There is so much excitement surrounding cookie season, from setting goals with your troop to planning where your first booth with be! Whether you are chaperoning girls on walkabouts, taking them on cookie deliveries, or helping your girl navigate her online sales, as with everything in Girl Scouts, safety is our top priority. Here are some important safety tips to go over with your Girl Scouts in preparation for this season:
Wear Your Girl Scout Gear
Sell with pride and identify yourself as a Girl Scout! By wearing your Girl Scout membership pin and uniform while you’re selling, it will be much easier to keep track of your entire group.
Don’t Go It Alone!
Never forget the golden rule: always use the buddy system! Not only is it safer, but it’s also a lot more fun. Bring a buddy on your door-to-door sales, while grabbing extra supplies from your car, or while approaching customers during boothing.
Before checking out a new neighborhood for door-to-door sales, become familiar with the area. Some neighborhoods may have steep hills or no sidewalks, so keep the layout in mind when planning to bring your cookie wagon! Always follow safe pedestrian practices, especially when crossing at intersections or walking along roadways. Remind your girls to be aware of traffic when unloading product and passengers from vehicles.
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 who should deposit it as directed by our council as soon as possible.
Girls’ names, addresses, and email addresses should never be given out to customers. Use a group contact number or address overseen by an adult for customers to request information, reorder, or give comments. Girls should also set up an account with Smart Cookies (with the help of an adult), through which they can take and place customer orders through their unique link. Girls should never take credit card numbers.
Keep it Light
Girls should only sell during daylight hours unless accompanied by an adult. Although daylight savings time might mean some evening cookie booths, make sure you’re in a well-lit area (such as by the entrance of a grocery store).
Partner with Adults
Adults must always accompany Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors when they are taking orders, selling, or delivering product. Girls grades 6-12 must be supervised by an adult when selling door-to-door and should never sell alone. Adults should be present at a cookie booth in any public place at all times.
Girl Scout Cookie Season is the perfect time to lend an extra helping hand as an adult volunteer. To ensure your girl’s safety and success during the sale, help out her troop by offering to chaperone the next boothing opportunity or take girls door-to-door in your neighborhood! By working together we can ensure that your girl has her best season yet.
Looking for more cookie inspiration? Check out one of these blogs!
- 5 Ways to Support Your Girl Scout This Cookie Season
- The History of Girl Scout Cookies
- The 2018 Super Sellers Q&A