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Weekly Cookie Updates – Feb. 9

Valued Cookie Crew,

Oh, yes, it’s Cookie time, and we got the sale off to a great start this weekend, with much thanks to you and your families!

Get ready for booth sales
Council Booth Sales start on Friday, but remember you’re not limited to these locations. We’ve already seen tons of My Sale Booths, so keep up the creative selling and finding new opportunities for girls to sell! Get them in eBudde to increase traffic for these entrepreneurial sales.

Let’s be clear on online promotion
Girl Scouts of Colorado realizes that the way our volunteers and families communicate is online, and we want them to be free to promote their daughter’s cookie sale on any online sites their family chooses. This includes Facebook, Facebook Groups, Craigslist and media advertising. We ask that you involve your daughter in the sale as much as possible so she gains the Five Skills. Never provide personal information on girls online, and remember cookies can’t be sold at prices higher than the council sets — $5.50 for Toffee-tastic and $4 for all other varieties.

Digital Cookie
Digital Cookie is off to a great start also! If your families need help, Digital Cookie has an excellent support team that is available 24/7 here.

Questions?
Call in for our weekly product sales Q&A and support call Tuesday  Feb.10 6-7 p.m. (Participant code: 8356992476)

Go smart cookies, go!!

Upcoming Q&A sessions:

Feb. 10 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 8356992476)

Feb. 17 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 6457806544)

Feb. 24 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 6457806544)

March 3 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 6764837160)

March 10 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 8946055414)
March 17 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 4511610179)

*Note: the link will take you to a web based application, some systems will need a quick download of additional software to run the application. You will need an internet connection, and computer speakers and microphone. If you cannot hear the meeting through your computer, please use the 866-232-8977 conference phone number and enter the participant code provided above.

Why my Daddy is the best Girl Scout Dad

Submitted by Deyanira Smith
Colorado Springs
Pikes Peak

It’s my first year as a Girl Scout, and I’m already so grateful and happy. My daddy is in the Army and he takes care of my brother while Mommy and I spend time together at meetings. He makes my favorite meals for dinner, usually extra Sloppy Joes and has it ready for when we get home after meetings. He is the best, because I know he’s tired from work, but he loves me and wants me to be the best I can and better the world by bettering myself.

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

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies: Thin Mint Bars

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Submitted by Jessica Herstein
Highlands Ranch
Denver Metro

Ingredients:
3/4 cups + 1 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 large egg
1 + 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup crushed thin mints
1 cup crushed graham crackers
2 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp vanilla pudding powder or custard powder
2 cups powdered sugar
2 drops of green food coloring
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

Directions:
Line a 9×9 or 9×10 pan with foil, spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
1. In a saucepan, under low heat, melt 1/2 cup butter. Add 1/4 cup sugar and 1/3 cup cocoa. Blend together. Wisk in 1 beaten egg over low heat, a little at a time. Stir for 2 minutes, until mixture thickens. Take off heat and add 1 tsp vanilla, 1 cup coconut, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup crushed thin mints and 1 cup graham crackers. Spread into pan and press flat. Cool 1 hr.

2. Beat 1/4 cup butter until fluffy. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla, 2 tbsp milk or cream, 2 tbsp pudding powder, 2 cups of icing sugar and a few drops of food coloring. Spread evenly over 1st layer. Cool 30 minutes.

3. Melt 1 tbsp butter with 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave. Spread over 2nd layer. Refrigerate until set.

4. Lift foil out of pan, heat knife in hot water and score top of chocolate before cutting.

This was submitted as part of the “Cooking with Cookies” recipe contest. To find out how you can enter, click here.

Past recipient of GSCO camp grant donates to fund for others

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Erin, left, enjoying one of her Tomahawk adventures.

Girl Scout spirit of gratitude and generosity shines

Erin had experienced the magic of Girl Scout summer overnight camp for several years when a family financial crisis stood in the way of her being able to attend again in 2011. Career transitions and mounting major medical bills created budget strain and dried up the family’s expendable income. Ten-year-old Erin’s family was not tremendously outdoorsy, and she had developed a true love of the outdoors at her summers at Tomahawk Ranch. She begged her parents to go again; but there was no money to send her. Erin sold cookies, but Cookie Credits were not enough to pay her way. Reluctantly, the family applied for and received a grant from Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO).

Over the next three summers, Erin was able to get away from the stress caused by financial issues and medical conditions that affected the whole family and be a normal girl having grand adventures with other girls at camp, gaining independence and confidence.

“Girl Scout camp has always been the best part of summer to me. Driving up the dirt road to lush green mountain tops would never fail to bring a smile to my face. My favorite memories are of hiking, riding horses and meeting new people that would soon grow to be dear friends to me,” said Erin, now 13. ” I was always worried that maybe next year would be the year that we weren’t able to get a scholarship to be able to go to Girl Scout camp, but that never happened. Year after year, I was able to continue seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and trying new activities. I am so grateful for the scholarship we got so I could experience the excitement and adventure of Girl Scout camp.”

Fast forward to 2014, when Erin’s dad landed a great job in New Jersey, and the family moved to the East Coast. Now, the family is doing well financially, and they’re in a position where they can help Girl Scouts of Colorado to make camping dreams come true for another girl whose family needs help paying for camp. The GSCO staff was so touched to receive a generous donation from Erin’s family, and news that her father’s company would triple the gift with their matching program.

“We were able to provide time for our daughter to just be a girl and have a fun summer through the generosity of Girl Scouts of Colorado, and we can’t thank you enough,” said Erin’s mother, Seana. “The way I was brought up and how I’m bringing up my kids is that when someone helps you and you’re in a better place, you pay it back to thank people for what they’ve done.”

Seana remarked about how easy and comfortable GSCO made the process and that no one treated Erin differently because it was all done confidentially in the office. No one at camp knew that Erin was there on a grant.

Girl Scouts of Colorado awards more than $100,000 every year in opportunity grants, including grants to help families with up to 80 percent of a summer camp fee, no matter what their financial struggles are. If your family needs some help this year, don’t be afraid to ask. You will be asked to contribute what you can, but we are here to help make sure every girl can have a Girl Scout summer camp leadership experience. For more info on camp grants and other financial assistance, visit http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/financial-assistance.

Welcome to GSCO Blog

 

Girl Scouts can do anything and everything they set their hearts and minds to! You’ll find it all here.  From members sharing their adventures to Highest Award honorees describing their projects and news from council, cookie updates, travel opportunities, volunteer tips and much, much more.

Weekly cookie update – Feb. 4

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Hello cookie crew,

This season we’ll be sharing a weekly top updates list with you to keep you up to speed — thanks to you, it’s going to be an amazing 2015 Cookie Sale! All updates will be archived on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Blog so you can find the info you want, exactly when you need it.

  • Remind your girls and families to set up their Digital Cookie personal sale webpages. It’s a great cookie business tool! If girls, parents or customers need help, Digital Cookie has an excellent support team that is available 24/7 here.
  • Saturday is the day we’ve all been waiting for – Cookie Delivery Day! We aim to make pick ups quick and easy for you! Remember to: Login to eBudde to print out your confirmation and bring it with you to pick up cookies; and make sure you have enough empty cars to fit your cookies in, and please no kiddos or pets.
  • And the day we’ve all really been waiting for – Sunday is Cookie Sale Go Day. Please, don’t take pre-orders, on your honor, but do share that cookies are coming on your Social Media sites and get friends and family excited!
  • Looking for more booth sales for your girls? Get creative to find businesses in your community where you can have My Booth Sale Sites. Then make sure they get into the Cookie Locator so customers can find the cookies!
  • New this year, every Tuesday evening your council Product Sales staff will hold statewide Q&A and support sessions. Everyone is welcome — we are here for you! You have two choices on how to connect – online or by phone @ 866-232-8977.

Upcoming sessions:

Feb. 10 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 8356992476)

Feb. 17 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 6457806544)

Feb. 24 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 6457806544)

March 3 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 6764837160)

March 10 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 8946055414)
March 17 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 4511610179)

*Note: the link will take you to a web based application, some systems will need a quick download of additional software to run the application. You will need an internet connection, and computer speakers and microphone. If you cannot hear the meeting through your computer, please use the 866-232-8977 conference phone number and enter the participant code provided above.

Save the date! Highest Awards Celebrations planned across the state

 

We are so excited to gather all across the state to recognize and celebrate girls who have earned the Highest Awards in Girl Scouting. Check for an event near you, mark your calendars and help us commend these girls of courage, confidence and character! Please RSVP for the event you intend to join using the links provided.

Pikes Peak Highest Awards Celebration

May 15 6:30pm Penrose House Garden Pavilion 1661 Mesa Avenue Colorado Springs

RSVP here

Western Slope Highest Awards Celebration

May 1 Roper Ballroom 6:30pm 136 N. 5th Street, Grand Junction

RSVP here

Boulder Area Highest Awards and Bridging Ceremony

April 26 2pm Mountain View Methodist Church 355 Ponca Place Boulder

RSVP here

Denver Metro Highest Awards Celebration

April 28 7pm Faith Bible Chapel Atruim 12189 W 64th Ave, Arvada

RSVP here

Northern Colorado Highest Awards Celebration

April 24 5:30pm The Ranch- McKee Building 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland

RSVP here

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients January 2015!

Silver AwardAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Our annual spring celebrations are now in full swing! Friends and family are invited to attend any of the following celebrations. Please RSVP for all events online: girlscoutsofcolorado.org/highest-awards-rsvp

  • Northern Colorado (Boulder), April 26th. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bridging Celebration, RSVP before April 20th.
  • Denver Metro (Arvada), April 28. Silver and Gold Recognition (Bronze encouraged to attend), RSVP before April 15th.
  • Western Slope (Grand Junction), May 1st. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 24th.
  • Pikes Peak (Colorado Springs), May 15th. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before May 5th.
  • Fort Collins, TBD.

Silver Award Recipients January 2015

Troop40920 – Colorado Springs
Claire Murphy
Troop50256 – Littleton
Abigail Orton
Troop60470 – Aurora
Nicole Reiser
Tatum Campbell
Troop63068 – Aurora
Elizabeth Stacks
Juliana Davis
Karina Tatarka
Madalyne Heiken
Toptim Duffy
Vanessa Maldonado
Troop70552 – Frederick
Aileen Arroyo
Kaylee Congdon

Congratulations to the Bronze Award Recipients January 2015!

Bronze_Award_Starburst_HRAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Our annual spring celebrations are now in full swing! Friends and family are invited to attend any of the following celebrations. Please RSVP for all events online: girlscoutsofcolorado.org/highest-awards-rsvp

  • Northern Colorado (Boulder), April 26th. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bridging Celebration, RSVP before April 20th.
  • Denver Metro (Arvada), April 28. Silver and Gold Recognition (Bronze encouraged to attend), RSVP before April 15th.
  • Western Slope (Grand Junction), May 1st. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 24th.
  • Pikes Peak (Colorado Springs), May 15th. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before May 5th.
  • Fort Collins, TBD.

Bronze Award Recipients January 2015

Troop43591 – Monument
Ashley Ellis
Mackenzie Roehrig
Morgan Scarsbrook
Nicole Antosh
Nicole McCloskey
Olivia Smith
Troop62074 – Parker
Callie Rhyne
Hannah Worland
Kylie Willstatter
Lindsay Phillips
Peyton Tinsley
Rachel Zwerenz
Sophia Brabec
Troop72021 – Longmont
Alexandra Clement
Elizabeth Cronin
Emma Bovard
Grace Bator
Gracey Oberg
Margaret Adams
Mia Gamber

14 inches of snow, 30 Girl Scout sisters make for perfect winter camp

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Submitted by Jill Marostica

Rye

Southwestern Colorado

As the time for Winter Camp at Lazy Acres approached, I worried that there might not be enough snow. I also worried that the furnace would go out, the patches wouldn’t arrive, there wouldn’t be enough food, and on and on. You see, as the volunteer director, I wanted everything to be perfect.

The first thing I did every morning was check the weather on my phone. Sun, sun, sun, with zero percent chance of precipitation. Then one morning things began to change. A slight chance, then a 20% chance , then a 50% chance. A week before camp it looked like I could stop worrying, and I did. Three days before camp, it snowed 14 new, wonderful inches!

The morning of the first day of camp, Lazy Acres looked like a Thomas Kinkade painting. I was excited, and as the first participants arrived, I could tell they were too.

After some housekeeping and a few get to know you activities, the fun in the snow began. Sledding, archery, snow shoeing, snowman and igloo building were just some of the activities we did. When we got cold we warmed up by the fire in the Lodge with a cup of hot chocolate, then back out in the snow we went.

The second day was more of the same, and all too soon it was time to say good bye. One by one the troops packed up and began their hike to their vehicles, but not before they had one more time down that sled run!

In my mind, Winter Camp had been perfect. Not because the furnace didn’t go out, or there were patches. Not because there was plenty of food. It was perfect because thirty girl scout sisters got together for a weekend and laughed, sang, played, got to know each other and made memories at that beautiful camp. Oh, and because there was snow, it was perfect because there was snow!

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