Girl Scout council‐sponsored product sales, which include magazines and nuts, as well as cookies, give girls proven opportunities to earn money and/or credits for their Girl Scout program activities. These sales also contribute significantly to the girls’ local councils and communities through take‐action projects. In order to ensure the emotional and physical safety and well-being of girls, which is always a top priority in any activity, you need to read and understand the following guidelines.
Communicate with Parents
Ensure that the parents/guardians of all girls participating in product sales are fully informed about the activity including the:
- Participation in product sales program training and/or meeting.
- Safety precautions in place.
- Need for appropriate clothing and/or supplies.
- Need for advance arrangements for all transportation and confirmation of these plans.
- Need for written permission from them in order for their daughter to participate.
- Location of designated sale areas, which are also communicated to the Council.
Prepare for Emergencies
Regardless of the type of activity, you need to be prepared for emergencies involving girls or other adults. This should include having a first aid kit always available and making sure that if someone is injured and needs help, that one adult cares for the injured person while another adult seeks help.
Arrange for Adult Supervision
Adults provide supervision and guidance for all grade levels, and must accompany Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors when they are selling, taking orders for or delivering products. Adults must be present at booth activities, regardless of the age of the girls (see also the section “Knowing How Many Volunteers You Need” (Page 63).
Adults who oversee Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors must:
- Be aware of how, when and where the girls are selling products.
- Be on call when girls are participating in product sales.
- Be readily available to them should they need assistance.
- Help girls understand how to be safe in their surroundings, and always enforce the use of the buddy system.
Adult supervision for all Girl Scouts extends to any online activity. Consult the “Computer/Online Use” Safety Activity Checkpoints for specific information about safe online practices for all activities, and to obtain a copy of the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge.
Plan for Safeguarding Money
Girls should always have a plan for safeguarding money, which includes such things as:
- Never walking around with large amounts of money.
- Keeping the cash box against a wall or behind a barrier of cookie boxes.
- Never keeping money at home or school.
- Giving cookie money to supervising adults, who will deposit the money as soon as possible.
Selling Cookies Online
Will your troop use the Digital Cookie® platform to manage its cookie business? Check the specific guidelines provided by each cookie vendor before participating. Remember that:
- Girls may only post about their participation on Digital Cookie in a way that allows them to restrict access to family and friends, such as on Facebook.
- Parents/guardians must approve the content of a girl’s Digital Cookie webpage before it goes live.
- For girls under age 13, a parent/guardian must manage the girl’s web site and be responsible for all content.
The Buddy System
Using the buddy system, girls are divided into teams of two. Each girl is responsible for staying with her buddy at all times, warning her buddy of danger, giving her buddy immediate assistance if safe to do so, and seeking help if needed. Girls are encouraged to stay near the group or buddy with another team of two so that in the event someone is injured, one person cares for the patient while two others seek help.