Volunteer View: January 2020

Girl Scout Cookie Program runs February 2  – March 8, 2020

There is a new cookie this year, zesty, Lemon-Ups, that you have to try! Each cookie has a motivating statement on it, inspired by Girl Scouts.

Get ready to rock the Cookie Program by attending a cookie rally. Make sure you’re up to date on training and have reviewed cookie resources.

Cookie Rallies

Visit our events calendar to find a cookie rally near you or check with your service unit cookie manager about a rally in your area.

Download the 2020 Cookie Rally Guide and activity resources.

Find additional GSCO Cookie Program information on our Cookie Resources page.

Booth Selection Dates – Selection opens at 6 p.m. and closes at 11:59 p.m.

Jan. 27: First round of booth selections (Troops can select one booth location.)

Jan. 28: Second round of booth selections (Troops can select two booth locations.)

Jan. 29: Third round of booth selections (Troops can select three booth locations.)

Jan. 30: Fourth round of booth selections (Troops can select four booth locations.)

Jan. 31: Fifth round of booth selections (Remains open throughout cookie program.)

Other Important Dates

Feb. 1: Main Cookie Delivery Day – Troops will pick up cookies at the delivery site they select. Troops MUST HAVE submitted an ACH form for the 2019-2020 membership year in order to pick up their IO on delivery day.

Feb. 2: First day of the 2020 Cookie Program: My Sales booth, select Council booths and door-to-door sales begin.

Feb. 6: Cookie Cupboards open.

Feb. 15: Other Council booths begin.

Reminder: No additional money-earning activities may take place from February 2, 2020 (Cookie Program start date) through March 18, 2020 (ACH debit date).

Cookie Program Volunteer Training

Below are links to register for upcoming cookie program webinars:

Delivery Day Q & A – Webinar

Date: Tuesday January 21, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Digital Order Card (DOC) – Webinar

Date: Wednesday January 22, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

New TCM Cookie Program Training – Webinar

Date: Thursday January 23, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

New TCM Cookie Program Training – Webinar

Date: Wednesday February 5, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Online training for experienced troop cookie managers

If you are entering your third year or more as a troop cookie manager you can take your training online on gsLearn!

There are also many other courses available for you to take! Check out the Successful Leader Learning Series for new and updated information to be a successful leader! We are adding new courses all the time. Check back in frequently to see the new courses added to the library.

If you need assistance accessing gsLearn, please contact Kendy Doolen, instructional design manager, at 303-607-4891 or email her at Kendy.Doolen@gscolorado.org.

ACH Forms and TCM Agreements

All troops participating in the Cookie Program must complete an ACH form for the 2019-2020 membership year. Troops who have not submitted an ACH form prior to pickup will not be able to pick-up their cookie inventory Initial Order on delivery day.

Troop that submitted an ACH for the 2019 Fall Product Program, do not need to submit one for the Cookie Program.

  • All TCMs must complete and sign a TCM agreement (click here to access)
  • A TCM must fill out the TCM agreement, be approved by council, and have an approved ACH agreement in order to receive eBudde access. If a TCM did not receive a registration email from eBudde, they should reach out to their SUCM immediately.
  • TCMs should ensure all girls in their troop are registered and each girl has a valid email for their preferred contact in the membership database if they will be selling through the Digital Order Card. They should also ensure their rosters in eBudde are correct. If the roster needs to be updated, they should contact their VSS right away.

Have questions or need assistance? Please contact GSCO customer care at inquiry@gscolorado.org or call 1-877-404-5708.

GSCO on Facebook Live!

Have you checked out our Facebook Live events? We have been using Facebook Live to bring you quick “need to know” chats on everything from Product Program to badges.

To find out about these live events:

  1. Follow Girl Scouts of Colorado on Facebook.
  2. Go to “Events” and look for ones that start with “Facebook LIVE”. Click that you are interested or attending to get a reminder. You can also share the event with your fellow leaders or parents.
  3. Missed a live event? You can access the recorded videos under “videos” then “volunteer resources.”

Cookie Resources

Summer Camp registration opens January 23

The outdoor program team is hard at work planning summer camp season 2020! Both Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch have tons of awesome sessions with time on the zip-line, at the farm, hiking, or trips all over Colorado! Look for more information in the camp mailer sent to homes in early January and on the camp website.

Apply to be a GSCO Delegate

Girl Scouts of Colorado is requesting applications for delegates to attend the 2020 National Council Session. Apply online.


Delegates to the National Council Session must be registered Girl Scout members, at least 14 years of age, and be willing to serve a three-year term (2020-2023).

Delegates and Alternates must commit to participating in preparatory conference calls and webinars and attending all meetings of the National Council Session in Orlando, Florida, October 21-25, 2020.

Volunteer service awards

Recognize outstanding volunteers

Girl Scout volunteers change the lives of girls in their communities every day. Some volunteers go above and beyond all expectations and have a positive impact on their troop and/or their service unit and sometimes the whole council.

Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring that enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you.

Nominations are due on or before March 31. The form to nominate a volunteer for an award will go live later this month. Now would be a great time to designate a service unit team member to coordinate nominations and endorsements!

More information about the awards and the number of required endorsements for each award, is listed on the volunteer appreciation page on our website and in theVolunteer Recognition Award Guide. You can also learn more about how to write strong nominations and endorsements.

Questions? Please contact your volunteer support specialist or customer support at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Save the Date: Highest awards celebrations

Troops working on their Bronze and Silver award projects have until March 1 to submit the Bronze & Silver Notification Form to be invited to the 2020 Highest Awards Celebrations. Girls who plan on attending one of the celebrations need to RSVP using the GSCO registration link. The registration link will be live after March 1 and emailed to all troop leaders who submit their Bronze and Silver notification form as well as all Gold Award Girl Scouts who receive final approval between March 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020. Find a celebration in your area.

Questions? Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager at  highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts is a global sisterhood

Take the lead on February 22 to celebrate World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries! (That’s one big celebration!) This year’s World Thinking Day theme is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Check out our activity guides below to explore many ways girls can be leaders and create the change they want to see in the world—and celebrate being part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts and Girl Guides! Check out all the global opportunities available to Girl Scouts available online through the Global section of anytime activities.

Activity Guide for Daises, Brownie, and Juniors

Activity Guide for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

Questions? Contact gscoglobal@gmail.com

Learn more

Girl Scouts of Colorado begins search for new CEO

In December, Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote announced her plans to retire at the end of May. Stephanie has been the President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado since May 1, 2012, and, from 2007 to 2012, she served as Chair of the GSCO Board of Directors.

The GSCO Board of Directors has retained Evergreen Executive Source LLC of New Jersey to conduct a nationwide search for a CEO. Evergreen is an executive search firm that specializes in recruiting services for Girl Scout councils.

Board member Shannon Sisler is leading the Executive Search Committee, which will conduct the search process. Shannon is the Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer for Crocs, where she is responsible for human resources globally.

The CEO search process will likely take several months.

If you know anyone who would be a great fit for Girl Scouts of Colorado, please share the job posting.

Learn more

Upcoming Events

We have lots of fun events planned that you can enjoy with your family, friends, or your troop! Invite a non-Girl Scout friend to any of these events and show her how fun Girl Scouts can be.  Check the events calendar for more exciting events in your community.

Upcoming events at Denver Center for the Performing Arts! Girl Scouts receive a patch for attending.

Goodnight Moon

January 25

Discounted tickets for 1:30 pm performance. Post-show workshop for Daisies & Brownies!

Mean Girls

April 10

Discounted tickets for 7:30 p.m. performance. Troops will be seated together. Information about tickets will be posted to the GSCO events calendar late February 2020.

Lion King

May 30 & June 13

Discounted tickets for 2 p.m. performances. Troops will be seated together. Information on tickets will be posted to the GSCO events calendar spring 2020.

Brownie Fair Play with Air Force Academy Women’s Basketball

January 24, Colorado Springs

Coach Chris Gobrecht will discuss teamwork, sportsmanship and more! Brownies who attend this workshop are eligible to receive their Fair Play badge on the court at the AFA vs Nevada Women’s basketball game on February 5. Participants have exclusive access to $7 pizza party tickets with fan tunnel and signed poster! Add $3 for badge. Registration online opens this week!

Secrets to Success

January 25, Grand Junction

April 18, Greeley

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2020 Secrets to Success events. Every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders. Any girl in grades 6th – 12th is invited to Secrets to Success.

Girl Scout Day with CSU Women’s Basketball

January 25, Fort Collins

Lady Rams take on Utah State. Girl Scouts in attendance receive special patch! Use promo code GIRLSCOUTS to purchase tickets here.

Girl Scout Night with Colorado Eagles

February 7, Loveland

Top two troops with the most ticket referrals each get a cookie booth at the Family & Faith game on Sunday, March 1 at the Budweiser Events Center. To request a custom group code (provide troop name/number), contact Ryan Nugent at 970-686-SHOT (7468) ext. 111.

Girl Scout Night with the CO Avalanche

February 13, Denver

Join us for Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche! All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. Cheer on the Avalanche as they take on the Washington Capitals.  The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to have a cookie booth at the game! Last year’s troop sold over 500 packages at their booth!

Girl Scout Day with CU Women’s Basketball

February 16, Boulder

Lady Buffs take on #1 Ranked Stanford at NOON. Doors open 11 am for activities with CU female athletes from various sports. Meet-and-greet following game. Girl Scouts in attendance receive special patch! Use promo code GIRLSCOUTS to purchase discounted tickets here.

Girl Scout Night with the Harlem Globetrotters

March 1, 2020, Colorado Springs

Troops that refer the most tickets could be highlighted on the court and/or invited to sell cookies outside the venue.

Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Resource Center

March 7, Woodland Park

All Girl Scouts and Girl Scout Leaders in uniform are FREE for this fun, interactive activity day! From 10am-4pm enjoy stations throughout the center No registration required. Visit rmdrc.com for more info.

Girl Scout Night at Disney on Ice

March 20, Colorado Springs

Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories at The Broadmoor World Arena Special Girl Scout section at the performance.

Girl Scout Night with South Metro Fire Rescue

March 30, 6-9 pm, Parker

Learn First-Aid with South Metro Fire’s First Responders, talk to firefighters about their jobs, and learn basic first aid skills. Registration will open in January.

Disney on Ice presents Celebrate Memories

April 3, Loveland

Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories at Budweiser Events Center at The Ranch. Use promo code TROOP online for discount pricing to 7pm performance.Seating chart and flyer.

Save the Date: CO Women’s Hall of Fame Patch Workshop

April 4, Grand Junction

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to earn a Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch. This new patch program launched in January 2019 to provide girls across the state an opportunity to learn the stories of women who shaped Colorado and our nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, and creativity.

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

April 18, Greeley

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at our first Northern Colorado program. Any girl in grades 6-12 is invited to the program. Emailcarol.griffin@gscolorado.org to be added to the interest list. Share save the date flier now! 

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City

Save the Date: Daisy Flower Garden Journey at Denver Botanic Gardens

May 17, Denver

Registration will open March 2020.