Category Archives: Cookies Volunteers

a collection of important cookie communications from council

Volunteer View: January 2019

Get out and camp this summer

Summer camp session registration for overnight camp, day camp, troop camp, and family camp opens at 9 a.m. January 17.

Check the camp website www.camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org for session descriptions, a day in the life at camp, beautiful photos of last year’s sessions, and a fun quiz to help girls’ identify their camping style!

Mark your calendar for Jan. 24 cookie booth sign up

The first round of council cookie booth selection begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 24; round two opens at 6 p.m. Jan. 25. Troops will be able to select one booth at one location during each of these rounds.

Visit our events calendar to find a cookie rally near you.

Important dates to know:

  • Jan. 24: First round of booth selection
  • Jan. 25: Second round of booth selection
  • Feb. 3: Cookie program and My Sales booths begin
  • Feb. 15: Council booths begin.

Check out the rest of our cookie program info and resources.

Cookie Program resources

Got a phone? Get trained!

Our online training classes are now accessible through your smartphone! Take online classes such as Nuts and Bolts (for new leaders), Experienced Troop Cookie Manager training, and cookie program enrichment classes, right in the palm of your hand! You can view the classes, take quizzes and download class resources and completion certificates, all on your phone!

If you need assistance accessing our eLearning site, please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at 303-607-4897 or email her at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org.

GSCO eLearning site

Celebrate World Thinking Day

Take the lead on February 22 to celebrate 2019 World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries! (That’s one big celebration!) Girls also celebrate World Thinking Day throughout the spring. The theme for World Thinking Day in 2019 is leadership! Check out our activity guides online to explore many different ways girls can be leaders and create the change they want to see in the world—and celebrate being part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts and Girl Guides!

Is your troop or service unit planning a World Thinking Day celebration? Tell Us about it and get help from the Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Committee!

Volunteer Recognition Awards: Recognize an Outstanding Volunteer!

The form to nominate a volunteer for an award will go live on January 31. The deadline to submit a nomination or endorsement is March 31.

Now would be a great time to designate a service unit team member to coordinate nominations and endorsements! Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award.would be a great time to designate a service unit team member to coordinate nominations and endorsements! Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award.

More information about the awards, and the number of required endorsements for each award, is listed on the volunteer appreciation page on our website and in the Volunteer Recognition Award Guide You can also learn more about how to write strong nominations and endorsements. 

Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.  email: Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org  call: 303-607-4897

Outdoor Program Events

Come join us at our upcoming Outdoor Program events! You can find all of our year-round events at http://gscoblog.org/2018/10/2018-2019-outdoor-program-events/

  • Tomahawk Ranch Open House, February 24, Free. Take a staff-led or self-guided tour of Tomahawk Ranch at our Open House. Get those burning questions answered and help little ones feel comfortable to attend camp this summer. Visit the different sleeping and program areas to get an idea of what the summer ahead looks like. Staff from Mountain Berry Culinary will also be available to answer any meal-related questions. Open to all ages.
  • Sky High Ranch Open House, March 9, Check out Sky High Ranch at one of our Open House events this spring! Tour the property with one of our knowledgeable staff, learn about our summer program, and what kinds of activities we have, and let us answer any questions you may have about summer camp. Our open house is a great way to help your camper prepare for camp, and you too! Let’s bring on summer!

Outdoor Adventure Club

Sign up for our single event interest list, see upcoming dates and get more information here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/adventure

  • Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Snow Mountain Ranch, March 16-17. Our entire group will go dog sledding and cross-country skiing on wintry trails. In the evening we will have a group pool party and roller skating night. Everyone loved this event last year so much we are doing it again! Girls in 7th to 12th grade. Cost: $115/girl, Free for Trailblazers Passport holders.
  • Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Keystone Science School Snow Spectacular, March 30-31, We have partnered with Keystone Science School for a weekend of play in the snowy mountains! You’ll cross-country ski, snowshoe, use an astronomy telescope and compete in a winter Olympics challenge. Program Level: Cadette (6th grade). Cost: $110/girl, Free for Explorers Passport holders

Highest Awards

Save the Date: Highest Awards Celebrations

Troops working on their Bronze or Silver awards have until March 1 to submit the Bronze and Silver Notification Form to be invited to the 2019 Highest Awards Celebrations. Find a celebration in your area: http://gscoblog.org/2019/01/save-the-date-2019-highest-awards-celebrations/

Questions? Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager at  highestawards@gscolorado.org.

GSUSA Gold and Silver Award change

Effective October 1, 2018 Gold and Silver award projects can be for the benefit of the Girl Scouts community. Please send any questions directly to Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.
Any troop considering a Silver Award project that would solely benefit the GS community must run their project idea by the Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce.

Gold Award Trainings: 

Training is required for girls pursuing their Gold Award:

  • Saturday, January 26 at 9 a.m., Denver office
  • Saturday, March 30 at  9 a.m., Colorado Springs office

Older Girls

OGAB (Older Girl Advisory Board)

The Older Girl Advisory Board will oversee the G.I.V.E. (Girls Investing in a Voice for Everyone) program. These girls are excited to apply their knowledge, experience, and dedication to serving girls across the state in developing opportunities to help their fellow Girl Scout sisters do more. With the addition of this program, girls interested in joining the OGAB can apply now through February 15 at https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/our-program/older-girls/older-girl-advisory-board.html

G.I.R.L Fest 

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond is excited to share information about 2019 G.I.R.L. Fest (formerly known as the Girl Scout Jamboree)! Celebrating all things G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader) from June 26-30, this event will create a powerful impact with the Girl Scout brand and will make this beloved event even more thrilling for Girl Scouts across the country. G.I.R.L. Fest is now featured on the GSUSA Getaways site for all girls in grades 4-12 (current Membership Year) in the Girl Scout Movement to consider. We’re so excited to host an opportunity for girls to experience high-adventure in the heart of beautiful southern West Virginia! Early Bird pricing ends January 19, so check it out today.

SheTech Explorer Day

GSCO can send fifteen 9th and 10th grade girl to the SheTech Explorer Day on February 8 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. at the University of Denver – SIE Complex.

What is it? SheTech Explorer Day is a hands-on tech conference for high school girls. This day-long event will include hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering, and math. Our ultimate goal is to expose girls to technology in a fun atmosphere as well as meet STEM role models to learn more about opportunities in those fields. Girls who attend will have access to internships, receive a SheTech certificate, receive pathway information and become part of a community to help girls have opportunities in STEM. http://shetechexplorer.com/explorer-days/​​​​​​​ 

Cost? FREE! Breakfast, snacks and lunch provided.
Participants must arrange own transportation. Adults can attend for free as well as a chaperone.

How do I attend? Email Emily Speck at emily.speck@gscolorado.org with the subject line: SheTech. Provide girl’s full name, school and grade. This will be a first come, first serve opportunity. Deadline is January 31.

Upcoming Events

Check the events calendar for exciting events in your community. Girl Scouts of Colorado is always planning fun and educational events for girls across the state. Some of these events are highlighted below!

Secrets to Success

January 26, Grand Junction

Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2019 Secrets to Success event. Registration is now open. 

Badge Workshop at Fort Morgan Museum

January 26, Fort Morgan

Join the staff at Fort Morgan Museum for a morning full of badge activities! The museum specializes in telling the stories of Fort Morgan and Morgan County through permanent and temporary exhibits, educational programs, and photos, documents, and artifacts from yesterday and today.

Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche

February 16, Denver

Ticket sales now open! Join us for Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche and cheer on the Avalanche as they take on the St. Louis Blues! The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to have a cookie booth at the game! Last year’s troop sold more than 500 packages at their booth.

Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Colorado Nuggets

March 2, Denver

All Girl Scouts are invited to cheer on the Nuggets as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans.  And, Girl Scouts can sleep at the Pepsi Center after the game! The game starts at 7 p.m.

Harlem Globetrotters at the Broadmoor World Arena

March 2, Colorado Springs

Discounted tickets for Girl Scouts.

Disney on Ice – Worlds of Enchantment at the Broadmoor World Arena

March 23, Colorado Springs

Discounted tickets for Girl Scouts at the 3 p.m. performance.

Outdoor Skills Days 

April and May

Hosted by Troop 70007, Outdoor Skills Days are planned in April and May for Girl Scouts in first grade and older. Learn about knife craft, compasses, fire building, campsite set-up, leave no trace, planning a camp out and much more! $17/girl, includes hot lunch and outdoor skills patch. To see dates and registration information:https://sites.google.com/site/gsoutdoorskillsdayscolorado/

Win big during the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program

There are so many ways for you to win BIG during the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program. This year, we’re hosting a variety of contests. Each one is listed below along with a brief description. *** Note: These contests are for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only.

Best Cookie Video

Selling Girl Scout Cookies online? Make sure you’re taking advantage of all the tools, which Digital Cookie gives you to be creative and customize your website, like creating and uploading a video. In addition to attracting more customers and increasing sales, your video could earn you $200 in Cookie Credits!

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. 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 February 12, 2019. Afterwards, they will be uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado YouTube account. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by February 21 at 9 a.m. 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 in Cookie Credits

Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits

Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

Girl Scouts 12-years-old and younger can have a parent 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.

“Bling Your Booth” Challenge

The “Bling Your Booth” Challenge is back and this year, you could win up to $200 in Cookie Credits!

Here’s how to bling your booth:

  1. Pick a theme, like G.I.R.L., camp, girl power, or glitz and glam — it’s up to you!
  2. Use cool color combinations.
  3. Create fun posters with your cookie goals, lots of awesome pictures, and maybe add balloons!
  4. Dress up, and use colored lights to invite customers to a cookie party.
  5. Add anything that makes your booth stand out from the crowd.
  6. Most importantly: Have fun!

Here are some rules to follow:

  1. Take a photo of your troop in action at your booth.
  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 Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.
  3. Submit your entry by February 21, 2019!
  4. All of the entries will be uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page and be part of the album: Bling Your Booth Challenge 2019. 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 February 28 at 9 a.m. wins!

First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits

Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits

Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

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

Best Cookie Dad

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.

If your Cookie Dad is the best, write a short essay about what he does that is so awesome and submit it through the Share Your Stories form on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog. Be sure to include a photo of him, preferably involved in a Girl Scout Cookies-related activity. However, any photo will do. You may also submit a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video. All submissions must be received by March 10, 2019.

The best stories will be shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog and social media networks. We also have a special prize for the best submissions to show dad just how much we appreciate him for being part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team.

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

Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 3, 2019. All Girl Scouts are invited to cheer on the Nuggets as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans and have a sleepover after the game! The game starts at 7 p.m. and is at Pepsi Center (1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204).

SPECIAL GIRL SCOUT TICKET PRICING:

Upper level tickets: $30

Lower level tickets: $60

*$15 of value is loaded on each ticket and can be used toward the purchases of any food and beverage from permanent concession stands or retail merchandise items!

Your ticket package includes a ticket to the game, 2019 Pajama Jam commemorative patch, post-game shoot around on the Nuggets court, midnight snack, movie screening on Pepsi vision, sleepover at the Pepsi Center, and breakfast in the morning.

You are welcome to purchase a ticket and not stay for the sleepover, however the pricing is the same.

The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to participate in the halftime high-five fan tunnel and high five NBA players as they run onto the court to start the second half of play.

The top five troops with the most ticket referrals will all be invited to sit in VIP seats to watch both NBA teams warm up prior to the game.

After you purchase tickets you will be contacted by the Nuggets to provide a troop number for your referral, information about sleepover plans, and a waiver for all sleeping over or going onto the court for the shoot around.

Buy tickets online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scout_day_pajam.html

This is not a drop off event. Adult to girl ratios for events must be met. Girls attending with a troop leader should bring a completed parent permission form for a Girl Scout activity that troop leaders will retain for their records.

Questions? Contact Lexie Urratio at lexie.urratio@teamkse.com or (303) 405 – 1139.

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Help wanted: Cookie Delivery Day on the Front Range

GSCO’s Product Program Department needs volunteers for Front Range delivery site locations on February 2, 2019. Each site is run by volunteers, along with Buehler/Bailey’s staff. To ensure there isn’t a wait, we need more volunteers to keep the sites running smoothly.

Volunteers don’t have to be registered Girl Scout adult members. They can be an uncle, aunt, family friend, or someone that you know who is willing to help during the day.

Region 4 

Sky Sox

New Life

Region 6

Red Rocks Community College

Elitch Gardens 

Buehler Warehouse

Bailey’s Warehouse

Castle Rock: Castle View High School

*New Water World  (Close to the Comcast/Level 3 location)  

*New  Waterstone Church (near Summit Ridge from last year) 

Region 7

Loveland

Longmont

Adding new girls to the Girl Scout Cookie Program®? eBudde™ can help!

Even before the official start of the Girl Scout Cookie Season, the eBudde Troop App Plus is ready to make your life easy. You have lots of girls participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and the eBudde app allows volunteers to add and edit girl information with the tap of a button. Best of all, busy volunteers can make these updates on the go, on their mobile device!

Click here to learn more.

 

Earn special patches during the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program

Sell 50 packages on Super Bowl Sunday

In celebration of the 2019 Colorado Girl Scout Cookie Program beginning on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, any Colorado Girl Scout who sells 50 packages (or more) of Girl Scout Cookies door-to-door will earn a free fun patch! You can let us know you sold 50 packages by filling out this online form (https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/50inone_2019). Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number, along with a fun picture of you and/or your troop. The deadline to complete this form is Tuesday, February 5, 2019. 

Earn the Gift of Caring patch

Salute America’s heroes by selling 50 (or more) packages of Gift of Caring Girl Scout Cookies between Sunday, February 3 and Sunday, March 10, 2019. Any Colorado Girl Scout who does will receive a free, special-order fun patch after completing this online form (https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/gift_of_caring_2019). 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.

These patches are available only to Colorado Girl Scouts.

 

Facebook Live: Girl Scout Cookie Q & A

Join the GSCO product program team for a Facebook Live question and answer session on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. As our office prepares for the holiday closure, we want to connect with you for support. We will talk about how TCM’s get into the eBudde system and the deadline to make changes to your troop rosters. There will also be time to talk about training options that are online and great resources for all troop volunteers. See you soon!

Connections: December 2018

Summer camp registration opens Jan. 17

Get out and explore. Get out of your routine and immerse yourself in a reality where you can do and be whatever you dream! Girl Scout Camp is a safe place where you’ll try new things, step out of your comfort zone, and embrace your curiosity. Girl Scout Camp is a girl-led, girl-friendly place where everything you do – whether it’s climbing to the top of a mountain, leading an all-camp performance, or gathering your courage to zip down the zip line – leads to leadership.

Visit camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org to view session descriptions, take a quiz to find what type of camp is best for you, and learn more about the awesome adventures ahead.

Share the Girl Scout experience

We love Girl Scouts. You love Girl Scouts. But, it can be frustrating when stereotypes and myths about what Girl Scouting is persist!  Help us change the perception that Girl Scouts just do crafts and sell cookies.

Sure, being part of the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial program is cool and gives girls the business smarts they need to take on the world; and the young makers of today are the inventors and innovators of the future, but Girl Scouts is even more than that. We’re adventurers and risk-takers who get outside and face our fears. (Check out this video of local Girl Scouts rock climbing at Garden of the Gods.) We’re dreamers and tinkerers who will build new technologies. ( Watch this video of Girl Scouts learning about cybersecurity.) We take care of our communities and speak up for others. (Watch this video)

Girl Scouts’ powerful all girl space (watch this video) fosters collaboration over competition and inspires girls to go beyond dreaming to actually doing. We want this for all girls! Please help spread the word, share the videos within your social circles, and show the world the power of Girl Scouts!

2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program beings Feb. 3

When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they get more than life-changing experiences and adventure. They also develop essential life skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—all while soaring in confidence and practicing leadership the Girl Scout way to lift one another up and change the world, together.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program runs Feb. 3 – March 10
Visit our website to find a training or cookie rally near you!

Upcoming Events

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Performance running Dec. 6 – Jan. 6. 25% off tickets for Girl Scouts and their families.

Habitat Badge Day at the Pueblo Zoo

January 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout Juniors (4th and 5th grade) are invited to the Pueblo Zoo to work on their Habitat Badge!

Secrets to Success

January 26, Grand Junction

Girls will connect with professional women in a variety of career fields, giving them a unique opportunity to learn directly from incredible women in our community. Any girl in grades 6th – 12th, is invited to Secrets to Success.

​Save the Date: Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche

February 16, Denver

Join us for Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche and cheer on the Avs as they take on the St. Louis Blues! The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to have a cookie booth at the game! Last year’s troop sold over 500 packages at their booth.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Colorado Nuggets

March 2, Denver

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to the interest list. Details will be available in early 2019.

“Go for Bold” cookie rally

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver

Thornton

Troops 66742 and 65791, along with the Woods Service Unit 646, proudly present the “Go For Bold” cookie rally! Walk on the wild side for the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program!

Girls will inspire their inner goal-getter, go for bold in their marketing, race for money management, root for their favorite cookie, master safety tips, perfect their cookie pitches, and more!

Date: 

Friday, January 25, 2019

6 – 8 p.m.

Where:

Northglenn Christian Church

1800 E. 105th Pl., Northglenn 80233

Registration fee: $5 per Girl Scout  (includes activities and patch)

Dinner will be from 5:30 until 6 p.m. Pizza must be purchased in advanced via the link below for $1/slice

Payment due via https://squareup.com/store/TheWoods646 (Payment is your RSVP). Registration closes January 23.

Limited to 200 attendees

Questions?  Contact Jordan at (720) 384 – 8420.

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