Category Archives: Cookies Volunteers

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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.

 

Troop 65441 delivers Hometown Hero cookies and buys pet supplies

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Submitted by Stacy Oaks

Metro Denver

Roxborough

This was our first time selling Girl Scout Cookies as a troop. The girls each met and exceeded their goals! The girls chose to donate their Hometown Hero cookies to the West Metro Fire District at station 15, and also toured the fire station and learned about what to do if there is a fire in their home. We then went to Murdoch’s to purchase food and other items for the animals at the South Platte Humane Society. We plan to deliver them at a later time.

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

HTH cookie delivery

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Submitted by Nichelle McKinney

Metro Denver

Denver

Troop 65644 delivered Girl Scout Cookies to our Hometown Heroes at Denver Fire Station #16. They have been there several times for one of our girls and what a treat to get a tour of the fire station!

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

2017 Cookie Sale Program Evaluation

The 2017 Cookie Sale Program was a huge success! As we close out this year’s sale, please take the time to let us know your thoughts regarding the program, as well as any changes you would like to suggest and/or comments you would like to make. The survey is open to all volunteers and parents. It will close end of day on Monday, April 17, 2017. Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know your thoughts!

Survey Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017CookieActivityEvaluation

 

 

 

Troop 66764 uses cookie money to help CASA

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Submitted by Brandy Blair

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Our troop of Brownies voted on a charity or foundation to help with the money they earned from selling Girl Scout Cookies.  The girls agreed on Broomfield/Adam’s County CASA to help the children in our communities. Great job girls!

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

Teachers chosen as Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Cindy Opong

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Daisy/Brownie Troop 43483 in Colorado Springs was excited to deliver Hometown Hero cookies to the teachers and support staff at Evans International Elementary School (EIES), where they attend and hold weekly meetings. This troop of 18 girls sold over 5,800 packages of cookies and collected enough donations to give 161 packages to the staff.

The girls chose the school staff because “they keep us safe,” “they are kind,” “they teach us,” and “they love us.” This decision followed the girls’ completion of the Brownie Quest Journey where they took action to address safety concerns in their school community.

The troop presented their cookie donation to an appreciative EIES staff on 3/17/17.

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

Hometown heroes delivery

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Thank you so much to all the folks who gave their extra change or just decided to donate to Troop 70720’s Hometown Hero. Girls delivered 238 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the Food Bank for Larimer County. This was 125 pounds of food. All of the girls were super excited to give this gift back our community. Thank you Fort Collins customers! We appreciate you and the food bank was very grateful.

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

 

Smart Cookie: March 13, 2017

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Wow! What an awesome Girl Scout Cookie Sales Program it’s been! These girls never cease to amaze us, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the guidance and support you give them along the way. The sale wrapped up yesterday and now you’ll need to attend to a few details to close out.

Close out of eBudde

Troops will be locked out of eBudde at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14. Before then you need to ensure you’ve allocated all cookies to the girls in your troop, entered and verified all transactions, and submitted the final reward order. Also, don’t forget to print your final troop sales report. If you have any questions about cookie sales closeouts, please reach out to the Service Unit Cookie Manager in your area.

If you need additional cookies for your Hometown Hero cookies, first check with other troops in your area to see if they have inventory to transfer. Hometown Hero Cookie Cupboards will close on March 15. Remember, all transactions (troop-to-troop transfers or cupboard orders) will need to be placed by Tuesday.

Money problems

Money problem reports are due by March 17 at 5 p.m. The ACH debit of funds to council will occur on March 22.

Let’s celebrate!

Now, sit back and celebrate with your girls! Remind them of all the great skills they’ve practiced during cookie sales: they’ve set goals, made decisions, practiced business ethics, worked on their people skills, and managed money. Seriously these girls rocked it all! Keep it girl-led and let the girls decide how they want to celebrate but here are a few ideas to get started brainstorming…

  1. Get energized outdoors: Gather your girls and join us at aCentennial Campfire, celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado. Sky High Ranch was on Sunday, but Tomahawk Ranch, Western Slope, and Meadow Mountain Ranch promise to be as much fun.
  2. Pamper party: Go all out girly with a relaxing pj and pamper party. Pjs, a few fun treats, and a girl power movie are all you need to have a relaxing night, but if you want to throw in polish and face masks go for it.
  3. Have a gift-making craft night: Cookie season takes a lot of volunteer power. Gather your girls to make homemade thank you gifts for those who played an important role in their cookie sale: parents who walked them door-to-door, parents and troop leaders who volunteered for booth sales, the troop cookie manager, and many more! They don’t need to be complex or pricey to show appreciation. Pinterest has tons of ideas!

 

DOC closes at 10:59 p.m. MDT on March 12, 2017

Submitted by the GSCO Product Sales Team

The DOC will close for sales at 10:59 p.m. MDT on Sunday, March 12, 2017 (as the system runs on Central Time). Please keep this in mind for anyone who wants to place a last minute order or who is trying earn a specific Digital Cookie Reward by making a last minute purchase.

Also, please keep in mind (particularly in regards to booth sales) that Sunday, March 12 is Daylight Saving Time and we will “spring ahead” an hour. Thanks!