bonding with sister Girl Scouts!

Troop leaders sign up for booth sites and can order cases of cookies to stock booths through eBudde. Sign up now!

Check out the 2021 Cookie Cupboard Schedule »

Use these 5 tips to make sure customers can easily find and buy cookies from you!

1. Be Visible! Share the online Cookie Finder, so customers can see where booths are happening. Bling your booth to stand out even more! Create a theme and special signs or get shop swag for your cookie season. You can even dress up in a cookie costume; check with a Gathering Place location for availability!

2. Go Digital! Accept credit card payments using the Digital Cookie Order Card app! Download the app today: App Store | Google Play

Note: Friends and family who want cookies shipped directly to them can order from your Digital Cookie site!

3. Time It Right! Host a booth on National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, Feb. 19-21.

4. Show Off Cookie Varieties! An attractive display will attract customers. Offer free, bite-sized samples and consider themed bundles, grouping a few boxes together with ribbon and a bow. 

5. Don’t Give Up! For customers not interested in buying cookies for themselves, you can always ask if they would be willing to donate cookies through the Gift of Caring program.

6. Look to Your Fellow Girl Scouts for Inspiration! Step out of your comfort zone and find innovative ways to share the Cookie Program with new customers. Check out Maddie’s cookie presentation to her dad’s coworkers at iHeartMedia!

Ask your parents/guardians, family, and friends if you can make a sales presentation of your own at their place of work. 

Or make a “pitch” video of your own and be creative! Take an example from viral sensation and Greater Los Angeles Girl Scout Kayla:

Only Girl Scouts can sell Girl Scout Cookies, and customers are eagerly awaiting! While friends and family are a great place to start, get creative with selling techniques. You’ll exceed your goals and power even more awesome Girl Scout activities.

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Happy 1st Day of 2019 & the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

Happy New Year! Girl Scout Cookies are HERE! Your customers have been waiting. Start selling Girl Scout Cookies today.

There are more ways to sell and buy Girl Scout Cookies than ever before!

  • Today through Jan. 21, girls can reach out to friends and family and take orders using the order card and online sales with Digital Cookie. Delivery takes place in February.
  • Starting Feb. 11, girls can superpower their success with booth sales. Show us how you bling your booth!

Set those cookie goals and make a plan to power amazing Girl Scout adventures!

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NEW! Girls Can Sell Cookies Online

This year there are more ways to sell and buy cookies! Getting started with the Digital Cookie Platform® is quick and easy! With Digital Cookie, the Girl Scout Cookie Program you know and love is better than ever.

Fun, easy-to-use tools help you superpower your sale and go beyond the booth with online and mobile channels that make it easy for cookie fans near and far to support your success.

And guess what? Girls who used the platform in addition to traditional sales, sold more cookies and reached their goals faster!

Girls can still participate in the traditional ways, too!

  • Order Taking: Go door-to-door;
  • Cookie Booths: Pick your location and bling your booth;
  • Workplace Orders: Make a presentation or write a letter;
  • By Phone: Call customers directly;
  • Gift of Caring: Ask customers to donate a purchase to the women and men in the Armed Forces and community organizations.

The Cookie Pro Contest is Now Open!

The Cookie Pro™ contest opens on Jan. 2. Enter for a chance at the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience of a lifetime! Girl Scouts and the bold and brave DC Super Hero Girls™ are teaming up to help young cookie entrepreneurs across the country.

Twenty-four girls nationwide will win the grand prize trip to southern California and get to meet prominent entrepreneurs and tour Warner Bros. Studios!


You Can Still Get Your Tickets for Cookie Rally on Saturday, Jan. 5 

Join us at Allstate Arena for the 2019 Cookie Rally with thousands of your Girl Scout Friends! Everyone who attends receives a FREE T-shirt and patch! Stick around for the Chicago Wolves game at 7 p.m. (ticket included in price of admission). 

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Cookies aren’t quite here yet… but you CAN still join us at the Cookie Rally!

While cookie sales won’t start until January 1*, you can still prepare for the season by getting your Cookie Rally tickets today!

Join Girl Scouts and their families from across the council on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Allstate Arena! 

  • Ice Skate on the ice with your fellow Girl Scouts (it’s BYO skates).
  • Dunk your favorite Girl Scout Staff Member at our Dunk Tank.
  • Meet the Cookie CEOs and learn their Cookie Selling tips and tricks.
  • Get a sneak peek of new Programs in STEM, Arts, and Outdoors
  • Enter cookie and Chicago Wolves-themed giveaways and prizes for you and your troop.
  • Learn more about Gift of Caring.
  • Get your photo taken at the Action Photo Booth.
  • Meet Tony the Tiger!
  • Get a jump start on your Cookie Season.
  • And more exciting surprises!

GET YOUR COOKIE RALLY TICKETS!

*Our sincerest apologies for our earlier publishing error that stated cookie season was already open.

Why This Year’s Cookie Rally is Going to be Better Than Ever!

There’s no better way to welcome Girl Scout Cookie Season than by attending the GCNWI Cookie Rally! Join Girl Scouts and their families from across the council on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Allstate Arena! Highlights for this year’s event include:

Buying a Cookie Rally Ticket means you are AUTOMATICALLY entered into our prize drawing!

When you purchase tickets on or before Monday, Dec. 17, you could WIN! Everyone who purchases a ticket will be entered to win. Plus, the more tickets you buy at one time, the bigger the prizes!

When you Purchase:

10+ Tickets: You’re automatically entered to win… 
Premium Cookie Booth Bundle: Includes everything you need to kick-start your booth sales: early, exclusive access to a premium booth spot, plus a Cookie Booth-in-a-Bag Kit!

4-9 Tickets: You’re automatically entered to win… 
$100 Girl Scout GCNWI Shop Gift Card!
Shop all the latest Girl Scout cookie gear!

1-3 Tickets: You’re automatically entered to win… 
A Girl Scout GCNWI Swag Bag: This custom assortment of cookie-themed items is only available at Cookie Rally!

If you’ve already purchased tickets you don’t have to do a thing! You’re already entered to win!

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! 

There are More NEW and EXCITING Happenings at Cookie Rally This Year!
  • Ice Skate on the ice with your fellow Girl Scouts
  • Dunk your favorite Girl Scout Staff Member with our Dunk Tank
  • Meet the Cookie CEOs and learn their Cookie Selling tips and tricks
  • Get a sneak peek of new Programs in STEM, Arts and Outdoors
  • Enter cookie and Chicago Wolves-themed giveaways and prizes for you and your troop
  • Learn more about Gift of Caring
  • Get your photo taken at the Action Photo Booth
  • Meet Tony the Tiger
  • Get a jump start on your Cookie Season
  • And more exciting surprises!

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! 


Register for the 59-Minute Quick Start to Fall Product Program!

fallproduct18_quickstart_revThe Fall Product Program is a Girl Scouts GCNWI-sponsored program that combines educational activities with money-earning opportunities for Girl Scouts! Girls can sell candies, nuts, and magazine subscriptions to their friends and family to fund adventures and community projects that shape their Girl Scout experience. Let girls lead the way!

The Fall Product Program also empowers girls with five essential skills they will need to develop leadership skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

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The Fall Product Program is only open from Oct. 1-21, so we’re making it easier than ever to reach your goals with the 59-Minute Quick Start! These fun and free events will bring Girl Scouts together for a fun way to raise funds.

Choose from two sessions:

  • Oct. 2, 2018 from 6-8 p.m.– Vernon Hills Gathering Place, 650 N. Lakeview Pkwy. Vernon Hills, IL
  • Oct. 4, 2018 from 6-8 p.m.– Friendship Center, 5100 Sunset Lane, Country Club Hills, IL

We’ll serve pizza and ice cream, PLUS girls will be able to earn a fun patch! It’s a quick, easy way to set up an entire year of Girl Scout fun.

Space is limited so register soon.

Register for the 59-Minute Quick Start »

Can’t make either Quick Start event? That’s OK! Sales open for all GCNWI Girl Scouts on Oct. 1. If you’re a current GSGCNWI member you will receive emails with instructions on how you can participate!

Learn more about Fall Product »

Help Girl Scouts Break a World Record

Help Girl Scouts Break a World Record

Join Girl Scouts, the Chicago Wolves and your community for a family-friendly event with Girl Scout Cookies and hockey activities at Allstate Arena.

Do you want to set a world record? This is your chance! We know every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risktaker, Leader)TM is amazing, and we can make it official. Like, Guinness World Record official.

3…2…1…DUNK! Be officially amazing.

We need YOU! Help us attempt to collectively dunk more cookies in milk than ever before. We’ll take the lead to break a Guinness World Record and kick off an amazing 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program!

The day includes interactive cookie activities; hockey activities for the whole family; meet-and-greet with Chicago Wolves mascot Skates; skate on the ice (skate rental is not provided); and performances by Carly and Martina, plus much more!

To learn more and buy your tickets, click here!

Chicago Girl Scout Sells More Than 30k Boxes of Cookies

Chicago Girl Scout Sells More Than 30k Boxes of Cookies

What does it take to be one of the top Girl Scout Cookie sellers in the country?

A lot of hard work, dedication and help – at least that’s the recipe for success according to Giada Gambatese, the 9-year-old Chicago Girl Scout Junior who sold 30,120 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies earlier this year.

“It’s pretty cool,” she said.

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Giada, who was also Girl Scout of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s top seller last year with more than 13,000 cookies, credits her record-breaking sales to some serious tech savviness. She recorded videos asking for donations to the council’s Gift of Caring Program, which sends Girl Scout Cookies to organizations that bring comfort to the women and men serving in the armed forces.

“My Papa [grandfather] was in the Marines and he helped me, so I want to help others,” said Giada.

Then she sent emails and letters to potential customers and followed up with phone calls. Afterward, she created handmade thank-you cards to everyone who donated to Gift of Caring.

“We wanted to up the ante this year so we targeted her Papa’s local President’s Club of which he is a member,” said Giada’s mom, Gianna Franzia. “All of the members are remarkable companies and were eager to donate knowing it went to aid our men and women in the armed forces.”

Originally, Giada wanted to sell 20,000 boxes, but when she heard about other Girl Scouts across the country selling more than that, she tapped into her inner entrepreneur and kicked her sales strategy into high gear with a bit of PR.

In March, Giada appeared on The Steve Dahl Show in Chicago to talk about her business approach and saw a boost in sales.

“It was really fun and cool to talk into the microphone,” she said.

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Nancy Wright, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, poses with Cookie CEO Giada Gambatese

 

Giada, whose favorite Girl Scout Cookies are Thin Mints and S’mores, is also considered a Cookie CEO, which celebrates the top five cookie sellers in the council. Cookie CEOs enjoy a busy day at the GSGCNWI’s Chicago office meeting with the council CEO, Nancy Wright; holding an all-staff conference call, lunch and much more.

“My favorite part was meeting the CEO, she’s really nice,” Giada said.

Next year, Giada wants to 100,000 boxes of Girl Scouts of Cookies. And for other Girl Scouts who want to become Cookie CEOs, she has the following advice.

“Have help, set a goal and have fun,” Giada said. “And when you’re selling cookies, be organized. It takes time to do everything, so be patient. My mom always says ‘nothing happens overnight.'”

To learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, visit girlscoutsgcnwi.org.

Girl Scouts Build Solar-Powered Cookie Booth

Girl Scouts Build Solar-Powered Cookie Booth

No outlets? No problem.

After struggling to keep the lights on for their blinged-out cookie booth, Girl Scouts from Troop 60194 in Chicago had the brilliant idea to create a solar-powered, 3D-printed masterpiece to help them sell Girl Scout Cookies.

In order to make their dreams come true, the troop enlisted the help of Exelon to use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to “build a brighter tomorrow.”

But the fun doesn’t stop there.

The troop is planning to donate 500 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to wounded veterans in Baltimore and D.C. through the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s Gift of Caring program.

Learn more about their journey here and watch their booth-building adventure below.

Celebrate 100 Years of Girl Scouts Selling Cookies at the Cookie Kickoff Rally

Celebrate 100 Years of Girl Scouts Selling Cookies at the Cookie Kickoff Rally

What better way to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies than with your Sister Girl Scouts? Join Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Wolves on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois for a fun, family-friendly day of cookies, contests and much more at the annual Cookie Kickoff Rally.

Your ticket includes admission to the rally, Chicago Wolves game, a rally patch for Girl Scouts and a commemorative t-shirt. You’ll also get the chance to flex your cookie boss skills at interactive sessions, such as our cookie recipe contest, business plan competition and Bling Your Booth contest. Plus, you’ll be able to win a special Girl Scout patch by visiting certain booths and participating in various activities to complete your Cookie Rally Passport.

But wait … there’s more! As a Cookie Kickoff Rally attendee, you’ll also get to meet Skates, the Chicago Wolves mascot, and have the opportunity to skate on the ice. After the Wolves game, break out your favorite dancing moves with your Sister Girl Scouts at the after-party, featuring a live DJ.

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Come with your troop, your family or friends and help us welcome the new Girl Scout S’mores Cookie! The S’mores-inspired crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling is sure to be a hit among hungry cookie customers.

For more information about the Cookie Kickoff Rally and to purchase your tickets, click here. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Girl Scouts Celebrate National S’mores Day with New Cookie

Girl Scouts Celebrate National S’mores Day with New Cookie

In celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, we’re excited to announce a commemorative Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie today, National S’mores Day.

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana will offer a s’mores-inspired crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling. The last new Girl Scout Cookies®, including the gluten-free Toffee-tastic, were introduced in 2015.

“Some of my favorite Girl Scout memories took place outdoors, roasting S’mores at summer camp,” said Nancy Wright, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and a former Girl Scout. “This new cookie brings an exciting and delicious way for our customers to help our girls learn five important life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.”

This s’mores-inspired cookie made with specialty ingredients was created with emerging consumer trends in mind. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. This newly introduced cookie is the first of its kind for Girl Scouts. Cookies sold by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana are $5 per box.

Every penny of net proceeds earned from the sale of Girl Scout Cookies is reinvested into exceptional programming and activities for girls. At the troop level, girls manage the decision-making process for how to spend their troop cookie money and often reinvest it in their neighborhoods through service projects and learning experiences, including travel. Customers who purchase Girl Scout Cookies are not only getting a delicious treat—they are also investing in their communities and girls.

The tradition of making and enjoying s’mores in the outdoors was popularized by Girl Scouts as early as the 1920s. The organization was one of the first to publish the iconic recipe under the name “Some More” in a 1925 issue of Girl Scout Leader magazine and, then, as “somemores” in an official 1927 Girl Scout publication. The popular s’mores recipe is just one component of Girl Scouts’ longstanding commitment to the outdoors, a cornerstone of the organization that plays a vital role in girls’ leadership development.

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) More Than S’mores report, there is a clear connection between outdoor experiences and girls’ understanding of their leadership potential. Girls who spend time outdoors through Girl Scouts eclipse their peers in environmental stewardship, more readily seek challenges, and are better problem solvers, all of which are traits needed for twenty-first-century leadership. When consumers purchase a box of Girl Scout S’mores cookies or any other variety of Girl Scout Cookies, they are investing in a girl’s future and can feel good that their Girl Scout Cookie purchase powers amazing experiences for girls.

To learn more about Girl Scout Cookies, visit girlscoutcookies.org.