Product Program FAQ
Q. Who can participate in the Fall and Cookie product programs?
A. Any registered Girl Scout; whether in a troop or individually registered.
Q. Who chooses the products that are sold?
A. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) provides councils with two licensed vendors for each product program. The council is able to choose which vendor to contract with for both the Fall and the Cookie program.
Q. Which vendors does Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland (GSOH) use?
A. For the Fall Product Program, GSOH uses Ashdon Farms for the Nuts and Candy and QSP for the magazines. Little Brownie Bakers is the vendor for our Cookie Product Program.
Q. Who determines the rewards the girls receive?
A. The council uses input from girls and volunteers to determine the rewards for each program. A lot of thought is given to making sure items that the girls will be excited about are chosen.
Q. Who determines the price of the products and the proceeds the troops receive?
A. Each council is able to set the price of the cookies as well as the proceeds the troops receive for each box sold. Price changes are carefully considered by the council and only made when necessary to meet the programming goals. It is always the goal of the council to utilize the amount available, after covering the cost of the product with the vendor, in a fiscally responsible manner. Building a troop proceed and reward program that is beneficial to the troops and the girls is an important part of each product program.
Q. What is the goal of the product programs?
A. There are 5 essential life skills we strive to instill in girls who participate in the product programs; Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics. These are skills the girls will use both personally and professionally. In addition, girls learn about community service, and are able to work toward business and financial literacy badges at each age level. These skills directly relate to fulfilling the Girl Scout mission: To build girls of Courage, Confidence and Character who make the world a better place!
Q. Where can I find more information about the product programs and how my daughter can participate?
A. There are several sources to find additional information. The GSOH website; www.gsoh.org, the product department Facebook page; GSOH Product Sales, and the council office; 1-800-621-7042 are all avenues for learning more about the product programs.
Q. What programs are offered that are directly related to the fall and cookie product programs?
A. In addition to Cookie U-CEO, there are Cookie Rallies, Stellar Seller, Operation Cookie Salute, Share Program, Gift of Caring, Cookie Series for new scouts, the Cookie Activity Pin, related business and financial literacy badge work is also available at each age level. The requirements for these badges can be found in the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting.