In many areas of the United States, Girl Scout cookie season will be beginning in the coming months. My Girl Scout troop has had a few cookie rallies. I’ll share a few of the ideas. Please add your own experiences at the end of this blog.
We often use the ideas that the cookie company provides and add additional activities of our own. We turn the event into a memorable Girl Scout cookie party.
Each girl gets a folder with word puzzles, cookie facts, a cookie recipe for the first cookie, games and all the rest of the handout papers provided by the cookie company. The girls work on the mateirals in the folders during down time or to take them home. Make sure to check out the cookie company in your area. They probably have many activities you can use.
Original Girl Scout Cookie Recipe
This is the first published recipe for Girl Scout cookies. It was printed in July, 1922.
1 cup butter or substitute
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 and bake in quick oven. Sprinkle sugar on top.
The Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts earn leadership hours by running the activities at our cookie event. We borrow Girl Scout cookie costumes from our local Girl Scout council for the older girls to wear.
Girl Scout Cookie Songs
Buy Thin Mints
(Tune: Jingle Bells)
Buy Thin Mints!
Buy Thin Mints!
Buy a box today!
They’re only here once a year
Then they go a way!
Buy Thin Mints!
But Thin Mints!
Other flavors too!
We have them all here today!
So buy some why don’t you?
Cookies in the Neighborhood
To the tune of Pop Goes the Weasel
All along the neighborhood streets
Girl Scouts selling cookies.
Ringing doorbells and asking you please
Please buy some cookies.
We’re fired up, we’re sizzlin’,
We’re turnin’ up the heat!
Cause when it comes to selling cookies,
Girl Scouts can’t be beat!
Repeat after me
Give me a C….C
Give me a double O)…..double O
Give me a K. give me a .I give me a.E…. K….I….E
What’s that spell?
Cookie! WHAT? Cookie!
Girl Scout Cookie Games and Activities
Before the girls arrive, set up a table with markers, ink pads, stamps and cardstock paper. During the upcoming sale, girls will be collecting cookie donations for soldiers. Instruct the girls to make Thank You cards for the soldiers to send with the donated cookies.
How many cookies in the Jar
Set a piece of paper next to a jar of cookies. Everyone can put their name on the paper with their guess of how many cookies are in the cookie jar. Winner will receive the jar with cookies.
Tape pictures of the Girl Scout cookies, the year’s theme logo and a few “free spaces” to the floor in a circle. Have each girl stand on a space and turn on some music. 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 girl stopped on the theme logo or a free space, she gets to taste the cookie of her choice.
SETUP: Use some type of cookie (we used ginger snap cookies) and then split girls into two teams of equal amounts. Place a table in middle of room and buckets at the other end of room, one for each team. You will need an oven mitt, spatula, and cookie sheet for each team.
GAME PLAY: Each girl races down to the table, puts six cookies on the cookie sheet and then crawls under table. She then turns around, grabs an oven pad, the cookie sheet with the cookies and a spatula. Holding the oven mitt, cookie sheet, and spatula, she races to a bucket set up at the other end of room and emptys the cookie sheet using the spatula. Then she takes everything back to the table and crawsl back under table, runs back to the team and the next in line does the same thing. This continues until the whole team has had a turn.
Sing a Song of Safety
Sung to the tune of “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain”
Girl Scouts are so careful,
Yes we are.
When we sell cookies
We stay safe as can be.
Our folks give their permission
In writing, so we turn in
Those signed slips to our leader
We sell cookies with a buddy,
Or a grown-up.
We never go door-to-door
We watch out for all traffic
When we’re crossing any street
And obey every signal
That we see.
We always sell in the day time
Not at night.
We don’t carry lots of money
Where we go.
We never approach a stranger’s car
We don’t go into people’s houses
We stay outside on the doorstep
To be safe.
One of the best games to play at a cookie rally is Save Teddy. First we put cool whip in bowls for each girl and put ten teddy grahams in it. The goal is to save all the teddys. The girls have to put their hands behind their back and dive in face first to pull out all the bears with their teeth. We have a first, second and third place winner.
Girl Scout Troop Photos
At one of our cookie rallies, we set up an area for all the troops to get their photos taken with cookie boxes and the cookie characters. Each troop received a CD with all the photos.
Since a favorite Girl Scout tradition is SWAPping, we ask each troop to bring 10 SWAPS for each girl. During the event, each girl makes a Girl Scout Cookie SWAP.
Please share your ideas for getting the girls excited for cookie time.