Category Archives: Cookies Volunteers

a collection of important cookie communications from council

Smart Cookie: Feb. 12, 2018

Are you ready for booth sales?

Friday marks the first day of council booths and Girl Scouts will be selling in front of grocery stores, big box retailers, and other retail locations across the state. This is our most visible time of the year, and a great chance for girls to practice their entrepreneurial skills! Share the Cookie Booth Readiness sheet with troop members for tips on how to answer “Why Girl Scouts?” like a pro!

Make sure you head to your booths with everything you’ll need. You should print out and bring a copy of your booth sign-up confirmation, plenty of cookies, booth inventory sheet to track purchases or a device with a booth sale recorder app, table and chairs, tablecloth, $60 in change, pen to detect counterfeit bills, and any booth posters or decorations to bling your booth!

Booths are an awesome opportunity for girls to learn and practice the 5 Skills. It’s a safe environment where girls can try a new pitch, bundle cookies, and really push their Hometown Hero and Gift of Caring donation options. Guide girls in their strategies, but always remember that girls make all sales! Don’t forget to review booth etiquette with your girls, too.

Bundle up for big sales
Cookie bundles are a great way to increase sales, and the first weekend of council booths offers plenty of creative bundle possibilities. Make an ever-popular “chocolate lovers” bundle by using some pretty ribbon to tie a package of Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and Samoas together for $12- or add a box of S’mores to make it $17. In honor of President’s Day weekend, offer customers a patriotic bundle by packaging the red Tagalongs package together with the blue Trefoils, and top them with a white bow.

Make sure your customers know they can also make a Gift of Caring donation to send cookies to our military serving overseas. Challenge those who care a lot to send a whole case!

Cupboards are open
Cookie Cupboards are open around the state if you need to restock your inventory. Please check your local cupboard hours in eBudde and try to give one week’s notice for orders to be filled. Be mindful that many cupboards are managed by volunteers and will have varying hours. It is important to note that anyone who picks up cookies from a cupboard will need an eBudde password.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is piloting a new mobile app,Cupboard Keeper, that will make cookie pickup faster and more secure.Learn more about Cupboard Keeper.

Make a video for Digital Cookie

Remind the girls in your troop that Digital Cookie is an easy way to add to your sales. Girls can add a video message or a photo, share their goals and what they’ve learning by selling cookies, then share their digital cookie link with friends and family, even those living in other states. If you’ve got a great video, enter it into the Cookie Video Contest. Deadline to enter is today! Just submit your video, along with a brief story, through the Share Your Stories form on the GSCO Blog. Don’t forget to include your cookie goal.

  • First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits
  • Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits
  • Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

#BlingYourBooth is back!

With council booths beginning on Friday, this is the perfect weekend to Bling Your Booth for the chance to win up to $200 in Cookie Credits! Pick a theme to decorate your cookie booth and post it to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page with the hashtag #BlingYourBooth. Entries are due Feb. 22.

Contest details and rules »

Upcoming dates

  • Feb. 16: Council booths begin
  • Feb. 23-25: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
  • March 11: Cookie program ends
  • March 13: Rewards orders due in eBudde

Media Stars spread the word about Girl Scout Cookie time

From television to radio to newspapers and even social media, Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Stars have been working hard to spread the word about the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program and all the amazing things girls do with their cookie money.

From Grand Junction to Colorado Springs to Greeley and Denver, here are a few media interviews featuring our Media Stars.

Jan. 28, 2018

Girl Scout Junior Olivia A. and Sandra “Pebbles” Allen, Assistant Camp Director at Sky High Ranch, told Drew Smith of Cumulus Colorado Pulse how Girl Scout Cookies help Girl Scouts fund their fun at Girl Scout Camp and that registration for Girl Scout Camp is now underway.

Feb. 2, 2018

Girl Scout Junior Bella K. of Windsor and her mom/troop leader, Amanda K., joined CBS4 This Morning in Denver to talk about the Girl Scout Cookie Program and where the money goes.

Girl Scout Gold Award candidate Cassidy C. of Highlands Ranch talked with Denver7 about the important life lessons she has learned from selling Girl Scout Cookies.

Girl Scouts (and sisters) Taylor and Lauren, along with GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist Allison Ellington, told Chelsea Helms of KREX-TV in Grand Junction what they have learned from the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Feb. 3, 2018

Girl Scouts (and sisters) Tessa and Diana told CBS4 in Denver what they have learned from the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Feb. 4, 2018

Girl Scouts Laela and Layla told Fox21 News in Colorado Springs that selling Girl Scout Cookies taught them how to talk to adults.

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 17104 kicked of the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program with a My Sale at Discovery Auto in Grand Junction.

Feb. 6, 2018

Girl Scouts Addison, Chloe, and Charlotte set up at cookie booth at 9News in Denver and talked with Corey Rose and Gary Shapiro about their favorite cookie.

Feb. 7, 2018

Girl Scout Junior Bella K. of Windsor allowed a reporter with the Greeley Tribune to “walk along” as she sold Girl Scout Cookies door-to-door on Super Bowl Sunday.

Feb. 8, 2018

Faith, along with Girl Scouts of Colorado Team Lead Cindi Graves, talked about the Girl Scout Cookie Program with Jay Greene of KKCO-TV in Grand Junction.

 

Media Stars are recruited every fall, typically in August and September. If you know a girl interested in being a Media Star, please contact Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper. 

 

 

 

Smart Cookie: Feb. 5, 2018

The Girl Scout Cookie Program got off to a super start as girls went door-to-door on Super Bowl Sunday. We’re hearing reports of girls who had tremendous sales, and plenty of Super Bowl-watching parties featured Girl Scout Cookies for dessert!

If your girl sold 50 or more packages door-to-door on kickoff Sunday, don’t forget to fill out this form to claim her free Super Bowl patch. The deadline to submit the form is tomorrow, Feb. 6.

Cupboards are open
Cookie Cupboards are open around the state if you need to restock your inventory. Please check your local cupboard hours in eBudde and try to give one week’s notice for orders to be filled. Be mindful that many cupboards are managed by volunteers and will have varying hours.

Council booth sites begin Feb. 16
Council booth selections have been made, and girls across the state are getting ready to Bling their Booths! Check eBudde for additional booth locations, and please release in eBudde any booths that your girls will not be able to staff so that another troop or girl can have the chance to sell there.

Be booth ready

While your girls and their families are out and about selling Girl Scout Cookies, they often get asked about Girl Scouting, and we want everyone to know that Girl Scouts is about so much more than selling cookies! Let’s show everyone how the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial program prepares girls to lead, learn, and succeed all while making it possible for them to embark on amazing adventures, form a lifetime of memories, and unleash the power of G.I.R.L. (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders)™ to change the world. Share this two-sided sheet with girls and families for tips on how to answer “Why Girl Scouts?” like a pro!

Don’t forget Digital Cookie

Remind the girls in your troop that Digital Cookie is an easy way to add to your sales. Girls can add a video message or a photo, share their goals and what they’ve learning by selling cookies, then share their digital cookie link with friends and family, even those living in other states.

Upcoming dates
Feb. 16: Council booths begin

Feb. 23-25: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

March 11: Cookie program ends

March 13: Rewards orders due in eBudde

Pikes Peak Region to host open house

The Pikes Peak Region of Girl Scouts of Colorado will host an open house at its office on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The office is located at 5353 N. Union Blvd., Suite 101 in Colorado Springs. Anyone is welcome to attend, and while an RSVP is not required, it is appreciated. Please call Debbie Swanson at 719-304-8322, or contact her at debbie.swanson@gscolorado.org, to give her your reservation.

The invitation to attend has been sent to community and business leaders in the area, along with donors, alumnae, and volunteers. Guests will sample Girl Scout Cookies and learn how to find cookie booths in their area, so they can purchase cookies. They will also see a demonstration of the online cookie ordering process for those guests who are acquainted with a Girl Scout with whom an order can be placed. Other snacks and beverages will be provided.

Guests will also hear about what the Girl Scouts will be doing in the Pikes Peak Region for 2018. This will include an Outreach Program to enroll girls who come from low-resource areas, the Gold Award, and some potential fundraisers. All are invited to come and learn more about the Girl Scouts of Colorado!

Cookie Volunteers: This National “Thank You” Month, we’re lookin’ at YOU

From Girl Scouts of the USA

It’s National Thank You Month, and this year we want to shout out our amazing lead taking, logistics crushing, mountain moving, make-it-happen-no-matter-what cookie volunteers who work so hard and give so much during Girl Scout Cookie season to ensure girls’ success!

Because when you support girls as they run their very own cookie businesses (through the largest entrepreneurial program for girls in the world!), you’re playing a key role in powering unique experiences for them and their troops all year long. You’re also making it possible for them to learn essential life skills that will set them up for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure. Because success is the Girl Scout way, and the cookie program would not be as effective as it is without your undying passion, dedication, and hard work. That’s a fact!

So the next time you feel tired, a little overwhelmed, or even ready to quit, please know that we see you, we appreciate you, and what you’re doing for the girls in your community is meaningful and long-lasting. It is mentors like you who make sure your girls’ G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ spirit continues to shine bright—not just during cookie season but all year.

Today, no matter what your role is at Girl Scouts, take the time to celebrate everyone in our unstoppable Movement. Let the cookie volunteers, leaders, and parents you work with know:

  1. How their work makes a difference to you and the girls they serve
  2. One thing you appreciate most about their efforts during cookie season (and beyond!)
  3. One time they really helped you or one of your girls out of a bind
  4. A unique story about a girl who they might have had an extra special effect on through their mentorship during this super busy time of the Girl Scout year

Write them a thank-you note (have the girls in your troop join in on the fun too!); bring a special treat to your next troop meeting for them; or shout them out, loud and proud, on social media with #NationalThankYouMonth. Make sure to tag @girlscouts and @gscolo, and let us know your favorite way to show thanks for the Girl Scouts who make a difference in your life every day. We can’t wait to hear your best thank-yous and fill up on all that heart-warming, life-changing, bond-forming appreciation!

Happy National Thank You Month!

Earn TWO free fun patches during the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program

Colorado Girl Scouts can earn two free fun patches during the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

 

 

 

 

 

In celebration of the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program beginning on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4, 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://girlscoutsofcolorado.formstack.com/forms/game_day_patch_2018). Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number, along with a fun picture of you and/or your troop selling. The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

 

 

 

 

Salute America’s heroes by selling 50 (or more) packages of Gift of Caring Girl Scout Cookies between Sunday, Feb. 4, and Sunday, March 11, 2018. Any Girl Scout who does will receive a free, special-order fun patch after completing this online form (https://girlscoutsofcolorado.formstack.com/forms/goc_patch_2018). Be sure to include your goals and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and your troop. The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

These patches are available only to Colorado Girl Scouts.

 

 

 

 

Be “booth ready” for the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program

While girls and families are out and about selling Girl Scout Cookies, they often get asked about Girl Scouting in general, and we want everyone to know that Girl Scouts is about so much more than selling cookies! Let’s show all our cookie customers how the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial program prepares girls to lead, learn, and succeed all while making it possible for them to embark on amazing adventures, form a lifetime of memories and unleash the power of G.I.R.L. (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders)™ to change the world. Share this two-sided sheet with girls and families for tips on how to answer “Why Girl Scouts?” like a pro!

 

Smart Cookie: All the Girl Scout Cookie Program news you need this week

Welcome to the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program! Thanks to you, our amazing volunteers, the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program is ready to launch on Super Bowl Sunday. As a Troop Cookie Manager, you will receive the Smart Cookie email each week during the program. Our goal is to provide you with quick and easy tips and reminders to guide you through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is powered by girls – but they couldn’t do it without you!

Starting Inventory Order and pick ups
Your Starting Inventory Order has been placed and your pick-up location and time selected. Please make sure you have enough space in your vehicle to pick up your order. Check the chart on page 15 of the Troop Cookie Manager guide to see how many cases your car can hold. Review the pick-up rules: No children or pets, bring your delivery confirmation ticket, and please stay inside your vehicle. Cookie Cupboards open beginning Feb. 4- check eBudde for cupboard hours.

Go-day is Feb. 4
Remind your girls and families not to take orders before Feb. 4. Make sure you have signed permission slips for all your girls and don’t forget to use receipts for all cookie transactions. If your girls have planned My Sales booth sites make sure they’ve been approved by the Service Unit Cookie Manager at least 48 hours prior to the booth. My Sales booths, door-to-door, and digital sales run Feb. 4 through March 11. Council booth sites are Feb. 16 – March 11. All rounds of booth sign ups have been completed and any remaining booths are available for sign up through the end of the sale. If your troop cannot staff a booth site, be sure to release it in eBudde so another troop will have the chance to sell there.

Don’t forget Digital Cookie – girls can set up their site now and be ready to sell on Sunday. Families should have received a link to get started with Digital Cookie. If you did not receive that email, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Is your ‘paperwork’ in?

  • All volunteers who serve as Troop Cookie Managers must fill out a TCM agreement.
  • All troops need to submit an ACH Authorization Form if they are participating in the 2018 Cookie Program. The ACH Authorization must be submitted each year.
  • All individual Girl Scouts (girls not in a troop) must deposit any cookie money to GSCO’s Juliette CoBiz account. The Product Program Team can provide Juliette parents/guardians with deposit form.

Game day fun patch

In celebration of the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program beginning on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4, any Colorado Girl Scout who sells 50 packages (or more) of Girl Scout Cookies door-to-door on Sunday will earn a free fun patch! You can let us know you sold 50 packages by filling out this online form. Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number, along with a fun picture of you and/or your troop selling.

The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

Be booth ready

While your girls and their families are out and about selling Girl Scout Cookies, they often get asked about Girl Scouting in general, and we want everyone to know that Girl Scouts is about so much more than selling cookies! Let’s show all our cookie customers how the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial program prepares girls to lead, learn, and succeed all while making it possible for them to embark on amazing adventures, form a lifetime of memories and unleash the power of G.I.R.L. (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders)™ to change the world. Share this two-sided sheet with girls and families for tips on how to answer “Why Girl Scouts?” like a pro!

Upcoming dates

Feb. 3: Main cookie delivery day Feb. 3: Main cookie delivery day

Feb. 4: Cookie program begins (door-to-door and My Sales booths begin)

Feb. 16: Council booths begin

Feb. 23-25: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

 

Sweet Cow Ice Cream wants to buy cookies from YOU

Sweet Cow Ice Cream, which has multiple locations in Denver and Boulder Counties, will support Colorado Girl Scouts during the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program! As in years past, Sweet Cow will purchase Girl Scout Cookies from local girls/troops to make two special flavors to be offered during February/March 2018.

Mint Girl Scout Cookie is a chocolate mint ice cream with lots and lots of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies blended throughout. It will be available at Sweet Cow shops in Louisville, North Boulder, and South Boulder from Feb. 4 – 21, 2018. It will be available in the Highlands, Platt Park, and Stanley Marketplace shops from Feb. 22 – March 11, 2018.

Samoa Samoa is a light caramel ice cream with a hint of toasted coconut and lots of Samoa Girl Scout Cookies, then finished with a fudge and caramel swirl.  It will be available at Sweet Cow in the Highlands, Platt Park, and Stanley Marketplace shops from Feb. 4 – 21, 2018. It will be available at shops in Louisville, North Boulder and South Boulder from Feb. 22 – March 11, 2018.

Sweet Cow will purchase the cookies needed to make these special flavors from Colorado Girl Scouts starting Feb. 4, 2018. The number of packages purchased from each Girl Scout/troop will depend on the needs of each shop and the popularity of these special edition ice creams. To sell cookies to Sweet Cow, simply visit one of the shops where these special flavors will be sold and give your best Girl Scout Cookies sales pitch!

 

 

 

Cookie contest: Best cookie dad

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads, who help cookie bosses 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 11, 2018.

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 Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

*** Note: This contest is for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only.