An essential part of your action plan for a successful Girl Scout Cookie Season is reviewing safety guidelines with girls and their parents or guardians. Girl Scouts offers resources on girlscoutcookies.org/troopleaders.
Girl Scouts of the USA resources:
Contact your local council for a copy of Safety Activity Checkpoints.
Always follow the safety rules for selling Girl Scout Cookies®:
- Show you’re a Girl Scout. Wear the Girl Scout membership pin, vest, sash, or other Girl Scout clothing to identify yourself as a Girl Scout.
- Buddy up. Always use the buddy system. It’s not just safe, it’s more fun.
- Be streetwise. Become familiar with the areas and neighborhoods where you’ll be selling cookies.
- Partner with adults. Adults must accompany Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors when they’re taking orders, selling cookies, or delivering cookies. Girls in grades 6-12 must be supervised by an adult when selling door-to-door and must never sell alone. Adults must be present at all times during cookie booth sales.
- Plan ahead. Be prepared for emergencies, and always have a plan for safeguarding money.
- Do not enter any homes or vehicles. Never enter someone’s home or vehicle when you’re selling or making deliveries. Avoid selling to people in vehicles, except at designated drive-thru cookie booths, or going into alleys.
- Sell in the daytime. Sell only during daylight hours, unless accompanied by an adult.
- Protect privacy. Girls’ last names, home addresses, and email addresses should never be given to customers. Protect customers’ privacy by not sharing their information except when necessary.
- 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 products and passengers from vehicles.
- Be safe online. Girls must have their parents’/guardians’ permission to participate in all online activities and must read and agree to the GSUSA Internet Safety Pledge before conducting any online activities. Additionally, to participate in Digital Cookies, girls must read and abide by the Girl Scout Digital Cookie Pledge, and parents/guardians must read and abide by the Digital Cookie Terms and Conditions for Parents/Guardians.