Category Archives: Cookies

Share 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! Cookie bosses across Colorado are setting their goals and gearing up to do a ton of good in their communities and beyond.

Help us celebrate girls and inspire cookie customers to support you. Submit your cookie-earnings story here. Be sure to include your cookie sales goals, what you’re doing with your cookie earnings, and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and your troop! Also, include:

Name

Age/level

Location

# of years as a Girl Scout

Submit yours by March 27, 2015 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 through Share Your Stories on the Girl Scouts of Colorado web-site.

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.

Colorado Girl Scouts: Bling Your Booth

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The “Bling Your Booth” Challenge is 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). Don’t forget to include your troop number and cookie goal.
  3. Submit your entry by February 22, 2015!
  4. All of the entries have been uploaded to our Flickr page and are part of the album: #BlingYourBooth Challenge 2015. If you like a photo, simply click the star to the right beneath it. The photo that receives the most stars by Wednesday, March 4 at 9 a.m. wins!

The photo with the most votes wins!

First Prize: $100 in cookie credits

Second Prize: $50 in cookie credits

Third Prize: $25 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. For more information on GSUSA’s challenge, click here.

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

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies: Recipe Contest for Colorado Girl Scouts

Thin Mints are awesome, especially if they’ve been sitting in the freezer for a week or so. Many people can’t enjoy Tagalongs without a glass of cold milk. And, we’re hearing from a lot of Girl Scouts that our new Rah-Rah Raisin cookie goes great with coffee or tea. However, we know there are so many other ways to enjoy Girl Scout Cookies and many cooks enjoy incorporating them into their favorite dishes!

To celebrate this creativity and Girl Scout Cookie sales, Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a recipe contest. It is open to Girl Scouts of all ages. The only restriction is that you must be a registered Colorado Girl Scout.

To enter, submit a photo of your dish and the recipe through Share Your Stories on the Girl Scouts of Colorado web-site. Entries must be received by February 22, 2015.

A panel of Girl Scouts of Colorado staff members, whose roles are not directly tied to volunteers, will select winners for both sweet and savory dishes.

First Prize: iPod Shuffle

Second Prize: Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop gift certificate

Third Prize: Girl Scouts of Colorado jump drive

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

Why is your Cookie Dad the best?

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why this selling season we want to honor dads, who help cookie bosses all across Colorado meet their sales goals.

If your Cookie Dad is the best, write a short essay about what he does that is so awesome and submit it through Share Your Stories on the Girl Scouts of Colorado web-site. 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 27, 2015, which is also the end of the cookie sale.

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.

Weekly cookie update – Feb. 4

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Hello cookie crew,

This season we’ll be sharing a weekly top updates list with you to keep you up to speed — thanks to you, it’s going to be an amazing 2015 Cookie Sale! All updates will be archived on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Blog so you can find the info you want, exactly when you need it.

  • Remind your girls and families to set up their Digital Cookie personal sale webpages. It’s a great cookie business tool! If girls, parents or customers need help, Digital Cookie has an excellent support team that is available 24/7 here.
  • Saturday is the day we’ve all been waiting for – Cookie Delivery Day! We aim to make pick ups quick and easy for you! Remember to: Login to eBudde to print out your confirmation and bring it with you to pick up cookies; and make sure you have enough empty cars to fit your cookies in, and please no kiddos or pets.
  • And the day we’ve all really been waiting for – Sunday is Cookie Sale Go Day. Please, don’t take pre-orders, on your honor, but do share that cookies are coming on your Social Media sites and get friends and family excited!
  • Looking for more booth sales for your girls? Get creative to find businesses in your community where you can have My Booth Sale Sites. Then make sure they get into the Cookie Locator so customers can find the cookies!
  • New this year, every Tuesday evening your council Product Sales staff will hold statewide Q&A and support sessions. Everyone is welcome — we are here for you! You have two choices on how to connect – online or by phone @ 866-232-8977.

Upcoming sessions:

Feb. 10 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 8356992476)

Feb. 17 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 6457806544)

Feb. 24 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 6457806544)

March 3 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 6764837160)

March 10 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 8946055414)
March 17 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 4511610179)

*Note: the link will take you to a web based application, some systems will need a quick download of additional software to run the application. You will need an internet connection, and computer speakers and microphone. If you cannot hear the meeting through your computer, please use the 866-232-8977 conference phone number and enter the participant code provided above.

National Girl Scout Cookie recipe contest

From Girl Scouts of the USA

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Girl Scouts of the USA has announced the first National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, Sponsored by Taste of Homethe world’s leading food magazine.  Through March 2, Girl Scout Cookie enthusiasts can create and submit their favorite dessert recipes using the iconic cookies as ingredients, for the chance to win prizes ranging from$250 to $500, plus a spotlight feature in Taste of Home.

Chefs of all levels, from home cooks to established professionals, are encouraged to submit Girl Scout Cookie-inspired entries in one of four categories: (1) cakes, pies, cupcakes, (2) cookies, brownies, bars, (3) pudding, ice-cream, gelatin desserts, and (4) candies. The experts in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen will review and test the recipes, selecting the top 16—four from each category—based on taste, visual appeal, creativity, and crowd appeal.

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From March 30 to April 14, the public will have a chance to vote for their favorite finalist recipes here. The recipes with the most votes in each category win and winners will be announced in mid-April.

“Each year, we see so many excited cookie fans share their own recipes using Girl Scout Cookies via social media and more, so we figured it was high time to do something with all this positive energy,” said Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “The creative possibilities are endless, just like the number of ways girls use their cookie money to give back to their local communities.”

Taste of Home Editor-in-Chief Catherine Cassidy is equally enthusiastic about the contest and the opportunity to collaborate with Girl Scouts. “Fostering a sense of care and community in homes across America has always been part of the fabric of Taste of Home,” she said. “As a Girl Scout alumna, I’m thrilled to lend a helping hand in and outside of the kitchen. We are pleased to work with an organization that encourages young women to put their skills and creativity to positive use.”

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Participating in the National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, Sponsored by Taste of Home, could be a fun activity to do during this year’s National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend (February 27 — March 1, 2015). The weekend will celebrate the positive impact girls make on their communities through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. The Girl Scout Cookie Program aims to teach girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Changes to Juliette rewards structure

To our Juliette families:

We are so excited that your daughter has chosen to participate in the cookie program this year! Our cookie program helps girls learn key business and leadership skills, including: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics. It is also a great way to earn credits that can help them fund their Girl Scout experiences, like camp and travel. In the information you have received to date, you were provided with a chart that identified the number of credits that each girl can earn for the various selling levels. The purpose of this email is to let you know that we are revising that chart to provide better parity between our troop proceed level and our Juliette credit level. Many thanks to our volunteers for providing such great feedback to help inform this change.

Attached is a chart that shows how Juliette sales translate into the number of credits earned. Credits will be issued on cards similar to Cookie Credits and there is no limit to the amount of credits a Juliette can earn. As a reminder, credits will not be issued until all deposits for sold cookies are complete.

The reason we moved to a sales range instead of a straight credit/box recognition this year was in response to new IRS guidelines regarding money earning programs for non-profits. An individual child is a different entity from a Girl Scout troop, and troop proceeds are for troops. We absolutely value Juliettes and we want to do the best we can to reward individual girls while in compliance with IRS regulations. As an individual, the IRS would require us to give tax documentation to the individual, as they see it as personal profit and personal income, and Girl Scouts cannot do that. Troop proceeds are for groups of girls to accomplish mission-related activities.

What we can legally do to make it as equitable as possible for Juliettes is offer Program Credits as an additional reward path for individual girls in place of troop proceeds. All rewards must be within package ranges and may not be based on a dollar amount per package, again per regulations.

If you have any questions, please contact your Service Unit Cookie Manager, or cookies@gscolorado.org.

Thanks again for supporting your Juliette¹s sale this year and happy Girl Scouting!

Juliette Cookie Program Credit Chart.pdf:
https://ebudde.littlebrownie.com/dl/26_201415/14404/36a4bb

eBudde glitch and booth selections

Overnight, there was a glitch in the eBudde system that prevented people from signing up for round two of booth sales. Our staff worked diligently to correct the problem and the system reopened at 2 a.m. We recognize this may have caused confusion among troops and we apologize for that. Our Product Sales Team has been working very hard to make the cookie sale go as smoothly as possible and will continue to do so.

Round 2 will begin at 6:00 p.m. on January 27, 2015 and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on January 28, 2015. Troops may select 2 booths each day. Round 3 will begin at 6:00 p.m. January 30, 2015 and will remain open until the end of the sale on March 15, 2015. Troops may select as many booths as they wish at this time.

Girl upload into eBudde

GSCO uploaded all girls into eBudde for the cookie sale today. Please check to make sure your girls are all in. If you have any girls who are missing, please check your Troop Management in CES. The problem is likely that all necessary information is not complete. To upload into eBudde, each girl must have the following fields completed in the membership system:

Parent first and last name (only one 01 guardian)
Parent email
Girl date of birth
Grade

If any of this information is missing, please correct it, and the girl should be in the next upload. Note, leaders can correct all fields except for date of birth and grade. To correct these, contact GSCO Customer Support at 877-404-5708.

For your convenience all council eBudde messages and other important cookie volunteer communications will now be available in a special feed just for you on the GSCO Blog at
https://gscoblog.wordpress.com/category/cookies/cookies-volunteers/

Selling cookies can help you find your fun at camp!

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Whether you’re standing atop a mountain peak taking in the forever view, flying down the zipline with your heartbeat thumping in your ears, struggling to handle a squealing pig or landing your arrow smack in the bullseye … you can be YOU.Girl Scout Camp is a no-judgment zone where you’ll reach new heights, push your limits and choose your fun with a group of girls who truly get you.
Check out available sessions online now at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/camp. Be adventurous, be confident, be silly … be YOU at Girl Scout camp. Registration opens at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Sign up soon to save your girl’s spot. Pay by April 30th for the best prices!New campers get a 10 % discount and cookie volume discounts are available for all campers.It’s going to be a great camping season — by popular demand, resident camp is back at Sky High Ranch, amazing sessions are planned at Tomahawk Ranch and awesome day, family and troop camps are available across the state.
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The Girl Scout Cookie Activity begins Feb. 8. Where are cookies going to take you? A week at summer camp, a trip with your troop, on an adventure of a lifetime … The sale is Feb. 8 – March 15. We’ve got two new cookies this year and Digital Cookie selling. Learn more.

jpegTroop cookie managers: Make sure your Starting Inventory Order is in eBudde by the Jan. 16 deadline. Trainings are happening now. Not sure where? Check with your Service Unit Manager or Volunteer Support Specialist.

jpegTroops: Now’s the time to plan your Family Cookie Meeting and get your girls excited with a Cookie Rally. Hold your own or find one nearby.

jpegJuliettes: Individual Girl Scouts can sell cookies too! Get in touch with the Service Unit Cookie Manager in your area this week to get set up and make sure you’ll have cookies when the sale starts!