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a collection of important cookie communications from council

Take your troop camping using cookie proceeds

Congratulations on an amazing cookie program! Are you looking for something to do with your cookie proceeds? Is your troop interested in staying at a Girl Scouts of Colorado property? We would love to host you! Check the list below for some available weekend dates at our properties through fall 2018, as of March 27. All reservations are first come, first served and can be booked at http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.

Full availability can be found at our booking site.  There may be one-night stays or individual cabins not listed on this blog.

Tomahawk Ranch

Tom Tom Cabin: Oct 19-21
Kachina Cabin: Oct 19-21
Arrowhead Cabin:
 Oct 19-21

Sky High Ranch

Lodge: Aug 31-Sept 2, Oct 19-21
Lucky Circle Cabins: Aug 31-Sept 2, Oct 19-21
Greenwood Cabins:  May 18-20, Oct 19-21
Troop House: Aug 31-Sept 2, Oct 19-21
Citadel Cabins: Aug 31-Sept 2
Sawmill Cabins:  Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2
Arrowhead Tabins: Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2

Magic Sky Ranch

Old Lodge: May 11-13, May 25-27, Jun 15-17, Jun 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9, Sept 14-16
All Season Cabins: May 25-27, Jun 1-3, Jun 15-17, Jun 22-24, Aug 3-5, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9, Sept 14-16
Seasonals: May 25-27, Jun 1-3, Jun 15-17, Jun 22-24, Aug 3-5, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9, Sept 14-16
Tent Sites: May 25-27, Jun 1-3, Jun 15-17, Aug 3-5, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9, Sept 14-16

Meadow Mountain Ranch

Lodge: Aug 31-Sept 2
Larkspur Tabins: May 25-27, Sept 7-9
Lyra Tabins: May 25-27, Jun 1-3, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9
Meekers Tabins: May 25-27, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9
Windridge Birdhouse Tabins: May 18-20, May 25-27, Jun 1-3, Jun 8-10, Jun 29-Jul 1, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9
Tent Sites: May 25-27, Jun 29-Jul 1, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9

Lazy Acres

Lodge: Jun 8-10, Jun 15-17, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30
Forest Cabins: Jun 1-3, Jun 8-10, Jun 15-17, Jul 6-8, Jul 27-29, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30
Meadow Cabins: Jun 1-3, Jun 8-10, Jun 15-17,  Aug 3-5, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30
Mountain Cabins: Jun 1-3, Jun 8-10, Jun 15-17, Jul 6-8, Aug 17-19, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30


Looking to run a service unit camp or encampment? To run a camp at a Girl Scouts of Colorado property, you must reserve the full property. Full property reservations are available for the following dates:

Sky High Ranch: Oct 19-21
Magic Sky Ranch: Aug 17-19, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9, Sept 14-16
Lazy Acres: Jun 8-10, Jun 15-17, Aug 17-19, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30


Questions? Contact property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

Smart Cookie: March 12, 2018

What a way to celebrate Girl Scouts’ 106th birthday today – by wrapping up what may be the most impressive Girl Scout Cookie Program in Colorado’s history! What would our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, think of today’s go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders as they pushed hard to reach their goals? 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 program 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 13. 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 closeouts, please reach out to the Service Unit Cookie Manager in your area.

If you need additional 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 14. 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 16 at 5 p.m. The ACH debit of funds to council will occur on March 21.

Let’s celebrate!

Now, sit back and celebrate with your girls! Remind them of all the great skills they’ve practiced during the cookie program: 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: The weather has been beautiful – get outside and enjoy! Check the events calendar for a fun outing near you.
  2. Serious about service: No doubt your girls set a community service goal along with their cookie program goal. Now’s the time to get going. Make plans to deliver your Hometown Hero cookies as a troop and take a tour of the facility or meet the people served there. The deadline to deliver HTH cookies is June 29. Need help with ideas on how to give back? Check out the Community Service section of our Anytime Activities list. Or take a look at the Take Action Toolkits for each program level to help your girls get started changing the world!
  3. 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.
  4. 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 helped them reach their goals: parents who walked them door-to-door, parents and troop leaders who volunteered for booths, the troop cookie manager, and many more! They don’t need to be complex or pricey to show appreciation. Pinterest has tons of ideas!

Best Cookie Dad contest: Our super dad

Submitted by Abigail and Genevieve R.

Metro Denver

Castle Rock

I am glad to have a great dad who is there to help us sell cookies. Being a Girl Scout Cookie Dad in February (a.k.a. cookie month) is not easy! It is even trickier if you are a dad to two Girl Scouts, who set some high cookie goals! I have been selling cookies for four years and my little sister, Genevieve, just started selling cookies this year. My dad has been there for both of us during this busy cookie season. He helped us sell cookies by taking my sister and I to small businesses in town. He stayed with us at the booths and held a “Cookies For Sale” sign with us and helped us count money. He also had to pick up extra chores around the house when our mom would take us to sell cookies door-to-door or at booths. We would not be able to reach and surpass our goals if it was not for our wonderful dad!

My sister and I learned that earning money through cookie sales would give us an opportunity to attend Girl Scout events and classes. We both like being a part of the big Girl Scout family!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.

Best Cookie Dad contest: Cookie Dad is Cookie Man

Submitted by Kate Harvie

Western Slope

Montrose

This Cookie Dad isn’t even a dad! He doesn’t just help his soon-to-be stepdaughter and her troop leader mom, this super supportive Cookie Man took the day off work to drive 130 miles round trip just to get 100 cases of Thin Mints for the Montrose Cookie Cupboard! He saved the cookie booth weekend for all Girl Scouts in the area! In the photo above, he is loading 100 cases of cookies into his truck. He was so focused on “properly stacking the cases” he wouldn’t even look up. He’s slightly serious about those Thin Mints.

Brian Grasman can also be found delivering cookies to the troop at booths all over town, helping load and unload cookies from vehicles, and he’s even been known to serve as a “mystery shopper” during National Girl Scout Cookie weekend, handing out patches to girls with stellar customer service.

Troop 17122 and Service Unit 129 couldn’t have survived the 2018 cookie season without him!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.

Best Cookie Dad contest: Why my Cookie Dad is the best

Submitted byJosie O., Junior Troop 61631

Metro Denver

Littleton

My dad (people call him Patrick) is the best Cookie Dad because he uses his truck and trailer to pick up our troop’s cookies every year. This is a big deal because our troop picks up 5,000+ packages at the first pick up. He also supports me by eating packages of Tagalongs secretly in the garage (without Mom knowing). He gives me funny phrases to say to my customers, like, “Excuse me? What time is it?….It’s Girl Scout cookie time!”

He brings me to the neighborhood where he grew up to sell cookies door-to-door to his old friends and neighbors. He helps me make yard signs, counts my inventory, and then eats more Tagalongs. My dad is my number one customer and my number one sales trainer. He helped me sell 1,031 packages this year. He’s the best Cookie Dad out there!

I’m a G.I.R.L. because I’m a risk-taker. This summer I’m moving out of my comfort zone by going to Girl Scout Camp without anyone from my troop. I know I’ll make new friends. I’m a little nervous, but hey, I’m a risk-taker!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.

2018 #BlingYourBooth Challenge: The winners are…

Thank you to all of the Girl Scouts who entered the 2018 #BlingYourBooth Challenge! We received dozens of entries from all across Colorado and are so impressed by your creativity and enthusiasm. Congratulations to the following winners!

Third Place: $50 in Cookie Credits

Troop 41660 consists of Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes from Ft. Carson in the Pikes Peak region. Many of the girls have been together for many years. They plan to use the Cookie Credits they won to buy new uniforms for the Girl Scouts bridging to the next level.

 Third Place: $50 in Cookie Credits 

Troop 62228 is a fourth grade Junior troop from the Denver Metro region. The girls love any activity or event that deals with food or the outdoors. They plan to use their Cookie Credits on a GSCO council-sponsored event in the future. They plan to choose that activity at their next meeting.

Second Place: $100 in Cookie Credits

Troop 76180 is made up of Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies. The girls will most likely use their Cookie Credits to purchase badges or visit the Denver Aquarium.

First Place: $100 in Cookie Credits

Troop 16232 is a new troop from Montrose. These 13 hard-working Girl Scouts surpassed their goals, but didn’t stop there. The girls are really looking forward to some overnight camping trips this summer.

 

Best Cookie Dad contest: Why my dad is the best cookie dad

Submitted by Shyann S.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

This man has been at various cookie booths with a girl I know. This man, after waking up at 4 in the morning and coming home at 6 on the evening from work, contributes his time to work with Girl Scouts. This man is kind and considerate to others who have complaints and concerns about cookies. He has worked two, four, and eight-hour booths with me even when he is tired or hungry, yet again and again he comes back to help. He fights against the cold weather and horrible conditions of which we work through. The sales don’t benefit him in any shape or form, but there he is, happily helping his daughter. Why, people may ask. And must I respond by saying that this same man has gone to the point of not only supporting one daughter, but all three of his daughters. I’m proud to say I’m one of them. I’m proud to be able to say to other troops and kids that my dad cares. That he contributes and puts in all this effort, and for what? Just to get a reward? No. It’s just to see his daughters become experienced and filled with joy. My dad is amazing. He is a cookie dad! Better yet he is MY cookie dad and I’m thrilled to be able to say that.

Because of my dad, I have been able to learn social skills I didn’t have before. It’s because of him that I’m going to be able to reach my goal. He has taken a part of who I was in the past and molded it into who I am now. I just want to say thank you Dad. Even though you may never see this… I still thank you for being a real G.I.R.L.. And to me that means you are a great, inspirational, and responsible leader.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.  Is your Cookie Dad the best? Tell us about him and he’ll win a cool prize!

Girl Scout S’mores Booth Challenge: The winners are….

Thank you to all of the Girl Scouts who entered the 2018 Girl Scout S’mores Booth Challenge! We received dozens of entries from all across Colorado and are so impressed by your creativity and enthusiasm. Congratulations to the winners!

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 60061 is from Broomfield and their Hometown Hero is Broomfield FISH. The girls are in the second and third grade at Prospect Ridge Academy and Meridian Elementary School. Most of the girls set a goal of at least 150 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. They are hoping to use the money earned to do an overnight at the Denver Aquarium.

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 60035 is from Aurora. The girls chose Joshua Station as their Hometown. Their troop goal was 225 packages per selling girl and they surpassed it! At last check, the troop had sold more than 10,000 packages.

 

 

Best Cookie Dad contest: Best Cookie stepdad

Submitted by Ivey G.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Not only does my stepdad like eating Girl Scout Cookies, but he’s pretty good at helping me sell them too! I am grateful to have him in my life. He is always there for me no matter what activity I am doing. He works strange and long shifts because he is in law enforcement, but every cookie season he takes the time to work at least two booths with me. I know that’s not a lot of booths, but I am happy and proud that he makes the time to be there. These are memories I will always have that make being a Girl Scout great.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.  Is your Cookie Dad the best? Tell us about him and he’ll win a cool prize!

Best Cookie Dad contest: My dad, my hero

Submitted by Carly Hull

Metro Denver

Lone Tree

My dad is amazing! He wants me to reach my goals and is proud of how hard I work. He helped our troop by driving to three different cookie cupboards to pick up Thin Mints and Samoas. He dropped them off at the booths to make sure we didn’t run out. After all this, he worked with me at my third booth of the day!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.  Is your Cookie Dad the best? Tell us about him and he’ll win a cool prize!