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Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, Feb. 23-25, 2018, with GSCO’s new Girl Scout S’mores contest. Together with Little Brownie Bakers, Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing two new ways for girls and troops to win big when promoting Girl Scout S’mores cookies!

Decorate your booth with a s’mores theme for a chance to win a Girl Scout Cookie costume and a jumbo cookie box filled with Girl Scout S’mores for you to enjoy. You are welcome to enter your booth into both the #BlingYourBooth contest and S’mores Booth contest as long as it has a s’mores theme. Two booths will be selected by an independent panel to receive the prize. The booth can take place at any time, but entries must be received between Feb. 23-25. To enter, just email a photo of your s’mores-themed booth to GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper, being sure to include a little information about your troop, your cookie sales strategy, and Hometown Hero. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

For troops, every two cases of Girl Scout S’mores taken from the cupboard or received via troop-to-troop transfer through the end of the cookie program will earn you an entry into a contest. Two troops will be chosen at random from the entries to receive a cookie costume and a jumbo cookie box filled with Girl Scout S’mores for their troop to enjoy.

S’mores selling tips

Be sure to lead with Girl Scout S’mores! Instead of asking customers “Would you like to buy Girl Scout Cookies?”, start the conversation with “I’ve got Girl Scout S’mores, would you like to try them? These cookies were so popular last year we sold out quickly.”

Four badges Juniors can earn during the Girl Scout Cookie Program

From Girl Scouts of the USA

When Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4–5) take part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they’re helping lead the largest entrepreneurial program for girls in the world. How? By learning essential life skills, setting (and crushing!) impressive goals, and using their cookie earnings to go on epic adventures and make the world a better place—wow!

Many of these incredible skills start with a Girl Scout badge, and we’re exploring all of them! Meet the Junior badges Girl Scouts can earn during cookie season.

After earning the Business Owner badge, Juniors will know the basic steps to plan and create a new business and how to turn their passions into a successful business venture. Once girls decide which type of business they’d like to run, they’ll explore the ins and outs by talking with local business owners to spark ideas and get answers to questions. A new business needs support to get off the ground! So, girls will learn all the ways a new business is financially supported, whether through bank loans or government assistance. Last, to get to know their customers, girls will dive into customer research to see how their new business will reach their community and provide it with a service it needs. Earn the Business Owner badge.

When Juniors earn the Savvy Shopper badge, they’ll know the difference between what they need and want to buy—and how to save for both. In a world of advertisers, social media influencers, and fast-moving trends, it can be hard to determine if that item on display is what you really want to spend your money on or if there is something better to invest in. Through this badge, Juniors will evaluate these important decisions and learn how to make smart spending choices that will benefit them for years to come. Earn the Savvy Shopper badge. 

Through the Cookie CEO badge, Juniors will know how to run all aspects of their cookie business—because they’re cookie bosses, of course! Through this badge, girls are challenged to break their cookie goal into smaller ones (like weekly sales goals) to make sure their troop is on the right track to reach the ultimate goal (like a summer at Girl Scout camp, perhaps?). The troop will work together by dividing up tasks among girls based on their individual skills. They will then put those skills into action when communicating with their customers, making a good impression and building community relationships at the same time. Earn the Cookie CEO badge. 

It’s key to get to know your customers, and through the Customer Insights badge, Juniors will have a better understanding what their cookie customers want, making business even stronger! First, girls will seek out the experts—maybe a local businesswoman who just happens to be a Girl Scout alum? Girls can ask her questions and get some pro tips. Then they’ll dig into research to figure out how to market their Girl Scout Cookies. Girls will create their own surveys and ask customers questions. And if customers still say, “no thanks” to Girl Scout Cookies? No worries! This badge will help girls turn a “no” into a useful business lesson so they improve and gain more confidence. Earn the Customer Insights badge. 

Has your Junior earned one of these awesome badges, but you don’t know where to place it on her vest or sash? Our new visual guide to Girl Scout Junior uniforms can help!

And this cookie season, have your Junior put her new skills to the test by entering Girl Scout Cookie Pro Contest 2018. Six winners (one per Girl Scout grade level) will be selected to win a trip to New York City for the ultimate Cookie Entrepreneur Experience and a spot on the iconic Girl Scout Cookie box! WHOA. Enter today.

Check out the other badges Girl Scouts can earn during cookie season by grade level:

Daisy Brownies | Cadettes | Juniors | Seniors | Ambassadors

My Promise, My Faith workshop

Submitted by Elizabeth Moore

Metro Denver

Evergreen

Girl Scouts are invited to earn their My Promise, My Faith pin with Congregation Beth Evergreen on Girl Scout Shabbat! We’ll walk you through the five steps of My Promise, My Faith with relation to Judaism, but you don’t have to be Jewish to participate or even earn the pin. You’re invited to join us for dinner beforehand and at our concert-like musical Shabbat experience afterward, but neither are necessary to earn the award. All participants will receive a special Girl Scout Shabbat patch. We look forward to having you!

The event is on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Space is limited. Please RSVP at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ea8a729abfb6-mypromise.

Congregation Beth Evergreen is located at 2981 Bergen Peak Drive in Evergreen.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

VFW Scout of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by GSCO Highest Awards Manager Aimee Artzer

Some of the VFW’s earliest ties to the community involve youth groups and perhaps none are stronger or more lasting than the relationship between the VFW and America’s scouting organizations. In fact, their partnership with the Boy Scouts of America dates back to 1915 when VFW Post 2100 helped to establish Troop 1 in Everett, Washington.

The Scout of the Year program provides members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who display standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country with the opportunity to be rewarded with college scholarships of up to $5,000.

WHO CAN ENTER

Scouts who are registered, active members of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or a Sea Scout Ship who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.

Scouts must be 15 years of age and have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting and the community.

Scouts must be enrolled in high school at the time of selection.

Note: All applicants still in high school who reach their 18th birthday during the nomination year remain eligible if otherwise qualified.

HOW TO ENTER

Scouts should download and submit a completed VFW Scouting Scholarship form, resume of high school activities, scouting record, community service record and letters of recommendation to a local VFW Post no later than March 1. Locate your local Post here.

Note: A Scout can enter through ONE VFW Post only.

HOW IT WORKS

Local VFW Posts submit all candidates with full entry criteria to their respective VFW Department (state) by April 1. From there, the Department selects a winner and forwards the
entry to the VFW National Headquarters by May 1 for national-level judging.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2018

ACCESS APPLICATION HERE: https://vfw-cdn.azureedge.net/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Scout-of-the-Year/ScoutoftheYearBrochureandEntryForm.pdf?la=en

2016/2017 WINNERS: https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/scout-of-the-year

 

Smart Cookie: Feb. 19, 2018

Last week to #BlingYourBooth

We had a beautiful holiday weekend to kick off council-sponsored booths and Girl Scouts were out selling in style! Did you #BlingYourBooth? Don’t forget to post a photo to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page with the hashtag #BlingYourBooth. Entries are due Feb. 22. First prize is $200 in Cookie Credits! Contest details and rules »

Have s’more fun and win

Let’s celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, Feb. 23-25, with GSCO’s new Girl Scout S’mores contest. Together with Little Brownie Bakers, Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing two new ways for girls and troops to win big when promoting Girl Scout S’mores cookies!

Decorate your booth with a s’mores theme for a chance to win a Girl Scout Cookie costume and a jumbo cookie box filled with Girl Scout S’mores for you to enjoy. You are welcome to enter your booth into both the #BlingYourBooth contest and S’mores Booth contest as long as it has a s’mores theme. Two booths will be selected by an independent panel to receive the prize. The booth can take place at any time, but entries must be received between Feb. 23-25. To enter, just email a photo of your s’mores-themed booth to GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper, being sure to include a little information about your troop, your cookie sales strategy, and Hometown Hero. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

For troops, every two cases of Girl Scout S’mores taken from the cupboard starting today through the end of the cookie program will earn you an entry into a contest. Two troops will be chosen at random from the entries to receive a cookie costume and a jumbo cookie box filled with Girl Scout S’mores for their troop to enjoy.

S’mores selling tips

Be sure to lead with Girl Scout S’mores! Instead of asking customers “Would you like to buy Girl Scout Cookies?”, start the conversation with “I’ve got Girl Scout S’mores, would you like to try them? These cookies were so popular last year we sold out quickly.”

Booth etiquette reminders

With the start of council-sponsored booths, it’s a good time to remind the girls and families in your troop about booth etiquette. Ask girls to be polite and thank people whether they purchase or not. Be courteous to arriving troops and have your table packed and ready to move at the end of your time slot. Clean up all trash and remove all empty cases. Remember that girls make all sales, but an adult should have the money on their person at all times.

Earn the Gift of Caring Patch

Salute America’s heroes by selling 50 (or more) packages of Gift of Caring Girl Scout Cookies between Sunday, Feb. 4, and Sunday, March 11, 2018. Any Girl Scout who does will receive a free, special-order fun patch after completing this online form. Be sure to include your goals and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and your troop. The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

This patch is for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only.

Important Dates

  • Feb. 23-25: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
  • March 11: Cookie program ends
  • March 13: Rewards orders due in eBudde

Girl Scout Cookies: A poem

Submitted by Claire and Stella

Metro Denver

Evergreen

Eight Girl Scout Cookies can be found this season –
Discover them all, here are a few great reasons.
Thin Mints are certainly our most popular every year,
They are vegan, crisp,  and chocolatey to make you cheer!
Are you a gigantic peanut butter fan?
Then, the crunchy Do-Si-Dos is definitely your brand.
If rich caramel and coconut flavors fill you with delight,
The striped Samoas will satisfy you with each chewy bite.
Perhaps, you prefer something that is classic and simple instead?
Trefoils are the cookies that taste like traditional shortbread.
How about a peanut butter layer with rich chocolate too?
Then, the popular Tagalong is the one for you.
If sipping afternoon tea describes your style
Pair it with a lemony Savannah Smile.
Are you outdoorsy and a marshmallow-roasting lover?
Then, the new S’mores cookie is one you must discover!
If gluten is really not your thing,
These Toffee-tastics will make you sing.
Most of these cost $4 a box;
$20 gets you FIVE – and that really rocks!
If you don’t want cookies or are watching your weight-
Donate to our Hometown Heroes to participate.
Girl Scouts have been selling cookies for a hundred years plus-
Thank you for supporting our program and adventurous girls like us!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Best Cookie Dad contest: My daddy is AMAZING

Submitted by Gina A.

Metro Denver

Commerce City

My name is Gina. This is my first year in Girl Scouts and I am a Brownie. I am so excited about all the cool stuff we are doing. I am most excited to go camping!

My daddy is so amazing. He volunteers his time to help with my troop’s cookie sales. He loaded his truck with our cookies to help get our sales started. He helps with our sales booths and brings lunch and hot cocoa to us when it’s cold. I love my daddy because he is so amazing!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.  Is your Cookie Dad the best? Tell us about him and he’ll win a cool prize!

Best Cookie Dad contest: Cookie dad kick-off

Submitted by Bianca M.

Metro Denver

My dad is always there to encourage me, help me, and congratulate me, and that’s why I think he’s the Best Cookie Dad. When I told him I wanted to be a Girl Scout, he said, “I think you’d be an amazing Girl Scout!”

When I told him I wanted to sleep over at the Girl Scout Pajama Jam, he said, “Sounds like fun, let’s all do it!”

And, when I told him I wanted to be the cookie top seller in my troop, he said, “Of course! I know you can do it.”

The first weekend of Girl Scout cookie season, my mom, who is a troop leader, was out of town. My dad drove an hour away to borrow a truck to help pick up our troop’s cookies from Elitch Gardens, and then he spent almost the whole day helping our cookie mom sort and hand out cookies.

The next day was Super Bowl Sunday, one of his favorite days of the year. But, we got up early to be the first ones in line at Sweet Cow Ice Cream, and I sold two cases of Samoas to them! Then, he helped me carry all the cookies in to sell at the Super Bowl party later that day, too.

When I told him I wanted to sell cookies at a booth, he stayed up late to help me paint and assemble a cookie booth out of crates. I know I’m going to be the top seller in my troop thanks to my dad.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.  Is your Cookie Dad the best? Tell us about him and he’ll win a cool prize!

Media Star delivers Girl Scout Cookies to police officers

Submitted by Amanda K.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Windsor

After the Greeley Tribune interviewed Bella about the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program, our phone started ringed off the hook! A number of friends called us, including Scott James, a local radio personality and the mayor of Johnstown. Scott wanted to buy $100 worth of Girl Scout Cookies to donate to the Windsor Police Department. He also wanted to buy $100 worth of cookies from a Johnstown Girl Scout to donate to the Johnstown Police Department.

Scott also put a call out on social media to all the local mayors in Northern Colorado challenging them to do the same.  Bella went on Tuesday morning and sold him 25 packages. On Wednesday afternoon, we met up with the Windsor Police Department to deliver the cookies on his behalf.

It was really fun. The officers were very grateful and Scott was very fun to be on air with!

Volunteer View: February 2018

Still looking for the perfect session for summer camp? Camp registration round two opens on March 1 at 9 a.m.! With round two, we’ll open up more spaces of popular sessions.
Can’t wait for summer? We’ve got lots of events coming up at our properties this spring, including:

More Camp

Highest Awards deadline is March 1

If your girls have completed their Bronze or Silver Award, submit the online notification to GSCO by March 1 to be invited to statewide Highest Awards Celebrations this spring. When you submit notification, you will also order pins, certificates, and letters of recognition for each girl. Online RSVPs for 2018 Highest Awards Celebrations will open in March.
Power Up Facilitator Training March 11
Learn to facilitate Power Up, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s anti-bullying program! Cadettes currently in grades 7-8, Seniors, Ambassadors, and adult volunteers can register for this training taking place at Sky High Ranch on March 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is $25 per person and will close on March 5. Troops are asked to send no more than 4 representatives.
New Resources added to VTK
Under the Volunteer Toolkit’s new Resources tab, you will find all the new Journeys and Badges content by program level, how to videos for new leaders, information guides to share with families, and so much more!
The new VTK Help Menu lets you click on the help button, browse the list of how-to topics or type in your question, and it will walk you through every step!
Recognize an amazing volunteer
Girl Scout volunteers are changing the lives of girls in their communities every day. Some volunteers go above and beyond all expectations and have a definite impact on not only their troop, but also their service unit and sometimes, the whole council. Acknowledge an outstanding volunteer that you know by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award.
Nominations are due on or before March 31.
The Membership Connection Committee (MCC) has issued a challenge to every service unit across Colorado to recognize at least one outstanding volunteer who has gone above and beyond this year.
MCC is seeking members from across Colorado, especially in the Denver Metro and Fort Collins areas. Learn about MCC qualifications and commitments oremail the MCC Chair for more information.
Are you a smart cookie?
Smart Cookie emails come out every Monday during the cookie program, and contain all the information you need for success. Are you not receiving Smart Cookie? Contact your VSS.

Catch up on this year’s cookie news »

Upcoming Events
Feb. 23: Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets
It’s our annual Girl Scout night and sleepover at the Pepsi Center. Enjoy discounted tickets and fun fan experiences after the game. The top three troops with the most ticket referrals by Feb. 16 will choose from prizes, including a cookie booth at the Pepsi Center after the game.

March 2: Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Avalanche 
Come cheer on the Avs as they take on the Minnesota Wild. The first 80 Girl Scouts, friends, and family who buy tickets through our link will get a special co-branded Avalanche/GSCO beanie. The Avs are offering a cookie booth before the game to the troop with the most ticket referrals by Feb. 16.

March 9-11: OAC Explorers at Keystone Science School
Sixth-grade Cadettes are welcome to join the Outdoor Adventure Club for a winter wonderland weekend at Keystone Science School. Activities will include cross-country skiing, show shoeing, and snow activity Olympics.

March 10: Sky High Ranch Open House
Visit Sky High before summer and get to know this beautiful property. Meet staff who will be there for summer camp. No registration necessary.

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