We’ve had many cookie booths over the years, and one of our favorite things to do is to run what we call “Marathon GS Cookie Booth Sale”. After the Council contacts all the local businesses, we contact off-sites that have not been asked, such as the corner store, local Dairy Queen, etc. We secure about 6 different places and run the booths throughout the day in rotating shifts. Two of them are always set up as Drive-Thru Cookie Booths (indicated with signs). We make the “Gift of Caring” box a contest between each booth to see who can collect the most donations for the Soldiers, home safe or food pantry (depending what the girls decide for year)
What exactly is a Drive Thru Cookie Booth
A drive thru cookie booth is a booth allowing customers to buy cookies without leaving their car. We set up orange cones and enter and exit signs. Due to safety issues, the girls are not allowed to approach a car without a adult, but we make sure the girls still do all the selling and collecting of the money. The Drive Thru Cookie Booths are always are top sellers for the day because people love not having to get out of their car to buy cookies.
We always have a car near the booth where an adult and a girl can make change. If you’re not in a place where you have access to a car, have money behind you covered up, guarded by an adult (there has been so many grab-and-run incidents withscouts’ cookie money).
How to Run a Marathon Cookie Booth
We have what’s called “the marathon”. We set up 4 – 6 booths, that go all day long. We also have two of the leaders chosen to b runners. This means we start out each booth with a certain number of cases, and if they get low, the leaders call and the runners drop off more cases and exchange with other booths if they have more or get low. At each booth, we have a sign out sheet so we can keep track of how many cookies are sold and how much money we have when we close down. We start each booth at a different time, so we can go to each booth and close them in a timely manner. For safety reasons, the runners stop at the booths throughout the day to pick up money.
We take the whole total of all the booths on marathon day, and divide the hours worked between each girl that worked the sale. We do it this way because some booths have more traffic than others especially the Drive Thru booths. We have been doing this event for the past 3 years and we average between 1000 – 1200 boxes in 1 day. Of course we put it out there in newspaper and radio so that the community knows were we will be.
Have the girls hold up cookies to show people as they walk buy, or have a few cookies crumbled up on a tray for samples. We bought the girls pom poms so they can shake them around, which is really great to alleviate bored young scouts. What we’re going to try this year is to make billboards out of cookie boxes! Our girls like to pick out themes, too. One group selected a tropical theme, while another group made their booth patriotic, one of our drive-thru cookie booths used Get them before they are extinct theme.
The booths put up pictures of activities they have accomplished, with sign stating what the goal was for the troop. Our troop always has the same goal: sell enough cookies to receive a cookie shirt for each member of the troop, this coming year they have a even bigger goal of making it to a concert that council is sponsoring. With 40 girls, that’s a lot of cookies to sell.We have several booth sales that follow our large marathon sale (and a great group of parents and leaders) to make this goal. During the 100th year of Scouts we sold over 8500 boxes, and our council offered free registration for the girls.
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