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Fort Lupton Girl Scouts Award Winning Float in Trappers Day Parad

The multi-level troop in Fort Lupton planned out their fantastic float for the City’s annual Trappers Day parade that celebrates the City’s pioneer, Lancaster Lupton. The Girl Scouts used chicken wire and tissue paper to create the sides of the float. The base of the float is the Fort Cookie trailer that is used each year during cookie season. We contacted the Girl Scout Museum to obtain vintage uniforms to represent the history of Girl Scouts. The theme of the parade was Pioneers of the Past, Present, and Future. The girls were excited to show off the 110 year birthday of Girl Scouts on the float. Their float was awarded the Mayor’s and Civic award ribbons to proudly display during the parade.

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2021 – 2022 S’mores Club

The 2021 Fall Product Program kicked-off on Saturday, Sept. 11! Girl Scouts, along with troop and service unit fall product volunteers, can join the S’mores Club by participating in both the Fall Product and Girl Scout Cookie Program and meeting the criteria outlined below.

During the Fall Product Program, Girl Scouts learn all aspects of running an online business by using the M2 platform. M2 makes the experience girl friendly, with an easy-to-navigate dashboard where they can create a video, set their goals, create custom messages for their customers, create business cards, and the most popular feature, create their own avatar – which girls love! Girls earn program rewards too.

Custom Converse shoes were the S’mores Club reward last year – and they are back by popular demand! Girl Scouts and product program volunteers will also earn the popular S’mores Club patch with their avatar on it too, by meeting the criteria outlined below.

S’mores Club Qualifications

GIRLS:
If you send 21+ emails and sell 21+ items during the 2020 Fall Product Program and 400+ packages during the 2021 Cookie Program, you get:

  • A pair of custom Converse shoes and a S’mores Club avatar patch

TROOPS:
If the troop sells $550+ in *combined sales during the 2021 Fall Product Program, they get:

  • An exclusive booth selection opportunity for the 2022 Cookie Program

And – If the troop has a 400+ packages per selling girl average during the Cookie Program, the Troop Fall Product Manager and Troop Cookie Manager are eligible for volunteer rewards.

  • A pair of custom converse shoes and a personalized S’mores Club avatar patch for the TFPM and TCM**

For a quick reference, check out the S’mores Club flier and share it with girls and adults in your troop and service unit.

If you have questions, read our S’mores Club FAQ or contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Please note the following:

*Combined sales means, sales either made through the girls’ online storefront and/or orders taken with the order card – any combination of sales.

The troop per selling girl average (PSGA) is calculated based on the total number of packages a troop sells, divided by the number of selling girls in that troop.

New this year – the troop fall product manager (TFPM) and troop cookie manager (TCM) are eligible for volunteer rewards if their troop meets the reward criteria outlined, and the TFPM and TCM must also take Fall Product and Cookie Program training, send support emails to families through M2OS and/or DOC, and fulfill all other TFPM/TCM responsibilities and expectations of volunteer role (see TFPM and TCM job descriptions).

**If the TFPM and TCM are the same person, only one reward will be given.

IMPORTANT!  TCMs must create an avatar in M2 before the end of the Fall Product Program. TCMs must submit their TCM volunteer agreement and coordinate with TFPMs to gain access to M2 (TFPMs can add them to M2) to create their avatar for the S’mores Club patch. If TCM’s do not create an avatar in M2, they will not receive a patch.

New this year – Attending product program training and fulfilling key volunteer responsibilities is also the criteria for service unit fall product manager (SUFPM) and service unit cookie manager (SUCM), to earn the S’mores Club patch and custom Converse shoes. ( See SUFPM and SUCM job descriptions)

The reward for adult volunteers is for troop or service unit participation only. Rewards are given to volunteers at the discretion of Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Juliette caregivers will not receive the custom Converse shoes, personalized patch, or an exclusive booth selection opportunity.

However, Girl Scout Juliettes can qualify for the S’mores Club and receive the custom Converse shoes and the S’mores Club patch by participating in both the Fall Product and Cookie Programs and meeting the girl requirements.

Girl Scouts of Colorado wants to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Join Club 100!

Are you part of the club? Join Club 100 by renewing or adding girls to your troop! Troops that are at 100% membership by the beginning of the membership year will be part of the club! Troops must have the same number of girls or more on October 1, 2021 as they did as of March 31, 2021. Qualifying troops will have the choice of a “Booth Kit” that can be used in the upcoming Girl Scout Cookie program or a $20 credit to the GSCO Shop.

Troops must be in good standing to qualify, with at least two registered leaders and at least three girls. All girls and adults in the troop must have an active membership for the 2021-2022 membership year by October 1 to count.

FAQs

What if not all of the girls in our troop are returning? Is it possible to get to 100% if we have a girl who dropped out last year?

Yes! You can still qualify even if girls have left your troop since March! If you have added new members since March they count towards your total! If you would like more information or need help adding girls to your troop, reach out to your volunteer support specialist or recruitment specialist.

What will be included in the Booth Kit reward?

The booth kit will have a Cookie Table Cloth, troop money bag, mini calculator and counterfeit pen.

How do I use the shop credit?

If you select the shop credit, the credit will be available to be used by calling, e-mailing or going into the shop. The shop credit will expire on September 30, 2022.

Are new troops eligible to qualify?

No, troops must have been active as of March 31, 2021 in order to qualify. Be on the lookout for rewards for renewing early next spring and the chance to join Club 100 again next fall!

How will I know if we qualified?

Registered troop leaders will be contacted by email after October 1 to select their reward.

Giant Penguin Contest Drawing – 2021 Fall Product Program

During the Fall Product Program, GSCO will have a drawing to win the giant-sized, Emperor Penguin, Penny, our program mascot!

Girls can qualify to enter the drawing in multiple ways and increase their chances to win Penny the Penguin!

Below are the different ways to qualify for entering the drawing:

Giant Penguin Drawing – Form open from Sept. 11 – Dec. 10

  • Girls who renew their membership by Sept. 30, 2021, and who participate in the Fall Product Program can get 1 drawing entry.
  • Girls who sell 15+ magazine subscriptions can get 2 drawing entries.
  • Girls who reach the level of $650+ in combined sales can get 3 drawing entries.
  • Girls who create a video or voice recording for their M2 online storefront can get 4 drawing entries.

Girls MUST complete the Penguin Contest form only once. Each criteria met could mean up to 10 total entries to the drawing!

Girls do not need to meet each criterion to enter the drawing.

*Combined sales can be any combination of online and/or in-person sales.

How to Enter:

Girls can check off the criteria they have met on the contest form. Criteria will be verified by GSCO staff. Each criterion that’s met could mean up to 10 total entries in the drawing!

Contest Entry Deadline and Drawing:

Girls must complete and submit form by the deadline: Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, 11:59pm.

https://girlscoutsofcolorado.formstack.com/forms/2021_penguin_contest_entry_form

Contest drawing will be on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021.

Note: We cannot ship the giant plush penguin. The winner will need to schedule to pick it up from the nearest GSCO office.

Fun Facts About Our Mascot:

  • Their aerodynamic bodies and strong flippers make them excellent swimmers, reaching speeds of 7.6 mph.
  • They can dive deeper than any other bird – as deep as 565 m 1850 ft – and they can stay under water for more than 20 minutes.
  • A social animal, they will walk up to 75 miles each year to reach their colonial nesting areas.
  • Once an egg is laid, the male will care for the egg until hatched while the mother returns to the sea to hunt for food. This can last up to 2 months!
  • As the young penguins grow, adults leave them in groups of chicks called crèches while they leave to fish.
  • Considered a “near threatened” species due to disease, habitat destruction, and disturbance of breeding colonies by humans
  • They can live 15-20 years in the wild

To learn more about Emperor penguins, and the scientists and activists working to protect them, go to: https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/penguin

Questions about the contest? Call Girl Scouts of Colorado customer care at 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org

Meet the 2021 Fall Product Program Mascots

Penny, Pebbles, and Pip are the Emperor penguin mascots for the 2021 Fall Product Program!

Girl Scouts can earn multiple entries into the drawing for the giant plush penguin, Penny, by meeting certain criteria. To learn more about the drawing, head to the article on the GSCO blog.

The small and large plush penguins are two of the rewards for the 2021 Fall Product Program. Pip is earned at the $350 level, and Pebbles at $750.

To see all 2021 Fall Product Program girl rewards, check out the order card posted on our website. Remember that all rewards are cumulative.

Fun Facts About Emperor Penguins:

  • Their aerodynamic bodies and strong flippers make them excellent swimmers, reaching speeds of 7.6 mph.
  • They can dive deeper than any other bird – as deep as 565 m 1850 ft – and they can stay under water for more than 20 minutes.
  • A social animal, they will walk up to 75 miles each year to reach their colonial nesting areas.
  • Once an egg is laid, the male will care for the egg until hatched while the mother returns to the sea to hunt for food. This can last up to 2 months!
  • As the young penguins grow, adults leave them in groups of chicks called crèches while they leave to fish.
  • There are approximately 595,000 adult Emperor penguins in Antarctica.
    • It’s the only animal to inhabit the open ice of Antarctica during the winter.
    • They face wind chills as cold as -76oF and blizzards of 124mph!
    • Four layers of scale-like feather protect them from icy winds and provide a waterproof coat.
    • Colonies of adults and chicks work together to huddle for warmth. 5,000 or more tightly packed adults and chicks shuffle around, so each takes a turn – but not too long – on the outside of the huddle where it’s cold!

To learn more about Emperor penguins, the scientists who study them and the activists working to protect them, visit the websites below:

https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/penguin

https://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ref=us-fish-and-wildlife-service-proposes-to-list-the-emperor-penguin-as-&_ID=36967

https://friendofthesea.org/marine-conservation-projects-and-awareness/save-the-penguins/

If you have questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance, please contact GSCO customer care. Call 1- 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

2021 Fall Product Program Magazines Contest

The Fall Product Program kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 11 and the magazine contest is back by popular demand!

*The first 50 girls who sell 15 or more magazine subscriptions and complete the magazine contest form, will receive an awesome S’mores tote with a mystery reward inside!

Magazine subscriptions are purchased through a Girl Scouts’ online storefront in M2. There are lots of popular titles to choose from for sports enthusiasts, foodies, fashionistas, green thumbs, crafters, news hounds and nature lovers!

Magazines make great gifts for family and friends to enjoy, plus there are no shipping fees. Troops also earn 13% of subscription costs as proceeds.

Bonus – Girls who sell 15+ magazine subscriptions will not only qualify to receive  a S’mores Caddy with a mystery reward inside, but they will also qualify for two entries into the drawing for the giant plush penguin contest too! For more information about the penguin contest, read the article on the GSCO blog. http://gscoblog.org/

The contest form opens Saturday, Sept. 11. As soon as a girl has sold 15 or more magazine subscriptions, she should complete the form to qualify to receive the S’mores tote with a mystery reward inside.

*The first 50 girls to qualify will be based on the date that the contest form is submitted, and the verified number of magazine subscriptions sold.

Magazines Contest Form

Note: S’mores totes will need to be picked up from the nearest GSCO office.

Questions? Call Girl Scouts of Colorado customer care at 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org

NEW Multicultural Community Celebration Patches

The Girl Scout Multicultural Community Celebration patch was designed to celebrate the countless contributions that diverse communities have made and continue to make in the United States. Girl Scouts of all levels and their leaders have plenty of activities to choose from to earn each segment of this fun patch. We encourage girls from all ethnic backgrounds to participate, they are sure to learn interesting new things.

The first segment to be released is the Girl Scout Hispanic Heritage Celebration patch in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15). It is designed for Girl Scouts of all levels and their leaders, to celebrate the cultural richness of all people in the U.S. whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Patches can be purchased through the Girl Scout shop.

Requirements for the Hispanic Heritage Celebration patch can be found on the GSCO website.

Other segments to be released this year include:

  • Native American Heritage
  • Black History
  • Asian American Pacific Islander Month
  • LGBTQ+ Pride Month

We would love to hear how you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Share your story on the blog or tag us on social media.

Parker Brownies Earn New Math in Nature Badge

Submitted by Karen Grealy
Multilevel Troop 67744 from Parker earned their Shapes in Nature badges. They tallied shapes and objects found in nature with an outdoor scavenger hunt. After charting their results, they realized they found a lot of bushes around our meeting space. They also learned about patterns and tessellation. For an activity, they each made a quilting square and combined them into a troop “blanket”.

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