Category Archives: Cookies Volunteers

a collection of important cookie communications from council

Share the joy of Girl Scout Cookies with deployed service members

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Colorado Girl Scouts can donate cookies to be sent to the military thru Hearts Across the Miles while families can submit names of deployed service members to receive donated cookies.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is partnering again this year with Hearts Across the Miles to send donated cookies to deployed service members. Any troop or Girl Scout who would like to make a reservation to drop off donated cookies or who is interested in helping pack up the cookies for shipment to deployed service members, please email hatm@gmx.com. Reservations must be made for cookie donations. The packing day will be Saturday, March 19th from 9 a.m. – noon at Rangeview High School (17599 E Iliff Ave Aurora, CO 80013).

Girl Scout families in Colorado can also submit the names and addresses of family members who are deployed service members to Hearts Across the Miles and the organization will ship donated cookies to them. The addresses must be APO addresses. Please email the info to hatm@gmx.com no later than March 11th with that information.

If there are any issues with the hatm@gmx.com email not working, please email mart1k@yahoo.com.

 

Earn a free, fun patch by sharing your awesome cookie-earnings stories

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We’re so excited to hear about all of the amazing things you will do with your cookie money! Help us celebrate girls and inspire customers to support you by submitting your cookie-earnings story here. Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and your troop! Submit yours by March 13, 2016 and you will get a free, fun patch.

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Want to share even more? Great! We’d also love to hear what you’re learning by selling cookies. Have you discovered something new this year? Did you develop a new skill? Do you have a fun or uplifting cookie customer story to share? We’re all ears! In addition to filling out the form above, submit those stories through the Share Your Stories form on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog.

We’ll be featuring the best submissions here on the blog, on our social media pages, and elsewhere. And, on top of giving you the opportunity to celebrate all of your inspiring cookie awesomeness, this is a chance for you to connect with and motivate each other, share ideas, and let everyone know about the incredible things you’re doing through the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

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.

 

Booth sales open this weekend

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Wow! What a super Super Bowl selling weekend! Girls all over the state were highly motivated to sell at least 50 packages of cookies this weekend to earn a free Super Bowl fun patch. The win was big for the Broncos and we loved seeing all these Girl Scouts showing their Broncos pride.

Booth sales

Friday is the first day for council booth sale sites in front of big box stores!

  • Got enough inventory? Check with your girls to see if they have unsold cookies they do not think they will be able to sell before ordering more cookies from the cupboard. A general guideline for the number of cookies to take to a first weekend booth sale at WalMart, King Soopers or CityMarket is about 240 packages of cookies. Remember this is a guideline, some metro area booths will sell more than that, some rural areas may sell fewer, the weather and the appeal of your booth can also be big factors. You can use the SIO calculator to determine a basic breakdown of varieties.
  • Bling Your Booth: The “Bling Your Booth” Challenge is back and this year, you could win up to $200 in Cookie Credits! This is also your chance to come up with fun and creative ways to attract more customers and increase sales. Read more on the blog.
  • Review booth etiquette with your girls and adults who will be at the booth. Some key points to remember – girls do the selling, not adults; dress appropriately and identify yourself as a Girl Scout with a uniform or pin; be polite, smile and thank people whether they purchase or not; do not block entrances; do not leave money on the table, under the table or in a box. Check the Troop Cookie Manager guide for a full list of Booth Etiquette pointers. 

Inventory

Make sure you are staying in touch with your troop’s families about inventory. Cupboards are open and being re-stocked this week but remember all cookies you take from cupboards your troop is responsible for selling. NOTE: The gluten-free Toffee-tastics are available in limited quantities because this is the second year of the pilot program. This will be the final week to get Toffee-tastics from cupboards. Once the cupboard supply is gone, we cannot order more. Troops can transfer inventory to other troops in need of Toffees and customers can continue to order Toffee-tastics through your Digital Cookie sites but would have to pay for shipping.

Recipes

Girl Scout Cookies are delicious in many ways including in a variety of recipes. We’ve created a Cooking with Cookies section on our blog with recipes for you to try, print out and give to customers or even email to your Digital Cookie customers in hopes of another order. Check out the recipes here. 

Digital Cookie

If you haven’t already set up your Digital Cookie site, it’s not too late. More than 45,000 packages of cookies have been sold through Digital Cookie and girls are finding it an easy way to boost their sales and get closer to their goals. You can use the Digital Cookie app to take credit card payments and hand the cookies to the customer in person, or you can send customers a link to your Digital Cookie site where they can order cookies to be shipped or donate cookies. NOTE:  Cookies donated through Digital Cookie automatically count as Gift of Caring cookies (cookies not from your physical inventory that council delivers to military personnel)  however if you prefer those donations go to your Hometown Hero, you can move the cookies from the Gift of Caring column to the Hometown Hero column in eBudde and then your troop is responsible for providing the inventory and delivering the cookies to the organization you’ve selected to be your Hometown Hero.

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

Your 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
Allison Snavely (Region 6) – allison.snavely@gscolorado.org
Elizabeth Lipp (Region 7) – elizabeth.lipp@gscolorado.org
We love Valentine bundles
Everybody loves chocolate on Valentine’s Day! Try creating some Valentine bundles for your customers this weekend. Create a chocolate lovers bundle with a mix of Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Samoas, tie them with pretty red and pink ribbon and add a handmade heart-shaped Valentine. Sell bundles of five for $20.
Weekly Cookie Calls
Girl Scouts of Colorado will host weekly Cookie Calls – join in any Tuesday evening if you have questions. The calls will be 6:30 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays,

through March 22 . Each call will be hosted by a member of the Product Sales Team to answer questions from volunteers and parents about the 2016 Cookie Program.

Join the meeting: https://join.me/JamieHaxton 

On a computer, use any browser. Nothing to download. 

On a phone or tablet, launch the join.me app and enter meeting code: JamieHaxton  

Join the audio conference: 
Dial (303) 993-0071 and enter access code  710-989-496#, or connect via internet. 

Need help with Digital Cookie?

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eBudde updates

If you still have girls missing from eBudde, please be sure to let your Volunteer Support Specialist know. It’s important to keep cookie allocations up-to-date in eBudde. Go into the Girl Orders tab and make sure you’ve marked all the cookies girls have in hand.

Need more cookies?

A few select cupboards have opened already but most will open on Feb. 4. Be sure to stay in touch with your Service Unit Cookie Manager, if there is a troop needing to transfer cookies, it’s best to take those first before ordering more from the cupboard. Remember, there are no returns – all cookies you take your troop will be responsible for selling or transferring to another troop.

 Super Bowl spirit

The Denver Broncos are Super Bowl bound and we couldn’t be more excited! To celebrate Super Bowl 50, we have a free, fun patch for any Girl Scout who sells 50 (or more) packages of Girl Scout Cookies Super Bowl weekend! We’ve also increased the top prize on some of our Cookie Contests from $100 to $200 in Cookie Credits. Stay tuned to the GSCO blog for details.

Digital Cookie 2.0

Nearly 7,000 packages of cookies were ordered via Digital Cookie 2.0 on the first day of the sale! Encourage your girls to supplement their door-to-door sales with this high tech selling tool. All families should have received an invitation to register. If a parent is having technical difficulty getting the site set up visit https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/help-overview for tips and tutorials.

Remember that cookie orders placed via Digital Cookie 2.0 must be shipped and include a shipping fee, unless they are donated cookies. Girl Scouts of Colorado is not offering girl delivery of digital orders at this time because it’s a pre-pay system rather than a “promise” system similar to Fall Sale.

Once a girl’s Digital Cookie site is published, download the app to sell cookies on the go. With the app, you can take credit card payments for cookies to be handed to the customer. Use it at booth sales, my sites and door-to-door.

Booth sales
Council booths start up on Feb. 12. Don’t forget to make signs, bling your booth or check out cookie costumes from your Service Unit. Try making Girl Scout Cookie Valentine bundles – tie a 5-pack of chocolate varieties with pretty red and pink ribbon and attach a handmade paper heart and let your customers know for $20 they’ll have Valentine’s Day taken care of for their sweetheart!

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 orinquiry@gscolorado.org
Your 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
Allison Snavely (Region 6) – allison.snavely@gscolorado.org
Elizabeth Lipp (Region 7) – elizabeth.lipp@gscolorado.org
Weekly Cookie Calls
Girl Scouts of Colorado will host weekly Cookie Calls – join in any Tuesday evening if you have questions. The calls will be 6:30 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays, through March 22 . Each call will be hosted by a member of the Product Sales Team to answer questions from volunteers and parents about the 2016 Cookie Program.

Join the meeting: https://join.me/JamieHaxton

On a computer, use any browser. Nothing to download.

On a phone or tablet, launch the join.me app and enter meeting code:JamieHaxton

Join the audio conference:
Dial (303) 993-0071 and enter access code  710-989-496#, or connect via internet.

Donated digital cookies can go to your local Hometown Hero

Digital Cookie 2.0 is proving to be immensely popular, especially the ability to donate cookies.

Cookies donated through the Digital Order Card will automatically be listed at Gift of Caring cookies in eBudde. If your troop would prefer the cookies go to your Hometown Hero, you will need to move the cookies from the Gift of Caring column to the Hometown Hero column in eBudde under the Girl Orders tab.

The difference is: Gift of Caring cookies do not come out of your physical inventory; they are sent directly to American troops by Girl Scouts of Colorado through our local military bases. Hometown Hero cookies do come out of your inventory and are delivered by your troop to the Hometown Hero of your choice. A Hometown Hero could be the local fire department, a nonprofit etc., but the organization must agree to accept the cookies before you begin collecting for that organization.

 

Cooking with Cookies: Tagalongs & Do-si-dos

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To help our cookiebosses increase sales and attract customers, we’re sharing recipes for some delicious dishes made with your favorite Girl Scout Cookies. This week:  Tagalongs and Do-si-dos.

Try making these or print and share the recipe cards.

Tagalongs Shake

Do-si-dos Peanut Thai Chicken

Tag-a-dos Cheesecakes

Sell 50 packages of cookies & get a free patch

Super Bowl Patch

The Denver Broncos are Super Bowl bound and we couldn’t be more excited! To celebrate Super Bowl 50, we have a free, fun patch for any Girl Scout who sells 50 (or more) packages of Girl Scout Cookies Super Bowl weekend! 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 pic of you and your troop! The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

Don’t forget about our Super Bowl spirit challenge with Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council (home of the Carolina Panthers)! Help us show them we have WAY more Super Bowl spirit by sharing photos and videos which showcase your Broncos and Girl Scout pride. You can post them directly to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page or tag us on Instagram or Twitter (@GSColo). Here are some fun ideas:

  • Snap of photo of you or your troop wearing your Broncos gear and Girl Scout vest/sash.
  • Make a video of you or your troop cheering on the Broncos. Be sure to wear your Broncos gear and Girl Scout vest/sash.
  • Create an “Orange & Blue: Broncos Cookie Bundle”—Do-si-dos and Trefoils—tied together with blue and orange ribbon. Take photos of the cookies around your community or at special Colorado locations. You can also pair your cookies with your favorite Broncos gear, like flags, sweatshirts, pennants, etc.
  • Spell out “Go Broncos” using boxes of Girl Scout Cookies—extra points if you use Do-si-dos and Trefoils!

 

We also want to know: What are you doing to do to increase your sales Super Bowl weekend? Do you have a fun or creative MySite planned? Are you going door-to-door, hoping to catch customers at home while they are watching the big game? Share Your Stories on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog. The best stories will be shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog and social media networks.

 

If you have questions, please email Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

 

Colorado Girl Scouts: Bling Your Booth

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The “Bling Your Booth” Challenge is back and this year, you could win up to $200 in Cookie Credits! This is also your chance to come up with fun and creative ways to attract more customers and increase sales.

Here’s how to bling your booth:

  1. Pick a theme, like tropical, girl power, or glitz and glam-it’s up to you!
  2. Use cool color combinations.
  3. Create fun posters with your cookie goals, lots of awesome pictures, and maybe add balloons!
  4. Dress up, and use colored lights to invite customers to a cookie party.
  5. Add anything that makes your booth stand out from the crowd.
  6. Most importantly: Have fun!

Here are some rules to follow:

  1. Take a photo of your troop in action at your booth.
  2. Post it to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page or tag us on Twitter or Instagram (@GSColo). You must include #BlingYourBooth, along with your troop number and cookie goal.
  3. Submit your entry by February 25, 2016!
  4. All of the entries will then be uploaded to our Facebook page and be part of the album: #BlingYourBooth Challenge 2016. Tell your friends and family to vote for your entry by simply clicking “like.” The photo that receives the most likes by March 1 at 9 a.m. wins!

First Prize: $200 in cookie credits

Second Prize: $100 in cookie credits

Third Prize: $50 in cookie credits

Remember, you need to be 13 or over to upload your own entry. If you’re younger than 13, that’s OK! Just get some help from a volunteer, parent, or an adult you trust.

If this challenge sounds familiar, that’s because it is! Girl Scouts of the USA is also hosting a “Bling Your Booth” Challenge and giving troops across the country the chance to win $500.

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.

 

 

Best Cookie Video Contest

Selling Girl Scout Cookies online? Make sure you’re taking advantage of all the tools, which Digital Cookie gives you to be creative and customize your website, like creating and uploading a video. In addition to attracting more customers and increasing sales, your video could earn you $200 in Cookie Credits!

To enter this year’s “Best Cookie Video Contest,” just submit your video, along with a brief story, through the Share Your Stories form on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog. Don’t forget to include your cookie goal. All entries must be received by February 15, 2016. Afterwards, they will be uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado YouTube account. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by March 1 at 9 a.m. wins!

First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits

Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits

Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

Girl Scouts 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them make their video. Videos submitted by Girl Scouts 13-years-old and older must be girl-done. VIDEOS CANNOT CONTATIN ANY COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL.

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


 

Cooking with Cookies: Savannah Smiles

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We’re so excited Savannah Smiles have returned for the 2016 Girl Scout Cookies Sale! These crispy, zesty lemon wedges, dusted with powdered sugar, join your favorites: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Dos-Si-Dos, and gluten-free Toffee-Tastic.

Below are some delicious dishes featuring Savannah Smiles. To help increase your sales and attract customers, make them or print and share the recipe cards.

Frozen Lemonade Tarts

Lavender Lemon Gooey Bars

Lemon Blueberry Parfait

Lemon Chiffon Pie

Lemon Streusel Bar