In our neck of the woods, it's almost THIN MINT SEASON
and I couldn't be happier!! I've already cleared a shelf in the freezer to
store the case I plan to buy so I can snack on them all year.
Before having a Girl Scout of my own, little did I know
what kind of competition, chaos and confusion goes on behind the scenes of
signing up and staffing Girl Scout Cookie Booths. First, some heroic mom volunteer meets with
each retailer, getting permission and parameters for each booth location and
time. The Service Unit Cookie Mom then
makes a master schedule and signup sheet for all the available booth slots
....and the games begin!!
Troops participate in a lottery to capture prime cookie
booth locations and times. The home improvement store on a busy Saturday at 10am beats a quiet coffee shop at 4pm
by a mile! 5pm in the Grocery Store any day
is better than 9am Sunday at the movie rental place. There's a lot of jockeying for position, location and
Seasoned Girl Scouts know all the best times and
locations. Seasoned Cookie Moms work
hard to make sure there are plenty of cookie booth options available so each Troop gets the opportunity to sell and meet their goals.
Once each Troop knows their cookie booth schedule, it's up to the girls in the troop to sign up to staff each booth. Enter another brave volunteer - the Troop Cookie Parent!! Usually there is even more competition and coordination to ensure all girls get the chance to sell their cookies and staff a booth. But once the cookie crumbs have settled, the troop looks back on a lot of hard work time shared with friends, a healthier troop treasury to fund activities and a lot of parents scratching their heads and noting "Hey that wasn't SOOO bad!!"
Scheduling and reminding are still pretty time consuming aspects of the coordination task and to help make this whole process easier, VolunteerSpot has automated the Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sign Up form.
Creating a Cookie Booth Scheduler online makes it point-and-click simple for the Cookie Parent to schedule Cookie Booth slots, and the Troop Leaders or girls' moms to go in and sign up for the booth time and location they wish.
So if it's time for you to dive into Girl Scout cookie season, click this Link to sample our New Cookie Booth Scheduler for Yourself right now!
Happy Cookie Sales! Cookie Moms - this one's for you!!