Category Archives: Cookies Volunteers

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Manage the Fall Product Program like a champ and help girls be successful

Join the GSCO Product Program Team for our next Facebook Live event on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at noon. Service Unit Fall Product Manager, Shannon Calhoun, will share her experience and best ways to support girls, troop leaders, and families to make the Fall Product Program a success for all involved.

If you miss the live broadcast, no worries! You can watch the video on our Facebook page and share it with other volunteers.  Go to the videos tab and look for the 2019 Fall Product Program playlist.

For questions about the Fall Product Program, please contact GSCO Customer Care at 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Facebook LIVE: Preview of 2019 Fall Product Program

The 2019 Fall Product Program starts Saturday, September 21. This year, we have a few new products and some great girl rewards! Want a preview? Watch our Facebook LIVE event Wednesday, September 4 at noon.

If you miss the live broadcast, you can watch the video and share it with other volunteers. Go to the GSCO Facebook page, click on the videos tab, and look for the 2019 Fall Product Program playlist.

For questions about Fall Product Program, please contact GSCO Customer Care at 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

Update about new S’mores Club rewards

GSCO recently announced the 2019-2020 S’mores Club rewards would be a special hoodie and duffle bag, perfect for Girl Scout camping and travel, and we received a lot of positive responses!

Many people asked what colors the duffle bag and hoodie would be and what they would look like. We don’t have pictures of them to share just yet. But once we do, we certainly will! Do know that we are going with darker colors and durable fabrics, so both reward items will last through many Girl Scout adventures and many washings!

Along with the buzz around the new rewards, a few people also asked if Highest Awards charms for the bracelets that S’mores Club girls and adults earned in 2017 and 2018 would still be available. YES! Absolutely! To request a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award charm to complete girls’ S’mores Club bracelets, contact Girl Scouts of Colorado customer care by calling 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

For more information about the S’mores Club, go to:
https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/s-mores-club.html

Fall Product Program begins September 21, 2019

Do you have lots of awesome activities that you want to do this year? The Fall Product Program is an easy and fun way to earn start-up funds for all those activities and more! By participating in this program, girls will also learn the 5 Skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Nuts and candy are sold in-person using an order card or online and magazines are sold only online. Products that are ordered online can either be shipped or customers can select girl delivery. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.

Girls earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too. All rewards are cumulative.

Important 2019 Fall Product Program dates:

September 21 – Fall Product Program Begins

October 13 – In-person sales end/Last day for Nut Promise orders

October 28 – Online storefront closes

In the Fall Product Program platform, M2OS, girls can create their own virtual storefront and market to friends and family through email. They have the option to create a personalized avatar for their virtual storefront too. Girls can also share their goals by recording their story, and the avatar will speak with their voice, representing them in the video!

By participating in the Fall Product Program and selling $175 in online orders, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch – choosing between lots of customizations – including special backgrounds and wearing their Girl Scout uniform or a safari suit!

Volunteer training begins early September at area service unit meetings. Please note: This year, Fall Product Program materials will be sent to area service units, not directly to troops. Volunteers and caregivers can pick-up the guide, order card, and other resources at trainings.

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.

Colorado 99s Aviation Patch Day

Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes are invited to join the female pilots of the Colorado 99s for Aviation Patch Day on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. in Colorado Springs! The 99s is an international organization of women pilots who work to promote the advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring their unique history and sharing their passion for flight.

This event has filled quickly in the past! Register online now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/colorado_99s_aviatio.html

This event will introduce 45 Girl Scouts to five different parts of aviation.

  • Aviation History: Take a trip through aviation history to the first pilots and their planes.
  • Aircraft Design: Tour a General Aviation hangar to view and explore different types of airplanes.
  • Airfield Design: Explore the meaning of the pavement markings, signs, and lights at an airport and learn how they help with traffic at an airport.
  • ATC (Air Traffic Control): Tour the Colorado Springs Air Traffic Control Tower (Located on Peterson Air Force Base).
  • Airline Maintenance: Tour SkyWest Airline’s Colorado Springs maintenance base.

Check-in is 12:30 – 1 p.m. The event starts at 1 p.m

Event locations:

  • Jet Center (1575 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs 80916)
  • SkyWest Maintenance Hanger (1945 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs 80916)
  • ATC Tower (460 Kinchloe Loop, Colorado Springs 80914)

Registration will close when capacity is met OR on October 3.

Please note: This is not a drop off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. This event takes place at three locations (listed below) and adults in attendance are expected to transport their girls to each location throughout the event. The whole group will move to each location together.

Questions? aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org

New S’mores Club rewards

 

You can join the Girl Scouts of Colorado S’mores Club by participating in both the 2019-2020 Girl Scout Fall Product Program and Cookie Program. Earn the new S’mores Club membership rewards for this year – a duffle bag and hoodie embroidered with the S’mores Club logo, and a special personalized patch – by meeting the criteria outlined below.

How to Qualify

GIRLS:

If you sell 15 items online during the 2019 Fall Product Program and 300 packages during the 2020 Cookie Program, you get:

  • A S’mores Club hoodie and duffle bag and personalized, S’mores Club avatar patch

TROOPS:

If the troop sells $350 in online sales during the 2019 Fall Product Program, you get:

  • An exclusive booth selection opportunity for the 2020 Cookie Program

And – If the troop has a 300 packages per selling girl average during the cookie program, the Troop Fall Product Manager and Troop Cookie Manager are eligible for volunteer rewards.

  • A S’mores Club hoodie and duffle bag, and a personalized S’mores Club avatar patch for the TFPM and TCM*

Please note – The troop per girl average (PGA) 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.

Also, the reward for adults is for troop participation only. Juliettes can qualify for S’mores Club and receive the personalized patch, duffle bag, and hoodie. However, caregivers of Juliettes cannot receive the duffle bag, hoodie, personalized patch, or an exclusive booth selection opportunity.

For a quick reference guide, check out the S’mores Club flyer 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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Peggy Riordon

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Peggy Riordon of Arvada in the Metro Denver region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Peggy to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I wanted our daughter to have fun experiences and adventures with other girls.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I have been a troop leader for different troops for over 30 years. I was a service unit manager for nine years and planned many service unit events and camping experiences. I am the fall product program manager for two units, as well as the cookie service unit manager for two units. I have run the North JeffCo cookie cupboard for at least 26 years. 

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned many things about working with the girls. That is where my true passion lies. I have learned how to work with a variety of personalities to achieve the best outcomes. I have also learned more about organization and public speaking. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope the girls have learned to trust in themselves and their abilities. I also hope they have learned how to get along with and work with different personalities and attitudes. The most important thing, I hope, is that they learn that each and every one of them is GREAT! They all have strengths they didn’t realize they had. They all have weaknesses that they learn how to overcome or acknowledge which also gives them the ability to work past them. 

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

When I started as a leader all those years ago, I never dreamed that I would wind up organizing trips and units. I was never a public speaker and now I speak in front of large groups of people without my voice shaking with every word. I have learned so much from the girls and they have filled my heart. Now, I try to share my experiences and the knowledge I have gained with other leaders in hopes that their experience with Girl Scouts will be as great as mine has been. 

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Daisies first Hometown Hero cookie delivery

Submitted by Brittany Smith

Northern & Northeastern CO

Windsor

Our Girl Scout Daisies made their first-ever Hometown Hero cookie delivery! They were able to donate over 100 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the Fort Collins Rescue Mission. We are so lucky to have an organization to support our homeless neighbors. The girls really enjoyed giving back to the community.

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

Snowshoe ecology walk

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Some of the girls from Troop 70720 did a ranger-led snowshoe ecology walk in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a great way to celebrate the end of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. We got to walk across the extremely safe part of Bear Lake and also slide down a snow chute, in addition to learning about some winter ecology of our area.

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

Girl Scout Cookies for Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Katie DeBell

Mountain Communities

Kremmling

The Girl Scout Troop 50292 of Kremmling delivered their Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookies at the school board meeting on March 12, 2019. The Hometown Heroes is a program in which the girls get to choose an organization in their community to donate cookies to, and this year the girls chose their teachers. They started with a pretty good list of well-deserving organizations, but their teachers won by an overwhelming majority. They were delighted to present their teachers with 204 packages of cookies, each of which had a sticky note on it thanking their heroes.

These girls love their teachers!

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