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National Girl Scout Cookie Day – Feb. 8, 2013

f3a3935f92ba42049f634558dac8e3a9Girl Scouts of the USA has officially named February 8, 2013 as National Girl Scout Cookie Day! On this day we will celebrate Girl Scout Cookie time, teaching the community about the lifelong skills learned through selling cookies as well as spreading the word on how to purchase cookies.

These efforts will be supported nationally through media and public service announcement placements. Girl Scouts of the USA is also planning a social media campaign. They’ve also put together a fabulous new Girl Scout Cookie website (a Spanish version of the site will launch in January), which encompasses the themes that will be emphasized on National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will be marking the National Girl Scout Cookie Day with Cookie Social Media Day, which was previously announced on Nov. 30th (read that blog). We also are planning media and public service announcement placements for the Girl Scout Cookie season, which runs Jan. 27th through March 3rd.

We hope you will support Girl Scout Cookie time by getting involved in the National Girl Scout Cookie Day activities!

Centennial Brownies visit with Air Force Colonel

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Submitted by Kristin Hamm
Centennial

The Girl Scout Brownies of Troop 61133, based at Willow Creek Elementary School, had a special visit from Cheryl Kearney, Colonel USAF, during their Dec. 13 meeting.

The Colonel was deployed to Iraq from June 2011 to May 2012 and was among a group who received Hometown Heroes Girl Scout cookies from the Brownie troop. Now stationed at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Col. Kearney reached out to the Brownie troop to thank the girls for the cookies.

“Being so far from home for almost a year was a tough situation, but fabulous people like you made our time go faster, especially as we enjoyed treats from home –especially Girl Scout cookies!” she wrote to the troop’s co-leader Sara Watson.

Col. Kearney showed the girls photo albums from her time in Iraq and talked to them about how they made a difference by showing their support for troops serving in Iraq and sending them a taste of home.

The visit was a perfect kickoff to the troop’s 2013 cookie activities as the girls were setting their fun and service goals and they all agreed they want to sell even more Hometown Hero packages this year.

Col. Kearney,  a former Girl Scout, is the Permanent Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy.

This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. You can share you Girl Scout moments too.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

Do you LOVE Girl Scout cookies?

cookie girlOur cookies do a lot more than just taste good, they provide our girls the opportunity to build their business savvy and hone their financial literacy skills. And this is where you come in! We are looking for volunteers to ensure that every one of our girls have the opportunity to gain these valuable skills through our product sales.

There are several flexible volunteer opportunities associated with our cookie program. Volunteers are needed to manage the cookie program for troops or individually registered girls around the state. We are also seeking volunteers to facilitate a series (or short-term program) such as Smart Cookies and It’s Your Business – Run It. Does a single day commitment fit your schedule better? We are adding 5 new Cookie Rallies to the schedule in Denver, Broomfield, Ft. Collins, Boulder and Eagle County (exact dates and locations TBA).

By participating in our annual cookie sale, you will be helping build our future business leaders.

For more information, view our Volunteer Match website at http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/?l=Colorado&k=girl+scouts, or contact Alli at alli.oswandel@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts of Colorado to hold Cookie Social Media Day Feb. 8

I’m excited to announce that Girl Scouts of Colorado is launching a first-ever Cookie Social Media Day during the 2013 Cookie Program! So mark your calendar, share the information with friends and family, and we look forward to having you participate! (Cookie Social Media Day is part of National Girl Scout Cookie Day  on Feb. 8th.)

Cookie Social Media Day 2013 

On Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, which is the date for Cookie Social Media Day and the first day of Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sales in Colorado, we want everyone, from our girl members, adult volunteers, families, donors, partners, alumnae, staff and friends to be talking about Girl Scout Cookie time on social media. Our goal is to show the community the real-life skills they are supporting when they buy Girl Scouts Cookies.

Participating is easy!  

1. Log on to Facebook or Twitter at any time on Friday, Feb. 8.

2. Post a personal message/story about Girl Scout Cookie time. You are encouraged to incorporate the 5 Skills Girls learn by selling Girl Scout Cookies (Goal-Setting, Decision-Making, Money Management, People Skills, Business Ethics). And feel free to share a photo or two if you want as well.  Sample messages:

Facebook: It’s @ Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie time! I very much credit my goal-setting skills to when I sold Girl Scout Cookies as a young girl (see the photo of me at age 8 here). Without those skills I don’t think I would have had what it takes to start my own business. Did you sell Girl Scout Cookies or know someone who did? What did you/they learn? See more about Girl Scout Cookie time in Colorado at www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Twitter: Girl Scout Cookies helped my daughter become a math whiz. What’s your #gscocookies story? girlscoutsofcolorado.org @GSColo

Update 1/23/13: If you don’t have a personal Girl Scout connection, you can still show support for Girl Scout Cookie time on National Girl Scout Cookie Day Feb. 8th by posting a message like this on your personal (or company) social media:

Facebook: Today’s National Girl Scout Cookie Day! I/We salute @ Girl Scouts of Colorado for the leadership skills they instill in girls. I/We look forward to supporting the biggest girl-led business in the world by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies, which are on sale in Colorado through March 3. For more information, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Twitter: It’s National Girl Scout Cookie Day! I/We am/are purchasing cookies from @GSColo to support a great girl leadership program #gscocookies

3. Be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado in your post. (Facebook: facebook.com/girlscoutsofcolorado) (Twitter: @GSColo; #gscocookies)

4. You can also share a link to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s website, which will have more information about purchasing cookies: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org

Win “cool free stuff”

Watch our social media channels throughout the day of Feb. 8 for contests we will be conducting for your chance to win items like free Girl Scout Cookies!

Flyer: Cookie Social Media Day 2013 

Troop 864 preps for cookie season with ‘Smart Cookie’ movie night

Submitted by Nicole Niles
Colorado Springs

Girl Scouts from Troop 864 got together to watch the “Smart Cookie” movie in preparation for cookie season. We shared stories afterwards about what the movie meant to us. Top answer… “It doesn’t matter who sells the most cookies, what matters is we are all sisters in this journey together and it is not about who sells the most rather helping each other succeed.”

This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Looking for “star” Girl Scouts

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As of 10/8/2012 at 10 a.m.: This opportunity is now FULL. If you are not registered for a training session yet, you will have to wait until next fall to register for the program.

This is one of my favorite times of the year! That’s because one of my favorite parts of my job is working with girls to discover how they can tell their Girl Scout story and serve as Media Stars for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

What is a Media Star? Before the Cookie Program each January, Girl Scouts of Colorado trains girls from all areas of the state to be Media Stars to help deliver the excitement (or do interviews) about cookie time with area TV and radio stations, as well as newspapers. These spokesgirls will help with other Girl Scouts of Colorado media interviews throughout the year too. Here are just some of the media interviews the girls participated in during last year’s Cookie Program.

If you know a girl in 4th grade and above that dreams about being a star, then we want to train them to be a Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Star. (Note: From time to time we do need younger girls to help out with media interviews.)

How to get involved

All girls who want to serve as Media Stars for Girl Scouts of Colorado in 2012/2013 will be asked to participate in an individual, web-based training session at a time that works for them in December 2012. During this training, girls will learn everything needed to be a successful Media Star. Even if you have participated in this program before, you must be trained each year if you want to participate in the program again. We like to get as many “new” girls involved in this program as possible each year.

This is a very popular program, and space for this year’s program is FULL. Reservations were taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are not registered for a training session, you will have to wait until next fall to  participate. Thank you!  

I look forward to working with our 2012/2103 Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Stars!

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies Contest at the Colorado State Fair

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Girl Scouts of Colorado recently held a Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies Contest at the 2012 Colorado State Fair. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Best of Show – Jordan Dorsey, Whimsical Wonderland Mint Pops
  • Best Appetizer – Emily Pearman, Pumpkin Cheese Ball
  • Best Entrée – Lauren Pearman, Mater’s Morning Munchers
  • Best Dessert – Jesse Lopez, Faux Bon Bon

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado (Information courtesy of Marty Lockhart)

Girl Scouts Women of Distinction programs kicked off in Colorado Springs and Denver

At the beginning of August, Girl Scouts of Colorado officially kicked off the Women of Distinction season by holding private receptions to welcome this year’s honorees. The Colorado Springs reception was held at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak on Monday, Aug. 6th, and also included the announcement of a new honor we have started for women under the age of 40, Women to Watch. Denver held their reception on Wednesday, Aug. 8th, at the home of 1997 Woman of Distinction Barb Grogan.

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, philanthropic, government, education and community leaders. They are committed to making the world a better place for the girls of today and tomorrow. They donate their time, talents and experience to Girl Scouting and also support Girl Scouts financially. Read more about this year’s honorees on our blog here: Colorado Springs and Denver.

Public events to recognize these women will be held later this fall. The Colorado Springs event is Sept. 13th, while the Denver event is Oct. 23rd . Both dinner events will feature food and drink items inspired by the world-famous Girl Scout Cookies. Also premiering at both events will be a feature film on healthy living created by Colorado Springs Girl Scout Troop 3810. Get a sneak peek of the video filming below.

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Cookie Top Sellers Turn and Burn South Dakota trip

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Last Thursday, July 26th, nine of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2,000+ Package Club Top Cookie Sellers traveled to South Dakota for the Cookie Top Seller Turn and Burn trip. This trip was one of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2012 cookie recognitions. While the trip was only 24 hours, the group managed to visit Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore, as well as took a cave tour and went on the zip line at the Mount Rushmore Caves.