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February 2021 Badge Series: Registration is NOW Open

Sign up for our Badge Series program in February 2021 to earn badges related to philanthropy. This program is the perfect complement to the work you are doing through the Girl Scout Cookie Program to learn about being an entrepreneur and philanthropy!

We will kick off the month of February with leaders and girls accessing the courses on our new Google Classroom site. Login information will be sent in the evening of February 2!

Badges for this month are:

If you are not a member of Girl Scouts of Colorado, you can register your girl by accessing our nationwide registration form: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/badge_series_girl_scouts_nationwide_virtual_2020_2021

The deadline to register is Monday, February 1.

Questions? Email MaryKatherine.Thorn@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Cookies Get Even Sweeter in New Specialty Desserts Created by Award-Winning Chefs from Crafted Concepts Restaurants

What’s better than Girl Scout Cookies? Delicious desserts featuring your favorite cookies, created by award-winning chefs at four of Denver’s best-known restaurants! You can find the following desserts at Crafted Concepts restaurants starting January 31 through March 7:

  • Coconut Panna Cotta, a coconut panna cotta with chocolate ganache, caramel sauce, and a shortbread cookie, made from Samoas will be available at Stoic & Genuine (1701 Wynkoop in Denver’s Union Station).
  • Peanut Butter Do-si-Dos Flan with a caramel popped sorghum will be available at Ultreia (1701 Wynkoop in Denver’s Union Station).
  • Lemon-Ups Meringue Cheesecake, a vanilla cheesecake with lemon curd and a Lemon-Ups crumb crust, will be available at Rioja (1431 Larimer Square in Denver).
  • Thin Mint Mousse Torte, a dark chocolate mousse with mint ganache and candied mint leaves, will be available at Bistro Vendôme (1420 Larimer Square in Denver).

“Our pastry chefs unleashed their creative talents and came up with these amazing desserts incorporating Girl Scout Cookies,” said Beth Gruitch, co-owner of the restaurants. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Colorado.”

Crafted Concepts, owner of Stoic & Genuine, Ultreia, Rioja, and Bistro Vendôme, will donate $1 from each dessert sold to Girl Scouts of Colorado to help fuel our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Restaurant patrons are encouraged to share photos of these specialty desserts on social media and tag Girl Scouts of Colorado and Crafted Concepts. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GirlScoutCookieDessertChallenge. Additionally, diners will receive a Cookie Dessert Passport, including a link to each recipe. Those who try the signature dessert at each restaurant, share a photo of their completed passport on social media, and tag Girl Scouts of Colorado and Crafted Concepts will be entered to win a year’s supply of Girl Scout Cookies and a gift card good to any of the Crafted Concepts restaurants.

“This cookie season looks different for Girl Scouts just like times are very different for the restaurants we love.  We are honored to be joining forces with four of Denver’s top restaurants to support one another through this unique partnership,” said Leanna Clark, CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado.  “We’ve all been through a lot this year and could use some comfort food! We hope the community will turn out to support our girls and enjoy the remarkable desserts Crafted Concepts’ chefs have created using our cookies as inspiration.”

Also, starting January 31, you will be able to purchase Girl Scout Cookies from Girl Scouts across Colorado. In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, girls are adapting their sales methods to include safe and innovative ways for customers to get their favorite cookies. They include:

  • Hosting virtual and drive-thru cookie booths. You can text COOKIES to 59618 (message and data rates may apply) or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for free on iOS or Android devices to find booths in your area.
  • Making porch drop-offs to friends and family.
  • Creating their own websites using the Digital Cookie platform to take online orders. If you know a Girl Scout, reach out to her to get the link to her website. If you don’t know a Girl Scout, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org/cookies on February 1 to purchase cookies to be shipped to you from a local Girl Scout troop or to be donated to local nonprofits or the military.

Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Dos-Si-Dos, and Lemon-Ups are $4/package. S’mores and gluten-free Toffee-tastic are $5/package. The 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program ends Sunday, March 7.

About Crafted Concepts

Founded in 2004 by James Beard award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski and her business partner Beth Gruitch, Crafted Concepts boasts a collection of four award-winning restaurants clustered in Larimer Square and Denver Union Station. Locals and visitors alike explore the culinary creativity of the flagship Rioja or choose the French influenced Bistro Vendôme, the foods of the Iberian Peninsula countries of Spain and Portugal at Ultreia or the freshest sustainable seafood in Denver at Stoic & Genuine. More info at craftedconceptsdenver.com

2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program: Council Booth Selection Dates Changed; My Sales Booths Options

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado has decided to move the council booth selection dates forward from Monday, January 25, 2021 to Thursday, January 28. See all booth selection round dates listed below.

In previous years, most council booth partners ask Girl Scouts of Colorado to wait until January to confirm booth locations. It’s not unusual to have the majority of our council booth options secured right before the troop booth selection process opens up in eBudde.

However, we have been experiencing delays in confirming council level cookie booth locations such as King Soopers, City Market, Safeway, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and GNC.

We have secured some locations with Walmart, Joann’s, and GNC, but we are still in contract/agreement talks with these locations and are hopeful we will receive additional permissions for more booth locations soon.

Due to the delays in confirming some council locations though, we have made the decision to move the dates of the council booth selection rounds ahead.

Booth selection rounds are open in eBudde from 6 – 11:59 p.m. (MST) on the dates listed below.

Booths must be selected during time slots for each round. They cannot be added by council to a troops’ booth tally between rounds.

  • Wednesday, January 27 – S’mores Club Exclusive Booth Pick
  • Thursday, January 28– Booth Round 1 – each troop will receive one booth selection.
  • Friday, January 29 – Booth Round 2 – each troop will receive two booth selections.
  • Monday, February 1 – Booth Round 3 – each troop will have a limit of up to ten booth selections in total.
  • Monday, February 8 – Booth Round 4 – each troop will have a limit of up to 20 booth selections, in addition to booths already selected.

My Sales Booths

Local business owners want to support girls throughout this cookie season!

Troops have already secured My Sales booth locations and those locations have been entered and approved in eBudde. If you’re not sure how to make the request for a My Sales Booth and get it approved, talk with your service unit cookie manager (SUCM).

You know which businesses are popular your community! Make the ask for My Sales booth locations of those business owners first.

If the location has great visibility and a large parking lot, ask the business owner if you could set-up a drive-thru booth.

Here’s some suggested My Sales booth locations:

  • Outside favorite restaurants and local shops
  • Micro-breweries and liquor stores*
  • Libraries
  • Parks and playgrounds
  • School/college parking lots
  • Places of worship parking lots
  • Business parking lots closed on weekend days (i.e., banks, dentist office)

*Girl Scouts of Colorado allows troop leaders and families to determine the best location for My Sales. All My Sales sites are subject to approval and they will not be denied only on the fact they may be located near an adult-oriented business.

To support  adults and girls working cookie booths, GSCO created a Booth Guide that includes booth basics as well as detailed safety guidelines and booth set-up example diagrams – plus tips to help make every cookie booth a success!

Check out the complete booth guide, booth mini guides, and tip sheets on the GSCO website Cookie Resources page.

Drop In for a Cookie Chat

Have questions or need additional support? Join the Product Program Specialist team for open discussions on different topics every Wednesday at noon or at 6 p.m.

No need to register, just click the link and join the team to talk about all things cookie!

Be a Cookie Video Rockstar to Win Big During the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program 

Digital Cookie is a safe, easy, and fun way for Girl Scouts to meet (and exceed) their cookie goals! For the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program, Digital Cookie will open on January 17 and will allow customers to request girl delivery. Girls can begin taking orders for delivery ahead of the January 31 go-day.

A customized Digital Cookie site will attract even more customers and increase sales, so savvy Girl Scouts will want to include a sales pitch video. After uploading the video to your site, be sure to enter the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s “Best Cookie Video Contest.” This year’s winner will receive 200 Cookie Credits!

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

If your video is too large to send via email, you can send a DropBox or Google Drive link. All entries must be received by 9 a.m. February 12, 2021. After your video is received, it will be uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado YouTube channel. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by 9 a.m. February 24 wins! *** Note: You must send the original file for your video to be included. Links to videos hosted on YouTube sites other than GSCO will not be accepted.

First Prize: 200 Cookie Credits

Second Prize: 100 Cookie Credits

Third Prize: 50 Cookie Credits

Girl Scouts 12-years-old and younger can have a parent/caregiver help them make their video. Videos submitted by Girl Scouts 13-years-old and older must be girl-done. VIDEOS CANNOT CONTAIN ANY COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Showcase Your Safety to Win Big During the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program 

Running a business during a pandemic is challenging, but we’re Girl Scouts and “We’ve got this!” From wearing masks and devising a porch delivery system, to hosting virtual cookie booths and drive-thru booths, to building partitions for booths, we want to see all the innovative and creative ways you’re staying safe while working to reach your cookie goal!

Rules to follow for the “Showcase Your Safety” Photo Challenge:

  1. Snap a photo of you (your troop) showcasing how you’re being safe.
  2. Email your photo, along with a brief story, troop number, and your cookie goal, to Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. You can also share your photo on FacebookTwitter, or  Instagram. Be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #GirlScoutCookies.
  3. Submit your entry by February 16, 2021!
  4. All of the entries will be uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page and be part of the album: “Showcase Your Safety” Photo Challenge
  5. Tell your friends and family to vote for your entry by simply clicking “like” or reacting to it. The photo that receives the most likes and reactions by 9 a.m. February 23 wins!

First Prize: 200 Cookie Credits

Second Prize: 100 Cookie Credits

Third Prize: 50 Cookie Credits

If you have questions, email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Virtual Cookie Cheer with Denver Broncos Cheerleading

 

Girl Scouts and their families are invited to a special session to get moving and get excited for cookies with Denver Broncos Cheerleaders on January 23, 2021!

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/virtual_cookie_cheer_with_denver_broncos_cheerleading_01232021
Registration closes Thursday, January 21, 2021.

The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders promote self-esteem, pride, commitment, and discipline among young women in our community. This collaboration with Girl Scouts of Colorado  offers a rare and truly special opportunity for young women to learn from the experts in dance, movement, and fitness! Current Denver Broncos Cheerleaders will lead Girl Scouts through activities focused on movement, stretching, dance. They will also teach girls a short cheer to get excited about cookie season!

Girl Scouts will also have a chance to ask questions live via the chat box.

Sessions:

  • Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (K – 5th grade) on January 23 from 9 – 9:30 a.m. MST
  • Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (6th -12th grade) on January 23 from 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. MST

Girl Scouts are encouraged to invite their family and friends to participate with them!

You can also purchase a special “2021 Virtual Cookie Cheer” patch for $3 during registration.

All attendees must have a current Girl Scout membership.

We recommend getting ready for this special virtual program by creating your own pom-poms at home! Here are some simple instructions: https://www.instructables.com/DIY-Cheerleading-Pom-Poms/. You will use your pom-poms during the program so keep them handy!

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org. If you are having trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Grubhub Partnership for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program

A new national partnership between Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Grubhub has been established for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program! GSUSA and Grubhub have created a girl-led, hands-on experience in managing e-commerce for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Girls will track and fulfill orders placed at www.grubhub.com/food/girl_scouts, manage inventory, and more, all using back-end technology on a Grubhub tablet provided.

Older Girl Scouts will have Grubhub booths at regional Girl Scout office locations, to take contact-free pickup and delivery orders through Grubhub, starting February 12. Grubhub booth locations will operate Thursdays and Fridays from 4 – 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon – 8 p.m. Hours and dates are subject to change.

Grubhub booths will be located at council offices across Colorado in Grand Junction, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Loveland. All booths will be set up outside of the office buildings.

Per GSUSA and Grubhub policy, Grubhub booths are only permitted on council property, within Grubhub delivery service areas. Grubhub aims to service diners within a 20-minute drive from each location.

Older girl troops interested in participating in a Grubhub booth must fill out the interest form. Troops will be selected, lottery style, from the interest form.

Interest form: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.formstack.com/forms/grubhub_interestform

Troops that are selected to participate in Grubhub booths will work with their regional product program specialist to secure dates and times. Training will be provided to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and volunteers.

For more information about Grubhub booths, please review the FAQ’s: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/GRUBHUB%20FAQs_final.pdf

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Cookies available in Colorado on January 31

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is NOT cancelled! Starting January 31, Colorado Girl Scouts will be selling your favorite cookies in safe and innovative ways. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, girls are adapting their sales methods to include:

  • Hosting virtual and drive-thru cookie booths. You can text COOKIES to 59618 (message and data rates may apply) or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for free on iOS or Android devices to find booths in your area.
  • Making porch drop-offs to friends and family.
  • Creating their own websites using the Digital Cookie platform to take online orders. If you know a registered Girl Scout, reach out to her to get the link to her website. If you don’t know a Girl Scout, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org/cookies on February 1 to purchase cookies from a local troop for direct shipment to your home or donate to local non-profits or the military.
  • Starting February 12, a new national collaboration with Grubhub will allow girls in select Colorado locations to take contact-free pickup and delivery orders. A hands-on experience in managing e-commerce, Girl Scouts will track and fulfill orders placed at grubhub.com/food/girl_scouts, manage inventory, and more, all using Grubhub’s back-end technology. As always, proceeds stay in Colorado. Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) are grateful to Grubhub for waiving all fees for the organization to make this new delivery option feasible for sales without reducing proceeds.

Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Dos-si-Dos, and Lemon-Ups are $4/package. S’mores and gluten-free Toffee-tastic are $5/package. The 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program ends Sunday, March 7.

Now more than ever, Girl Scouts are relying on your support and the support of the community to meet their goals and make our world a better place. Last year, Troop 65430 from Highlands Ranch – Lone Tree used money earned from the Girl Scout Cookie Program to make masks, sneeze guards, and lanyards for teachers and staff at their school. This personal protective equipment helped keep everyone safe by slowing the spread of COVID-19.

“We’ve all been through a lot this past year and are longing for something that feels like normal,” said Leanna Clark, CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “What’s more reliable and comforting than Girl Scout Cookies? We are excited to be able to sell in new and innovative ways this year and hope the community will support our girls as they learn about entrepreneurship and run their own cookie businesses.”

Each purchase of Girl Scout Cookies supports girls in developing five lifelong skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. When you purchase cookies, you are helping girls power their Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and you’re supporting female entrepreneurs. The important leadership, business, and financial literacy skills girls learn through the program position them for success in the future.

Making the world a better place is central to the Girl Scout mission. During the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scouts honor non-profit organizations, food banks, military, and uniformed personnel through Girl Scouts’ Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program. Through this program, customers have the opportunity to purchase a package of cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes – a perfect solution for those who pass on the tempting treats! Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service and helping with service projects. All Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring purchases may be eligible for a tax deduction. The 2021 goal for the Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program in Colorado is 200,000 packages.

All Girl Scout Cookie varieties contain zero grams of trans fat per serving. Thin Mints are vegan. Do-si-Dos and Trefoils have no hydrogenated oils. Further information about Girl Scout Cookie ingredients can be found at littlebrownie.com. High resolution images of Girl Scout Cookies and Colorado Girl Scouts selling cookies are available upon request.

Giant Plush Sloth Contest: The winner is…

THANK YOU to all the Girl Scouts who entered the drawing for the giant plush sloth as part of the 2020 Fall Product Program!

CONGRATULATIONS to Dylan L.! She won the sloth! Girl Scouts of Colorado selected a winner by having a random drawing.

As part of the qualifications for the giant sloth drawing, the GSCO Product Program team asked Girl Scouts who entered the drawing to do some online research and tell us something interesting that they found out about how people and organizations who are working to save the sloth.

Having the pygmy sloth as the 2020 Fall Product Program mascot helped to bring awareness to conservation efforts, and to inspire Girl Scouts to make a difference in the world by helping animals who are endangered species.

There are fewer than 100 pygmy three-toed sloths left in the world. They are on the critically endangered list because of destruction to their habitat, which is mangrove forests, on Escudo de Veraguas, a tiny island off the east coast of mainland Panama.

All of the Girl Scouts who completed an entry form did a great job sharing the information that they learned about the three-toed pygmy sloth and the people and organizations that are working to help save the species.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Troop Cookie Manager Training Update

Troop cookie manager (TCM) live webinar trainings for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program were offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December 2020. Hundreds of volunteers attended the webinars, but not all volunteers were able to attend one of the events.

If you’re a TCM who needs to take cookie training, there are several options to choose from!

TCM training is in our online learning platform, gsLearn, which can be accessed through the GSCO website, myGS tab: https://mygs.girlscouts.org/. The course is divided into sections with a few short knowledge checks and resources to review as well.

However, only TCMs who are approved in their role – after submitting their TCM agreement and after their troop has submitted their ACH form – have access to the TCM training in gsLearn. TCMs are granted access to the training once they are approved, but since administrative processes can take a few days, there is now an alternative option.

Below is a link to watch one of the live webinar recordings on the Girl Scouts of Colorado YouTube channel.

2021 TCM Training – recorded webinar

If you opt to watch the TCM Training on the GSCO YouTube channel, please complete the training survey below. It will ask for your name and a few questions related to the training and take just a few minutes to complete. Once you submit the survey, GSCO will log that you completed the required training.

Here’s the link to the survey:

https://girlscoutsusa.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bfjkQTLcMegBUJn?Q_CHL=qr

Key Resources

Drop in for Cookie Chats on Wednesdays at noon or at 6 p.m.  They will be every Wednesday until the end of the Cookie Program. Our Product Program Specialists host the Zoom calls. The Cookie Chats are an open forum discussion/Q and A. No need to register, just click the link and join the team to talk about all things cookie.

There is now an electronic parent permission form for the cookie program! Parents/caregivers can complete the form and will be emailed a copy and they can click a request button on the form and have a copy of the permission form emailed to their TCM!

Here’s a link to the permission form: 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program Permission Form – Formstack Share it with the families in your troop!

Find other cookie program resources on our website under the “Cookies” tab:

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/resources.html

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.