The Girl Scout Cookie Program is lots of fun! Just be sure to stay safe when you’re selling cookies. Please use these simple rules for a safe and successful cookie activity:
- Show you’re a Girl Scout. Wear the Girl Scout membership pin and/or Girl Scout clothing to identify you as a Girl Scout.
- Buddy Up. Always use the buddy system. It’s not just safe, it’s also more fun!
- Be Streetwise. Become familiar with the areas and neighborhoods where you will be selling Girl Scout cookies. Avoid accepting anything larger than a twenty-dollar bill.
- Partner with Adults. Adults must accompany Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors whenever they are taking orders for, selling, or delivering cookies. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors must be supervised by an adult when selling door-to-door and must never sell alone. Adults should be present at a cookie booth in any public place at all times with the girls.
- Plan Ahead. Always have a plan for safeguarding money—avoid walking around with large amounts of it or keeping it at home or school. Give proceeds to supervising adults to deposit as directed by your Girl Scout council as soon as possible.
- Do Not Enter. Never enter the home of a person when you are selling or making deliveries. Never go up to a car on a street or follow a customer into a building or alley.
- Sell in the Daytime. Sell only during daylight hours, unless accompanied by an adult.
- Learn the 411 on online marketing and read and sign the Internet Safety Pledge at www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/cookie_activity.asp. Make sure you have adult permission and supervision for online activities, then talk to the Girl Scout adult in charge about how you can use the internet to connect with friends and family and bring the cookie program right to them! Be sure to follow the activities appropriate for your grade level.
- Protect Privacy. Girls’ names, addresses, or email addresses should never be given out to customers. Instead, a designated adult’s telephone number and/or group email overseen by an adult is given for reorders or complaints.
- Be Safe on the Road. Always follow safe pedestrian practices, especially when crossing at intersections or walking along roadways. Be aware of traffic when unloading cookies and passengers from vehicles.
- Follow the Council Lead. This includes booth sale guidelines, program dates, donation programs, etc. Know whom to call if you encounter a problem or issue.
- Be sure to check for any Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints updates at http://www.girlscouts.org under Girl Scout Central: Cookies.