Category Archives: Cookies Volunteers

a collection of important cookie communications from council

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

Tell Colorado’s Cookie Story

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Social media-savvy cookie bosses and volunteers: Help us spread the word about Girl Scout Cookies and tell Colorado’s cookie story!

We’re looking for adult volunteers and girls (13 and older) to engage with us and share/retweet/repost photos and stories about Girl Scout Cookies. We also need you to share with us what you’re doing, so all of our friends and followers can see and read about all the awesome things you’re doing to meet your goals and help your community.

You can post your photos and stories directly to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page. If you use Twitter or Instagram, be sure to tag @GSColo in your posts and tweets. Finally, don’t forget to use the following hashtags: #GSColo, #GirlScoutCookies, #cookieboss, and #BlingYourBooth.

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

 

 

How much do you love the Broncos? Show your Super Bowl spirit!

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The Denver Broncos are Super Bowl bound and we couldn’t be more excited! We’re calling on Girl Scouts all across Colorado to join the fun and show everyone just how much we love the Broncos.

Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council (home of the Carolina Panthers) has challenged us to a friendly competition on Facebook—and of course, we accepted! 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. 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.

 

 

 

 

Cookie sales start Jan. 31

Are you ready? The cookies are here, girls are excited and customers can’t wait! Cookie season officially gets under way on Sunday, Jan. 31. Here’s all the skinny you need for a successful start.

Cookie pickups

It’s almost here! Cookie pick up day is Saturday, Jan. 30 (outlying areas and cupboard deliveries are Jan. 23-29). You should have selected your delivery location and time when you submitted your Starting Inventory Order (Check your confirmation and make sure you go to the right location at the right time.) Don’t forget to print your pick-up confirmation and bring it with you on Saturday. Your confirmation will tell you exactly how many cases you’ve ordered and an estimate of what size vehicle you’ll need to transport the cookies. Note: There are not additional cookies at pick-up sites and sites cannot accommodate last minute changes.

eBudde 
All girl members have been uploaded into eBudde, please check the Girls tab to make sure your roster is complete. If your roster is not complete on Wednesday, Jan. 27, please contact your VSS.

Booth selection
If you haven’t signed up for booths yet, you can still do so in eBudde. Council Booth site selection will remain open through the end of the sale.  Areas in green still have spots available.  If you selected a booth and will not be able to host it, please release the booth so others can have a chance!

Digital Cookie 2.0
The invitation to sign up for Digital Cookie 2.0 went out to all registered families last week. Check with your girls to make sure they received this and are ready to launch their online sales on Jan. 31! If someone did not get the email, contact your Product Sales Specialist so that we can follow-up.

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.

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Go Broncos!

You know what goes great with a trip to the Super Bowl? Girl Scout Cookies, of course, especially the orange packaging of those delicious Do-si-Dos. Put together some Broncos bundles for super Super Bowl sales!

Important Dates

Jan. 30: Main cookie delivery day
Jan. 31: Sale starts!
Feb. 12: Council Booth Sales begin.
Feb. 26-28: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!

Why is your Cookie Dad the best?

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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 13, 2016.

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.

New online training options for TCMs

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If you haven’t made it to an in-person training session for new and returning Troop Cookie Managers, please join us for one of the following online options:

  • 1/19 Tuesday – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 1/21 Thursday – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

No pre-registration is necessary, just follow the link below at any of the scheduled times.

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 (https://join.me/app) and enter meeting code: JamieHaxton

Join the audio conference:
Dial 1.303.993.0071
Access Code: 710-989-496#

By computer via internet: 
Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select ‘Call via internet’. A small download might be required.

Reminder: Round 1 booth selection opens at 6 pm today

Don’t forget to login to eBudde and select your troop’s council-sponsored booth site this evening at 6 p.m. Each troop will be allowed to select one site tonight, one on Jan. 15 and one on Jan. 16.  Then booth selection will shut down at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 16, until 6 p.m. Jan. 19 when it opens for Round 2 selections.

Some changes this year:

  • Shorter booth time slots: This decision was made by the corporate offices of WalMart/Sam’s Club, King Soopers/CityMarket and Safeway. It still gives girls plenty of time to sell and will allow more girls to host booths.
  • Some King Soopers/City Market locations are not listed: Our corporate contacts are holding back a few locations that they were not yet sure about. Some locations in the following cities won’t be available during Round 1: UPDATE: King Soopers/City Market  has decided to allow booths at the  locations previously being held back. Those locations will be uploaded into eBudde and available for Round 2 sign ups on Jan. 19 (There are three King Soopers locations off the list completely because they are under construction. They are: 19711 E Smoky Hill Rd Centennial, CO 80015
    1173 Bergen Pkwy Evergreen, CO 80439
    1070 W Baptist Rd Colorado Springs, CO 80921.)
  • This year, after Safeway merged with Albertson’s, they decided to reduce the amount of time they allow organizations to solicit in front of their stores. They have graciously given us a two-week period during which to host booth sales. King Soopers is allowing booths for all the February dates.
  • Reminder: Troops should NOT contact these stores to ask for additional dates not offered in eBudde.

 

Starting Inventory Order for Cookies due 8 p.m. Jan. 13

Have you input your troop’s Starting Inventory Order yet? If not, please do so before 8 p.m. Wednesday so your girls will have cookies to sell on opening weekend Jan. 31!

To place your Starting Inventory Order, you’ll need to log on to eBudde  – use the temporary password 2326@RahRah and click login. You’ll need to change your password and enter your contact info. Select the Initial Order Tab at the top of the page and click the “Other” line at the bottom of the screen. Click into the squares to begin your entry.

Remember there are no returns of cookies to council this year, so plan your SIO carefully. You can use the SIO calculator on our website to help determine what varieties to order based on your troop goal. Tip: You submit the number of packages (individual boxes of cookies) of each variety and eBudde will round up the amount for total cases. All SIO orders are in full cases.

Once you’ve submitted the order, don’t forget to visit the Delivery tab, enter delivery information then submit, select a time slot if applicable and then print your confirmation form.

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 7) – 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,

Jan. 12 – 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. 

Important Dates

Jan. 14: Round 1 of booth sales selection opens at 6 p.m., remains open until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 16. Each troop may select one booth on the 14th, one on the 15th and one on the 16th.

Jan. 19: Round 2 of booth sales selection opens at 6 p.m., remains open through the end of the sale.

Jan. 30: Main cookie delivery day

Jan. 31: Sale starts!