Category Archives: Cookies Volunteers

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Top Sellers celebrate at Greeley Stampede

38 Girl Scouts and guests gathered on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the Greeley Stampede 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 Stampede’s many attractions and the PRCA Pro Rodeo while also being treated to a BBQ buffet, during which the girls were presented with their Top Seller medallions by the GSCO Product Sales staff. The event was attended by six of the state’s top 100 sellers for the 2017 sale.

 

Top Sellers celebrate at Elitch Gardens

185 Girl Scouts and guests gathered on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Elitch Gardens in Denver 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 park’s many rides and attractions while also being treated to a cookout inspired lunch buffet, during which the girls were presented with their Top Seller medallions by the GSCO Product Sales staff. The event at Elitch Gardens was attended by 19 of the state’s top 100 sellers for the 2017 sale, including Ciara Leal, the state’s #1 top seller.

 

 

Top Sellers celebrate at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

156 Girl Scouts and guests gathered on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs 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 park’s many rides and attractions while also being treated to a BBQ lunch buffet during which the girls were presented with their Top Seller medallions by the GSCO Product Sales staff. The event at Glenwood Caverns was attended by 23 of the state’s top 100 sellers for the 2017 sale, including Joanna Steger, the state’s #2 top seller.

 

 

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!

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

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.

Tag along with Twyla

From Little Brownie Bakers

What an exciting cookie season! From the new Girl Scout S’mores™ to the high-flying owl mascot, this season has been an adventure. Congratulations on everything you have achieved so far.

Girls will be especially excited if they have earned Twyla, the fluffy owl plush. Remind girls they can go to the My Cookie Friend website and enter the secret code from Twyla’s hangtag. The code allows them to unlock special features in the game “Color Me Twyla.” Send this ready-to-go email to volunteers to remind them of the fun in store for girls.

We’re planning the next adventure!

My Cookie Friend is open year-round to pump up girl excitement about participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program® and achieving their goals. Girls love getting a sneak peek into next year’s cookie fun and look forward to earning the next mascot. For next cookie season, the site will be transformed into a “turtle-y awesome” adventure for girls. They’ll even meet a real Girl Scout who is passionate about conserving marine life.

At Little Brownie, we’re always looking for ways to make girl rewards even more rewarding.

Congratulations on a successful Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program    

Another amazing Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program has come and gone. No doubt your girls are now busy planning the fun adventures they will go on and the ways they will help others. The 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program  was a huge success with just more than 16,000 girls participating and a per-girl-average of 273 packages of cookies. About 4.5 million packages of cookies were sold statewide, 357,409 of those sold online through Digital Cookie. The top seller in the state sold more than 7,000 packages of cookies!

Rewards

Rewards are currently being delivered to Service Unit Cookie Managers. Cookie Credits have been mailed directly to the girl at the current address in the membership database, unless the family has requested these credits be held at council for camp.

Keep in mind delivery times vary with different vendors, so patience is appreciated. Please follow pick-up procedures set in place by your SUCM. It is important to distribute rewards promptly to the girls as they have worked hard to earn them. We know many troops like to distribute these rewards at year-end ceremonies, but please do not delay this activity waiting on one or two items to arrive from the vendor. Please note that May 5, 2017 is the deadline to report any missing rewards or reward issues to staff.

Hometown Hero deliveries

When your troop is out delivering Hometown Hero cookies, please remember to take a few photos and share your story here on the GSCO blog and on social media (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram).

Need help?

  • Contact your Service Unit Cookie Manager (listed on your troop page of eBudde)
  • Ask the staff Product Sales Specialist for your area (see below)
  • Try our Customer Support Team at 877-404-5708 or inquiry@gscolorado.org

GSCO Product Sales Specialists

Mary Ann Deard (Region 1, 2, 5) – maryann.deard@gscolorado.org

Rychelle Arnold (Region 3, 4) – rychelle.arnold@gscolorado.org

Laura Aguon (Region 6) – laura.aguon@gscolorado.org

Elizabeth Lipp (Region 7) – elizabeth.lipp@gscolorado.org

 Use Cookie Credits to pay for camp

Girls have worked hard selling cookies to earn troop proceeds and Cookie Credits; now put them to use by registering for summer camp! Troops can use troop proceeds to help pay for a troop camp experience.

Brownies or girls bridging to Brownies, might want to check out the 3-day sessions to ease themselves (and their parents!) into the idea of overnight camp!

There are water camps, adventure camps and more sessions available for Girl Scout Juniors. Older girls love camp life too! Check out the 12-day sessions for girls ready to really immerse themselves in the camp experience.

View the session listings for an opportunity for your girl. Girls can use Cookie Credits to help pay their way to camp and if she registers and pays by April 30, 2017, she’ll get the Early Bird discount.