Category Archives: Cookies Volunteers

a collection of important cookie communications from council

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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

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!