Category Archives: Cookies

Power of Cookie: Girl Scouts visit NYC

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Several girls from Troop 73392 used their cookie money to visit New York City this month. Sophia led her fellow troop members in picking out accommodations, places to eat, and things to see and do in the city.

Highlights included mastering the public transportation system, visiting the National September 11th Museum, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Coney Island, and eating lots of yummy food.

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

Top Sellers celebrate at Colorado Renaissance Festival

155 Girl Scouts and guests gathered on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur to celebrate Top Sellers who sold 750 packages or more of Girl Scout Cookies during the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program. Top Sellers and their guests enjoyed the festival’s many shows and attractions while also being treated to a King’s and Jester’s Feast buffet, during which the girls were presented with their Top Seller medallions by the GSCO Product Sales staff. The Renaissance Festival event was attended by 14 of the state’s top 100 sellers for the 2017 sale.

 

Top 100 Seller Luncheon

On Saturday, June 3, 2017 the GSCO Product Sales Team hosted the first-ever Top 100 Seller Luncheon at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows.  2017 marks not only the 100th year of Girl Scouting in Colorado, but also the 100th year of Girl Scouts selling cookies.  82 of this year’s Top Sellers and their families from around the state enjoyed a sit down, plated lunch during which the girls were presented with their Top Seller medallions by the GSCO Product Sales staff. Each of these girls sold more than 1,500 packages of cookies.  This year’s luncheon was also attended by Ciara Leal, the state’s top seller for 2017. She sold 7,334 packages!

The girls started their day with Leadership Institute workshops sponsored by Little Brownie Bakers.  The sessions included the science behind the cookies and also featured a keynote speech about women entrepreneurs from noted author, speaker, and electrical engineer Jill Tietjen.

It was great to see girls of all ages dressed up in their fancy attire with smiles from ear to ear.  The girls also voted on next year’s cookie rewards before hitting the dance floor for a fun dance party to wrap up an amazing year.

 

Cast your vote for the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program rewards

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The GSCO Product Sales Team is currently preparing for the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program. We want to give girls and volunteers a chance to cast their vote on rewards for the sale. Please click on this  link to access our online voting tool. The survey will only be open until Monday, July 10, 2017 so vote now!

 

2017 Top Seller booklets: Now available online

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Electronic versions of our booklets celebrating Top Sellers from the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program are now online.

2017 Top 100 booklet:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/2017_Top100_booklet.pdf

2017 Top Seller booklet:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/2017_TopSeller_booklet.pdf

To see photos from all of our Top Seller events, go to our Flickr page (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums). Have a photo that you would like to add? Email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Leaders get a face full of pies

Submitted by Shannon Michel

Metro Denver

Centennial

Troop Leaders Jenn Shroyer and Shannon Michel had a pie in the face challenge for their Girl Scout Cadettes. If each Girl Scout beat their individual cookie goal and the troop beat their troop goal, each girl could hit the leader with a pie. The troop’s goal was 4,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. The troop sold 5,148 with over 500 packages in donations and we got a face full of pies!

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Ways to use your Cookie Credits

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That’s a wrap! The 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale 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)
  • Volunteer-run day camps or events with a per girl cost
  • GSCO summer camp

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 not in the Girl Scout shop, 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 is taking effect immediately because Girl Scouts of Colorado must 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.

Power of Cookie: 7,500+ cookies to Yellowstone National Park

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Submitted by Melissa Ellenberger

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Two years ago, the amazing girls in Troop 607 decided to go to Yellowstone National Park. To ensure every girl in the troop could attend, each girl had to sell 292 packages of Girl Scout Cookies, 5,500 packages. The girls surpassed this goal by 2,000 packages!

19 girls and 11 adults made the trip for four days and three nights. They stayed just steps away from Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs. The girls hiked and saw geysers, gorgeous hot spring pools, buffalo, bears, elk, and more.

The best part is there were no televisions, phones, very limited cellular service, or WIFI!

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

Daisy Troop 65856 delivers cookies to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Submitted by Kristina Graham

Metro Denver

Castle Rock

Daisy Troop 65856 delivered the second half of their Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookies to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The officers gave the girls and their families a tour of their offices.

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

Monument Girl Scouts among Cookie Troop 100 winners

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Congratulations to Troop 41625 from Monument! These Girl Scouts are among the winners in Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Troop 100 Challenge.

In celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, nearly 5,000 troops participated in GSUSA’s Cookie Troop 100 Challenge.

Go-getting troops set their goals and told GSUSA how they planned to put their cookie money to good use. Girl Scouts earned their Cookie Business badge and asked 100 new customers to buy cookies. And to make things extra fun, troops blinged their booths and shared photos of their creativity!

Now that the entry period has closed, GSUSA has randomly selected one troop from each participating council to receive $100 toward its awesome Take Action or service project. And one VERY lucky troop will win $3,000 to superpower its project!

To see all of the 2017 Cookie Troop 100 winners, go to the GSUSA blog.