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Cookie University at Cookie Kick-Off

January 15, 2011 |  11 am – 4 pm

Industry Hills Expo Center

Please note that most sessions are full from preregistration online.
Some limited seating may be available for walk-ins. 

Jumpstart your cookie season with Cookie University! It's a great place to learn early business skills and the proven strategies that boost sales. This year’s event has been expanded to include sessions for girls of every level and time for adults to ask questions and learn during girl activity time. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as seating is limited. Please register only if you are attending Cookie Kick-Off.

Welcome to the world of business done Girl Scout style! As "business owners," girls will learn how to launch their own cookie enterprises that help them reach their goals.

During this year's cookie season, girls will learn firsthand the ins and outs of running their own cookie business. Cookie U is a fun way to prepare for this adventure. Girls can attend a variety of 30-minute interactive sessions at Cookie Kick-Off taught by "cookie experts" and discover ideas that put them in business for the future

Discover successful selling and marketing strategies to achieve your goals, learn about the Gift of Caring Program and this year's new partners, gain great cookie booth decorating ideas, set exciting goals, and take a look at this year’s cookie variety line-up and technology tools.

Plus, all sessions include activities from the 2010-11 Cookie Activity Kits, with several activities that help fulfill requirements for Girl Scout badges! Girls will receive a Cookie U Certificate.

Hey - teen Girl Scouts - you have the experience and know-how to turn cookies into a business that will take you places. Your Cookie U sessions will help you take your plans to the next level and turn you into a Cookie Entrepreneur Officer- CEO!

For more information, contact Mary Broomfield at (626) 677-2220 or mbroomfield@girlscoutsla.org.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as seating is limited. Only online registrations accepted. Please register only if you are attending Cookie Kick-Off.


Cookie U SessionsCookie U

WHAT’S IN A BOX OF COOKIES?

Session A: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Girls Grades K-5
Online Registration Now Closed      

Session B: 2:10 pm - 2:40 pm
Girls Grades 6-12
Online Registration Now Closed                

Discover the basics of successful cookie marketing. Tip #1...know your product. There is more to a box of Girl Scout Cookies than a collection of delectable delights!Come learn about the 2011 cookie varieties, including nutritional values, packaging information, ingredients, plus the history of the Cookie Program tradition and how it builds dreams, one cookie at a time. What's your Cookie IQ? Become a "know-it-all" in no time!

Session includes time for adults to ask questions and learn during girl activity time.

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ATTENTION GOAL GETTERS!

Session C: 12:10 pm - 12:40 pm            
Girls Grades K-5
Online Registration Now Closed                 

Session D: 2:50 pm - 3:20 pm
Girls Grades 6-12
Online Registration Now Closed

Big goals make the cookie season a world of fun! Imagine the new and exciting things you can do with cookie proceeds: trips, service projects, adventures, and more. Girl Scouts decide!

Girls will learn the “biz” and gain tips on selecting your cookie proceeds project, setting goals, and budgeting for success! Now that’s Cookies 4 a Change!

Session includes time for adults to ask questions and learn during girl activity time.

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COOKIES & YOUR COMMUNITY: GIFT OF CARING PROJECT

Session E: 12:50 pm - 1:20 pm              
Girls Grades K-12              
Online Registration Now Closed

Session F: 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Girls Grades K-12
Online Registration Now Closed

The tradition of the Girl Scout Cookie Program has always been a part of the Girl Scout promise to help others. The Cookie Program offers opportunities to give back to the community.

Our Gift of Caring Program lets customers purchase cookies to be donated via GSGLA to Operation Gratitude, Bob Hope Hollywood USO, the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, and this year's new partners Blue Star Mothers and Goodwill. Girls can learn about these worthy causes and how their goals can help them!

Session includes time for adults to ask questions and learn during girl activity time.

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COOKIE ROOKIE (FOR ADULTS)

Session G: 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm               
For Adults
Online Registration Now Closed

Are you a cookie rookie? Don't worry. You'll be a cookie expert in no time! This session gives adults leading girls through the cookie program experience for the first time an overview of what to expect.

The cookie program, a Girl Scout tradition that ties to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, is more than a fundraiser. It's a fun way for girls to earn money that fuels their dreams. Discover the proven steps to success.

Learn about the tools you'll need and how GSGLA, your service unit, and troop families can support you. Your girls can participate in cookie learning activities during the session.

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THE COOKIE "PITCH"

Session H: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm  
Girls Grades K-5
Online Registration Now Closed

Session I: 2:10 pm - 2:40 pm
Girls Grades 6-12
Online Registration Now Closed

The #1 reason people don't buy Girl Scout Cookies is they were never asked! Nearly 95% of people say they will buy cookies if asked. Girls will learn the basic cookie sales "pitch" and ideas for increasing sales and reaching their goals, gaining confidence and communication skills along the way.

Once you know what to say, think about who you are going to say it to and let's make plans for how to contact them. Be creative - think of everyone who might possibly want cookies!

Session includes time for adults to ask questions and learn during girl activity time.

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A GIRL'S BUSINESS TOOL KIT - WITH STYLE

Session J: 12:10 pm - 12:40 pm
Girls Grades K-5
Online Registration Now Closed      

Session K: 2:50 pm - 3:20 pm     
Girls Grades 6-12
Online Registration Now Closed

Girls will love running their very own Cookie Store! These savvy entrepreneurs will want to run their business in style, with all the right tools.

From business cards to gift wrapping, to the Cookie Club and Social Media, to the Troop Boothing Kit and proven marketing strategies, girls will want to take home these ideas.

Session includes time for adults to ask questions and learn during girl activity time.

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TOP 10 SUPER SELLING STRATEGIES

Session L: 12:50 pm - 1:20 pm               
Girls Grades K-5
Online Registration Now Closed

Session M: 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Girls Grades 6-12
Online Registration Now Closed   
           

Our research shows that customers buy cookies because they want to support girls and Girl Scouts! All you have to do is ask.

Get the facts… Want to know the easiest way to sell more cookies and reach your goals? Check out the Girl Scout Top 10. Choose some of these girl-proven strategies to pump up your sales. Girls with goals go far!

Session includes time for adults to ask questions and learn during girl activity time.

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THE IRRESISTABLE COOKIE BOOTH RECIPE

Session N: 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm               
Girls Grades K-12
Online Registration Now Closed

It's marketing mania time - make your cookie booth irresistible! Learn some advertising basics to put your cookie messages into action and create a decidedly awesome cookie booth.

From traditional booth posters to wearable signs and messages on wheels and other tools, leave your personal mark with a creative twist or two!

Session includes time for adults to ask questions and learn.