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Be a G.I.R.L. Media Star

We’re searching for G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders) to share their Girl Scout story and serve as Media Stars for the 2018-19 membership year.

What is a Media Star?

At the start of each Girl Scout year, Girl Scouts of Colorado trains girls from across the state to be Media Stars. They deliver the excitement (or do interviews) about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scout Camp, or other GSCO events/activities/news with area TV and radio stations, as well as newspapers. Here are just some of the media interviews Media Stars participated in during the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

To be a Media Star, a girl must be in 4th grade or above. From time to time, we need younger girls to help with media interviews. However, the Media Star program is reserved for girls in 4th grade and above.

How to get involved

Girls who want to be Media Stars should email public relations director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. Please include a brief essay (250 words or less) about how Girl Scouts has helped you unleash your inner G.I.R.L. Also, include a video (no more than a minute) in which you introduce yourself (first name only) and explain how Girl Scouts has helped you be a G.I.R.L. Here is an example:

“Hi! My name is AnneMarie and I am a Girl Scout Cadette from Arvada! Because I am a Girl Scout, I am an innovator. I had to think outside the box to meet my cookie goal. I hosted a drive-thru booth at a neighborhood business and sold cookies online using Digital Cookie.”

Girls 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them. Submissions from girls 13-years-old and older must be done by the girl. The best videos and essays will be shared on the GSCO blog and social media networks and must be received by October 1 at 9 a.m.

If you are selected to become a Media Star, you will be asked to participate in an individual, training session in November or December 2018. This training may be in-person or over the phone. During this training, girls will learn everything needed to be a successful Media Star. Even if you have participated in this program before, you must be trained each year if you want to participate in the program again.

** Note: This is a very popular program, so spots will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Power of Cookie: Trip to Catalina Island and Emerald Bay

Submitted by Lisa Herrmann

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Troop 74447 from Longmont saved up funds from three cookie seasons and made the trip to Catalina Island and camped at Emerald Bay. There were about 350 people at the camp and we were the only ones from Colorado! We competed in an Aqua Olympics and had a great time!

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

Power of cookie: Troop 64098 supports Special Olympics of Colorado

Submitted by Shannon Michel

Metro Denver

Centennial

Cadette Troop 64098 from Aurora/Centennial volunteered at the Special Olympics of Colorado’s Summer Classic in Colorado Springs. They brought 200 packages of Girl Scout Cookies donated through the Hometown Heroes program. These young ladies assisted at opening and closing ceremonies and events of tennis, bocce ball, and cycling.

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

Join the GSCO S’mores Club

The Girl Scouts of Colorado S’mores Club will return for the 2018-19 membership year! The S’mores Club is exclusively for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members and adult volunteers who rock BOTH the 2018 Fall Product and 2019 Girl Scout Cookie programs. Girls and adult volunteers (troop product program managers – one per person who qualifies) can earn a beautiful sterling silver bracelet with charms.

GSCO introduced this exclusive reward for S’mores Club members in 2017. Girls and adults who continue to achieve S’mores Club status will receive new charms for their bracelet special for the 2018-19 GSCO program year. New members to the S’mores Club will receive their bracelet along with the special charms unique to the 2018-19 GSCO program year.

Girls can also earn a special personalized patch. Qualifying troops can earn an exclusive booth selection opportunity during the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

To join the S’mores Club and earn the reward, a girl must:

  • Create an Avatar and sell 15 nut, candy items, and/or magazines online during the 2018 Fall Product Program
  • AND sell at least 300 packages of Girl Scout Cookies during the 2019 cookie program

An adult (troop product program managers – one per person who qualifies) can earn the reward:

  • If the troop reaches $350 or more in online sales during 2018 Fall Product Program
  • AND during the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program, the troop achieves a per girl selling average of 300 or more packages. (The per girl average is calculated based on the total number of packages a troop sells, divided by the number of selling girls in that troop.)

Note: The reward for adults is for a troop participation only. Juliettes can still qualify for the club and receive her personalized patch and bracelet. However, parents of Juliettes can NOT receive the bracelet or booth selection opportunity.

All members of the S’mores Club must meet the requirements for BOTH programs to qualify.

For more information, check our FAQs. https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2950897-s-mores-club-faqs

Colorado Girl Scouts featured in Girl Scout Cookie Program materials

If you notice something familiar about the materials for the 2019- 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program from Little Brownie Bakers, you should! The Girl Scouts and locations featured on posters, informational brochures, motivational videos, etc. are all from COLORADO!

In October of 2017, a team from LBB visited locations along the Front Range, including Tomahawk Ranch,  to feature Colorado Girl Scouts as true cookie entrepreneurs who shine as present and future leaders. Girl Scouts showcased how they use five Girl Scouting skills to reach their cookie goals and fund their big adventures.

To see more photos taken for the 2019- 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program, head to our Flickr page.

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Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) is part of Girl Scouts of the USA, the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. As one of 112 Girl Scout councils across the country, GSCO has a 100-year history of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Little Brownie Bakers is one of two bakers licensed by Girl Scouts of the USA and has been baking Girl Scout Cookies since 1973. Little Brownie Bakers’ mission is to provide cookies and support services of the highest quality to Girl Scout councils to help teach girls a wide range of life skills and generate income for Girl Scout troops and councils via the annual Cookie Program.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program® is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world and helps girls earn money for educational activities, community projects and travel opportunities. All net revenue raised from cookie sales (100 percent) stays with the local councils and troops.

 

Girl Scout Juniors create NICU Care Kits

All 14 Girl Scout Juniors of Troop 1631 from Highlands Ranch recently completed their biggest girl-led project yet! Many of the girls were in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) as babies, or have overcome some sort of medical challenge, so when completing the “Agent of Change” Journey, they wanted to do something to help children and families in the NICU at UCHealth. During the Journey, the girls talked about ways that they could make a difference individually, but with the help of their community, they could make an even bigger impact.

The project started with the intent of helping babies, and the girls invited a labor and delivery nurse to a meeting to talk with them about what happens when a baby is in NICU and what parents might experience.  Afterwards, the girls decided they wanted to make NICU Care Kits with the hopes of providing comfort to the parents, so they could focus on caring for their babies, and this nurse served as a consultant through the process.  The girls broke into three committees. One group was in charge of researching hospitals, and working with staff to coordinate logistics.  Another group researched items a parent might need and made suggestions on what should be included in the kits.  The third brainstormed ways to fund this project and obtain the items.

Once they narrowed down logistics, they delegated items for each girl to be responsible and were challenged to go out to the community and let others know what they were doing and ask for donations. Many businesses respectfully declined, but the girls were persistent and 85% of the items in the kits were donated.  This included pillows, toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss, shampoo/conditioner, preemie clothes, snack bars, note pads (so parents could journal the experience), and a few other comfort items.  The girls even found someone to knit and donate preemie hats.  They also chose to use a portion of their cookie money to purchase items they felt they were missing from the kits and still needed.  In the end, the girls assembled 20 NICU Care Kits, and had about 30 more partial kits of extras.

In alignment of the “Agent of Change” Journey, not only were the girls able to get their community involved, but they also learned more about the community. For example, some of the snack bars were donated by Don’t Go Nuts, a local company that produces snacks that are completely nut-free, from the moment the ingredients are grown until they are produced in the facility.  They learned that this company was founded by a 14-year-old girl, not much older than them. Because she had life-threatening peanut and tree nut allergies, she wanted wholesome snacks that you didn’t have to fear were contaminated.  This was relatable to the girls, and an opportunity for them to see another girl not much older or different from them making a difference.

The girls began this project in November 2017, but between research and planning, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and other troop events, they completed it when the kits were delivered to UCHealth on June 20, 2018. The girls have already received thank you letters from parents who received their kits.

Hello, 

I have a baby in the NICU in Denver. I received the sweetest care package from Junior Girl Scout Troop 1631 out of Highlands Ranch. It was amazingly thoughtful and practical. Thought you should know about the awesome work they’re doing. 

I’m also staying at the Ronald McDonald House Aurora while my baby is in the NICU. Every time we see the Girl Scouts on the volunteer list we get excited. They are always great dinners that you can tell the girls were helping to create ( not just adults doing it all). The troops I know about serving us dinner are Troop 2246 and Troop 3687. There was another and I’m sorry I don’t know what troop they were with. They made kabobs that were cooked to perfection. 

I just wanted to reach out so you can tell them we really do appreciate all they have done for us during this time. 

Sincerely, 

Annie and JD (and baby Joey)

Hello,

I received the sweetest care package today from your Girl Scout group and I just wanted to say thanks. I wasn’t able to meet the girls because I was holding my baby, but I was truly blessed by their effort and thoughtfulness. It really made my day. Please let them know that I’m so thankful they were here today, and to keep caring for others. 

Thank you!

Krisangela

 

Using your Cookie Credits is easier than you think

The 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program is in the books and now it is time to celebrate all of your hard work and dedication! One of the best ways to do that is with Cookie Credits. There are so many exciting ways to use Cookie Credits, including:

  • GSCO troop or service unit trip, event, or activity with a per girl fee
  • GSCO sponsored or hosted event or activity
  • EF Tours
  • Girl Scout destinations
  • Highest Awards materials and fees
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop (in-person or via phone). If the item you are looking for is not currently in stock, ask a retail associate if the item can be ordered.
  • Volunteer-run day camps or events with a per girl cost
  • GSCO summer camp (Important Note: In accordance with IRS guidelines, you cannot use Cookie Credits to attend Girl Scout camps in other states/councils.)

Troops and girls can be reimbursed for these activities using the Cookie Credit Reimbursement Form. When redeeming the credits use the Credit Redemption Form for Camp.

Cookie Credits may NOT be used to pay for/renew membership, pay fees to outside vendors for individual girls, purchase items that the Girl Scout shop does not carry or cannot order, or pay for travel expenses for adults or those not related to Girl Scouts of Colorado.

For questions about what Cookie Credits can be used for, please contact: financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can I use Cookie Credits to attend a Girl Scouts of Colorado-sponsored or hosted event/activity?

Yes, as long as there is a per girl cost.

Can I use Cookie Credits to host an event for Girl Scouts?

No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can troops use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?

No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can Juliettes use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?

No.

How can I find out how much I have in Cookie Credits?

You can verify the amount remaining on your cookie card by going to www.mercury-gift.com

I was previously told that I could use Cookie Credits to renew membership, so why is GSCO making this change? 

This change was made in 2016 to come into compliance with IRS regulations. Those regulations do not allow girls, volunteers, or others to pay for their membership with Cookie Credits.

Can troops pool their cookie credits together to pursue a troop activity? 

Yes, with the full consent of the girls in the troop, a troop may pool their Cookie Credits for reimbursement for a Girl Scout related cost that complies with the guidelines above.

Hometown Hero donation to Colorado Parks and Wildlife game wardens

Submitted by Laura Hopkins

Metro Denver

Littleton

The Cadettes of Troop 60074 decided to make game wardens (wildlife officers) in the Colorado Parks and Wildlife division one their Hometown Heroes this year! Since most of the game wardens don’t work out of an office, the girls delivered the Girl Scout Cookies as a surprise during their monthly regional staff meeting. The game wardens were so happy to get cookies! Their supervisor told us that no one had ever given them cookies in the 14 years she’d been there! We were so glad the girls chose to give them some cookie love! The game wardens loved them back with goodie bags filled with stuffed animals in Colorado Parks and Wildlife t-shirts, prairie bird identification books, Colorado wildlife identification books, and calendars. It felt so great to pick some Hometown Heroes that don’t get much recognition!

The girls also donated cookies to the park rangers and volunteers at Barr Lake State Park, and the staff at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife SOLE (Schools & Outdoor Learning Environments) program. All these Hometown Heroes were great choices, especially since our troop is busy working on our “Outdoor” Journey!

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

Cast your vote for the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program rewards

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Product Program Team is currently preparing for the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program. We want to give girls and volunteers a chance to cast their vote on rewards for the program. Please click on this to link access our online voting tool. The survey will only be open until Friday, June 29, 2018 so vote now!