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Smart Cookie: February 11, 2019

Are you ready for council booth sales?

Friday marks the first day of council booths and Girl Scouts will be selling in front of grocery stores, big box retailers, and other retail locations across the state. This is our most visible time of the year, and a great chance for girls to practice their entrepreneurial skills! Share this two-sided sheet with girls and families for tips on how to answer “Why Girl Scouts?” like a pro! Troop volunteers can also take a look at this  Booth Essentials sheet to prepare for scenarios that sometimes come up while selling cookies.

Make sure you head to your booths with everything you’ll need.

  • Print out and bring a copy of your booth sign-up confirmation.
  • Plenty of cookies
  • Booth inventory sheet to track purchases or a device with a booth sale recorder app
  • Table and chairs
  • Tablecloth
  • $60 in change
  • Pen to detect counterfeit bills
  • Any booth posters or decorations to bling your booth

Booths are an awesome opportunity for girls to learn and practice the 5 Skills. It’s a safe environment where girls can try a new pitch, bundle cookies, and really push their Hometown Hero and Gift of Caring donation options. Guide girls in their strategies, but always remember that girls make all sales! Don’t forget to review booth etiquette with your girls, too.

Bundle up for big sales

Cookie bundles are a great way to increase sales, and the first weekend of council booths offers plenty of creative bundle possibilities. Make an ever-popular “chocolate lovers” bundle by using some pretty ribbon to tie a package of Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and Samoas together for $12- or add a box of S’mores to make it $17. In honor of President’s Day weekend, offer customers a patriotic bundle by packaging the red Tagalongs package together with the blue Trefoils, and top them with a white bow.

Make sure your customers know they can also make a Gift of Caring donation to send cookies to our military serving overseas. Challenge those who care a lot to send a whole case!

Check your inventory 

Now is a good time to check in with your girls and families to see how they are doing on inventory. Cookie Cupboards are open around the state if you need to restock. Please check your local cupboard hours in eBudde and try to give one week’s notice for orders to be filled. You must put orders in at least 72 hours prior to picking up from the cupboard. If you need cookies before 72 hours, please work with families in your troop or other troops in your area who may have excess inventory. Be mindful that many cupboards are managed by volunteers and will have varying hours. It is important to note that anyone who picks up cookies from a cupboard will need an eBudde password.

Gift of Caring patch

Salute America’s heroes by selling 50 (or more) packages of Gift of Caring Girl Scout Cookies by Sunday, March 10, 2019. Any Colorado Girl Scout who does will receive a free, special-order fun patch after completing the online form. Be sure to include your goals and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and/or your troop. The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Best cookie video deadline

The deadline for the Best Cookie Video contest is Tuesday, February 12.  All entries will be uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado YouTube channel, and the video that receives the most “thumbs up” by 9 a.m. February 21 wins!

  • First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits
  • Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits
  • Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

#BlingYourBooth is back!

With council booths beginning on Friday, this is the perfect weekend to Bling Your Booth for the chance to win up to $200 in Cookie Credits! Pick a theme to decorate your cookie booth and snap a photo. Entries are due February 21. Contest details and rules.

Upcoming Dates

Feb. 15

Council booths begin

Feb. 22-24

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

March 10

Cookie program ends

March 12

Rewards orders due in eBudde

Finding her place in Colorado

Submitted by Jaime F.

Metro Denver

Aurora

My daughter Claire is a military brat and second year Brownie that recently moved to Colorado from Washington state. I’m sharing this with you because she has had such a hard time since we had to leave her troop back in Washington this past summer. We weren’t sure if we would be able to find “the one” troop for her here. That recently changed. Ruby (our GSCO placement specialist) found her a new home with Troop 67285 out of Aurora. Her new troop leaders, Shelly and Amy, invited us to come meet them and pick up cookies. They embraced and included my daughter like she has been theirs all along. The girls that were there for cookie pick-up were kind and inclusive and played with her like they were long lost sisters. They are the perfect example of what being a Girl Scout is. We are so excited to continue her journey with Girl Scouts in Colorado now. Her smile says it all.

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

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Always there and supports me

 

Submitted by Ashley A.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Mead

My dad has always supported me in Girl Scouts. He wears his “Man enough to be a Girl Scout” tshirt a lot.

He helps me sell cookies every year and it has been three years. We moved from Illinois to Colorado and I found a troop here that camps in tents. He was willing to donate and lend his personal camping gear to help my troop camp. He offers to be a member, if needed, and he would be there in a heartbeat. He even gave his van to us for a camp-out because at the last minute we needed another car for transportation.

His smile and friendly sales pitch has helped me already sell over 200 packages of cookies and that was my first day selling. My mom is a leader and is always there, so my dad does not have to go out of his way to help me, but he still does. I am very lucky to have such a great dad!

I was brave enough to join a Colorado troop when my family moved. I wanted to sell more cookies this year, so I made a poster and set up at a corner near my church. I made new friends at my troop, church, and new school. Since I joined my new Colorado troop, in just one year I went kayaking, hiking, tent and tabin camping, paddle boarding, and participated in a parade and flag ceremony. I have already attended Magic Sky Ranch and Meadow Mountain Ranch camps and I am hoping to go to a new one this year. Girl Scouts has taught me how to make friends, be brave, and try new things. I am a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader) in Girl Scouts and proud of it.

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

2019 Best Cookie Video contest: Maible Grace’s cookie video

Submitted by Maible Grace M., Daisy Troop 77904

I love Girl Scout Daisies! We do it all, from crafts, robotics, and tea parties to day hikes and weekend campouts. My troop and I are working to earn money for new adventures, including more campouts and an overnight at the Denver Zoo!

I may sometimes have a hard time saying the word “entrepreneur,” but that’s what I am. Through the cookie program, I am working toward a goal and gaining confidence with every sale I make.

I hope to sell at least 525 packages of cookies, including 50 or more packages in donations for the food pantry at Our Center in Longmont. This would be nearly twice as many cookies as I sold last year in my first year of cookie sales.

Watch my video here: https://youtu.be/Z9SJFueDzac

To enter this year’s “Best Cookie Video Contest,” just email your video, along with a brief story and your cookie goal, to Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

2019 Best Cookie Video contest: Coreena’s cookie video

Cookie sales are really fun. I want to sell a lot of cookies and have a lot of fun.  I am hoping to get a lot of cookies donated.  We will be delivering them to a local food bank!  If we reach our goal, we get to go to Great Wolf Lodge and donate to Children’s Hospital.  I’m working really hard and asking everyone to please buy some cookies!

Watch my video here: https://youtu.be/HvI_Q99sVpA

To enter this year’s “Best Cookie Video Contest,” just email your video, along with a brief story and your cookie goal, to Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

 

2019 Best Cookie Video contest: Jordyn’s cookie video

My name is Jordyn. I am 11-years-old and I did a cookie video with my younger sister, Madelynne, who is 9-years-old. The song in the video is what we sing at our booths. It’s cool to hear it echo downtown and it attracts a lot of customers. We like to sing and dance at our booths to get customers’ attention and to stay warm.

Our cookie goals this year are 2,000 packages each! We really want to attend two camps this summer and selling that many packages would help get us there! We made a plan with our parents and we are ready to reach the goals we have made. It’s a lot of hard work but we won’t give up.

Watch my video here: https://youtu.be/LFRCCBKXqvA

To enter this year’s “Best Cookie Video Contest,” just email your video, along with a brief story and your cookie goal, to Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

2019 Best Cookie Video contest: Ashla’s cookie video

This year, I want to sell 500 packages of Girl Scout Cookies, but I would prefer to sell 1,000, so I can go to Girl Scout Camp. A friend I met at Girl Scout Camp last year and I coordinated it so we could go to the same camp and I am working hard to get there. Our camp is called “Brave the Elements” and we are going to learn about a lot of different outdoor activities.  I am doing booth sales on the weekends, after school, and at my karate dojo. I try to stay active and do a lot of things like gymnastics, dance, the school musical, two choirs, karate, and Girl Scouts. I also like volunteering at the food bank and try to go once a month. I like cookie sales because it helps me learn a lot and set goals. Please like and share my video and help me reach my goal!

Watch my video here: https://youtu.be/Mu9UBOeLmt8

To enter this year’s “Best Cookie Video Contest,” just email your video, along with a brief story and your cookie goal, to Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

A sister to every Girl Scout

Submitted by Shannon Michel

Metro Denver

Centennial

How do you show that you’re a sister to every Girl Scout? Cadette Emily from Troop 4098 met a Brownie from Troop 6368 selling in the same neighborhood and they bought cookies from each other!

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

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Cookie Dad 101

Submitted by Kate Harvie

Western Colorado

Montrose

Mark Hanson is already rocking cookies in 2019! He hosted the cookie education and tasting station at the 2019 Montrose Cookie Camp Rally. Mark was the hero of the day, helping set up every station and he taught the girls to roll up a tent from their skit props. Mark is a hero in Troop 17122

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Suncor purchases 6,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies

Thank you to Suncor for their generous support of Colorado Girl Scouts and the Girl Scout Cookie Program! Suncor purchased 6,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies from a Denver troop. The Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs will be given to customers at Top Dog Car Wash locations around the state. To find a Top Dog Car Wash location near you, click here: Suncor Retail Car Wash Site List 2019-01-30