Submitted by Emma Johnson
Northern and Northeastern Colorado
My name is Emma and I am a first year Junior. I just moved to Colorado from Michigan and my troop has really welcomed me here. We are saving our cookie money for camp but we haven’t decided which one yet. Whichever one we pick I can’t wait to go to camp here in Colorado!
What a wonderful response we have had to the cookie sale this first week. Right now, all of the available cookies for the sale are in girl’s hands – this is unprecedented!
Everyone from the bakery to staff to volunteers are doing everything they can to help girls achieve their goals and get them the product they need to help their cookie businesses thrive – we’ll keep you updated when we anticipate more cookies to be available in your local cookie cupboard.
What can we do if we need cookies?
Do troop to troop transfers — communicate through your service unit or the GSCO Classifieds to try to find available inventory.
Encourage families to return any cookies they don’t intend to sell this week to the troop cookie manager.
Encourage girls to go old school and take orders for door-to door sales. Keep cookies in the troop and family cupboard for booths.
You don’t have to wait for Feb. 25 to return full cases – you can help other troops with extremely low inventory by returning cookies you don’t intend to sell in the next week to your service unit cupboard
Smart Girl Scout entrepreneurs know to use the law of supply and demand – lack of supply builds demand and excitement.
Keep your booth sales! It’s OK to sell out of some varieties and take orders at booths.
Sell what you have! The good news is that the cookies our customers love the most and that equate to nearly half of our sale are Thin Mints and Samoas, and those are the varieties we have the most of in the state!
Help us plan for the rest of the sale – please take some time this week to update the Girl Orders tab in eBudde. We need an accurate count of cookies allocated to the girls and amount of money collected from the girls to get a better idea of where we stand and what we need.
Cupboard volunteers rock!
Please thank our cookie and cupboard managers for all they do! You wouldn’t believe how hard these local volunteers work. They are cookie heroines and heroes.
Right here, right now, you are an important part of a truly historic sale. Girl Scouts of Colorado is on pace to break all records, and we can’t thank YOU enough!
Denver’s Girl Scout Troop 51207, a 10th-grade Senior troop, has sold a lot of cookies in the last nine years. How many is a lot? Try almost 45,000 packages since they started selling in first grade! One of the keys to their success has been doing numerous booth sales throughout the season, sometimes up to 50 in one season.
Their cookie mom, Rene Butler, has been instrumental in setting up procedures and organizing booth selling so it’s made simple and effective. For the past three years, Troop 51207 has joined their cookie mom and offered training to metro-area troops on how to run effective booth sales.
The training includes the topics of how to schedule booths in eBudde, what makes a booth location good, booth supplies and materials (including the fabled “booth box” Rene has devised), booth etiquette, and how to count back change properly.
Topics such as how to divide the cookies among girls who worked at the booth, safe money handling, inventory supplies, how to record booth sales in eBudde, and booth setup techniques were also covered.
The troop plans to continue doing this training every year because they really enjoy helping the younger girls (and their parents!). The girls were able to share anecdotes from booths they’ve worked at while teaching tips that really work to sell to customers.
“It was really nice to see the younger kids and their enthusiasm, and it was really cool that we were able to teach them a bunch of stuff,” stated Brynn, an eighth-grade Juliette.
Isa, a fifth-grade Junior, reported that she “liked how all the older girls were there and got to know how you set up and how to keep your money safe and about the (supply) box that goes under the table.”
Her troop-mate, Madeline, said, “I thought it was very exciting. I liked talking to the older girls and they had a lot of experience, and I learned a lot new things about what to do and what not to do.”
From a mom’s perspective, Isa’s mom, Katy Ayers, was glad that “there was lots of useful content…it’s fun to see just what all is possible to do as a troop.”
Five days into the sale, we have the equivalent of 93% of the amount of cookies that were sold in the entire six weeks of last year’s sale out in the field. With 1,700 less girls selling this year, we should not have this volume of cookies out. This means that troops are either on pace to more than quadruple last year’s sale or there are cookies in the field that will not be sold this week or even next week. As a result troops who have done what we have asked do not have enough cookies for their booths this weekend. Please play nice for everyone’s sake. We have enough cookies, we just need you to share and be realistic about needs for this weekend. Per the troop guide:
1. Please check with your girls first for excess inventory, then check with other troops in your service unit.
2. Use your starting inventory for booths first.
3. If you have more than you need for this weekend, please let your service unit cookie manager know and transfer them to another troop or return them to your cupboard.
Council expects another shipment of cookies next week, so you will be able to get more, but the numbers tell us that some people have cookies in their garage that that will not be sold. That’s how our council gets stuck with hundreds of thousands of cookies at the end of the sale, and it hurts us all. An important note: please be kind to your cupboard managers. These are volunteers who put in an unbelievable amount of time to help you and your girls. They are awesome!
The Plum Creek Service Unit in Castle Rock held a cookie rally on January 24, 2015. It was held at the Phillip S. Miller Public Library. We had 80 Girl Scouts participate in the rally! This ranged from Daisies all the way to even Cadettes. At the cookie rally, there were four stations, and three sessions. One of the stations was a bean bag toss that tested your cookie knowledge. In case a consumer had any questions, the girls would be prepared. Also, we had a fishing station, where we fished for money to buy cookies. They also learned how to make change. In an other station, we made pinwheels and talked about safety rules for selling cookies. The last and most tastiest was where we made a sheet in case we forget any cookie information. It’s also where we got to taste two cookies each. My favorite cookie is Thin Mints. They are still awesome and is now vegan. Best selling wishes to all the Girl Scouts and may you meet your goal.
Keep calm, Colorado has cookies! The rumors about not having enough cookies are just not true. We are excited that your girls are doing so well, and we have ordered more cookies which will arrive early next week. Based on last year’s sale and membership numbers, we estimated needing 3.4 million packages of cookies for the entire sale. There are currently 3.3 million packages of cookies out with volunteers and families in the state. This is without a doubt more inventory than we need to get through the first weekend of booth sales. The only way we are going to have a problem is if troops and families are keeping cookies that they will not need for this weekend. Please do not pick up enough cookies for what you optimistically will need for the next few weeks. Please don’t sit on cookies because that creates problems for everyone. Be a Girl Scout and share – ask your families to give your troop cupboard their excess inventory. Troops, take back extra inventory above what you need through the weekend to your cupboard. If everyone does this, we will have more than enough cookies. Thank you!!
Erika was one of the customers Fiona always looked forward to seeing during cookie season. Even though they only saw each other once a year, Erika always greeted Fiona by name and rewarded her with a good size order of cookies. When Fiona started selling cookies she was a Daisy and Erika was pregnant with her first child. When she returned as a Cadette last year, Erika by now had two children – two girls – and also had the news that they might be moving. Fiona took Erika’s email address and this year she contacted her at the beginning of cookie season. Last night Fiona and her mom drove the very large order of cookies from Park Hill to Centennial. Ramona, Erika’s now 4 year-old, was enchanted with all of the badges on Fiona’s vest. She had watched the cookie selling video Fiona had made and sent her mother many times so Ramona felt like she knew Fiona too. Fiona thanked them for continuing to buy cookies from her to which they replied that they will always be loyal because “you are our Girl Scout.”
We want to thank one of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors for securing an additional 24 booth slots for troops to choose from. To make the selection of these additional booths as fair as possible, we closed the booth selection today at 8:00 am and will reopen the selection process at 6:00 pm. Due to the limited number of additional booths we are asking that you select only ONE of these sites for your troop.