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Kicking Off Another Amazing Girl Scout year with the Fall Product Program

Your Girl Scout can earn a personalized patch with her name and customized M2 avatar on it, while her troop earns 13% of magazine sales and a $1 for each nut/candy item sold. Participating is easy to do – girls can get started today!

Girls learn all aspects of running an online business by using the M2 platform. M2 makes the experience girl-friendly with an easy-to-navigate dashboard where they can create a video, set their goals, create messages for their customers, and the most popular feature, create their own avatar – which girls love!

There are M2 step-by-step guides for families available on our Fall Product Program resources page or click the links below. The M2 operating system (M2OS) is user-friendly and the guides explain what to do before, during, and after the program, making it easier for new users to navigate the platform.

Online and paper order card orders have the option of girl delivery. Girls can do “Porch Pixie” drop-off/delivery of products to friends and family, following current safety guidelines. Online orders with the girl delivery option are paid for through the M2 operating system.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as we monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To review the most current safety guidelines, go to the pink banner on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

  1. Beginning Saturday, September 12, 2020, girls/families can go to gsnutsandmags.com/gsco and follow the prompts to access the M2 system and set-up their storefront.

Please note that if your girl is a Juliette, her troop number will be her service unit number preceded by 99 (for example, a Juliette in Service Unit 755 would be listed under Troop 99755 in the system). If you are not sure what service unit she is in, please select the “I don’t know/see my troop or group#” option.

TIPS:

  • If your Girl Scout needs a membership, please go to join to renew her membership for the 2020-2021 year, please click here. You can also renew through myGS on the GSCO website.
  • Look for caregiver/family training and other postings on the GSCO Facebook page, YouTube channel, and here on the blog, for tips and how-to videos to support girls and families throughout the program.
  • Troop fall product managers will distribute order cards, money envelopes, and the Family Guide to girls/caregivers. You can also find all materials (except for money envelopes) on our website on the Fall Product Program page.
  1. Create an Avatar: Girl Scouts can create their own avatar to look just like them! As she moves through the online set-up creating her personalized storefront, she earns virtual rewards that she can view in her avatar’s room.
  2. Make and upload a video: Look for the “How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families” video, posted to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel. It covers all that you need to know to how to help your Girl Scout get set-up in M2OS and how to create and upload a video to their M2 storefront. On the dashboard in M2, you will also find a “Video Instructions” link, providing internet safety tips as well as a sample script.

If a girl uploads a video to her storefront, her customers will see that video. A personal video message is more impactful to customers, especially family and friends. If a girl does not add her own video, her customers will either see a troop video or the generic (default) video available.

  1. Launch Campaign Storefront: Once their storefront is set up, Girl Scouts can send emails to friends and family with a link to their storefront, inviting them to look at the nut and candy items and magazines available. It’s best for girls to communicate with customers early, to give family and friends plenty of time to support them. Your girl can increase her sales by announcing that her storefront is open on social media, too, post only to private pages.
  2. Girl Rewards: Girls can check their dashboard in M2 to see their progress in reaching their goals. They can also see the rewards they are earning during the program.

Make sure your Girl Scout has created her avatar exactly as she wants her to look. As soon as she meets the criteria for earning the personalized patch, it will be sent directly to the address entered in the M2 system. Double-check that the address is correct too!

Need help with registration or log-in? Email M2 Customer Service at question@gsnutsandmags.com  or call 1-800-372-8520.

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.

S’mores Club for 2020 – 2021

The 2020 Fall Product Program kicks-off on Saturday, September 12! Girl Scouts, along with troop and service unit fall product volunteers, can join the S’mores Club by participating in both the Fall Product and Girl Scout Cookie Program and meeting the criteria outlined below.

During the Fall Product Program, Girl Scouts learn all aspects of running an online business by using the M2 platform. M2 makes the experience girl friendly, with an easy-to-navigate dashboard where they can create a video, set their goals, create custom messages for their customers, create business cards, and the most popular feature, create their own avatar – which girls love! Girls earn program rewards too.

Last year, custom Converse shoes were one of the program rewards offered – and they were a favorite! Lots of girls expressed how much they loved the reward and sent in pictures of the shoes they designed for themselves.

S’mores Club Qualifications

GIRLS:

If you send 15+ emails and sell 15+ items during the 2020 Fall Product Program and 400+ packages during the 2021 Cookie Program, you get:

  • A pair of custom Converse shoes and a S’mores Club avatar patch

TROOPS:

If the troop sells $550+ in *combined sales during the 2020 Fall Product Program, they get:

  • An exclusive booth selection opportunity for the 2021 Cookie Program

And – If the troop has a 400+ packages per selling girl average during the Cookie Program, the Troop Fall Product Manager and Troop Cookie Manager are eligible for volunteer rewards.

  • A pair of custom converse shoes and a personalized S’mores Club avatar patch for the TFPM and TCM*

For a quick reference, check out the S’mores Club flier and share it with girls and adults in your troop and service unit.

If you have questions, read our S’mores Club FAQ or contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

*Please note

Combined sales means, sales either made through the girls’ online storefront and/or orders taken with the order card – any combination of sales. Previous only online sales were counted.

The troop per selling girl average (PSGA) is calculated based on the total number of packages a troop sells, divided by the number of selling girls in that troop.

If the TFPM and TCM are the same person, only one reward will be given.

The reward for adults is for troop participation only. Juliettes can qualify for the S’mores Club and receive the custom Converse shoes and the personalized patch. However, Juliette caregivers will not receive the custom Converse shoes, personalized patch, or an exclusive booth selection opportunity.

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.

2020 Fall Product Program starts September 12

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Fall Product Program is a safe, easy, and fun way for troops to earn proceeds for future Girl Scout adventures and build their entrepreneurial business skills, by running their own online storefront! Here are three reasons you should participate in the 2020 Fall Product Program.

  1. The Fall Product Program can be done entirely online, eliminating face-to-face interactions with customers! Nuts, candy, and magazines can be ordered online and shipped directly to customers. Girls can also choose to sell nut and candy items to friends and family in-person, and customers can select girl delivery for nut and candy items.
  2. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates. While you may still have funds/Cookie Credits from the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program waiting to be used, funds from Fall Product Program can help you take those plans to the next level and give back to your community in an even more meaningful way.
  3. Hone your business skills, particularly goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. These will not only help you today, but also as you become one of our country’s next great leaders! Setting goals and problem-solving go hand-in-hand with teaching girls how to chart a course and adjust to overcome the bumps along the way.

The Fall Product Program gives girls the chance to put their skills into action, show off their Girl Scout spirit, and let their confidence soar as they interact with customers and remind the community that Girl Scouts are still here changing the world. Through the digital platform, M2OS, your girl can create her own virtual storefront and send personalized messages about how she is using the courage, confidence, and character she has developed through her Girl Scout Leadership Experience to continue making a difference in this world. She will show that the world has changed, but she’s ready to face that challenge.

Important 2020 Fall Product Program Dates

September 12 – Fall Product Program begins

October 11 – In-person sales end/Last day for Nut Promise orders

October 14 – Online, girl delivery orders close. Online orders of shipped nuts candy and magazines continue.

October 26 – Online Storefront closes

Girls earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and they have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too. All rewards are cumulative. By selling $275 in combined sales, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch – choosing between lots of avatar customizations – including having her avatar kayaking or relaxing in a hammock and wearing her Girl Scout uniform.

All materials for Fall Product Program are shipped directly to service unit fall product program managers (SUFPM) and then distributed to troops. This year, SUFPMs will coordinate pick-up or drop-offs following state and local safety guidelines. Volunteers and families can also download or print Fall Product Program materials, except money envelopes, from the Fall Product Program Resources page on the GSCO website. This year, all Fall Product Program training can be presented virtually. Short, easy to access training videos will be available in September for troop volunteers and families.

For more information, go to the Fall Product Program page on the GSCO website or contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Celebrate the Top Cookie CEOs of 2020

 

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Chief Executive Officer Leanna Clark on Monday, July 6 at 7 p.m. as she announces the top 2,020 Cookie CEOs of the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program. You can watch live on the GSCO Facebook page. You can get a notification that the event is starting by clicking the “Get Reminder” button on the bottom right of the Video Premiere post.

Aren’t on Facebook? That’s OK! Watch on our YouTube channel using this link: https://youtu.be/qsETdjQwhto  Please note this link will not work until the celebration starts at 7 p.m. If you log on early, you may need to refresh your screen at this time.

You can also share photos and videos from your celebration at home with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

Smart Cookie: March 9, 2020

2020 Cookie Program ends

It’s the end of another amazing Girl Scout Cookie Program in Colorado. Thank you for guiding girls to success! Please take a moment to reflect on everything your Girl Scouts have accomplished. Whether she’s a quiet girl summoning the courage to ask a new customer to support her, or she’s a seasoned entrepreneur pushing herself to go beyond her goals, she practiced real-life business skills that will lead her to accomplish much in life. She couldn’t do it without you and the supportive adults in her life – pat yourselves on the back as well.

Hometown Hero cookies

If you need additional Hometown Hero cookies, first check with other troops in your area to see if they have inventory to transfer. The last day to pick up Hometown Hero cookies from cupboards is March 12. Remember, all transactions (troop-to-troop transfers or cupboard orders) will need to be placed by Tuesday, as troops need to close-out in eBudde by March 10. The deadline to deliver Hometown Hero cookies is June 28.

Don’t forget to share photos of your Hometown Hero deliveries with us! We love seeing your girls in action, sharing their hard work, and putting smiles on their Hometown Heroes’ faces. If you would like to invite the media to witness you deliver cookies to your Hometown Hero, please contact Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

eBudde Closeout

Troops will be *locked out of eBudde at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. Before the deadline, allocate all cookies to the girls in your troop, enter and verify all transactions, and submit the final reward order.* You will still be able to see everything in eBudde after the lock-out, like the sales report and girl reward selections, though it’s a good idea to print the sales report and reward choices for your records. You can also continue to add cookie payments in eBudde, but you can’t change cookie allocations.

Need a refresher about how to proceed with your eBudde closeout? Check out our video for a how to demonstration of the steps.

If you have any questions about cookie closeouts, please reach out to the service unit cookie manager in your area. Don’t know who that is? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Money Problem Reports

Money problem reports are due by March 13 at 5 p.m. The ACH debit of funds to council will occur on March 18.

Celebrate Girl Scout Week

Whether you’re a Girl Scout alum, girl member, dedicated volunteer, supporter, or simply have an extraordinary Girl Scout in your life, you’re an important part of the Girl Scout family. And you know what families do together? Celebrate! Girl Scout Week 2020 is Sunday, March 8, through Saturday, March 14. In addition to celebrating with your Girl Scout sisters, invite the community to join in!

Celebrate each day of Girl Scout Week using our special calendar.

Let us know you earned the Uniform to Uniform patch

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 is the last day to let GSCO know that you earned the Uniform to Uniform patch during the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Important Dates

March 10

Troops will be locked out of eBudde at 11:59 p.m. TCMs can still see all information in eBudde but will not be able to change any information after the deadline.

  • Make sure all cookies are allocated, and all girl rewards are selected. Print a copy of the sales report and girl reward selections.

March 12

Last day to pick up Hometown Hero cookies from a cupboard.

March 13

Deadline to submit a Money Problem Report.

March 18

ACH debit occurs for total amount owed to council.

April 15

Cookie Credits begin being mailed directly to girls.

April 22

Cookie rewards begin to ship to service unit cookie managers.

April 30

Last day to sell excess inventory.

Smart Cookie: March 2, 2020

Our girl entrepreneurs and our supportive volunteers are wrapping up the Girl Scout Cookie Program for the season. It’s been a great program! Thank you for the hard work, long hours, and endless enthusiasm you bring to supporting Girl Scouts during the cookie program and throughout the year.

Check in with  girls and families to make sure they don’t have excess inventory. You can always redistribute extra cookies to girls in your troop who have a booth coming up or offer the cookies to other troops on the Cookie Exchange in eBudde. If you need additional inventory to fill orders or for final booths, check with troops in your service unit first for troop-to-troop transfers.

Hometown Hero Booths

At this point in the program, many customers have already purchased cookies, but generous Coloradans are happy to support your Hometown Hero if you ask. Set up cookie booths this week as Hometown Hero booths.

Make a poster with images and facts about your HTH organization, and when folks walk by your booth ask, “Would you like to purchase a package of Girl Scout Cookies for our Hometown Hero?” Tell them how many packages you’re hoping to collect and explain more about your hero and what they do.

Earn the Uniform to Uniform patch

Invite local uniformed personnel, such as law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, etc., to visit you during your My Sale or Council Booth sale. What a great opportunity to spread the word about your Hometown Hero or the Gift of Caring program and be sure to take a group photo. Afterwards, upload your photo(s) and story using the Share Your Stories form on the GSCO Blog. The best photos and stories will be shared on the GSCO Blog and social media networks. To claim your patch, complete our online form no later than Friday, March 13, 2020.

Celebrate Girl Scout Week

Whether you’re a Girl Scout alum, girl member, dedicated volunteer, supporter, or simply have an extraordinary Girl Scout in your life, you’re an important part of the Girl Scout family. And you know what families do together? Celebrate! Girl Scout Week 2020 is Sunday, March 8, through Saturday, March 14. In addition to celebrating with your Girl Scout sisters, invite the community to join in! Celebrate each day of Girl Scout Week using our special calendar.

Cookie Program wrap-up

Allocate cookies: Make sure all the cookies in your troop’s inventory are allocated to girls in your troop. There should be no cookies in the troop cupboard that are not allocated to girls in the troop.

  • Need assistance? Look for  “how-to” short videos and recorded live webinars on our GSCO Facebook page/videos and YouTube page, to help answer questions you have. You can also check-in with your service unit cookie manager.

Select Girl Rewards: Once everything is allocated, remind your girls to select their rewards.

Reward orders are due in eBudde by 8 p.m. March 12. If you have girls who do not make reward selections by the deadline, choose the item instead of Cookie Credits. If later the girl wants the Cookie Credits instead, it’s easier for GSCO to make the change. Don’t forget, girls have the option of holding Cookie Credits at council to be applied to summer camp fees.

Money problem reporting: Money Problem Reports are due by 5 p.m. on March 13. To file, you’ll need the total amount of uncollected debt, the basic contact information for the person responsible for the debt, and a description of the situation and supporting documentation. To access the form, click here.

eBudde 101 – Program Closeout Webinars
Tips, best practices and the steps to take to close out the cookie program in eBudde will be covered. Time will be reserved at the end for a Q and A session. Great overview for new TCMs, review for more experienced TCMs! To register, click on links below.

Thursday, March 5

Friday, March 6

Upcoming Events

March 8:

Cookie Program ends.

March 10

Troops will be locked out of eBudde at 11:59 p.m. TCMs can still see all information in eBudde but will not be able to change any information after the deadline.

  • Make sure all cookies are allocated, and all girl rewards are selected. Print a copy of the sales report and girl reward selections.

March 12

Last day to pick up Hometown Hero cookies from a cupboard.

March 13

Deadline to submit a Money Problem Report.

March 18

ACH debit occurs for total amount owed to council.

April 15

Cookie Credits begin being mailed directly to girls.

April 22

Cookie rewards begin to ship to service unit cookie managers.

April 30

Last day to sell excess inventory.


My dad is the best Cookie Dad

Submitted by Brianna

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

My dad is the best Cookie Dad ever! He has been helping me and my troop reach our Girl Scout Cookie goals for four years! Even though he’s in the military and often gone, he’s always been there for me during cookie season. He can set up a booth in three minutes flat and break it down just as fast! He comes up with cookies songs, dances, and selling strategies for us. He helps me make selling signs and can carry six cases of cookies at one time! He’s at almost all of my cookie booths and we do a LOT of them. It doesn’t matter if it is raining, freezing, snowing, or if he has to wear a cookie costume, he’s there, helping me sell cookies and encouraging me to reach my cookie goal. I’m so proud that he’s my dad! ~Brianna (9 years old)

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. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

My Cookie Dad, My #1 Fan

Submitted by Tracy E.

Pikes Peak

Canon City

My name is Mackenzie and this is my second year in Girl Scout Troop 46325. Last year, I set my cookie goal at 1,000 packages. Thanks to my dad’s help and support, I passed my goal. So this year, I set my goal to 2,000 packages. I am half way there thanks to my awesome Cookie Dad. My dad takes me to family and friends houses, businesses, helps me get special booths, and takes me door-to-door. He pushes me to do better and helps me work hard to reach my goals in Girl Scouts, 4H, school, and everywhere else in life. I have the best Cookie Dad and I am lucky to have him. If everyone had a dad like mine, the world would be a better place.

I like to set my goals high to show everyone that through hard work and believing in yourself, anything is possible. Girl Scouts helps me do that in all areas of life. Girl Scouts has helped me find my voice, break out of my shell, and experience news things that I couldn’t before.

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. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Our Cookie Dad is always willing to help out

 

Submitted by Dinah Campbell

Pikes Peak

Peyton

Ella’s dad is a truck driver and gone most of the week, but on the weekends he is home. During cookie season, he is helping out, even when he could be home resting. He helps get cookies, helps load booth supplies, and takes Ella out selling around the neighborhood. This year, they went out selling after a blizzard and used a sled to transport the cookies door-to-door.

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. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Our Cookie Dad

Submitted by Kristi Howard

Metro Denver

Littleton

Ashlyn’s dad, Matt H., is amazing! He goes to all the booths with his daughter, is willing to pick up extra booths, encourages other dads to participate, and helps me, the TCM, anyway he can. Matt makes cookie season fun for everyone!

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. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize.