2014 Activity Guide

2014
Activity Guide
Resources for Cookie Kick-Offs, Troop Meetings and Service Unit Events.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
GETTING STARTED
Materials Needed
Preparation
How It Works
Guide Key
Sample Agenda
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INTROS & ICE BREAKERS
Girl Scout Promise and Law
Flag Ceremony
Girl Scout BINGO
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SUPER STATIONS
Cookie Stations
Safety Stations
Goal Setting Stations
Booth Sale Stations
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ENTERTAINING SKITS
Meet the Cookies!
Special Guests
Fashion Show
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FUN & GAMES
Cookie Walk
Matching Game
Cookie Bingo
Cookie Twister
How Many Cookies
Cookie Relay
Don’t Forget Your Buddy!
Financial Fishing
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CROWD PLEASING RECIPES
Original Girl Scout Cookie
Thin Mints Cookie Bark
Mini Peanut Butter Patties Trifles
Caramel deLites Truffles
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EXTRA SPECIAL EXTRAS
Photo Booth
Treat The Troops
Make Your Own Cookie Sundae
COCO Command Center
Good Manners = Good Sales
Cookie Creativity
Cookie Crossword Puzzle
Talk the Talk
Business Word Puzzle
Coloring Pages
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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Council Contact Information
Helpful Links
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GETTING STARTED
Count on Cookie Sale success with an event such as a Cookie Kick-Off at the Council, Service Unit or Troop level.
Generate energy and excitement around the Cookie Sale Program and celebrate the 5 Skills for Girls through interactive stations and activities!
Materials Needed
• Tables for Stations
• Table covers (newsprint or craft paper will work)
• Chairs
• Volunteers for five stations
• Supplies for each station
• Door prizes (optional)
• Blank paper slips, pencils, door prize box (optional)
• Girl Scout Cookies
Preparation
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Choose a convenient location, date and time. Schools, gymnasiums, meeting rooms, or recreation centers are
all great rally locations. Some locations may help advertise your rally, so be sure to ask!
Communicate the rally date, time and location to girls, parents, Troop leaders and all Council volunteers well in
advance.
Communicate the date and time again several times as the date draws closer. Use Council printed materials,
your Council web site, local newspaper calendars and local TV and radio calendars to advertise your rally date,
time and location.
Look through this guide and decide which stations you are going to have.
Make sure an adult is present at each station during the event.
Recruit help! Don’t try to do it all alone. Break up tasks into small responsibilities that people can easily do. Invite
older Girl Scouts to help with set up and program activities.
If you are going to sample cookies or provide refreshments, be sure to ask the girls about any potential allergies
they may have.
Set up stations around the room.
How it Works
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Open the event with a welcome. Talk about why the Girl Scout Cookie Sale is so important to Girl Scouting and
the girls. Consider adding some fun cheers or songs to get the enthusiasm going!
If desired, divide the girls into manageable groups. Explain how the event will run. Be creative and have fun!
Encourage the girls to interact and share ideas during the event.
If you wish, use a horn or whistle to signal about every 15 minutes when it is time to move to the next station.
Make sure to work the current Cookie Theme into the event. Check out ABCSmartCookies.com for ideas.
Incorporate the 5 Skills for Girls into booths:
1. Goal Setting
2. Decision Making
3. Money Management
4. People Skills
5. Business Ethics
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GETTING STARTED
Sample Agenda
SetSet-Up (1(1-2 hours)
Set up tables for each of the stations. Number and label each of the stations and equip them with necessary
materials for the activity. Do any of the stations require chairs? Make sure there is a table near the entrance for
groups to check in and pick up materials. Set up a microphone, music and speaker system if required. Make sure all
volunteers are present, have their staff name tags and are ready to keep the fun going!
Gathering (15 minutes)
As guests arrive, they sign in at the registration table, fill out the sign-in sheet and pick up any materials. If you wish,
have plain name tags available and cookie swag bags.
If you are using some sort of passport, give each girl a copy as she arrives. Be sure each station has stickers or a
stamp that girls can collect on their cards at each stop. Tip: Invite girls to return their completed passport at the end
of the rally and draw for prizes.
Welcome (10(10-15 minutes)
Welcome everyone to the Cookie Kick Off and open by reciting the Girl Scout Promise and Law together. Introduce
the groups in attendance and have each stand and be recognized. Ask girls to look at their passports, if you are using
them, and explain how they are going to be using them. If you are not using passports, briefly explain how the groups
will rotate through the stations.
This is also a good time to introduce the stars of this year’s Cookie Program -- the cookies! As the cookies are
introduced, girls dressed in cookie costumes enter the stage. Use a fun script (page 9) that gets the crowd cheering.
Cookie Stations (15(15-20 minutes each)
Rotate through the selected stations. Play music to keep everyone excited! Feel free to use a bell or whistle to
indicate when it is time to switch stations. You may also let the girls roam through the stations freely.
WholeWhole-Group Activity (20(20-30 minutes)
Time for the “pep” part of the rally. Get girls cheering for themselves, the cookies and the power of Cookie Season.
1. Have a Cookie Cheer Competition. Divide girls into small groups and invite each to create a cheer for Girl Scout
Cookies. Give them about 15 minutes to prepare a cheer to perform for the group. Encourage the girls to get the
crowd involved with their cheer. . . gymnastics optional!
2. You could move the Cookie Skit to this time.
3. You may also bring in an outside group to perform. This works well with small theatre and comedy groups.
WrapWrap-Up (15 minutes)
Give out participation awards and prize drawings. Ask everyone if they had a good time at the Kick Off. Tell them that
you value their opinion and ask them to fill out a short girl survey to help you plan for future kick offs. Thank everyone
for coming and send them off with participation certificates and a wish for a safe and successful Cookie Season.
Give volunteers thank you certificates and ask them to complete a volunteer survey. Go Girl Scouts!
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INTROS & ICE BREAKERS
Girl Scout Promise & Law
The Girl Scout Promise and Law are shared by every member of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout Promise is the way Girl
Scouts agree to act every day toward one another and other people. The Girl Scout Law outlines a way to act
towards one another and the world. It is a fantastic way to start off your event.
The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Girl Scout Flag Ceremony
A Girl Scout Flag Ceremony is a traditional way to open an event. For more instructions on how to hold a flag
ceremony, please search “Flag Ceremony” at www.girlscouts.org.
Girl Scout BINGO
A fun way to get the group interacting is to give each girl a copy of the BINGO game below and challenge them to get
a “blackout” (where each square is filled in with another girl’s name). This will have the girls talking, getting to know
each other and giggling almost instantly!
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SUPER STATIONS
Cookie Stations
Taste Test
Invite girls to taste the Girl Scout Cookies. This is a great opportunity for young and brand new Girl Scouts
who may not have tried Girl Scout Cookies before. After they have tasted the cookies, encourage the girls
to rank their favorites on a large voting board.
Cookie Spirit Nails
This colorful manicure is a great visual reminder of each cookie variety along with its corresponding cookie
box color. With cookie colors painted on each girl’s nails, girls will be sure to remember their cookie
varieties, building confidence as they talk about their products and then ask for the order. Be sure to place
the corresponding cookie box next to each nail color at the nail painting table.
You will need nail polish in each cookie color (green, blue, purple, orange, red, yellow, turquoise, and
cranberry) as well Girl Scout colors (white and green). NOTE: You will need about four sets of polish for
200 girls. (Add a set for every additional 50 girls). Test the polish first to ensure that it will provide a good
coat with only one layer. You will also need other nail polish supplies such as remover, cotton balls, as well
as tables, chairs and disposable plastic table covers.
Paint the girl’s nails at different stations or assembly line style, making sure to point out how each color
matches one of the cookie flavors as well as Girl Scout spirit!
Cookie Garden
The Cookie Garden gives Girl Scouts a chance to explore what plants are used to make Girl Scout Cookies
by making a hands-on display of the plants and subsequent ingredients. Help the girls match the plants to
the ingredients found in the Girl Scout Cookies. For example, lemons are used to make Lemonade
Cookies. Since this display is “touch and feel” it is a good idea to keep baby wipes nearby. To make the
display, print off pictures of Girl Scout cookies from the ABC Smartcookies website. By having the
following ingredients the girls will discover what is in their cookies firsthand!
Here is a list of ingredients you might want to have in your Cookie Garden:
Flour/Stalk of wheat
Sugar/Sugar Cane
Peanut Butter/Peanuts in the shell
Chocolate Bar/Cocoa Powder
Mint Leaves/Peppermint Extract
Vanilla Bean/Vanilla Extract
Lemon Juice/Lemons
Oats/Oat Grains
Corn Syrup/Ear of Corn
Coconut Flakes/Whole Coconut
Soybean Paste or Flour/Whole Soybeans
BONUS: Have the girls use the ingredients in the
Cookie Garden to create their own Girl Scout Cookie!
Provide the girls with a blank recipe card and encourage them
to write down the ingredients they would put in their Girl
Scout Cookie. When they are done with the ingredients, have them
give their cookie a name. Encourage them to draw a picture of their
cookie!
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SUPER STATIONS
What’s that delicious smell?
Girls learn ingredients in cookies to become more knowledgeable about the products they will
be selling. For this station, you need: cotton balls, jars or containers with removable lids, masking tape,
Sharpie, copies of guessing cards, pencils or pens, extracts of scents used in cookies (i.e. chocolate, vanilla, lemon, mint, flour, sugar, caramel, coconut).
Activity: Girls will try to guess the scent in each jar by simple smelling it. (Note: if there is something
visible, besides a cotton ball, that might give the girls a clue to what the scent is make sure they can’t
see through the container’s sides) The guessing card has 10 blanks, but you don’t have to come up
with ten scents.
1) Soak cotton balls in chosen scents.
2) Put cotton ball or scent object into the jars, one scent per jar.
3) Label each jar with a number and make sure to keep a master card that has the scent
matched with it’s numbered jar, but don’t let the girls see it.
3) Make sure to keep the lids on between girls smelling to preserve the scent.
4) Girls take turns smelling each jar, then writing their guess on the card of what cookie
ingredient they think it is. (Adapting: Younger girls may need a list of options to choose from
to narrow down their thoughts.)
5) Once everyone has completed all jars, as a group have them say out loud what they think is
in each jar, one by one.
Goal:
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SUPER STATIONS
Safety Stations
Special Guests
Invite local police officers, sheriffs, fire fighters, etc. to talk to the girls about personal safety while selling
cookies and at all times. Have them discuss the safe selling practices and show the girls where this
information is located on their order card so they can review it at any time. Make sure to thank the guests
with a couple boxes of cookies.
Practice Door
Create a practice door for the girls to practice their selling skills. The door can be made out of a number of
different objects: an old cardboard box, scrap wood, or even a rod with a curtain. Decorate it to look like
the front door of a house. Stage someone inside the “house” and encourage girls to knock on the door to
practice their selling and safety skills. This is a great opportunity to utilize local celebrities, certified safety
personnel or even older girls as the people inside the “house”. Make this activity extra fun by having the
person behind the door dress up in a silly costume. This can be done by adding a prop box full of hats, wigs
and robes.
Stay Safe
This activity can be executed as a station with worksheets, an interaction between a volunteer and Girl
Scouts or even as a skit with girls acting out the scenarios. The goal of this activity is to encourage girls to
think about how they should react in real life safety situations.
Everyone who has a business knows it is important to stay safe. When you sell Girl Scout Cookies, you
need to make sure you stay safe. Seana, Rosie, and Aunt Mary are on their way to sell Girl Scout Cookies.
They have a lot of decisions to make. You can help them make decisions. Talk about the choices you
made.
1. Seana, Rosie, and Aunt Mary have to cross Main Street, a busy street. Should they:
A. Go out of their way to cross the street at the light?
B. Save time by crossing in the middle of the street when the traffic slows down?
2. While walking along Main Street, they see a dog tied to a pole. He is angry and barking and straining to
get loose from the rope around his neck. Should they:
A. Run past the dog?
B. Cross the street at the nearest light to avoid the dog?
3. Seana, Rosie, and Aunt Mary have only three more neighbors to sell cookies to but it's getting dark.
Should they:
A. Continue on until they are finished since they only have three left?
B. Return home immediately before it gets dark?
4. They have done so well and it's still daylight. They want to sell cookies in a neighborhood they don't
know very well. What should they do?
A. Since it's daylight, they should continue selling cookies.
B. Because they are strangers in the neighborhood, they should go home. Aunt Mary can find
out about the new neighborhood for them.
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SUPER STATIONS
Goal Setting Stations
Make Your Own Goal TT-Shirt
Customers want to know about your goals so they can help you reach them. Express yourself with a cool
t-shirt design. It’s like a giant billboard for your dreams!
First, set a goal. Next, design your t-shirt. A good way to start is with the sentence, “I’m selling GS cookies
to…” and then writing your goal. You can use a plain t-shirt, fabric markers and simple decorations. Try
sewing or gluing on some shiny sequins for added flair. Encourage everyone to use the same color shirts,
like green or white, so your entire Troop can show Girl Scout spirit! Have fun, make a great t-shirt and let
your cookie customers share in your success!
Poster Goal Setting
This is a fun way to help girls visualize their goals. To begin, gather construction paper or poster board, as
well as markers, glitter, stickers, stamps, and pictures of cookies and doo-dads from ABC Bakers Flickr site.
Encourage girls to create a Cookie Goal Poster using these materials to show off their creativity. Use the
posters to decorate your Troop’s meeting place or even your Troop’s Cookie Booth!
Say it with Sock Puppets!
Girl Scouts learn self confidence when they practice their Elevator Pitch with puppet creations that are as
unique as they are. Go toe-to-toe with your fellow Girl Scouts as you practice your Elevator Pitch with
these silly sock puppets! A practiced sales pitch is a tried and true technique of successful sales
people. Girls will love getting crazy and creative as they make a simple sock puppet and use it to
practice what they will say to convince a customer to buy cookies.
Prior to the event, gather supplies the girls can use to make sock puppets. While they are designing their
sock puppets, have a volunteer discuss the purpose of an Elevator Pitch, focusing on these 5 key points:
1. Greet the customer.
2. Tell the customer a little bit about the cookies.
3. Share your goals and what your Troop/group plans to do with
the money they earn.
4. Suggest donating cookies through the Cookie Share program.
5. Close the sale (ask them to buy cookies!)
Challenge the girls to write their own Elevator Pitch. Once they have
finished creating their sock puppet, it is time to try it out! Have the girls
partner up and try out their Elevator Pitch on each other. They can keep
swapping partners and trying out different approaches for as long as you
would like this activity to last. Have volunteers nearby to offer advice and
encouragement as needed.
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SUPER STATIONS
Booth Sale Stations
Catch their eye!
Craft– booth sale posters
Poster board or butcher paper
Markers
Stickers (optional)
Pencils/pens
Activity: Girls create posters they may hang at their booth sale. Help them remember important things
to add such as: price, troop #, goals, etc.
Goal: Girl learn how to create eye-catching displays to make their booth sales stand out, and hopefully
become more successful!
What’s in the box?
Game– girls build a booth sale
Supplies:
_ Cookie boxes
_ Table covering (optional: a torn or stained one too)
_ Booth sale signs (optional: ripped or crumpled ones)
_ Cash box
_ Crayons
_ Pencils
_ Calculator
_ Other objects you feel would or wouldn’t be used in a booth sale
Activity: Girls work together to create what they think of as an appropriate booth sale. Some items
may not be what they should use, and they must figure it out. Option: have multiples of each item and
have girls divide into groups to see who can build the best booth sale!
Goal: Girls learn the skills and resources needed to build a booth sale and be successful in a safe environment,
so if they mess up they can be corrected or try again to learn the right way!
What’s wrong with this picture?
Activity– what shouldn’t girls be doing at their booth sale
Supplies:
_ A poorly put together booth sale
Activity: Older girls doing their best and doing their worst! They set up a messy booth sale and practice
bad manners or bad booth sale etiquette. Younger girls in turn must pick out the things that are
wrong with the set up and older girls’ behavior, and give their idea on what it should be like.
Words of Wisdom: Talk to girls about presentation, professionalism and courtesy. Younger girls may
not grasp all the concepts, but talking to them about manners and trying to pay attention to people
walking by might help younger girls understand.
Goal: Younger girls learn what should and shouldn’t happen at a booth sale to be more productive
cookie sellers during booth sale time.
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ENTERTAINING SKITS
Meet the Cookies!
This activity takes place on a stage or area reserved for an audience to watch. Volunteers or girls will wear cookie
costumes and come out onstage as their Cookie is announced. Girls will be encouraged to stomp their feet and/or
clap their hands for their favorite cookie.
Caramel DeLites
This cookie can really roll! She’s a rockin’ young thing that appeals to those with a taste for adventure. You may
recognize her flaky appearance and her tropical flair for stripes. Let’s give a big round of applause for the one and
only Caramel DeLites!
Shortbread
Our next star is a classic. Although she’s been around since 1917, she’s still just as sweet and popular as when she
first appeared. Not one for flashy appearances, she’s one of our most sophisticated cookies and she has
impeccable taste. Let’s give it up for our very own Shortbread!
Peanut Butter Sandwich
Get your cowgirl boots on because the next cookie is ready to dance. With her crust oatmeal coating and smooth
peanut butter filling, she loves to dip – right into a cold glass of milk. Let’s hear it for our dancing gal, the Peanut
Butter Sandwich.
ThanksThanks-A-Lots
This next star is a very polite young lady, but definitely makes herself heard. She’s a heart-warming shortbread
cookie dipped in rich fudge, and embossed with a thank you message in one of five languages. Let’s give it up for
Thanks-A-Lots.
Lemonades
Our next little lady has a pleasantly sharp flavor. From the savory slice of shortbread to the refreshingly tangy lemon
icing, this cookie is sure to put a little spice in your life. Let’s have a big round of applause for the Lemonades!
Peanut Butter Patties
Imitated but never duplicated, our next star has been in our Girl Scout Cookie line for over 30 years. You’ll love her
crispy vanilla cookie layered with real peanut butter blanketed in rich chocolaty coating. Let’s hear it for the Peanut
Butter Patties!
Thin Mints
And now, for a real crown pleaser: She’s the number one Girl Scout Cookie in the country. Covered in dark chocolate,
the crunchy chocolate cookie in the middle has that peppermint flavor that people crave. She can usually be found
in freezers across the land. Give it up for Thin Mints!
Cranberry Citrus Crisps
We have a sweet new addition to our cookie line up this year: This cookie is full of tangy cranberry and zesty citrus.
Made with whole grain and no artificial flavors, let’s give a great big welcome to our newest member, Cranberry
Citrus Crisps!
Special Guests
Bringing in special guests is a great way to get the girls super excited about the Cookie Sale. Here is a list of ideas for
special guests that you can bring in:
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Local Celebrities
Comedy Groups (check your local high school or college)
Theatre Groups (check your local high school or college)
School or Industry Mascots
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ENTERTAINING SKITS
Girl Scout Cookie Fashion Show
A great way to get the girls involved with your Kick Off is to host a
fashion show. For this activity, contact Troops and invite their girls
to wear their favorite Girl Scout apparel to the Kick Off event.
Borrow or make Girl Scout Cookie Costumes.
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FUN & GAMES
Cookie Walk
Tape pictures of the cookies, the current year’s theme logo and a few “free spaces” to the floor in a circle.
Ask girls to stand on a space and turn on some music. The girls walk around the circle as the music plays.
When the music stops, each girl gets to taste the cookie that is under her feet. If the stops on the theme
logo or a free space, she gets to taste the cookie of her choice or wins a small prize.
Matching Game
Have names of cookies on one side of a piece of paper and descriptions of
the cookies on the other. Let girls match up cookie pictures with
descriptions. You can download photos of cookies from the ABC Website
at www.abcsmartcookies.com in the Art Gallery.
Cookie BINGO
Play Cookie BINGO.
Cookie Twister
Put a new twist on an old favorite! Use a Twister game or make
your own using fabric, a tarp or a large bed sheet. Instead of
colors, use Cookies as the circles on the game board. Place the
names of the Cookies on the spinners. Put your left hand on
Shortbreads and your right foot on Thin Mints and twist away!
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FUN & GAMES
How Many Cookies?
Have the girls guess how many Girl Scout Cookies are in a clear cookie jar. The girl, or Troop if working
together, who guesses closest to the correct amount wins the cookies!
Cookie Relay
Construct cookies out of foam or cardboard. Have the girls split into two equal teams. This works best
when the teams are around five people each. Mark a line on the floor for the girls to stand behind.
Approximately 10-15 feet away, place two clear cookie jars (or similar objects) on a table; one jar for each
team. The girls will each be given a set of oven mitts, a cookie pan and a spatula. Wearing the mitts and
using the spatula, they will need to load up their cookie pan, carry their cookies across to the table with the
cookie jar and then scoop the cookies into the jar.
VOLUNTEERS: Only set eight cookies at a time to avoid having one girl putting 40 cookies on her cookie
sheet at once. Once the girl has emptied her cookies into the jar, she runs back to her team mates, and
gives the next girl in line the oven mitts, the cookie sheet and spatula. The next girl follows the same
instructions as the first girl. The first team to fill up their cookie jar wins!
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FUN & GAMES
Don’t forget your Buddy!
To help girls learn the importance of team
work and sticking with their buddy at all times,
have them play a three-legged race!
To start, split the girls into two teams and have
each team make a buddy line by splitting into
two lines, side by side. Tie the inside legs of
each pair together on the line. When the Leaders says “Go!”, girls will need to work together
to get to the finish line and back to start while
staying with their buddy. Once a team gets all
of their buddies back to start, they win!
Financial Fishing
This activity requires a table with cookie boxes and a divider that girls can drape a “fishing pole”. The girls
start by fishing for cookie money by draping a pole, attached with a string and paper clip, over a divider
(decorate and paint as you wish). On the other side of the divider, a volunteer will place paper money onto
the paper clip and give a slight tug. Once the girl has her money, she will take it off the pole and advance to
the next part of this activity.
In the second portion of this activity, the girls purchase
cookies with their money. They can purchase as many
cookies as they wish, as long as they have enough
money from the previous round for the cookies. This
exercise helps them count money, practice
communicating and feel what the Cookie Sale is like
from the customer’s view. Once they have made their
purchase, they move to the third part of this activity.
In the third part, the girls play the role of the Cookie
Seller. Girls move to the other side of the table and sell
the cookies to the next girl in line that is coming to
purchase them. By replacing the cookies they just
purchased, they are restocking their cookie supply.
This activity allows the girls to get customer service
experience as well as learn how to make change.
Volunteers should be stationed nearby to help girls
through all sections of this activity.
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CROWD PLEASING RECIPES
Original Girl Scout Cookie
This is the first published recipe for Girl Scout® cookies. It was printed in July, 1922.
1 cup butter or substitute
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
Cream butter and sugar together, add well beaten eggs, then milk, flavoring, flour and
baking powder. Roll thin, cut into desired shape and sprinkle sugar on top. Bake in a
350 degree oven for 8 minutes or until golden brown.
Thin Mints Cookie Bark
1 box of Thin Mints, crushed
2 packages of white chocolate chips or almond bark
Line a large baking sheet pan with tin foil or wax paper. Put chocolate chips or almond bark in a bowl and heat in
microwave until thoroughly melted, stirring every 30-60 seconds. Once melted, stir in crushed Thin Mints and pour
mixture onto lined baking sheet. Place in freezer or refrigerator and allow to set. Once bark is cooled and firm to the
touch, break into pieces and enjoy!
Mini Peanut Butter Patties Trifles
Yield: 4 mini trifles
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
10 Peanut Butter Patties, chopped
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
fudge sauce (store bought or homemade)
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream plus 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar, whipped
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat cream
cheese, peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and heavy cream until thoroughly combined and fluffy; about 3
minutes. To assemble, place approximately 1 chopped Peanut Butter Patties cookie into the bottom of each mini
parfait glass. Pipe or spoon in a layer of peanut butter mousse. Add a layer of chocolate fudge sauce and repeat
layers . Top with whipped cream and finish with chopped Peanut Butter Patties. Note: These trifles are best served
the day they are made.
Caramel deLites Truffles
Yield: 18 truffles
1 box of Caramel deLites
1/2 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup quick cooking oats
4 tablespoons of butterscotch chips
4 ounces Mascarpone cheese, softened
Place the Caramel deLites in your food processor and blend into fine crumbs. Place the cookies in a large bowl, then
add in the Mascarpone and quick cooking oats. Blend well, place in your refrigerator for 30 minutes. Once properly
chilled, roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined pan. Place back in your refrigerator for another
20 minutes to set up again.
Place your chocolate and butterscotch chips in a double boiler over a medium high heat. Stir with a wooden spoon
until the chips are completely melted. Next, drop each truffle into the double boiler until coated. Retrieve the
truffle with a fork and tap off the excess before placing on a parchment lined pan. Chill truffles in the
refrigerator for 2 hours before eating.
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EXTRA SPECIAL EXTRAS
Photo Booth
Assign a section of your space to hold a
photo booth for your girls to make a
memory at your Kick Off. Using old
sheets or curtains, create a backdrop for
the photo. Provide the girls with props to
have fun with during the pictures. Hats,
cookie costumes, pictures of giant
cookies, wands, wigs, capes; all of these
are excellent items for the girls to
include in the photos. If possible, print
the pictures on site or have the girls or
their parents leave their email address
so that you can email their picture to
them digitally.
Treat The Troops
This is a great chance for Girl Scouts to show the men and women in the military how thankful we are for
their service. Set up a table with pre-made cards for the girls to decorate. Make sure to give the cards to
your local Council building after the event. The Council will then send the personalized cards along with
the Cookies delivered from the Cookie Share program.
Make Your Own Cookie Sundae
A fun way to do a cookie tasting is to partner up with your local ice cream parlor. If they can donate ice
cream to your Kick Off, you can crush up Girl Scout Cookies and host a “Make Your Own Cookie Sundae”
bar for the girls to mix and match toppings to their own delight!
COCO Command Center
Technology is a powerful tool in a successful Cookie Program. Introduce girls and
parents to the COCO Command Center and its dynamic order taking (mobile only) follow-up and goal tracking features. When you increase their awareness and
their comfort level with the COCO Command Center, girls will embrace this tool
to help them reach their cookie goals. Whether you set-up a looping presentation
on a single large screen or have multiple interactive stations set-up for hands on
training, girls and leaders will gain enthusiasm for this unique tool!
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EXTRA SPECIAL EXTRAS
Good Manners = Good Sales
This thank you note craft teaches girls to show
appreciation to their customers for the sale.
Using cardstock, allow the girls to construct their
own set of thank you notes to hand out with
each box of cookies that they sell. Pre-printed
cards might be necessary for Daisies.
TIP: By adding Troop or parent contact
information to their thank you cards, girls can
invite customers to reach them when they need
more cookies!
Cookie Creativity
The goal of this activity is to help girls come up with descriptive words they can use in their cookie pitch.
While snacking on cookies, ask the girls to use their own words to describe how good the cookie
tastes. Below are some examples, encourage themto be specific to a certain cookie to.
Caramel deLites are gooey.
gooey
Thin Mints are crunchy.
crunchy
Peanut Butter Patties are creamy.
creamy
Aim to have the girls write three phrases or words for each cookie. Providing girls with a sheet of paper that
has the picture and name of each cookie is helpful, especially for younger Girl Scouts. If there is time available, have them share their ideas with a friend and role play what they might say to a customer, using the
phrases they came up with!
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EXTRA SPECIAL EXTRAS
Girl Scout Cookie Crossword Puzzle
Across Clues
1. This is a Girl Scout's home-sweet-home when sleeping outdoors.
2. This cookie has a tart bite to it.
3. On March 12, we celebrate Girl Scout's ________.
6. This nut based spread is the base for two of our cookies.
11. This item was the basis of our first fundraiser.
12. Be a ______ to every Girl Scout.
Down Clues
1. This is away for people to donate cookies to the military or food banks.
4. Oldest Girl Scouts are called this.
5. This woman founded Girl Scouts in 1912.
7. This cookie is our number one seller.
8. What our law says we will use wisely.
9. Girl Scouts who wear the color brown.
10. What the three fingers of the Girl Scout sign mean.
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EXTRA SPECIAL EXTRAS
Talk the Talk
Activity: girls learn the definition of popular business terms, then use them in a word search
Supplies:
_ Copies of word search for each girl
_ Pens/pencils
Activity: Girls review the meaning of words provided below and then use them in a word
search provided in the packet.
business: a unit of work planned to meet a goal or goals; a systematic purposeful activity;
an immediate task
portfolio: a portable case containing business or financial papers (your portfolio might
contain your cookie order form, copies of receipts, and a list of possible customers)
goal: end towards which effort is directed; what you want to achieve (how many boxes of
cookies do we need to sell to reach our goal?)
chart: a diagram, graph, or other display that presents a set of facts in a specific format
sales pitch: a strong speech to try to convince customers to purchase a product or service
(the talking points you will use when you try to sell cookies to your neighbor)
price: what the product or service costs
customer: person you want to sell your product to
product: the item or service you want your customers to use or purchase (right now, the
service you are selling is Girl Scouting and the product you are selling is Girl Scout
Cookies)
Words of Wisdom: Discuss with the girls how these terms fit into the cookie sale. There are
some easy ones, such as goal or price. But what about sales pitch? Or portfolio?
Goal: Girls learn terms used in the everyday world for the program they’re going to be apart of.
Business Word Crossword Puzzle
Using most of the words in your business vocabulary list, complete
the crossword puzzle
business
portfolio
goal
chart
sales pitch
price
customer
product
ACROSS
1. What you want people to do with your cookies
2. My favorite cookies are Thin ______
5. A career in selling?
6. The people you sell your cookies to
7. Compliments you get for doing a good job (rhymes with "raises")
8. Holds notes and information
DOWN
1. Work you do to make money
3. What people want to know when they ask "How much?"
4. Set good ones that you think you can achieve
6. A graph with information on it
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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
www.kansasgirlscouts.org
www.girlscoutcookies.org
www.abcsmartcookies.com
Emporia Office
1200 Burlingame Rd
Emporia, KS 66801
(620) 342342-4532 • (800) 342342-4532
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Garden City Office
114 Grant Avenue
Garden City, KS 67846
(620) 276276-7061 • (888) 900900-7061
Hays Office
2707 Vine Street, Suite 8
Hays, KS 67601
(785) 625625-5671 • (888) 811811-8832
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Salina Office
3115 Enterprise Dr., Suite C
Salina, KS 67401
(785) 827827-3679 • (800) 888888-0872
Wichita Office
360 Lexington Rd
Wichita, KS 67218
(316) 684684-6531 • (888) 472472-3683
Cookie Hotline:
1-888-686-MINT (6468)
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